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For anyone looking to learn more about PowerCLI or VI Toolkit I can highly recommend watching the PowerCLI – What is new in PowerCLI by Carter Shanklin on VMware’s coffee talk webinars page here >> 

For me this session was fantastic it really opened my eyes to some of the more advanced methods of getting data using PowerCLI, there are a number of commands that will assist you in day to day troubleshooting techniques.

I blogged a while ago about downloading the Virtualisation Eco Shell (VESI), since then I haven’t stopped using it. It now forms one of my tools that is opened as soon as I am dealing with VMware. VESI puts a graphical user interface over the top of the VI Toolkit / PowerCLI and powershell. Allowing you to run queries and get information out of a environment in a matter of seconds. Below is a short list of some of the ways I have used it recently. I plan on doing a more detailed blog post shortly depicting how usefull this free tool is. Big thanks must go to Scott Herold who runs the project, he has been extremly helpful  and accommodating with assistance and feature requests.

  • Quickly shutdown all VM’s when doing SAN maintainance
  • Documentation / Infrastructure Diagrams
  • Checking host log files
  • Checking for snapshots
  • Using the script editior to write, test and debug powershell scripts
  • Checking Windows service status / restarting / starting services
  • Checking Windows event logs for VMs

Plus lots more.

For more information please visit the website

For all of that are unable to make the official VMware VMUG’s or just can’t get enough of VMware Alan Renouf from is aranging the first unofficial online VMUG.

The Agenda at the moment is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Presentation and Demonstration of The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative by Scott Herold
  • Virtual Coffee break (bring your own coffee)
  • Overview and Demonstration of vSphere new features by a VMware Employee
  • Finish and details of next Unofficial Online VMUG

For all the information and the links to register please visit Al’s blog here

For anyone that has not yet seen the Virtualisation Eco Shell this will be worth watching, this product is a must have tool for all VI admins! This is a fantastic idea and will mean that a lot more of the VMware community can get involved in VMUG’s. Hopefully I may be able to make the next one in London in person.



Alan Renouf, powershell guru has a brilliant quick reference guide that is a brilliant resource for VI Toolkit users.

Alan’s site is also full of usefull VI Toolkit references, guides and much more

Have seen a number of people talking about this in the community so have just downloaded the beta, taken from their website “the goal of the Vizioncore Virtualization EcoShell is to provide a freeware desktop application for novice and expert IT administrators leveraging Windows PowerShell scripts across their multi-platform virtual environments.”

Will update my thoughts when I get to play with it.