As IT around the globe has been tasked to deliver more with less resources has pushed admins to automate as many tasks as possible. The more tasks you can automate in your datacenter, the more efficient you can do your work and the less chances for error you will do with repeatable tasks. Most of the time you will find a great tool out there that help you to automate the task at hands, but there is always the case where you fact a task that you wish you can automate but there is no tool available to automate the task or the available tool in the market is out of budget. That does not mean you have to continue doing that tasks manually forever, but you will have to script it.
If you are not familiar with scripting or the task in hand that you are trying to automate is only can be done using PowerShell and you have not picked up PowerShell yet, then its your lucky day. Veeam has created a 3 video series with almost of 4 hours of play time to help you learn PowerShell. Did I mention yet its free? What are you waiting for! Check it out at: Veeam Learn PowerShell. Below is a description of the three videos where you will have to register at the previous Veeam link to be able to watch them.
1- Kickstart your PowerShell Experience:
The first episode we will focus on taking your first steps into the PowerShell world:
- Understanding CMDlets
- Storing Values
- The Pipeline
2- Getting Stuff done with PowerShell:
The second episode we will focus on some simple scripts and useful available options unique to PowerShell:
- Job Scheduler
- Creating your Own Scripts
- Remote Execution
- Example module show in the webinar to do conversion. Make the directory ConversionByte in the modules folder and then put psm1 and psd1 file in the directory below: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\ConversionB
3- Automate your Veeam Experience:
The last episode focus on Veeam integration with PowerShell, yes what else you expected?
- Custom Reporting
- Creating Jobs
- Mass Job Updates
- Custom Scheduling
Happy Automation Trip! And to keep getting updated when new tutorials by Veema come out feel free to register at: http://go.veeam.com/learn-powershell