VMUG UserCon 2018 - Documenting Your Virtual Infrastructure with PowerShell & PowerCLI

VMUG UserCon 2018 - Documenting Your Virtual Infrastructure with PowerShell & PowerCLI

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Tim Carman

March 19, 2018
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    My Problem The constant need to deliver As Built documentation

    for multiple technologies for every customer project
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    My Objective To automate the creation of As Built documentation

    in formats which are clear and consistent, using a process which is simple to build and manage
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    My Inspiration RVTools, vCheck, vDocumentation Fantastic tools which provide a

    significant amount of information however they only report on VMware vSphere environments and do not report on other related infrastructure. Jake Rutski’s vSphere Documentation Script A fantastic concept, which provided a lot of great information, however it required MS Word and I regularly had issues with output formatting. I also found it quite complex to tailor to my requirements. Build It Myself Limited PowerShell skills. Any document framework I could produce would take significant time and effort to learn, produce and maintain. Some existing PS modules were useful but each had their limitations.
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    My Solution PScribo (pronounced 'skree-bo') is a PowerShell module which

    is used to create a document in a standardised format. The document can be exported into various formats by "plugins", for example, text, HTML, XML and/or Microsoft Word format.
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    ❑ Open Source Project – github.com/iainbrighton/PScribo ❑ Supports multiple formats:

    Word, HTML, XML & Text ❑ It does not require MS Word to produce documents ❑ Available via PS Gallery module or GitHub bundle ❑ YouTube Demo - https://youtu.be/pNIC70bjBZE ❑ Iain started the project to assist Carl Webster with his projects PScribo by Iain Brighton (@iainbrighton)
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    ❑ The vSphere As Built and other scripts are still

    in development. What you see today may or may not end up in the v1.0 release. ❑ I would consider my PowerShell skills to be intermediate at best. There are likely to be many examples of bad coding. ❑ My Git skills are worse ❑ I use VScode - Tabs vs Spaces is now irrelevant My Disclaimer
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    ❑ I would like your feedback and contributions ❑ Develop

    report types (Summary, Detailed, Complete) ❑ Add Email capabilities, Theme/Style support, Config files ❑ Template the documentation script ❑ Add scripts to PS Gallery ❑ Add multi vCenter Support (vSphere) ❑ Add more health checks, more details, more vendors My Next Steps