When Microsoft launched the new Microsoft PowerShell scripting language, administrators took notice. When VMware tagged on to PowerShell and created the VMware VI Toolkit for Windows, virtualization administrators took notice. This scripting language removed the complexity of learning Perl and other programming languages in order to easily automate many of today's administrative tasks.
Quest Software, a company that has been taking a much larger interest in the virtualization market, has adopted the PowerShell scripting language and has been extending the free PowerGUI tool with its own PowerPack extensions.
During the holidays, Quest was busy with the release of versions 2.0 and 2.0.1 of its PowerGUI PowerPack for VMware. The new update includes a full-featured PowerShell script library for VMware to further enhance VMware virtualization management.
PowerGUI with VMware PowerPack 2.0 gives administrators a helping hand by automating many management tasks that are common to virtual infrastructures. According to Quest, combining Windows PowerShell, PowerGUI, and their PowerPack for VMware provides the ability to manage not only the applications that organizations depend on, but also the virtual infrastructure that power them — all from a single console.