Getting Started with VMware vSphere PowerCLI

VMware are providing vSphere PowerCLI to make it possible to administer vSphere and vCloud Director using PowerShell.

A good startingpoint is the VMware vSphere PowerCLI Documentation page that is available at: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ps_pubs.html

If you´re in a hurry you could follow my quick starting guide below:

Step 1. Download and install VMware vShere PowerCLI:
VMware vSphere PowerCLI is available for download from http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/PowerCLI/index.html
Select the release you want to download from the drop-down list and click on the download-link.
Double-click on the downloaded installation-package and follow the instructions to install PowerCLI.

Step 2. Start PowerCLI and connect to a vCenter Server:
Double-click on the “VMware PowerCLI” icon to start PowerCLI.

PowerCLI
PowerCLI

Use the CmdLet ‘Connect-VIServer’ as shown below to connect to the vCenter Server:

Connect-VIServer -Server <server-IP> -Protocol https -Username '<Username>' -Password '<Password>'

Now you are ready to explore and manage the VMware vCenter environment using PowerShell. Start by executing the following CmdLet to list all available commands.

Get-VICommand

Essential penetration testing tools

I found a good blogpost that lists the most essential tools for penetration testing:
http://www.paladinsec.com/penetration-testing-tools-equipment/
To summarise the post, the following tools are a good start:
– Laptop
– Vulnerability scanner (OpenVAS, Nexpose, Nessus)
– Word processor (Word, Writer)
– Internet access
– Liability insurance
– Virtualization (VirtualBox, VMware, Hyper-V)
– Kali Linux and a virtual Windows PC
– Network cables and a switch