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PowerCLI 11.0 is Out – Easy Update and Features Galore!

PowerCLI fans unite and celebrate as the launch of the latest edition is now public.  If you’re a reader of my blog then there is a good chance you probably found me from PowerShell or PowerCLI  content which also is a hint of much more to come in the next while. The first thing you will want to do as …

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Using jq to pretty print JSON output

If you haven’t already discovered jq, you definitely need to take a look.  This nifty little tool is handy for manipulating JSON content at the command line and within scripts.  The first quick thing I think will be helpful is showing how to pipe raw JSON output to jq to pretty print it (aka show it in the nice nested view). …

Downloading Files with cURL, Including Text and Binary Objects

Many orchestration and automation processes will need to download content from external or internal sources over protocols like HTTP and FTP. The simple way to do this is to leverage lightweight, commonly supported and available tools. The most common and popular tool that I’ve found for managing scripting of downloads inside configuration management systems and other script management tools is …

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Virtual Box for Windows – VBoxManage and Interface Names

If you’re trying out Virtual Box on a Windows host, there is a little catch with the virtual network interface names that happens. It’s a platform specific thing because you are running Windows rather than Linux, and it isn’t an issue unless you are following command line scripts and docs from people using the other platform. For those who haven’t …