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VMware® ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security by Dave Mishchenko

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Chapter 9. Scripting and Automation with PowerCLI

Throughout this book, you’ve seen numerous PowerCLI scripts that can perform complex tasks with a minimal amount of code. Microsoft PowerShell was designed to help system administrators manage their systems more efficiently and easily. VMware PowerCLI extends that ease of management to your VMware infrastructure.

Have you ever had to make a simple change such as updating the network connection for a number of virtual machines? If so, you know it is time consuming and tedious and opens the possibility of misconfiguration if you need to reconfigure a large number of virtual machines. With PowerCLI, such a change can be made on any number of targets with a simple, one-line script.

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