PowerShell for Networking Engineers

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PowerShell is a very popular scripting and automation language, particularly in environments heavily using Windows Server products. Years ago, virtualization vendors like VMware introduced PowerShell extensions (cmdlets) to give Windows administrators easy access to vSphere API/automation functionality.

Similar extensions are available for Cisco UCS products and VMware NSX; you can also use PowerShell to configure, manage, operate, or automate any device with REST API interface, for example Cisco Nexus switches, Arista data center switches, or Juniper devices.

The PowerShell for Networking Engineers webinar describes the basics of PowerShell (to help you understand the rest of the webinar if you have no prior PowerShell experience) and then focuses on a number of use cases:

  • Configuring Cisco UCS with UCS PowerTool Suite
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus and MDS switches, Cisco IOS XE devices and Cisco ASA with REST API
  • Configuring VMware NSX with PowerNSX.
This webinar is public because the presenters decided not to charge for their work. In return, we'll share the registration details with them and their companies.

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About the Authors

Mitja Robas

Mitja Robas (IT architect at NIL) is a data center expert, with more than fifteen years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting high-demand data centers, and complex networks and virtualization solutions deployed all over the world. Apart from field and consulting engineer role, he acts also as an instructor and content developer for specialized courses and workshops, sharing his knowledge with engineers around the world. Recently he's been focusing on all-flash storage, software defined networking and cloud computing, exercising his curiosity in testing and analyzing those solutions

Anthony BurkeAnthony Burke: VMware NSBU Solutions Architect. Network guy stumbling through the world of automation, abstractions, and cool tech. Has a penchant for fantasy and sci-fi.

Nick BradfordNick Bradford: VMware NSBU Lead Solutions Architect. Infrastructure come devops guy. PowerShell and Python fan. Lover of brewing and drinking fine beer.

Target Audience

Are you

  • A network engineer or architect working in an environment that already uses PowerShell?
  • Trying to start a network automation project in Windows-based environment and haven’t decided on a tool to use?
  • Trying to build a network automation solution that would be familiar to Windows or vSphere administrators?

If you answered Yes or Maybe to one of the above questions, you simply must attend this webinar.

Prerequisites

This webinar assumes basic familiarity with Nexus OS, Cisco IOS, ASA OS or VMware NSX.

Delivery format

The PowerShell for Networking Engineers is a 4-hour technical presentation available as a set of downloadable videos that you can buy in our online store; we can also organize an on-site Hands-On Network Automation workshop, where the topics of this presentation are combined with in-depth discussion of other automation, data center or SDN topics that apply to your network.

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About the webinar

I am a novice with scripting, but found this very cool. It has elevated my "notepad scripts" of using <ctrl+h> to add my variables. Liked that you record the sessions and provide all materials used in the class. This is something I will be playing with in a lab for sometime. Thank you for giving us this opportunity

Jeramy Barnes
Great session. The presenter, Mitja, offered some great ideas and scripts that will definitely save us time on day to day network operations.
Luke
I have no experience with PowerShell and was hoping to learn something. The only key thing I learned is that the scripts that are done on one system (like Windows) are generally not portable to other systems, because of the Windows-specific calls that are likely to be used in a Windows system.
(Anonymous)
I've only got through the first 3 chapters of 'Learn Windows Powershell in a Month of Lunches' so although this was very interesting I got lost while trying follow the details. I look forward to reviewing this seminar once I've got a few more lunches under my belt...
Michael Edwards

About the instructor

Great instructor! Thorough and very knowledgeable about his expertise.
Luke
It is clear that Mitja understands Windows and PowerShell. But without an understanding of Powershell myself, I found it challenging to follow in all the demos.
(Anonymous)

About the materials

The 2am Sydney start time meant it was a little difficult to stay awake to watch live! So glad there's the videos to watch later.
Michael Edwards

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