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Welcome PowerCLI to the PowerShell Gallery – Install Process Updates

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 install process in multiple ways and allows module based features which PowerShell users will be used to from other PowerShell based additions.

What does this mean for you?

PowerCLI being on the PowerShell Gallery means there are some changes that users should be aware of. The first big change, there is no more MSI to perform the install and therefore you don’t download it from the VMware website!

The install is done completely through PowerShell itself using the PowerShell Gallery via PowerShellGet. This means also means the other items which used to be installed by way of the MSI won’t be installed automatically. These things include the PowerCLI desktop shortcuts and the User Guide.

There are two ways in which you may install PowerCLI with this new method, online and offline. Let’s take a look at how to perform these methods.

Getting Started

The first step in moving to this new release is to uninstall any prior versions of PowerCLI which may be installed on the system by the old MSI installer, this is needed to move to the new distribution model.

Uninstalling Prior PowerCLI Versions

It is also worth checking to ensure the “PowerCLI” folder has been removed from the following directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\

With the prior version of PowerCLI uninstalled, it’s time for the install!

Online Installation From a Computer with an Internet Connection

For the online install, start by confirming access to PowerShell Gallery and being able to find the PowerCLI module. This can be done by running the following:

Find-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

Find-Module Output for PowerCLI

Note: If you have not accessed the PowerShell Gallery before, or perhaps have an out of date version of NuGet, you may receive a message indicating there is a missing or out-of-date NuGet provider. NuGet is a Package Management provider. These are primarily used to install, upgrade, configure, and/or remove software in an automated fashion. To accept the installation of a proper version of NuGet, hit “Y”.

We will now make use of the Install-Module cmdlet to make PowerCLI actually available on the local system. This can be done with the following:

Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI –Scope CurrentUser

You will notice we’re only installing it for the current user, we do this because it doesn’t require admin access! If you would like it available for all users of the computer, your PowerShell session will have to be running as an administrator, and PowerCLI will automatically be installed for all users by changing the Scope parameter to AllUsers.

Install-Module usage

Success! We now have the PowerCLI modules installed and available locally!

Offline Install of PowerCLI to a Computer Without an Internet Connection

The following method should be used to install PowerCLI through the PowerShell gallery for those systems which do not have access to the internet. You will need at least one system that has internet access and a way to move the files to the target computer.

While on a system that has internet access, we will find the PowerCLI module with the same command we ran above:

Find-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

Then we can download the module for offline consumption with the following command:

Save-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Path C:\Path\To\Desired\Folder

Save-Module Output

At this point, we’ll want to copy those downloaded folders and place them on the system without internet access in a location where PowerShell can find them, this is the modules folder and can be confirmed by typing $ENV:PSModulePath at the powershell prompt.

Local User: $home\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules
All Users: $pshome\Modules

Using PowerCLI

One of the great enhancements in PowerCLI 6.5.1 means we no longer need to load the modules into the PowerShell session as we may have done in the past, as soon as the modules are loaded into the module folder PowerShell will automatically be aware of their existence and you will find the cmdlets registered with the PowerShell session. Normal PowerShell behaviour meanst that as soon as you use the first cmdlet the PowerCLI module will be loaded as needed.

But what about the nice PowerCLI Welcome message and other functions which existed to make PowerCLI easier to use when we launched the old desktop icon?

First, we can mimic the desktop shortcuts by simply running:

Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI

Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI Output

Please note the warning message about joining the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). We recommend enabling CEIP, as it’s greatly helps us improve our products! In order for the message to not appear, you either have to enable or disable CEIP by way of the Set-PowerCLIConfiguration cmdlet.

The other option to load the cmdlets, simply use the cmdlets as you normally would. The modules will auto-populate as necessary!

Here’s an example of using a new PowerShell session and connecting to a vCenter Server:

PowerCLI Autoloading Example

We can see the session begins without any PowerCLI modules being imported. After typing in the Connect-VIServer cmdlet (tab complete is fully operational as well), we can see the VMware.VimAutomation.Core module has been imported automatically! The other modules won’t be imported until they’re referenced.

