Ten must-have tools for every virtualization admin

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User-friendly scripting with PowerGUI and Community PowerPacks

Source:  David Davis

When virtualization admins automate common tasks, they ultimately spend their time more wisely and make their virtual infrastructure more efficient. Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and scripting tools are popular automation methods, but scripting languages are not always intuitive or user-friendly. The PowerGUI application provides a free GUI and script editor for PowerCLI (for vSphere) and PowerShell (for Hyper-V). The GUI lets you use PowerShell without prior coding knowledge. The code is automatically generated when you perform certain actions. You can extend PowerGUI by adding Community PowerPacks. These free script libraries give you working prebuilt examples to jumpstart script creation.

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