VMware has announced the general availability of the VMware Infrastructure
(VI) Toolkit (for Windows), a new addition to its scripting toolkit
portfolio that enhances automation of virtual datacenters.
Offered free of charge, the toolkit is an easy-to-use scripting interface
for administrators who need to manage multiple VMware ESX hypervisors or
VMware VirtualCenter instances. Based on the popular Microsoft PowerShell
scripting language, it provides a familiar interface that lets
administrators automate repetitive tasks such as cloning, moving, starting
or stopping virtual machines and hosts in a VMware Infrastructure
Managing a large VMware Infrastructure deployment can require taking similar
actions across dozens or hundreds of hosts or virtual machines. Typically,
administrators either perform the tasks individually or use less familiar
scripting languages to help automate some of the standard tasks.
The VI Toolkit (for Windows) allows VMware Infrastructure to be managed just
like any other Windows application. Routine tasks can easily be automated so
that hundreds of hosts or virtual machines are just as easy to manage as
one. The toolkit includes simple-to-use "commandlets" for deploying hundreds
of virtual machines across IT infrastructure, saving administrators the time
and effort of repeating management tasks and freeing up their precious time
for more creative, productive and impactful efforts.
"With more than 120 000 customers using our products, and 46 percent of our
enterprise customers deploying VMware Infrastructure 3 as the preferred
platform in the datacenter, the ability to automate standard management
tasks is becoming increasingly important," says Raghu Raghuram, vice
president of products and solutions at VMware.
"Now anyone using Microsoft PowerShell can automate these tasks. For
example, a customer managing multiple virtual machines can write a few lines
of PowerShell commands to eliminate hours of work. In environments with
hundreds or thousands of virtual machines, this can save a tremendous amount
VMware encourages IT administrators to submit their own scripts to the
community to help their peers improve management of their own VMware