Re-Creating The Desktop Shortcut

I know there are quite a few fans of the Desktop shortcut, so I’ll briefly describe how to set that up. First, create a shortcut that points to the PowerShell executable and place it on the desktop. Next, right click the newly created desktop shortcut and select properties. You should find yourself on the “Shortcut” tab. Enter the following values:

Target: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -noe -c "Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI"
Start In: C:\
Shortcut Key: None
Run: Normal Window
Comment: Launch VMware PowerCLI

In the end, we should have something quite similar to the following:
Recreating the PowerCLI Desktop Shortcut

Summary

This new install method is a very exciting improvement for PowerCLI. As seen above, this definitely streamlines the process of getting PowerCLI installed and accessible!

To find out more about the other fantastic improvements that are available with VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1, please see the following blog: New Release – PowerCLI 6.5.1

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Kyle Ruddy

About Kyle Ruddy

Kyle Ruddy is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at VMware in the Cloud Platform Business Unit. Kyle currently focuses on vSphere with Operations Management as well as all things API, SDK, and CLI. Kyle can be found blogging on VMware blogs, http://blogs.vmware.com/vSphere and http://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI, and his personal blog, http://www.thatcouldbeaproblem.com. You can follow Kyle on twitter as @kmruddy.

45 thoughts on “Welcome PowerCLI to the PowerShell Gallery – Install Process Updates

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  2. Damien Solodow

    Yay!!!
    Excellent to see. 🙂
    One note; since VMware.vimautomation.core contains -cluster cmdlets, if you have the FailoverClusters module installed you’ll need to add the -AllowClobber parameter to the Install-Module command.

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  4. Gabrie van Zanten

    Hi, when using the desktop shortcut, would that mean it won’t get loaded in other PowerShell windows? Because there are some overlaps like Get-VM between VMware PowerCLI and Hyper-V, we really need the different windows to work in.

    Reply
    1. LucD

      Dear Gabrie,
      No you don’t need a separate window (that’s so 20th century btw)

      You have some options
      1) If you have conflicting cmdlets, add the module name in front

      VMware.VimAutomation.Core\Get-Cluster

      2) Use the Prefix parameter

      Import-Module -Name VMware.VimAutomation.Core -Prefix Pcl
      Get-PclCluster

      3) Unload the module you are not using

      Remove-Module -Name FailOverClusters

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    1. Jake Robinson

      Hi Thomas, these advanced functions are not in the Horizon module. You’ll still need to import them.

      Reply
  5. Pasquale Lantella

    I have successfully installed the module locally, but what to publish it on our internal Repository (based on DFS file share) using:

    Publish-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Repository MyRepo -verbose -Force

    and get an Error about dependencies issues for ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk’

    what is the best Method to publish powerCLI to an internal Repository?

    Reply
      1. Pasquale Lantella

        Hi Jake! Here is the complete verbose output, I am Using a German windows 7 with Powershell 5.1

