HA Cluster Improvements

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PowerCLI 4.1.1 introduces three new improvements for HA clusters: Ability to edit advanced HA cluster settings Cmdlet that retrieves the primary nodes of HA cluster Set of new properties that contain runtime HA information The first of the new features is the ability to edit the advanced settings of HA clusters. There are four new Read more...

Improved backward compatibility in PowerCLI 4.1.1

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The new PowerCLI 4.1.1 has improved compatibility with scripts written for PowerCLI 4.0.1 and earlier. PowerCLI 4.1 moved cmdlet output types to new namespaces. This introduced incompatibility with scripts which depend on output types’ full namespace path. To negate the impact of the change and to enable a transition period in which scripts can use Read more...

Enhanced Support for Distributed Switches in PowerCLI 4.1.1

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Support for managing distributed switches was initially introduced in PowerCLI 4.1. In PowerCLI 4.1.1,  we extend this functionality by making changes to the following cmdlets: Name Description Get-VirtualSwitch Returns both standard and distributed switches. You can filter the retrieved switches by their type. Get-VirtualPortGroup Returns the virtual port groups of the specified standard and distributed Read more...

Better Firmware management in PowerCLI 4.1.1

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The latest release of PowerCLI brings us improvements in managing host firmware for ESXi hosts: 1.    Backup functionality is moved to Get-VMHostFirmware cmdlet and the same is deprecated for Set-VMHostFirmware2.    You can now backup and restore firmware for more than one host at once. In fact backup will store the host bundles in the specified Read more...

Support for Virtual Machine SCSI Controllers in PowerCLI 4.1.1

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If you’ve ever missed the ability to manage virtual SCSI controllers with PowerCLI, your problem is now solved. The latest PowerCLI release introduces a new group of cmdlets for getting, creating and updating SCSI controllers of virtual machines. You can choose between different SCSI controller types and between different SCSI bus sharing modes. You can Read more...

ESXCLI now available through PowerCLI

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I’ll illustrate esxcli in PowerCLI with an example of how path selection policy can be set for specific storage array type plugin. As you may know, until now this action could be performed by the esxcli command line tool and the call would look something like:     esxcli nmp satp setdefaultpsp -psp VMW_PSP_RR -satp VMW_SATP_SYMM From Read more...

Managing vSphere Alarms with PowerCLI

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Greetings to all vSphere administrators out there! We are now going to take a look at a new functionality introduced in PowerCLI 4.1 Update 1 – namely vSphere alarms management. We assume that you are already familiar with the vSphere alarms functionality. For those of you who are not, here are some resources on the Read more...

ESXTOP Available Through PowerCLI

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PowerCLI 4.1.1 introduces the new Get-EsxTop cmdlet. This cmdlet provides functionality similar to the “esxtop” utility. The cmdlet allows you to access a wide variety of stats for your virtual environment – thus allowing you to create even more versatile reports using PowerCLI. There are 3 types of data returned by the cmdlet – counter Read more...

PowerCLI 4.1.1 is out

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Tonight we released PowerCLI 4.1.1. Feature Highlights: ESXCLI functionality is now available directly through a new Get-EsxCli cmdlet Esxtop statistics through a Get-EsxTop cmdlet Enhanced vDS support Support for vCenter Server alarms Various host storage enhancements Encrypted credential store The complete change log is available here. In the next few weeks we’ll present the most Read more...