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PowerCLI & Horizon View

Getting Started with PowerCLI for Horizon View

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 a direct link to the blog post Graeme references in the video: Getting Started with PowerCLI 6.5 for Horizon View

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 Poster!

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 PowerCLI Community Repository, along with some of what it contains thanks to our amazing community members, and some of the PowerCLI focused flings!

PowerCLI Poster

VMware PowerCLI 6.5 R1 Poster

If you’re looking to print one out, they are best at 39 inches width by 19 inches height.

Also, be on the lookout for these posters coming to a VMworld and/or VMUG near you!

Help Shape PowerCLI’s Future – Poll

Community feedback has always played an important role in how PowerCLI has evolved and improved. Whether it’s the desire to convert from snapins to modules, adding additional functionalities to existing cmdlets, or creating brand new cmdlets and modules, the feedback we receive has always been extremely important.

This time we have an ask to help shape the future of PowerCLI’s packaging, installation, and upgrade process in the form of an online poll available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HGQDJFQ

Giving a little context around the poll, there have been a lot of asks around getting PowerCLI into the PowerShell Gallery. The PowerShell Gallery is an online repository containing an amazing amount of PowerShell modules and scripts. The PowerShell Gallery allows users the ability to search, install, update, and uninstall these resources directly from a PowerShell session.

Taking a look at how we distribute PowerCLI today, this move would have some major impacts. Instead of logging into my.vmware.com then downloading and installing PowerCLI through an MSI, users could simply open PowerShell and run:

Install-Module -Name PowerCLI

Updating would change as well, as users could then run:

Update-Module -Name PowerCLI

With the changes in these installation methods, it would also mean the start menu and desktop shortcuts would no longer be automatically created at time of install.

Last big impact would be to offline installations. Since the PowerShell Gallery is an online repository, users would have to access the gallery using a system that has internet access, running a command that looks something like the following, and then completing the install by copying the module over to the offline system where it can now be imported:

Save-Module -LiteralPath "C:\MyLocalModules\" -Name PowerCLI

The last question is optional and is asking for an email address since we’ll have some goodies available as giveaways!

If you’d like some additional information about the PowerShell Gallery, see the following link: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/gallery/psgallery/psgallery_gettingstarted

Here’s a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HGQDJFQ

Again, thanks to everyone for helping make PowerCLI awesome!