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VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 2–Resources

ResourcesFollowing Part 1 of these posts where we discussed getting started in PowerCLI I now give you Part 2 of the note taking by Nigel Boulton at VMworld in the PowerCLI Group Discussion.

In this part of the session we discussed what resources were available to people using PowerCLI.

As with the previous post I will expand on the notes taken and give you the complete list below.

If you have more resources make sure you add a comment and share them with others.

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VMworld PowerCLI Group Discussion–Part 1–Getting Started

imageAlways my favorite session at VMworld, the group discussion gives others a chance to share their experience and give their view on a product.

I have hosted a PowerCLI Group Discussion for the past 2 years and have found them a great way to learn and share information.

This year with some great note taking by my beautiful assistant Nigel Boulton I thought it would be useful to type up these notes from the session and share them on my blog.

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VMworld 2013 Barcelona–Where I will be

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After what I think has been my most enjoyable VMworld yet in San Francisco I am fully looking forward to VMworld 2013 Barcelona, I have lots of sessions to present and always enjoy the European VMworld as it seams to me to be slightly more technical, maybe people adjust their slides a little after the announcements from the US VMworld to include more working details or maybe the Europeans are just that little bit more technical, I will let you decide!

If you are attending and wondering where to find me then please do look out for me and say hi at the following places”:

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VMworld 2013–San Francisco–My View

Another VMworld and I have to say, one of the best I have been too, the level of energy was huge this year at VMworld both for the speakers and the attendees, I think the Software Defined Datacenter is really a message that VMware customers can not only relate to but see how it is coming to fruition.

Of course my highlights at VMworld this year was talking to customers about their automation challenges and helping them by providing solutions and places to research to find better ways to achieve these.  I also spoke to a lot of customers who had already realized a level of automation not only with the great built in automation areas of vSphere but with PowerCLI, VCO, vCOPs and of course vCAC.

I was lucky enough to present many sessions at VMworld and would like to thank anyone who attended them, a record number of people were in my sessions this year and I personally enjoyed presenting to an all time high in one room for me of 1008 people. (Next step is to try and get on stage for the keynote!)

For those wondering, this is what it looks like to face 1008 people waiting for your session to begin….

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Top 10 Sessions

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Back in time: VMworld 2012 – Whats new with vSphere Automation

Oh how long ago it seams, VMworld 2012 and William Lam and I were talking about what was new in ESXCLI and PowerCLI, I enjoyed presenting with William and enjoyed the session and the demos we did in this presentation, now you too can enjoy the session as it looks like VMware has opened it up for free on youtube.

And don’t forget, I have some great sessions this year around at VMworld 2013 on both PowerCLI and automation at VMware, check these out here.

Thanks to Eric “Scoop” Sloof for blogging this here and letting me know.

My VMworld 2013 San Francisco Schedule

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I’m looking forward to VMworld as always, if you haven’t registered yet then make sure you watch my video on why you should.

Personally its going to be a busy one for me, as you can see from my below schedule but this is all amazing stuff and I cant wait for VMworld to begin.  If your interested in any of the items below be sure to add them to your schedule builder and make sure you say Hi and chat to me about automation and integration in your organization and how I can help you make sure VMware is focused on what you need.

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My VMworld 2013 Sessions

image_thumb1This year there are some awesome sessions at VMworld, I think people are starting to realize the benefits of automation and how these can be achieved with VMware products.  I am looking forward to attending and hopefully presenting some great sessions at VMworld 2013.

Today is the last day of voting so if you are still looking through the session list and wondered what I had put forward this year then please find a list below, if these looks interesting to you then please feel free to vote for it here!

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VMworld 2012 Barcelona

I have high hopes for VMworld Barcelona, personally I had a great, if not busy time at VMworld 2012 SFO and hope to continue this in true European style in Barcelona.

I wanted to just highlight what my main plans were as one of the things that always makes VMworld for me is talking to people about what they are doing and specifically how they are using or would like to use PowerCLI or automation in general.

So, if you are attending VMworld Barcelona then please do come see me and we can have a chat.

