Whitepaper: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Scripting Guide

Microsoft continues to fire out literature about its new virtualization management platform System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2007. After a much appreciated Infrastructure Planning and Design for Application and Server Virtualization and a less remarkable Planning a Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Deployment, it’s now the turn of a 143-pages scripting guide:

The Virtual Machine Manager 2007 (VMM) command shell is built on Microsoft Windows PowerShell, an administrator-focused, interactive command-line shell and scripting language that is integrated into the Windows operating system. VMM commands, called cmdlets, can be used separately to perform simple administrative tasks, as an alternative to using the VMM Administrator Console. VMM cmdlets and other command-line elements can also be aggregated into scripts to perform more complex tasks and to automate tasks involving a large number of managed virtual machines that would be burdensome to perform from the Administrator Console…

As you may remember PowerShell is so interesting that even VMware is considering its adoption to enhance VirtualCenter. This document is a mandatory piece to start building serious automation in your virtual infrastructure, without waiting for 3rd party expensive solutions.

Download it here.