VMware’s PowerCLI is probably the most used tool on any of my computers outside of a web browser. They are continuing to improve upon the product that basically saved powershells life (my personal opinion). With that said, I am constantly building little functions, modules, scripts to perform simple tasks.

I’ll be leaving as much of my work on my personal GitHub workspace. Feel free to check it out.

So, Get-ConsoleURL what is it? As you would imagine, its a simple function that returns the URL of a VM’s web console. Why is this important? Well wouldn’t it be nice to quickly share this with a co-worker? Or save this URL in a custom app/webpage you have? The Open-VMConsoleWindow function is very useful in a local machine, but it requires Powercli and opens a local copy of the vmrc. This function I have created will give you a shareable link to the vCenter and reference the vm via the MoRef.

Check out my function here (Get-ConsoleURL).

Example usage:

Get-ConsoleURL -vmName $vmName -vCenterUN $username -vCenterPW $password

Differences in return:

Open-VMConsoleWindow -UrlOnly -vm $vm


Get-ConsoleURL -vmname $vm



I have a few issues open to add some functionality as well as improve the error handling.

Write-Host “Hello World”

You probably saw the title of my first blog post coming, huh? Invoke-Automation is really about giving the power of automation to the system administrator. Generally I like to think of myself of a jack of all trades, master of none. This blog will showcase just how true that is! I will primarily focus on writing about Automation and virtualization projects, notes, summaries, etc. Why? Sometimes I read articles or blogs and I feel as though they are missing something, so I will update it from my point of view (create all the reference links), and hopefully it will help someone who may think like me, overcome a similar problem they are having.

Quite a bit of my day to day work involves Powershell, PowerCLI, and MySQL. It’s an interesting and POWERFUL combination for system administrators. As you can imagine most of my posts will be involving these technologies and the WAMP stack.  I’ll do my best to keep the blog posts short and on point. I’m really looking forward to have a place to explain how these tools work, how you use them, and how it can help you be more successful.

Feel free to comment or correct me! Check me out on GitHub, Twitter, or the VMTN forums, I’m also in quite a few of the popular slack channels.

Additionally my company Belay Technologies has a GitHub group with some pretty cool projects on going.


I’ve created a small module for Powershell to connect and interact with a MySQL Database and Wamp services. You can probably find several other versions around the web, I am just trying to keep things simple and in line with my coding style. As I’ve stated before most of my posts will be focused on system administration tools/tips/tricks, and this is one of my favorite tools!

Here’s the project on GitHub : PowerWamp

Why Powershell and MySQL?

Many times I’m collecting a bunch of data from a system (or multiple systems) and need to save the data as well as share that data with other team members. Text files and CSV’s don’t always cut the mustard. Using this Powershell module I’m able to quickly gather data from many systems and insert that data into a small MySQL database. This is also great for keeping historical data for a script you may run each day, or another set schedule. In my day job I routinely setup quick and dirty PHP pages to display the data that I am retrieving. The WAMP stack is a great simple tool for System administrators and this module is essential for the Powershell integration.

I’m sure some System Administrators probably cringe a bit with the idea of interacting with a database as part of their daily routine. I can admit it’s a bit intimidating at first, it’s a whole new language to learn! Understanding tables, foreign keys, primary keys, updates, selects, Joins, etc. Oh what a learning curve it is! Here is a great resource to get started: w3schools.

I can assure it’s worth your time. I have a few open source projects that I’m working on that I believe will be extremely useful to system administration automation. Hopefully over the next few months I’ll begin to share them with you. I’ve already started working on my next Blog post; ‘Getting started with PowerWamp’, which should hit the web very soon!

Hop on over to GitHub today and get started!

Here is a quick peak at using the tool, This data set will not mean much to you. My Getting started blog post will provide you with code you can actually use.

I ran the following commands against a database I had on my machine to show how simple this is:

Import-Module .\powerWamp.psm1
$query = "select * from rts_properties"
Invoke-MySQLQuery -Query $query -MySQLUsername root -MySQLPassword " " -MySQLDatabase summitrts -MySQLServer localhost
$query = "insert into rts_properties (Name,Val) VALUES ('I love PowerWamp','Download it Today!');"
$MyConnectionString = "server=localhost;port=3306;uid=root;pwd=;database=summitrts"
$lastInsertId = @(Invoke-MySQLInsert -Query $query -ConnectionString $MyConnectionString)[1]
$query = "select * from rts_properties"
Invoke-MySQLQuery -Query $query -ConnectionString $MyConnectionString
remove-module Powerwamp

Here is a screenshot.  Notice the new row I added in the second collection, and it only a takes few lines of Powershell!


Did you notice I changed my connection method? The second method lends itself nicely to a Powershell program this is running many queries over and over.

Starting/Stopping Wamp Services is simple too!

import-module .\powerWamp.psm1
Invoke-Wamp -action start -Service apache
Invoke-Wamp -action start -Service mysql

I’m always interested in feedback or feature requests.