A recording of my VMworld 2018 talk, thanks to the vBrownbag team.
I believe every IT Ops person, SysAdmin, and vSphere administrator should do some coding, and this session will explain how to get started. This session will cover the core concepts required along with some PowerShell/ PowerCLI examples. The session is aimed at vSphere admins with little coding experience and they should come away understanding that coding isn’t something to be fearful of.
The additional resources mentioned at the end of the video can be found here: Devs4Ops Resources
In one month from now I’ll be speaking at VMworld in Barcelona with a concise session on coding skills for the IT operations team. To quote the abstract for the session:
I believe every IT Ops person, SysAdmin, and vSphere administrator should do some coding
This belief is one I definitely work to in my day-to-day IT activities, and something I encourage my colleagues to do as well. My intention isn’t that every Systems Administrator becomes a full-time developer, writing (or contributing to) large-scale applications. However, I do mean for this coding to be more than just using the command line in place of a perfectly good graphical user interface.
A good base in coding leads to better understanding of how admin tasks should be performed and it can provide you with better documentation and more auditable processes. Even small amounts of coding can greatly improve your productivity when tasks must be repeated and can be a stepping stone to more automation of the IT environment.
Here is the remainder of the abstract:
… this session will explain how to get started. This session will cover the core concepts required along with some PowerShell/ PowerCLI examples. The session is aimed at vSphere admins with little coding experience and they should come away understanding that coding isn’t something to be fearful of.
To see the whole presentation, come along to the VMTN theatre on Wednesday afternoon, or catch up after the show with the recording (link tbc). Click Here to view the session in the VMworld Europe Content Catalog and add it to your schedule.
UKVMUG Usercon 2017, when Ricky El-Qasem asked if anyone was a dev and I
half-raised my hand. Video
XKCD Comic- How long can you work on automating something and save time? Link
Super Mario Brothers – Not strictly relevant but this video from the Extra Credits team gives an excellent insight into how players learn the actions in Mario. Ties into the fundamentals I discussed, but also a great look at UI design.
I’m doing a quick survey of computing workers to discover how they would describe their role. I’m using the excellent Straw survey site, and results will be publically available for anyone interested*. Continue reading →