        PS C:\> Publish-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Repository LHSRepo -verbose -Force
        VERBOSE: Repositorydetails, Name = ‘LHSRepo’, Location = ‘\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery’; IsTrusted = ‘True’; IsRegistered = ‘True’.
        VERBOSE: Repositorydetails, Name = ‘LHSRepo’, Location = ‘\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery’; IsTrusted = ‘True’; IsRegistered = ‘True’.
        VERBOSE: Ort der Veröffentlichung: “\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery”.
        VERBOSE: Das Modul “VMware.PowerCLI” wurde in “C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.PowerCLI\6.5.1.5377412” gefunden.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.PowerCLI.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\AppData\Local\Temp\605923979\VMware.PowerCLI\VMware.PowerCLI.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk\1.0.0.5334677\VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Common.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Common\6.5.1.5335010\VMware.VimAutomation.Common.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Core.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Core\6.5.1.5374329\VMware.VimAutomation.Core.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Core\6.5.1.5374329\VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Srm.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Srm\6.5.1.5374694\VMware.VimAutomation.Srm.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Srm\6.5.1.5374694\VMware.VimAutomation.Srm.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.License.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.License\6.5.1.5375648\VMware.VimAutomation.License.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.License\6.5.1.5375648\VMware.VimAutomation.License.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Vds.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Vds\6.5.1.5374428\VMware.VimAutomation.Vds.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Vds\6.5.1.5374428\VMware.VimAutomation.Vds.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.vROps.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.vROps\6.5.1.5375723\VMware.VimAutomation.vROps.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.vROps\6.5.1.5375723\VMware.VimAutomation.vROps.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core\6.5.1.5374323\VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core\6.5.1.5374323\VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.HA.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\6.0.0.5314477\VMware.HAModule.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\6.0.0.5314477\VMware.VimAutomation.HA.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView\7.1.0.5307191\VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView\7.1.0.5307191\VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud\6.5.1.5376282\VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud\6.5.1.5376282\VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud\6.5.1.5375799\VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud\6.5.1.5375799\VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.DeployAutomation.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.DeployAutomation\6.5.1.5299608\Initialize-VMware_DeployAutomation.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.DeployAutomation\6.5.1.5299608\VMware.DeployAutomation.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.DeployAutomation\6.5.1.5299608\VMware.DeployAutomation.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.ImageBuilder.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.ImageBuilder\6.5.1.5299608\VMware.ImageBuilder.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.ImageBuilder\6.5.1.5299608\VMware.ImageBuilder.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.Storage.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Storage\6.5.1.5374001\VMware.VimAutomation.Storage.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Storage\6.5.1.5374001\VMware.VimAutomation.Storage.Commands.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VimAutomation.StorageUtility.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.StorageUtility\1.0\StorageUtility.psm1’.
        VERBOSE: Populating RepositorySourceLocation property for module VMware.VumAutomation.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VumAutomation\6.5.1.5301639\VMware.VumAutomation.ps1’.
        VERBOSE: Loading module from path ‘C:\Users\u104018\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\VMware.VumAutomation\6.5.1.5301639\VMware.VumAutomation.dll’.
        VERBOSE: Repositorydetails, Name = ‘LHSRepo’, Location = ‘\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery’; IsTrusted = ‘True’; IsRegistered = ‘True’.
        VERBOSE: Der Anbieter “PowerShellGet” wird für die Paketsuche verwendet.
        VERBOSE: Die angegebenen Quellnamen werden verwendet: ‘LHSRepo’.
        VERBOSE: Das Anbieterobjekt für den PackageManagement-Anbieter “NuGet” wird abgerufen.
        VERBOSE: Der angegebene Speicherort ist “\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery”, und PackageManagementProvider ist “NuGet”.
        VERBOSE: Total package yield:’0′ for the specified package ‘VMware.PowerCLI’.
        VERBOSE: Repositorydetails, Name = ‘LHSRepo’, Location = ‘\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery’; IsTrusted = ‘True’; IsRegistered = ‘True’.
        VERBOSE: Der Anbieter “PowerShellGet” wird für die Paketsuche verwendet.
        VERBOSE: Die angegebenen Quellnamen werden verwendet: ‘LHSRepo’.
        VERBOSE: Das Anbieterobjekt für den PackageManagement-Anbieter “NuGet” wird abgerufen.
        VERBOSE: Der angegebene Speicherort ist “\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery”, und PackageManagementProvider ist “NuGet”.
        VERBOSE: Total package yield:’0′ for the specified package ‘VMware.PowerCLI’.
        VERBOSE: Repositorydetails, Name = ‘LHSRepo’, Location = ‘\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery’; IsTrusted = ‘True’; IsRegistered = ‘True’.
        VERBOSE: Der Anbieter “PowerShellGet” wird für die Paketsuche verwendet.
        VERBOSE: Die angegebenen Quellnamen werden verwendet: ‘LHSRepo’.
        VERBOSE: Das Anbieterobjekt für den PackageManagement-Anbieter “NuGet” wird abgerufen.
        VERBOSE: Der angegebene Speicherort ist “\\lhs.stuttgart.de\dfsroot\lhs\scripts\psGallery”, und PackageManagementProvider ist “NuGet”.
        VERBOSE: Total package yield:’0′ for the specified package ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk’.
        Publish-PSArtifactUtility : PowerShellGet kann die Modulabhängigkeit ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk’ des Moduls ‘VMware.PowerCLI’ im Repository ‘LHSRepo’ nicht auflösen. Vergewissern Sie sich,
        dass das abhängige Modul ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk’ im Repository ‘LHSRepo’ verfügbar ist. Wenn dieses abhängige Modul ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk’ extern verwaltet wird, fügen Sie es dem
        ExternalModuleDependencies-Eintrag im PSData-Abschnitt des Modulmanifests hinzu.
        At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:1190 char:17
        + Publish-PSArtifactUtility -PSModuleInfo $moduleInfo `
        + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Publish-PSArtifactUtility], InvalidOperationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnableToResolveModuleDependency,Publish-PSArtifactUtility

