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I would personally say use PowerCLI via POWERGUI or vEcoShell. Or use vMA. Both are brilliant and have their advantages
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Gregg Robertson, VCP3,4 , MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP
If you're a "winders guy" then PowerCLI will be the easiest to learn because it uses PowersHell. You will be using it more often anyway as the new M$ products come out.
If you're a "*nix guy" then vSphereCLI will be easiest because it uses perl.
The one thing vMA offers that is especially useful is resxtop, which is a remote esxtop tool. Once the traditional ESX server goes away and ESXi is the only choice, resxtop will be very important.
Dave Convery, VCDX
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If you're comfortable with Windows, PowerCLI is a great choice
If you're comfortable with UNIX/Linux, then check out vMA which also includes the vCLI toolkit and much much more.
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I agree that PowerCLI is a great resource, especially for those who are primarily Windows admins. I think it is the best tool for Windows-based scripting and automation
However, there is a caveat with most of the options listed: resxtop only runs on vCLI on Linux. This can be in the vMA or on a separate install, but if you need resxtop (and you will for support), then you need it on Linux.
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