Beta: Vizioncore Virtualization EcoShell


Vizioncore released the beta version of the Virtualization EcoShell.

The goal of the Vizioncore Virtualization EcoShell is to provide a freeware desktop application for novice and expert IT administrators leveraging Windows PowerShell scripts across their multi-platform virtual environments.   

Fostered and supported by The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI) – an online community-driven Web site sponsored by Vizioncore – the Virtualization EcoShell is enhanced by the participation of community members through the exchange of new ideas, value-add services and extendable scripts. To become a member of the VESI community, please visit VESI Registration.


One of the best features is based on a script from Alan Renouf (vdiagram) and it’s called Generate vDiagram.


With this feature/script you can generate a Visio drawing of your VI environment. You can choose the following options:


If all the options are set to true, the script will generate three workspaces in Visio with three different vDiagrams. The diagram will look like this:


If you are managing a VI environment, this will be a must have tool. So take a look and get your download here:


Release: PowerGUI 1.7

The key new scenario which we wanted to support was creating custom PowerGUI-based consoles: branding them, locking them down, distributing to administrators (e.g. helpdesk), and then having automatically updated whenever you make changes to the central configuration.

The main pieces of this scenario were:

1. Lockdown mode: this allows you to disable and/or hide any functionality in the PowerGUI admin console. Simply open the file quest.powergui.Lockdown.xml in PowerGUI profile folder (%appdata%\Quest Software\PowerGUI). You can just replace all true with false (in that case users won’t even be able to click an action or change order of columns), or be more granular.

2. Central configuration update: Redirections.xml from PowerGUI profile folder lets you make PowerGUI pull its configuration and/or lockdown information from another location (e.g. file share). PowerGUI also checks for the configuration version, which lets you force the UI update whenever you change anything in your custom console.

3. Ability to change the welcome page to something more meaningful for your organization.

And then there are multiple smaller changes:

4. Multiline comments for PowerShell v2 (<# #>).

5. Icons in the grid and dynamic nodes.

6. Multiple bugfixes based on reports we got from our community forums. We’ll hopefully follow-up on all of them next week.

Download PowerGUI here:

Tool: PowerGUI 1.6

Dimity just spread the news on Twitter:image

The new features include:

PowerShell v2 CTP3 compatibility.

  • [Editor] Dockable & re-arrangeable panes – now you can re-arrange the 3 panes (script, variables, and PowerShell console) any way you like, or even undock any of them and place it outside the main window – I myself am doing that to the PowerShell Console one, making it really large, and placing on my second monitor – makes so much difference!
  • [Debugger] Almost instant debugger start – this used to take significant time for larger scripts in our previous releases.
  • [Debugger] Ability to step into external scripts.
  • [Editor] Customizable toolbar and hotkeys – the first thing I did with that was placing Copy As HTML to the toolbar – this is the feature I am using all the time to blog my PowerShell code.
  • [Admin Console] Much improved column selection dialog box (the one you get when right-clicking the grid header and choosing More).

You can download the new version here:




Release: PowerGUI 1.5.2


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Our key focus in this release has been on performance and stability improvements. Some highlights include:

  1. We added 3 new languages (Chinese, Greek, and Polish).
  2. [Admin console] The grid performance has been significantly improved so simple nodes like Process or Services take 1-2 seconds to load.
  3. [Admin console] You can now assign icons to any nodes/links/actions: in the properties dialog box simply click the Icon picture and browse to the ico file.
  4. [Admin console] Fixed a lot of the grid issues: handling of $null properties, multivalued properties, PSCustomObject properties, etc.
  5. [Admin console] Node deletes now have a confirm dialog box. ;)
  6. [Editor] Significantly improved highlighting performance for large scripts (1000-2000 lines of code).
  7. [Debugger] Fixed some compatibility issues with Microsoft’s current v2 builds.
  8. Multiple bugfixes for the issues reported by the online community.

As usual, autoupdate will be turned on in a week or so. So if you want the latest build now – go get it here!