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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:

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

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:

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!

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Kyle Ruddy

About Kyle Ruddy

Kyle Ruddy is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect working for VMware R&D in the Cloud Platform Business Unit. Kyle currently focuses on vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS automation and the associated automation frameworks including all things API, CLI, and SDK. Kyle is also a Microsoft MVP and long-term vExpert whom can be found blogging on VMware blogs, http://blogs.vmware.com/vSphere and http://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI, and his personal blog, https://www.kmruddy.com. His Twitter: @kmruddy

10 thoughts on “Help Shape PowerCLI’s Future – Poll

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  2. Testuser

    Informative

    Reply
  3. Amol Patil

    Want to see soon all these changes 🙂
    Nice update

    Reply
  4. JOSEPH FILLA

    What about something native for us Linux and VMware admins? This dependency and focus on Windows make me want to puke.

    Reply
    1. Jake Robinson

      This paves the way for Linux and MacOS distribution!!!

      Reply
  5. vinka

    Very nice information and very informative. Easy to understand and very well defined . I want to see soon all these changes . Thanks

    Reply
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  8. owen hub

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