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It's Automation, Not Art
It’s Automation, Not Art Learn how to simplify application monitoring with this free eBook.
We recently reached out to IT professionals to find out what they thought about monitoring and managing their environment.  From the survey, we learned that automation was at the top of everyone's wish list.
 
This guide was written to provide an overview on automation as it relates to monitoring.  It was designed specifically for those familiar with computers and IT, who know what monitoring is capable of, and who may or may not have hands-on experience with monitoring software.
PowerCLI - The Aspiring Automator's Guide
Automation is awesome but don't just settle for using other people's scripts. Learn how to create your own scripts and take your vSphere automation game to the next level! Written by VMware vExpert Xavier Avrillier, this free eBook presents a use-case approach to learning how to automate tasks in vSphere environments using PowerCLI. We start by covering the basics of installation, set up, and an overview of PowerCLI terms. From there we move into scripting logic and script building with step-by

Scripting and PowerCLI are words that most people working with VMware products know pretty well and have used once or twice. Everyone knows that scripting and automation are great assests to have in your toolbox. The problem usually is that getting into scripting appears daunting to many people who feel like the learning curve is just too steep, and they usually don't know where to start. The good thing is you don't need to learn everything straight away to start working with PowerShell and PowerCLI. Once you have the basics down and have your curiosity tickled, you’ll learn what you need as you go, a lot faster than you thought you would!

ABOUT POWERCLI

Let's get to know PowerCLI a little better before we start getting our hands dirty in the command prompt. If you are reading this you probably already know what PowerCLI is about or have a vague idea of it, but it’s fine you don’t. After a while working with it, it becomes second nature, and you won't be able to imagine life without it anymore! Thanks to VMware's drive to push automation, the product's integration with all of their components has significantly improved over the years, and it has now become a critical part of their ecosystem.

WHAT IS PowerCLI?

Contrary to what many believe, PowerCLI is not in fact a stand-alone software but rather a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell for managing and automating vSphere environments. It used to be distributed as an executable file to install on a workstation. Previously, an icon was generated that would essentially launch PowerShell and load the PowerCLI snap-ins in the session. This behavior changed back in version 6.5.1 when the executable file was removed and replaced by a suite of PowerShell modules to install from within the prompt itself. This new deployment method is preferred because these modules are now part of Microsoft’s Official PowerShell Gallery. 7 These modules provide the means to interact with the components of a VMware environment and offer more than 600 cmdlets! The below command returns a full list of VMware-Associated Cmdlets!

PowerCLI: An Aspiring Automator's Guide
Stop looking at scripts online in envy because you wish you could build your own scripts. PowerCLI: The Aspiring Automator’s Guide Second Edition will get you started on your path to vSphere automation greatness!

Stop looking at scripts online in envy because you wish you could build your own scripts. PowerCLI: The Aspiring Automator’s Guide Second Edition will get you started on your path to vSphere automation greatness!

Written by VMware vExpert Xavier Avrillier, this free eBook adopts a use-case approach to learning how to automate common vSphere tasks using PowerCLI. We start by covering the basics: installation, setup, and an overview of key PowerCLI terminology. From there we move into scripting logic and script building with step-by-step instructions to build truly useful custom scripts, including:

  • How to retrieve data on vSphere objects
  • Display VM performance metrics
  • How to build HTML reports and schedule them
  • Basics on building functions
  • And more!

This second edition has received a complete overhaul from the original release fully updated to the latest version of vSphere and supplemented with extended use-cases and custom scripts comprising an additional 15 pages of brand-new content!

Beyond the Bits: Best Practices for Monitoring Systems and Applications in a Modern Data Center
Our two-week email course, Beyond the Bits, provides a closer look into the philosophy, theory, and fundamental concepts involved in monitoring your infrastructure environment.

Our two-week email course, Beyond the Bits, provides a closer look into the philosophy, theory, and fundamental concepts involved in monitoring your infrastructure environment.

The Fundamentals
Gain access to daily foundational building blocks to help you master the challenges associated with infrastructure monitoring.

