PowerCLI 5.8 R1 What’s New?

PowerCLI logoDuring VMworld 2014 VMware announced the vCloud Suite 5.8. One of the components of the vCloud Suite is PowerCLI. The new PowerCLI version is 5.8 R1. The PowerCLI 5.8 R1 features announced during VMworld are:

  • Enhanced startup speed
  • Storage Policy cmdlets
  • Query an OVF/OVA for deployment properties
  • OVF/OVA deployment and configuration
  • Added a filter by tag to more cmdlets
  • Enhanced error reporting
  • Added support for RelatedObject to Get-HardDisk
  • Added filtering support to multiple areas
  • Support for latest version of vCloud APIs
  • New-CIVM cmdlet
  • Support for upcoming version of SRM

These are all great improvements for an already great product. I can’t wait until the vCloud Suite is released to use all of these new features.

Don’t forget that PowerCLI is a free tool and you can use it with all of the vCloud Suite licenses.

You can download PowerCLI from www.vmware.com/go/powercli.

For more information about VMworld go to www.vmworld.com.

New book – Learning PowerCLI

Learning PowerCLI Book CoverI am verry happy to announce that my first book Learning PowerCLI has been published today by Packt Publishing. This book is written for VMware vSphere administrators who want to automate their
vSphere environment using PowerCLI. Learning PowerCLI is written in a friendly and practical style with a focus on getting you started and automating daily tasks quickly and efficiently. If you manage or administrate a vSphere environment, and want to make that easier and more efficient, then this book is for you! It is assumed that you have at least a basic knowledge of VMware vSphere. If you are not a vSphere administrator, but you are interested in learning more about PowerCLI, then this book will also give you some basic knowledge of vSphere. Read more of this post

PowerCLI Get-VICommand function error repaired

PowerCLI logoOn my PC (Windows 8 Pro, Windows PowerShell 3 and VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.1 Release 2) there is a very annoying problem with the Get-VICommand function. If I use this function without specifying the name of a cmdlet to search for, then I get an “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error message:

PowerCLI C:\users\robert> Get-VICommand
get-command : Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
At C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\Scripts\Initialize-PowerCLIEnvironment.ps1:68 char:3
+   get-command -pssnapin VMware.* -Name $Name
+   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-Command], NullReferenceException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.NullReferenceException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetCommandCommand

Listing 1. Get-VICommand error message with PowerShell 3.
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Get VMware vCenter Scheduled Tasks with PowerCLI

PowerCLI logoVMware vSphere PowerCLI is missing cmdlets to work with VMware vCenter Scheduled Tasks. In a series of blog posts I will show you some PowerShell advanced functions that you can use to work with vCenter Scheduled Tasks. The first function is Get-VCScheduledTask. You can use this function to retrieve one or more scheduled tasks from your vCenter Server. Read more of this post

Use PowerCLI to consolidate snapshots in vSphere 5

PowerCLI logoIn vSphere 5 a virtual machine can have a “Virtual machine disks consolidation is needed” Configuration Issue warning in the Summary tab. How can you use PowerCLI to see which virtual machines have this warning? And how can you automate the consolidation of the virtual machine’s disks? Read more of this post

How to list all the PowerCLI ESXCLI commands

PowerCLI logoLast week there was a question in the VMware VMTN Communities VMware vSphere PowerCLI forum from Papires who asked how you can convert the ESXCLI command ‘esxcli storage vmfs snapshot mount -l “DATASTORE”‘ into a PowerCLI command. I had not done very much with ESXCLI in PowerCLI, but I knew that it was something like ‘$esxcli.storage.vmfs.snapshot.mount’. However I was struggling with the ‘-l “DATASTORE”‘ part.

There is not much documentation available about the ESXCLI commands in PowerCLI. And also a search in Google did not help me very much. Finally I found the right answer using the PowerShell Get-Member cmdlet. Read more of this post

Use Performance Monitor to get VM performance statistics

PowerShell logoIn PowerCLI you can use the Get-Stat cmdlet to get performance statistics. But for Microsoft Windows virtual machines with the VMware Tools installed there is another way to get the statistics. Even without using PowerCLI. Read more of this post

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