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        1. Greg Harms

          Publish-Module will not include module dependencies. It expects those modules to already be in the repository. So you’ll need to publish each module that VMware.PowerCLI depends on separately.

          By publishing the other VMware modules first, I’ve successfully re-published VMware.PowerCLI 6.5.1 to an internal NuGet repo that I use only for PowerShell modules.

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  8. LucD

    If you have modules with conflicting cmdlets (ex. Get-Cluster) on your system, use the -NoClobber switch on the Install-Module cmdlet!

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  10. Nasko

    Hi All,

    When I try to install the VMware.PowerCLI module, it fails with the following error :

    PackageManagement\Install-Package : Package ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Core’ failed to be installed because: The process cannot access the file
    ‘C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\acdc2k22\InternalVimService50.dll’ because it is being used by another process.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:1772 char:21
    + … $null = PackageManagement\Install-Package @PSBoundParameters
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidResult: (VMware.VimAutomation.Core:String) [Install-Package], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Package ‘{0}’ failed to be installed because: {1},Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPack
    age

    I have tried with admin and non-admin user. It fails with different *.dll file. I receive the same error when I use save-module.

    If I use verbose, I see non-matching hashes:

    VERBOSE: Completed downloading ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core’.
    VERBOSE: Hash for package ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core’ does not match hash provided from the server.
    VERBOSE: InstallPackageLocal’ – name=’VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core’,

    My OS is Win7 SP1 x64.

    Thanks!
    Nasko

    Reply
    1. Alexander Kolev

      Make sure that you’ve uninstalled previous versions of PowerCLI, closed all other PowerShell sessions, the PowerShell ISE, etc.

      You may want to see which process is holding a lock on InternalVimService50.dll. (you can use ProcessExplorer for this). That will certainly give a clue into what’s the root cause here

      Cheers,
      A

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      1. Nasko

        Many thanks for your reply Alex!

        I’ve tried on a new PC (Win7SP1,x64) where I have never had any previous PowerCLI versions and Installation failed with the following error:

        PackageManagement\Install-Package : Package ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Srm’ failed to be installed because: End of Central
        Directory record could not be found.
        At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:1772 char:21
        + … $null = PackageManagement\Install-Package @PSBoundParameters
        + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo : InvalidResult: (VMware.VimAutomation.Srm:String) [Install-Package], Exception
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Package ‘{0}’ failed to be installed because: {1},Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement
        .Cmdlets.InstallPackage

        When I re-run the install-module, I received a new error:

        PackageManagement\Install-Package : Package ‘VMware.VimAutomation.HA’ failed to be installed because: End of Central
        Directory record could not be found.
        At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:1772 char:21
        + … $null = PackageManagement\Install-Package @PSBoundParameters
        + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo : InvalidResult: (VMware.VimAutomation.HA:String) [Install-Package], Exception
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Package ‘{0}’ failed to be installed because: {1},Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement
        .Cmdlets.InstallPackage

        I used Process Monitor this time but captured about 1GB of events. I excluded all SUCESS events and searched for VMware.VimAutomation.HA.