Management Principles
Monitoring doesn’t have to be complex and time-consuming. Beyond the Bits provides the sound management principles you need to reduce automation intimidation and monitoring alerts.

Food for Thought
At the end of each chapter, answer thought-provoking questions to tie in what you’re learning with your day-to-day roles and responsibilities.

The SysAdmin's Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Service
With the shift in the computing paradigm to the cloud, the Azure ecosystem is quickly becoming a critical platform for IT pros to grasp and adopt. But how do you make the leap while maintaining security, manageability, and cost-control? Whether you’re making new VMs directly in the cloud, have VMs in your own datacenter and are looking to migrate to Azure, or you’re looking to manage VMs with cloud-based tools regardless of where they live, The SysAdmin Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Servic

With the shift in the computing paradigm to the cloud, the Azure ecosystem is quickly becoming a critical platform for IT pros to grasp and adopt. But how do you make the leap while maintaining security, manageability, and cost-control?

Whether you’re making new VMs directly in the cloud, have VMs in your own datacenter and are looking to migrate to Azure, or you’re looking to manage VMs with cloud-based tools regardless of where they live, The SysAdmin Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) will teach you to set up and maintain a high-performing Azure IaaS environment.

Written, and now updated, by Paul Schnackenburg, veteran IT consultant and trainer, this free 100+ page guide covers:
•    VM sizing and deployment
•    Migration
•    Storage and networking
•    Security and identity
•    Infrastructure as code
•    Back up and replication
•    Azure Active Directory
•    Azure Arc
•    Automanage
•    and more!

Given the speed of change in the cloud, this eBook covers the why (as well as the how) so that as features and interfaces are updated, you’ll know how to proceed. This second edition also has two new chapters, Automanage (Chapter 11) and Azure Arc (Chapter 12), which have been added to bring a lot of automation and cloud-based management to Azure IaaS, all lessening the burden on your time.

Migrating to the cloud no longer seems a question of if, but when. Make the cloud work for you. Download your free copy today!

Maximizing Monitoring With Automation
Since the 2015 merger, various teams within the now combined Springer Nature IT department—such as the network, SysAdmin, and infrastructure teams—from different countries and with different backgrounds, methodologies, and vendors—had to collaborate and consolidate. Learn how Springer Nature’s embracement of technology and customization allowed them to employ ways to work smarter, not harder—or more costly—to support various IT teams across the organization.

Since the 2015 merger, various teams within the now combined Springer Nature IT department—such as the network, SysAdmin, and infrastructure teams—from different countries and with different backgrounds, methodologies, and vendors—had to collaborate and consolidate.

Springer Nature was already using SolarWinds® solutions upon Senior Systems Monitoring Analyst Dave Morris’s arrival at the company. He recalls, “It was a smaller SolarWinds environment then, and we’ve since grown it. After the merger, many other legacy products were very niche, and we couldn’t justify the cost of maintaining them as they were no longer suitable for the needs of the company and team. We decided to focus on SolarWinds, and because we utilize so many SolarWinds modules and we keep growing it as we go, the environment—and the benefit we receive from SolarWinds—continues to build.”

Though the Springer Nature IT infrastructure is now immense, it’s managed by a team of two: Morris and Software Engineer Consultant Liam Miller. Together, they comprise the global systems monitoring team for the entire Springer Nature business. As proponents for SolarWinds and in introducing SolarWinds products to the internal IT teams, it has been a process of building a team’s confidence in what the solutions could deliver as they get used to newer ways of working and scalability.

The SysAdmin DOJO Podcast
Our goal is simple. We talk with industry experts to provide you with actionable real-world knowledge that will equip you to become the IT black belt within your organization. From virtualization and automation to Microsoft 365 and security and lots more, tune in fortnightly for your dose of the SysAdmin DOJO Podcast.
Our goal is simple. We talk with industry experts to provide you with actionable real-world knowledge that will equip you to become the IT black belt within your organization. From virtualization and automation to Microsoft 365 and security and lots more, tune in fortnightly for your dose of the SysAdmin DOJO Podcast.