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VMworld Session Voting

Disclaimer: This lady will not be at my session!I’m sure by now you have already seen that the VMworld Voting is open which means its time to have your say on what you want to see at VMworld, if you have not yet signed up for a VMworld account so that you can vote then please do so by following this link.

Now I could do the normal “Vote for me because because PowerCLI will solve world famine” post but I thought I would do something different to the rest, what I’m going to do is just use the coolness of PowerShell to allow you to find my sessions, once you have them on your screen have a read of them for yourself and then you can decide if you ant to vote for them or not.

You can do that by simply changing the username and password parts of the script below and allowing it to log into the VMworld site and display my sessions for you.  This will of course not click the “Vote” button as that would be cheating, it will however give you a nice list of my sessions where you can click to get further information.

If however you like what you see and want to vote then just click the thumb picture to make it green and I will thank you forever more and we will see what we can do about world famine.

Use the Script

$VMworldUser = "myvmworldusername"
$VMworldPassword = "myvmworldpassword"
# Replace the username and password above

$ie = New-Object -com InternetExplorer.Application
while($ie.ReadyState -ne 4) {start-sleep -m 100}
$ie.document.getElementById("username01").value= $VMworldUser
$ie.document.getElementById("password01").value = $VMworldPassword
while($ie.Document.url -ne "https://vmworld2012.activeevents.com/scheduler/publicVoting.do") {start-sleep -s 7}
$ie.document.getElementById("searchEl").value = "Renouf"


Here are a list of the submissions I have put forward for VMworld this year:


PowerCLI @ VMworld 2011

I have to say, 2011 I think was my best VMworld yet – probably because I now work for VMware and was involved in so much cool stuff but hey – it was Awesome !

Whilst at VMworld I notice a lot of activity on the PowerCLI front, to capture this rather than a normal blog post I wanted to share with you a short video I created, it not only shows you what happened at VMworld but also gives you some great detail on what people are using PowerCLI for.

Thanks to everyone I spoke to and everyone I had a drink with.  Also a big special thanks to my co-presenter Luc Dekens (featured at the end of the video).

PowerCLI at VMworld Europe ‘11

I have just had a quick chat with my good friend PowerCLI-Man and he wanted me to let you know that despite rumours he will be attending VMworld Europe in Copenhagen 2011 – I for one am pleased about this and hope I will finally get the chance to meet him.

He said it was important to point out a couple of sessions to you which apparently will be fantastic:



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ESXi 5.0 Reference Poster

During VMworld most people I talked to were either moving to ESXi or excited by the new features of vSphere 5 and were investigating what they would need to do to upgrade and get the latest and greatest.

Those who attended the Hands on Lab were lucky enough to grab a poster bought to you by VMware Technical Marketing, this year VMware were giving out two posters, the first is the “VMware Management with PowerCLI 5.0” poster which can be downloaded here.

The second was a new poster which was designed to help you  move to ESXi 5.0, this is called the “VMware ESXi 5.0 Reference” poster, it includes handy quick references to advise people of common tasks like upgrading to the latest version…

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VMworld Script Club / Developer / Admin Meet up

If your attending VMworld Las Vegas this year and are interested in chatting with Scripter’s, Developers and general admins wanting to automate their life make sure you attend the chat detailed here and below:

Date: Tuesday – August 30th

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Location: VMworld Community Lounge, located just outside the entrance to the solution exchange

There will be a host of people attending and ready to answer questions so come along and take full advantage, topics will include – but are not limited to:

  • vSphere APIs/SDKs with Pablo Roesch, Mahesh Ramachadran
  • vSphere Java APIs with Steve Jin
  • PowerCLI / Auto Deploy / Image Builder with Alan Renouf and Luc Dekens
  • VI Perl with William Lam
  • vCLI/vMA/ESXCLI with Kyle Gleed
  • vFabric with Carter Shanklin, Justin Murray
  • Java on vSphere with Emad Benjamin
  • SaaS architecture with Gilbert Lau
  • vCO with development team
  • Service automation tooling with Budianto Bong
  • Any other devops topics on your mind

This I am sure will be one of the highlights of VMworld, I know there are going to be many this year !

VMworld PowerCLI–What to expect

Last years sessions by Luc and I had to be the highlight of my year and judging by the comments and scores we received it didn’t go down that badly with the attendees either.  So this year we want to “raise the bar”, we have some fantastic sessions planned and hope you will come and see some of the things we have organised.

If i had to use one word to describe our sessions this year it would be “Super”, after you have seen the sessions you will understand why.

So to give you an idea of what we have planned we decided to give you a quick outline of the sessions and also a mention of the other PowerShell and PowerCLI based sessions at VMworld….

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VMworld 2011 session

Following last years successful session which Luc Dekens and I presented 5 times at the San Francisco and Copenhagen VMworld’s we thought we would again submit another PowerCLI session this year.

But wait, we have not submitted just one for your viewing pleasure but two sessions !

Some of the feedback last year showed that there were some enhancements we could make to our session, taking this on board we have submitted two sessions which hopefully you will find interesting enough to vote for.


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Interview with Dimitar Hristov – VMware vSphere PowerCLI Engineering Team

I think I must have missed this interview when I was at VMworld Copenhagen but recently came across this and gave it a quick listen.

John Troyer does a great job interviewing Dimitar Hristov from the PowerCLI engineering team, there is some great information in here to do with getting started and the future of PowerCLI, definitely worth a watch. Continue reading

Out-WordCloud–PowerShell Fun

Whilst producing the presentation for VMworld I created a hypnotic slide which showed every cmdlet in PowerCLI 4.1 in a word cloud type picture, this picture was then rotated and zoomed until the audience believed we had given them a fantastic session – well kind of anyway !

The word cloud i created for that slide was actually created using wordle.net, a website which you can use to create word clouds, each word must be entered on the first page of the site, if a word is entered more than once it will make it bigger than the rest, the more times the bigger the word will be.  Now I could have typed each and every cmdlet into the site and then got it to generate the image for me but where is the fun in that ?

So I created a simple function which you can pass multiple words and it will do it for us, please see below for the code and a short video of me creating a word cloud of all the PowerCLI 4.1 U1 cmdlets:

Just a bit of fun really but someone may find it useful !

Function Out-WordCloud ($Words) {
	$ie = New-Object -com InternetExplorer.Application
	while($ie.ReadyState -ne 4) {start-sleep -m 100}
	$go = $ie.Document.body.getElementsByTagName('BUTTON') | Where {$_.innertext -eq 'GO'}

$Words = Get-Command -Module Vmware.VimAutomation.core | `
 Select -ExpandProperty Name | Out-String

Out-WordCloud $Words

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