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 life-cycle operations for VMware® vSphere and vCloud components.

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

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

Basic administrators can use cmdlets included in VMware vSphere PowerCLI to manage their vSphere and vCloud 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.