VMware Explore

PowerCLI at VMware Explore US 2022

The countdown to VMware Explore in San Francisco is on and for the first time in three years we’re gathering together in person to show you the latest VMware technology innovations. And as usual there is a lot of great PowerCLI sessions and labs that you shouldn’t miss. The schedule builder is now live, so make sure that you add these great sessions to you schedule and stay up-to-date with the latest innovation in PowerCLI.

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Session: What’s New in VMware PowerCLI? [CODE2691US]
Date: Thursday, Sep 1, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM PDT
Speaker: Kamen Nikolov
Join us for this session to learn about the latest PowerCLI features, such as VMware vCenter Server Appliance services and VMware vSphere certificate management, the new approach for invoking vSphere REST APIs, PowerShell runspace support, extended VMware Cloud on AWS management, and much more. We have prepared interesting demos of the new features, useful scripting tips and tricks, as well as answers to all your questions related to PowerCLI.

Session: Extending the UI with Script Actions – Meet PowerActions [CODE2690US]
Date: Thursday, Sep 1, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM PDT
Speaker: Kamen Nikolov
Many organizations have a ton of useful VMware PowerCLI scripts developed in-house for VMware vSphere automation. The problem is that these useful and time-saving scripts are only available to those admins that possess enough PowerShell and PowerCLI knowledge to know how to use commands, parameters, variables and so on. What if these scripts were available as easy-to-run actions directly from the vSphere UI? Meet PowerActions, the vSphere UI plug-in that allows extending the UI with custom PowerCLI scripts. PowerActions provides a script library and a user-friendly interface that allows you to build custom scripts through a wizard. PowerActions can be used by anyone in the organization, even if they have never touched PowerShell before. Join our session to learn more about PowerActions and see it in action.

Session: Explore the New PowerCLI for NSX [CODE1881US]
Date: Wednesday, Aug 31, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PDT
Speaker: Madhukar Krishnarao
VMware PowerCLI v12.6 introduces new high-level cmdlets to automation with VMware NSX. Learn about these new cmdlets and how to navigate the modules and build code whether NSX is on-premises or on VMware Cloud.

Session: PowerCLI and REST APIs – A New Beginning [CODE2689US]
Date: Thursday, Sep 1, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PDT
Speaker: Kamen Nikolov
In the latest PowerCLI versions, we developed a new, more intuitive approach to calling VMware REST APIs. We also built integration with the VMware REST API documentation database, so you can fetch PowerCLI samples directly from the API documentation portal. Join our session and see a demo of how you can easily automate workflows by using VMware vSphere and VMware NSX REST APIs with PowerShell.

Session: Try This, Catch That, Finally – An Explanation on PowerCLI Error Handling [CODE1865US]
Date: Wednesday, Aug 31, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM PDT
Speaker: Justin Sider
Automation is impossible if your VMware PowerCLI scripts cannot run through to completion. Handling errors properly can greatly improve your code writing skills. Whether the script is a few lines or a few hundred lines, there are great efficiencies to be gained from using try/catch/finally blocks. During this session, Justin will cover the main differences between terminating and non-terminating errors. Examples of each type of error will be shown so you can see the code in action. This session will also cover the ErrorAction parameter. This presentation will have plenty of live code examples interacting with APIs and custom functions to ensure you can see the real-world application of these PowerShell tools.

Hands on Labs

Lab: VMware vSphere Automation – PowerCLI [SPL-HOL-2211-04-SDC]
Date: Anytime the HOL area is open and available
Get hands-on with VMware PowerCLI. Gain familiarity with the tool, and then dive deeper into the functionality available with real-world examples. Both new and experienced users are sure to learn something new about automating their environments.

Lab: Automate your VMware Cloud on AWS [SPL-HOL-2287-04-ISM]
Date: Anytime the HOL area is open and available
Learn about a number of tools that will help you automate your VMware Cloud on AWS environment. See how with PowerCLI and DatacenterCLI can query the status of your SDDC, perform log analysis, security event audits and expand capacity with few commands. Be amazed by the simplicity, value and benefits of using infrastructure as code with Terraform to manage, change or decommission your infrastructure. Take a look at a recent Fling that was published to automatically save the network configuration of your SDDC and restore it to another VMC SDDC.

Also don’t miss the VMware Odyssey by Hands-on Labs, which also includes some PowerCLI tasks

Lab: VMware Odyssey by Hands-on Labs [ODY-HOL-2200-81-ODY]
Date: Anytime the HOL area is open and available
VMware Odyssey by Hands-on Labs is an exciting way to challenge yourself and compete against your peers for the chance to earn prizes and bragging rights. Our Tournament is back in 2022 and more exciting than ever! Each of the first three days of VMware Explore you can complete tasks in a live lab environment, while racing against the clock. Be sure to visit each day as the cumulative leaderboard will show the results in ranked order. The top scores will qualify for the live tournament on the last day, and the winners will be awarded prizes. Be sure to take an Odyssey challenge each day and we’ll see you on the leaderboard!


VMware Explore is the new premier event to learn about the latest PowerCLI news. So if you haven’t registered yet make sure that you do it today and add all those great sessions to your schedule.


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