        Below are some of the errors I found:

        create file – NAME NOT FOUND – powershell.exe and System
        C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\1041739277\VMware.VimAutomation.HA
        C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\1041739277\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\VMware.VimAutomation.HA.nupkg

        createfilemapping – FILE LOCKED WITH ONLY READERS – User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
        C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\1041739277\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\VMware.VimAutomation.HA.nupkg

        read file END OF FILE
        C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\1041739277\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\VMware.VimAutomation.HA.nupkg

        create file – PATH NOT FOUND
        C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\1041739277\VMware.VimAutomation.HA\VMware.VimAutomation.HA.nupkg

        Any Ideas?

        Thanks!
        Nasko

        Reply
  11. John Ludlow

    I got the same same error as Pasquale, then started to publish the modules to our private gallery 1 by 1. I got as far as the .Core module and got this error:

    Publish-PSArtifactUtility : Failed to publish module ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Core’: ‘Failed to process request. ‘A nuget package’s Tags property may not be more than 4000 characters long.’.
    The remote server returned an error: (500) Internal Server Error..
    ‘.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.1.2.0\PSModule.psm1:1227 char:17
    + Publish-PSArtifactUtility -PSModuleInfo $moduleInfo `
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FailedToPublishTheModule,Publish-PSArtifactUtility

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  12. Tacos Are Tasty

    Can’t even get NuGet to load

    PS C:\Users\UserName> Find-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

    NuGet provider is required to continue
    PowerShellGet requires NuGet provider version ‘2.8.5.201’ or newer to interact with NuGet-based repositories. The NuGet provider must be available in ‘C:\ProgramFiles\PackageManagement\ProviderAssemblies’ or ‘C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\PackageManagement\ProviderAssemblies’. You can also install the NuGet provider by running ‘Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion 2.8.5.201 -Force’. Do you want PowerShellGet to install and import the NuGet provider now?
    [Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is “Y”): Y
    PackageManagement\Install-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria for the provider ‘NuGet’. The package provider requires ‘PackageManagement’ and ‘Provider’ tags. Please check if the specified package has the tags.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\PSModule.psm1:6463 char:21
    + $null = PackageManagement\Install-PackageProvider -Name $script:NuGe …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (Microsoft.Power…PackageProvider:InstallPackageProvider) [Install-PackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForProvider,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackageProvider

    PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria and provider name ‘NuGet’. Try ‘Get-PackageProvider -ListAvailable’ to see if the provider exists on the system.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\PSModule.psm1:6469 char:21
    + $null = PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider -Name $script:NuGet …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (NuGet:String) [Import-PackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.ImportPackageProvider

    PackageManagement\Get-PackageProvider : Unable to find package provider ‘NuGet’. It may not be imported yet. Try ‘Get-PackageProvider -ListAvailable’.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\PSModule.psm1:6473 char:30
    + $nugetProvider = PackageManagement\Get-PackageProvider -Name $script …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.Power…PackageProvider:GetPackageProvider) [Get-PackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnknownProviderFromActivatedList,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.GetPackageProvider

    Find-Module : NuGet provider is required to interact with NuGet-based repositories. Please ensure that ‘2.8.5.201’ or newer version of NuGet provider is installed.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Find-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Find-Module], InvalidOperationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotInstallNuGetProvider,Find-Module

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  13. STGdb

    I had the same issue. Turned out to be my AV client installed on my system (Trend Micro OfficeScan). I unloaded the AV client and was able to install PowerCLI successfully.

