In celebration of the release of SolidFire PowerShell Tools version 1.2, go to our GitHub site for a little fun, where you’ll find a new repo titled PowerShell-EasterEgg.

SolidFire continues its investment in PowerShell with our 1.2 release (available now)! This release follows our intent to provide regular updates to the already rich capabilities in previous versions. We also have a little Easter egg fun in store for you to celebrate this release.

What’s new

SolidFire PowerShell Tools version 1.2 contains the following additions and improvements:

  • New cmdlet functionality for:

    • LDAP
    • Scheduling
    • Remote logging
    • Login sessions
    • Cluster and volume pairing for replication
    • Bulk volume tasks
  • Expanded Connect-SFCluster cmdlet functionality:

    • Added port attribute so SolidFire Support can connect to ports other than 443.
    • Connections to Element OS API patch versions now available.
    • Improved error message reporting to be more descriptive and contain API cluster responses.
  • Expanded available snapshot replication parameters for:

    • Get-SFGroupSnapshot
    • Get-SFSnapshot
    • New-SFGroupSnapshot
    • New-SFSnapshot

More info

Head out to our Github repo to download the latest build and get more information. Also keep an eye on the developer community for more on how you can leverage the SolidFire PowerShell tools to automate and manage the SolidFire platform. SolidFire engineer Adam Haid (@adamhaid) has recently contributed a post on how to leverage the new scheduling cmdlets for managing snapshot schedules.

Developer community update

I’m also happy to share an exciting update that supports our investment in PowerShell and our developer community. We have begun a migration to the NetApp community platform, and the PowerShell forum is one of the first that is moving. You can now engage with us about PowerShell at its new permanent home. Get joined up, and subscribe.

You mentioned fun, right?

That’s right. You may also notice on the SolidFire Github site a new repo titled PowerShell-EasterEgg. This repo has all of the supporting functions and modules you’re accustomed to but with some fun additions. Run through the code, and see if you can spot all of the additions. You could win a smartphone-controlled BB-8. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to github.com/solidfire, and find the EasterEgg repo
  2. Jump on the PowerShell forum linked above, and comment on the Easter Egg post.
  3. Let us know how many easter eggs you spotted.

The first person to spot all of the eggs wins the BB-8. If no one gets it exactly right before April 1, then we’ll give it to the person who was closest. Also feel free to share your favorite Easter egg in the forum, as well as on social media. Please mention @solidfire so we don’t miss a single tweet!

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Josh Atwell

Josh Atwell is a Cloud Architect for SolidFire focusing on developing VMware and automation solutions. Over the last 10+ years he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code to do his work for him through various automation tools. Most recently Josh worked as a vArchitect for VCE where he worked with customers to architect solutions to meet their infrastructure needs. He also served as a VMware and cloud champion, as well as being selected as a technical team lead. Prior to VCE Josh worked at Cisco on the Virtualization Infrastructure Operations team where he focused on automation for VMware, Cisco UCS, and architecting Splunk for all of IT. Josh is a contributing author to the popular Mastering vSphere series and the upcoming Devops for VMware Administrator book. He is highly involved in the virtualization community where he's been active leading technology based user groups and the vBrownBag podcast. Josh holds a degree in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and has maintained residence in the Raleigh, NC area.