The VMware vSphere PowerCLI User's Guide provides information about installing and using the VMware vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets (pronounced “commandlets”) for managing, monitoring, automating, and handling lifecycle operations for VMware® vSphere and vCloud Director components.

To help you start with vSphere PowerCLI, this documentation includes descriptions of specific vSphere PowerCLI concepts and features. In addition, this documentation provides a set of usage examples and sample scripts.

This book is intended for anyone who needs to install and use vSphere PowerCLI. This documentation is written for administrators and developers who are familiar with virtual machine technology and Windows PowerShell:

Basic administrators can use cmdlets included in vSphere PowerCLI to manage their vSphere and vCloud Director infrastructure from the command line.

Advanced administrators can develop PowerShell scripts that can be reused by other administrators or integrated into other applications.

Developers can use vSphere PowerCLI views to create .NET applications for managing vSphere objects.