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  14. agonzalez

    Got error:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI –Scope AllUsers

    Untrusted repository
    You are installing the modules from an untrusted repository. If you trust this repository, change its
    InstallationPolicy value by running the Set-PSRepository cmdlet. Are you sure you want to install the modules from
    ‘PSGallery’?
    [Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is “N”): y
    PackageManagement\Install-Package : A command with name ‘Export-VM’ is already available on this system. This module
    ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Core’ may override the existing commands. If you still want to install this module
    ‘VMware.VimAutomation.Core’, use -AllowClobber parameter.
    At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\1.0.0.1\PSModule.psm1:1772 char:21
    + … $null = PackageManagement\Install-Package @PSBoundParameters
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (Microsoft.Power….InstallPackage:InstallPackage) [Install-Package],
    Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandAlreadyAvailable,Validate-ModuleCommandAlreadyAvailable,Microsoft.PowerShell.Pack
    ageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackage

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  16. Pankaj

    Looks like I am been blocked at proxy when I am trying to install packageprovider NuGet. Is there any alternate to upgrade powrcli to latest with MSI ?

    Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -force -verbose
    VERBOSE: Using the provider ‘Bootstrap’ for searching packages.
    VERBOSE: Using the provider ‘PowerShellGet’ for searching packages.
    VERBOSE: Finding the package ‘Bootstrap::FindPackage’ ‘NuGet’,”,”,”’.
    VERBOSE: The -Repository parameter was not specified. PowerShellGet will use all of the registered repositories.
    VERBOSE: Unable to download from URI ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’ to ”.
    VERBOSE: Cannot download link ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’, retrying for ‘2’ more times
    VERBOSE: Unable to download from URI ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’ to ”.
    VERBOSE: Cannot download link ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’, retrying for ‘1’ more times
    VERBOSE: Unable to download from URI ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’ to ”.
    VERBOSE: Cannot download link ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’, retrying for ‘0’ more times
    WARNING: Unable to download the list of available providers. Check your internet connection.
    Install-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria for the provider ‘NuGet’. The package provider requires ‘PackageManagement’ and ‘Provider’ tags. Please check if the
    specified package has the tags.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -force -verbose
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (Microsoft.Power…PackageProvider:InstallPackageProvider) [Install-PackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForProvider,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackageProvider

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  17. Ray Holtz

    Is it possible to get a copy of the icon file to use for our desktop shortcuts? when I uninstalled the old Powercli, it deleted the old icon.

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  18. Holger

    Good Morning,

    i have a 32Bit process using the (old=6.5.0) PowerCLI, after migrating to 6.5.1 the module is only available for 64Bit process (Modules in C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\…), i copied the files from said director to C:\Program Files (x86)\WindowsPowerShell\Modules, and it seems to work, is this the recommended way to make PowerCLI available für 32Bit processes?

    Thanks
    Holger

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  19. David

    Are we going to be able to install and run PowerCLI this way sometime in the future on the cross-platform PowerShell for macOS and Linux?

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  21. Peter

    Hi all,

    i tried to install the newest Powercli on a Windows 2016 Server (used for Remote Desktops Apps)
    This Server has no Internet Connection.
    The following VMware “programs” are installed:

    VMware Client Integration Plug-in 6.0.0
    VMware Remote Console (Version 9.0.0)
    VMware Tools (Version 10.1.5.5055683)
    VMware Vsphere Client 6.0.0.7236

    I downloaded PowerCLI as described above and copied the files to “c$\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules” of that Server…
    Connecting to Vcenter works fine…
    other commands also work fine as far as I tested them…

    But one very important one fails:

    Open-VMConsoleWindows -vm xxxxx
    …brings up: The procedure entry point could not be located in the dynamic link library c:\windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\VMware.VimAutomation.Core\6.5.1.5374329\VMware Remote Console\vmrc.exe.

    If I try to deinstall the “older” VMware remote console it will get even worse… Several Errors occur like this one: The program can’t start because vmapputil.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this Problem.
    The same Errors come up with vmdbCOM.dll, glib-2.0.dll, sigc-2.0.dll….

    Any ideas how I can get OpenVMConsoleWindows to work?

