Spotlight on the New DRS Groups and VM-Host Rule Cmdlets!

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We’re kicking off the first in a series of blog posts taking an in-depth look at some of the new cmdlets that were made available with the PowerCLI 6.5.1 release. This first post is going to be covering the cmdlets targeted at managing DRS groups and their associated rules. These new cmdlets are as follows: Get-DrsClusterGroup New-DrsClusterGroup Set-DrsClusterGroup Remove-DrsClusterGroup Get-DrsVMHostRule New-DrsVMHostRule Set-DrsVMHostRule Remove-DrsVMHostRule If you’ve never used Read more [...]

PowerCLI 6.5.1 Installation Walkthrough

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We released PowerCLI 6.5.1 two weeks ago and the response has been incredible! The VMware.PowerCLI module is closing in on 4,000 downloads from the PowerShell Gallery and we’ve received a ton of good feedback. There seems to be quite a few questions and comments over this new installation method so I created a walkthrough video to illustrate the process for PowerShell version 5.0 as well as for versions 3.0 and 4.0. We’ve also collected the most common errors and issues during the installation Read more [...]

Welcome PowerCLI to the PowerShell Gallery – Install Process Updates

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PowerCLI 6.5.1 has been released and in this release we have made some big changes to the way you install and keep up to date with PowerCLI! This update was all based around Microsoft PowerShell deployment models, listening to you, the customer and ensuring we are making the changes to provide the best PowerShell product going forward. As of PowerCLI 6.5.1, you no longer have a MSI file to download and install. You can now install directly from the PowerShell Gallery! This update streamlines the Read more [...]

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5.1

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It’s PowerCLI release day and this is a significant one! This new release of PowerCLI is versioned at 6.5.1 rather than what you probably expected which would be 6.5 R2 (following on from our last release). We have made this change in order to fall in line with the best practices for being used in the PowerShell Gallery! New Features First and foremost, the largest update to this version of PowerCLI is regarding how the installation process has changed. As of this release, you no longer have Read more [...]

Thoughts around PowerCLI and the Powershell Gallery

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I am *very* excited to share some thoughts and possibilities for PowerCLI. Packaging and Installation are big areas we have been looking at. We have heard loud and clear that our customers wanted to embrace modules and in our recent releases we have moved away from snapins into modules. We’re now looking at how we package the modules and deliver them to our users. One possibility would be releasing PowerCLI exclusively from the Powershell Gallery, the central repository for Powershell Read more [...]

Using PowerCLI for Distributed Switch Management

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We’re excited to release another video in the series on PowerCLI tips and tricks! This time we’re covering how to use PowerCLI for distributed switch management. This video shows how to perform the following tasks easily: Creating a vSphere Distributed Switch Adding Hosts to the Created vSphere Distributed Switch Creating Distributed Port Groups Creating a VMKernel NIC with vMotion Enabled Creating a VMKernel NIC with Fault Tolerance Enabled Backing Up a vSphere Distributed Switch Configuration Restoring Read more [...]

vSphere API Access Comparison – Lightboard Style

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A question keeps coming up more and more often around accessing the vSphere API with PowerCLI. The conversation is normally centered around when to use Get-View versus when referencing an object’s ExtensionData property should be used. This provided a great opportunity to create a lightboard video to highlight the different methods: To answer the actual question though, the choice is yours. You get access to the same information available by the vSphere API either way! The post vSphere API Read more [...]

New Release: Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition Book

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Recently, the new book Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition was published by Packt Publishing. Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition contains 517 pages of PowerCLI goodness. The book starts with downloading and installing PowerCLI. It continues with basic PowerCLI concepts, and working with PowerShell objects. Managing vSphere host, virtual machines, virtual networks, storage, high availability, clusters, and vCenter Server are the following topics. After patching ESXi hosts and upgrading Read more [...]

Getting Started with PowerCLI for Horizon View

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PowerCLI 6.5 introduced a brand new, completely re-written, module for Horizon View that is leaps and bounds better than the prior release. As an automation fanatic and former View administrator, PowerCLI’s offering for Horizon View has always been an important part of my toolbox. Graeme Gordon, a Senior EUC Architect on our EUC Technical Marketing team, has created a terrific video on how to get started using this new module that we recommend checking out. Watch the Video Also, here’s Read more [...]

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 Poster!

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PowerCLI 6.5 was a big release for us. We changed the name to reflect that we’re doing a bit more than just vSphere these days, we fully converted our snap-ins to modules, and so many more upgrades and updates. There are always a lot of asks for it with every release, so I am extremely happy to finally announce the release of the VMware PowerCLI 6.5 R1 poster! The poster features a bit of a new layout, but still features all of our cmdlets and some associated examples. It also calls out the Read more [...]