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Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
@alanrenouf You mean Product Managers don't get to write code all day ;)
Sneddo
@Sneddo
they have minions for that I hear
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
N
Very smart minions that have a lot of work to do as well :)
Sneddo
@Sneddo
that's why you have a big whip are paid the big bucks ;)
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Ha ha big bucks yeah right
Sneddo
@Sneddo
we can all dream...
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Maybe I should add ads to vCheck then I can retire :)
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
Lol, just start nesting them in Write-Progress bars
Sneddo
@Sneddo
or package it with Cryptolocker :P
Sneddo
@Sneddo
actually maybe we should start a new trend of "in-script" purchases and DLC for Powershell
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter

Cleaned house and organized all open issues. Waffle board is starting to look good and makes some sense of what's outstanding. Any issues that should be reviewed as a potential feature have been tagged as enhancement and added to the 7.0 milestone.

Stories in Ready

Sneddo
@Sneddo
Awesome work!
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Agreed, awesome job!
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
:octocat: :thumbsup:
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
I was thinking about the need for XML files for certain pieces and parts; has there been any thoughts about switching to JSON for the structured data/'schema' based portions of the report? I think it's a bit more 'readable' and PowerShell has good native support for it. Just throwing an idea out there.
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Which pieces and parts? But in generally I agree JSON is the way to go, I see it being preferred to XML recently.
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
I have no idea why I even said 'pieces & parts'; the only thing I had in my head was the Plugins.xmlfile.
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
:) yeah we could always convert that
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
but it could end up scaling or being used for anything where we would need to store key-value paired data. I agree that it seems to be the internet's most popular means of storing and using structured data of all kinds. I guess it's not surprising, given the fact that IT Infrastructure is basically a sea of APIs, now (love me some APIs); I don't think I've ran across a recent API interface that doesn't take/mandate a JSON payload, lol
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Tell me about it, if this were NDA I could talk about this subject all day, or maybe I already did
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
I'm covered under current VMware NDA looks left; looks right Lol
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
:)
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
In case anyone missed this earlier today, Microsoft announced/released Visual Studio Code which is a free, multi platform editor, geared toward supporting ASP.NET v5 & Node.js web applications.
It also has native support for git and syntax highlighting for PowerShell (and defaults to CRLF line endings when writing PowerShell code in OS X :smirk: )
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Writing PowerShell code on OSX, if only they had open sourced Powershell as well, then maybe you could run the code on OSX as well
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
Actually, they did!
Well, kind of..
.NET Core CLR is now available for OS X and a new Core CLR version of PowerShell is going to have to be used to manage those end points, as I understood it.
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Let see what happens then, PowerShell and PowerCLI for Linux and OSX would be sweet
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
I agree 100%
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
@alanrenouf Do you know if it's possible to reuse/pass an authenticated PowerCLI session into a child .NET runspace, in order to be used for async' script execution?
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
I normally pass the
Whoops hit enter too fast, I normally pass the session secret and use that to connect to the vcenter server $session = $global:DefaultVIServer.sessionsecret
Then connect-viserver VC -session $session
If your doing this for jobs go careful, I had vCheck working with jobs but it takes a lot of resources from the client machine and kills the process.
I mean specifically for vCheck that is, not jobs in general
Kevin Kirkpatrick
@vScripter
@alanrenouf Cool; that's what I was thinking, as far as method. I thought about using it for vCheck, but I am working on a reasonably high priority request and I think seperate .NET runspaces could potentially eliminate some unnecessary overhead. That said, I'm going to keep a closer eye out on resource consumption, per your comment. Thanks a lot :thumbsup:
mtterry13
@mtterry13
Anyone available for assistance configuring this to run as scheduled task. I must be missing something, or at least right direction for debug?
Sneddo
@Sneddo
The usual problem for running as a scheduled task is if you have the vCenter Services/Events plugins enabled and running as a different user. You need to run Powershell as the user that is running the task and run vCheck manually first, this will create the credential file.
Proxx
@Proxx
I see that this script is meant to be used for only specific uses vsphere, exchange, vcenter audit... Why not make this more generic
And let the plugins fetch results from: exchange, vsphere, ADS, SQL, and such?
Sneddo
@Sneddo
This is definitely on the to do list, but requires quite a bit of work to do properly. Technically this is possible now, if you structure your plugins folder appropriately.
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Exactly, it works at the moment but what would you want to see @Proxx ? an initial selection of which product to check?
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
The HTML framework was adapted along time ago to basically make it easy to report on any PowerShell script that creates an output
Personally I would like to see the GUI config completed as in this case it would be so much easier to configure, especially as the plugins are now getting more and more.
BTW, there is a video at the end of this post here which shows me making a random vCheck for something simple in PowerShell using the framework... http://www.virtu-al.net/vcheck-pluginsheaders/vcheck/
Sneddo
@Sneddo
Yeah, the config GUI and changes to the settings (to facilitate easier updates) would be definitely the top of the list. This is more of a nice to have, and could trim down the execution time and resource usage by only fetching information that is required by plugins.
Alan Renouf
@alanrenouf
Maybe we should share a PowerShell studio project in the Github repo as well so we can start building the GUI, I have a few ideas