    Thanks

    Peter

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  22. Mordock

    Welcome to 1965. Let’s all get out our DOS manual and figure out how to do everything from the command line, including how to even install things. So we will no longer be able to download anything like a recognizable install file from the primary location that we get absolutely everything VMware from. What moron thought this was a good idea? For those people that have no interest in security and have no firewalls, I suppose this might seem like something interesting. But I am behind multiple firewalls with strong anti-virus and frankly there is no way that I am going to be able to install this package as intended. From just these few posts above, this is going to create a major headache. I can guarantee you that I will have every one of the problems listed above trying to get this 1965 atrocity to work. Just why are you fixing something that was not broke?????? An MSI is a perfectly viable tool for installing and distributing software. It is easily distributable with tools like System Center, or HPSA, or any number of other enterprise management tools from the 20th century. When you get this back to a point ( at least year 2000) where I can download it from a recognized VMware source, double click on it to install it, call me.

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    1. Christopher Gray

      Because moving to install-module allows for cross-platform compatibility for management, something they’ve been saying they wanted to support for quite some time. This coincides with the near future removal of a Windows server for vCenter, and the removal of the Windows thick client. Everything’s going to OS agnostic.

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  23. Wu

    The “tab complete” function doesn’t work for parameters on Windows 2016.
    For example, I input ‘get-vmhost -‘ then hit tab key, nothing reflect here.

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  24. alessio

    so the new installation trough powershell’s gallery seems a part of what we call (in Italy) OfCST (office for complicating simple things)
    while an MSI would have solved all the troubles at once now to use an ISO customization PSscript I have to install your powerCli, Nuget and files to use PowershellGallery -which doesn’t work and I have to waste time to check why.
    a bit disappointed, sorry!

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  25. James

    Can I install this on a workstation that has Hyper-V role installed along with powershell commandlets associated with it?
    I thought I could use the -AllowClobber switch, but worried it will affect my Hyper-V commandlets?

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    1. Kyle RuddyKyle Ruddy Post author

      Yes, using the -AllowClobber switch will allow both sets of modules to co-exist even with though they have overlapping (name-wise) cmdlets.

      Reply
  26. Chris

    I just installed the new version on my laptop and it is sweet! I am going to update my PowerShell Web Access server with the new version and really kick things up a notch! Thanks again Kyle!!!

    Reply
  27. Adam Granatella

    Seems like this is impossible to install on Windows 7. I’ve moved to Windows 10 but most of my team is still on 7. Find-Module and Install-Module are not available in PowerShell 3.0. I can’t upgrade to PowerShell 5.1 because 3.0 is installed. The uninstall of 3.0 fails. I can’t install 4.0 or 5.0 as they fail at the end of the installation with no useful information. I’ve tried this on a Win7 VM and a Win7 laptop that were created with two separate builds. Am I stuck with PowerCLI 6.3?

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  28. david zemdegs

    Did a save-module as we don’t have direct internet access.
    Copied all the folders beginning with VMware to C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules
    did get-module -listavailable and they aint there
    Normal modules have files beneath the folder name – VMware doesn’t – VMware folders have another folder with the version number and files under there.
    Tried copying the files from under the version number folder into the root. The modules are then listed but cannot be imported.
    How do I make these modules available please?

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  29. Sathish

    Thanks. That was good to integrate the PowrCLI into Powershell. After Importing Module 6.5, when i am trying to add Additional NiC Card for 10+ Servers and run the script, I used to get error “New-NetworkAdapter : Cannot process argument transformation on parameter ‘VM’. This parameter no longer accepts an Array. As an alternative you may pass multiple values by pipeline (if supported by the parameter).

    Script contains the below lines.
    Connect-viserver VCname
    $vmname = gc D:\Scripts\Add-NIC\Servers.txt
    New-NetworkAdapter -VM $vmname -Type Vmxnet3 -NetworkName “NetWork Label -WakeOnLan:$true -StartConnected:$true -Confirm:$false

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