The Virtualization Eco Shell

June 18, 2009 — Leave a comment

OK all I seem to go on about at the moment is Virtualization Eco Shell and powershell, being a bit of a newbie to Powershell I have been amazed by just what I can do with it and have been eager to learn more. Whilst I have been learning and modifying code I have found on the internet, I have also started using Virtualization Eco Shell since its release.

The Virtualization Eco Shell is now the first tool I open when I get to site, I find it quicker and easier to get the information I need about an enviroment than using the VI / vSphere client.

A few examples of how I have recently used it

Reporting number of CPU’s and RAM in all the VM’s in an enviroment, using the advanced reporting pack that can be downloaded here >> http://thevesi.org/downloads.jspa within seconds I was able to produce a customised report similar to that below for a system with well over a hundred VM’s.

vmsummary2

Upon discovering a large amount of VMs we not time syncing with the host through VMware tools you would usually have to change the setting on each guest. After posting a question on the www.thevesi.org forum Scott has now added this functionality to the Virtualization Eco Shell >> http://thevesi.org/message.jspa?messageID=29595#29595

I am now able to set all my VM’s to sync at the click of a button

synctimewithhost

As for the vDiagrams they are fantastic, having previously used Veeam reporter to draw diagrams for infrastructures the vDiagrams option does it miles better and for free. Although I haven’t used the latest version of Veeams Reporter so this may have improved significantly. I just want the option to be able to diagram my network now as well! Maybe thats asking a bit much for a free product.

vmdiagram

For the latest information keep an eye on www.thevesi.org and also be sure to check out their blog here >> http://blog.thevesi.org/

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