My Schedule

EXPERTS04 – Meet the Experts – 04

Tuesday, Oct 9, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Stop by the Meet the Experts Lounge to book time with a Knowledge Expert. They are available throughout the week for casual, one-to-few discussions. Please reference their availability now and stop by the Lounge reception desk in Hall 6, to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

GD33 – PowerCLI with Alan Renouf

Wednesday, Oct 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join me in this Group Discussion on PowerCLI and automation, I loved these in SFO hearing what people were doing and the challenges people had, come have your say ! (Book early it fills fast)

INF-VSP1252 – What’s New with vSphere 5.1 – ESXCLI & PowerCLI

Wednesday, Oct 10, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, Oct 11, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

In this session Technical Marketing automation experts William Lam and Alan Renouf will take you through What’s New in ESXCLI and PowerCLI for the vSphere 5.1 release. In this session Alan and William will take you through the exciting features available to use when automating VMware products, both beginners and experts will learn how to use new features to make your life easier and more productive.

INF-VSP1329 – PowerCLI Best Practices: The Return!

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday, Oct 11, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Building on the success of our PowerCLI Best Practices sessions from VMworld 2011, we want to show you our next collection of PowerCLI best practices. This session will show and demonstrate PowerCLI in all its aspects managing and automating not just VMware vSphere® but also VMware vCloud Director®, VMware® View™, VMware vShield™ and more.  Presenting with the awesome Luc Dekens.

The first rule of #NotSupported is…..

NotSupported

This year VMworld is going to be awesome, I have seen some things which are going to blow your mind!

One thing I am really excited about is #NotSupported, this is a group of sessions which were the brain child of VMware’s Randy Keener (@VMRandy).

Historically people have done some cool things with VMware software, often things which it wasn’t designed for or is not supported by VMware.  Randy has taken these fantastic use cases and added his own group of sessions at VMworld hosted by some of the experts from VMware and other companies and full of great information you didn’t know was possible.

  • Are you interested in nested ESXi Environments ?
  • What else can you do with the SRM SRA ?
  • Do you need help setting up your nested ESXi ?

To find out the answers to these questions and more come and listen whilst people like William Lam, Duncan Epping and many more tell you the amazing things that can be done with our software that is #NotSupported.

Where can I find these awesome sessions ?

Check out the Community Lounge at VMworld, the sessions will be hosted from 1pm – 3pm each day, for a schedule of the sessions visit this link below – make sure you add them to your calendars as you wont want to miss them, believe me! – More information will be added with the run up to VMworld.

#NotSupported Session List

The Rules

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PowerShell at VMworld 2012 San Francisco

Its that time again! – VMworld, and let me tell you, this year its going to be epic!

I wanted to give you a list of all the PowerShell and PowerCLI sessions listed in this years Session Catalogue for San Francisco, if you don’t have these booked make sure you add them straight away as room is running out fast !

I am personally looking forward to presenting with some superstars this year such as:

  • Luc “The Master” Dekens
  • Jake “Head in the Clouds” Robinson
  • William “API Guru” Lam
  • Eric “PowerTool” Williams
  • Aidan “I am the center of excellence” Dalgliesh

We have some great decks and some awesome demos planned, don’t miss them.  And if you see me come say hi and tell me how you use PowerCLI, you never know I may have a spare sticker, poster and badge to get rid of.

Sessions

INF-VSP1252 – What’s New with vSphere Automation

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In this session Technical Marketing automation experts William Lam and Alan Renouf will take you through VMware Automation.You will learn which products are available, which products to use and how Automation fits into the VMware Suite of products. In this session Alan and William will take you through the exciting features available to use when automating VMware products, both beginners and experts will learn how to use new features to make your life easier and more productive. Monday, Aug 27, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Wednesday, Aug 29, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

William Lam – Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, VMware, Inc.

Alan Renouf – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.

