This blog post discusses the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI.
Quest is a regular PowerShell powerhouse. It is the home of the most famous PowerShell application of them all: PowerGUI. For those of you that don't know PowerGUI, it is a graphical user interface and script editor for Microsoft Windows PowerShell allowing you the make the most of PowerShell even if you are not an expert. PowerGUI also supports something called a PowerPack. A PowerPack is an add-in for the PowerGUI platform allowing you to plugin other modules so you can display them in PowerGUI.
This blog post will provide you with an overview and provide you with details on how to obtain the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI while in other blog posts we will go into more detail showing you exactly what cool stuff you can do using the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI.
So what does the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI give me?
- PowerShell Tigerblood. First and foremost, the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI makes it a lot easier to utilize the vWorkspace PowerShell module. You can see the resulting PowerShell code of all actions and easily apply filters for example. You'll learn as you go and be an expert before you know it!
- The ability to use more PowerShell. The vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI provides many of the options (but not all of course) that the native vWorkspace Management Console provides, like:
Packaged Application Management
Manage computer groups
Provision new computers
Setup new computer groups
Modify existing computer groups
Query provisioning infrastructure
- Provide Multifarm Management. Since PowerShell allows you to be connected to multiple farms at once, you can perform vWorkspace actions to multiple farms simultaneously. This is a great example of how the power of PowerShell allows you to do amazing things.
- New and custom actions. Since all actions you can perform in the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI are PowerShell scripts that we have created for you we had to chance to offer different and new functionality compared to the vWorkspace Management Console. We'll provide some examples in upcoming blog posts.
Please note that the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI by no means is a replacement for the vWorkspace Management Console but rather it provides more and new functionality to you in addition to the vWorkspace Management Console. Another great thing about the vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI is that the PowerGUI is a very community driven-site where dialog,feedback and discussion are very important. It should go without saying that we would also love to hear what you think of our vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI and hear your suggestions/feedback.
How do I get it?
The vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI is hosted on the PowerGUI website. Before you download vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI though make sure you have the latest (beta) version of the vWorkspace PowerShell module installed on the same machine. Download the latest version of the vWorkspace PowerShell module here.
How to install:
1. Download the powerpack file from the PowerGUi website.
2. Open the PowerGUI admin console.
3. Select File | PowerPack Management to open the PowerPack Management dialog.
4. Click on the Import button to import the PowerPack.
5. Using the dialog that just opened, browse to the location where you downloaded the powerpack file and select that file. Click on the Open button to import the vWorkspace PowerPack into PowerGUI.
6. At this point the PowerPack should be imported and you should have a vWorkspace node under the root node of the tree in the Admin Console.
Further instructions are available over at our PowerGUI friends. Again, we would to hear what you think of our vWorkspace PowerPack for Quest PowerGUI and hear your suggestions/feedback.We look forward to hearing from you!