INF-BCO2155 – vCloud DR for Oxford University Computing Services – Real World Example

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Resiliency is a key aspect of any infrastructure—it is even more important in infrastructure-as-a-service solutions. This session will include a tour of a real world vCloud DR solution deployed at Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). Throughout the session there will be detailed guidance on how both the management and resource clusters were designed, deployed and automated. Furthermore the details of how SRM in conjunction with VMware vSphereTM PowerCLI (PowerCLI) was used to automate the end-to-end recovery of a vCloud Director–based infrastructure. This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the whitepaper regarding the high-level process produced by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti and the Automation session by Alan Renouf and Aidan Dalgleish. The paper combined with the Automation session will describe the process and the automation principles whereas this session will describe a complete real world implementation. Monday, Aug 27, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

Adrian Parks – Senior Systems Administrator, Oxford University Computing Services

Gary Blake – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP1329 – PowerCLI Best Practices: The Return!

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Building on the success of our PowerCLI Best Practices sessions from VMworld 2011, we want to show you our next collection of PowerCLI best practices. This session will show and demonstrate PowerCLI in all its aspects managing and automating not just VMware vSphere® but also VMware vCloud Director®, VMware® View™, VMware vShield™ and more Tuesday, Aug 28, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, Aug 29, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Alan Renouf – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.

Luc Dekens – Systems Engineer, Eurocontrol Maastricht.

INF-VSP2448 – Automating Bare Metal to the Cloud and Beyond

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When working in the cloud automation is key, working at the scale of the cloud VMware customers need an easy and reliable method of deployment which gives guaranteed results 100% of the time. Cisco, VMware and Bluelock will show you how to automate the build of your complete vCloud Director Infrastructure from the bare metal up to the cloud and beyond. Learn how PowerShell can be used to create a single easily readable and adaptable script to ensure your system is built quickly and efficiently, watch as a system is built before your very eyes with no magic tricks or rabbits in sight. Tuesday, Aug 28, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Eric Williams – Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Systems Inc.

Alan Renouf – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.

Jake Robinson – Solutions Architect, BlueLock

INF-VSP1856 – Become a Rock Star with PowerCLI and vCenter Orchestrator

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Automation is the future of cloud, and in this session attendees will learn how to identify areas in their environment that are primed for less administrator interaction. The combination of PowerCLI and VMware® vCenter™ Orchestrator puts considerable power in even the greenest users. Attendees will learn how to identify areas for automation and start learning to discern which tool is best suited for the job and when to use them together. Monday, Aug 27, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Josh Atwell – Systems Administrator, Cisco Systems Inc.

INF-VSP2164 – Automation of vCloud Director Disaster Recovery

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Resiliency is a key aspect of any infrastructure—it is even more important in infrastructure-as-a-service solutions. This session will include guidance, examples and demonstrations of the use of VMware vSphereTM PowerCLI (PowerCLI) to automate the recovery of a vCloud Director–based infrastructure. In particular the session will focus on the automation of the recovery steps for vCloud Director managed vApp workloads, that cannot be recovered with vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM). This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the whitepaper regarding the high-level process released by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti. The paper discussed the process and this session will describe the automation Tuesday, Aug 28, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Alan Renouf – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.

Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

Group Discussions

GD27 – PowerCLI with Alan Renouf

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During this group discussion we will talk about what can be automated, discuss the merits of using PowerShell and PowerCLI, show examples and talk about the best methods of achieving integration. We will also discuss tips and tricks you have learned and the best methods for automating the VMware products. Come prepared with examples and questions and remember this is a Group Discussion! Monday, Aug 27, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Thursday, Aug 30, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Alan Renouf – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.

Hands on Labs

HOL-INF-10 – Script and Develop Your Cloud Solution with PowerCLI and the vSphere Web Client SDK

This lab is presented as two 30 minute lightning labs to help you extend your VMware solution. The PowerCLI module covers automating vSphere and vCloud Director. Novice users will learn to use the tool and more advanced users will get familiar with the new functionality available in the latest release of the product. You will walk away with a better understanding of PowerCLI and how it can help you in your day-to-day work. The vSphere Web Client SDK module teaches you several techniques for extending the vSphere Web Client. The goal of this module is to demonstrate the close integration that is possible with the vSphere Web Client SDK, and the ease with which you can integrate your own solutions into the vSphere Web Client. HOL

Attend the self paced Hands on Lab.

Videos

Still cant decide ?  Take a look at some of the session videos where the presenters explain more information…..