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PowerCLI 5.5 What’s New–Overview

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At VMworld last week we announced that vSphere 5.5 would be released in the near future. As part of this new release we will also introduce a new version of PowerCLI.  One of the sessions I presented last week gave detailed information on the new features which can be found in PowerCLI 5.5, the below Read more...

PowerCLI Session at VMworld 2013 San Francisco

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Now the Session Builder is live on the VMworld site I thought it might be valuable to the PowerCLI fans out there to know which sessions and interesting PowerCLI related topics are out there and what is available to attend. Whilst PowerCLI is mentioned in many sessions these are the hard hitting PowerCLI sessions which Read more...

Managing VDS with PowerCLI

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With the release of vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 I have seen people become more confident with using the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS), this is probably due to some of the great new features that make the switch not only easier to manage but also less error prone when configuring, more manageable from the backup/restore point Read more...

Vote PowerCLI at VMworld 2013

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Its time to vote for VMworld sessions again and this year there are a whopping 13 PowerCLI related sessions in the public voting for you to select, that’s a lot more than last year. There is a good variety of sessions from learning up to the expert, from VMware engineers (The guys who wrote PowerCLI) Read more...

VDS Export/Import with PowerCLI

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One of the great new features introduced in vSphere 5.1 was the ability to export and import the configuration of your vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) and port groups to a file. This gives you a quick restore method in case of issues or misconfigurations and also allows you to copy the entire VDS or port Read more...

PowerCLI Lab Online – Sign up now for the public beta

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If you were at VMworld in 2012 you may have attended the Hands on Labs (HOL), this is normally one of the most popular areas at VMworld as it’s a time when people can use the applications they don’t currently have installed in their own environments, they can use a virtual environment to follow instructions Read more...

PowerScripting Podcast–What’s new in PowerCLI 5.1 R2

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If you enjoy podcasts or have a long commute and don’t mind listening to people talk about PowerShell then I can highly recommend the PowerScripting Podcast, they have some great PowerShell information every week and if you have not listened before then you already have 219 podcasts to catch up on! Recently I had the Read more...

Retrieving vCloud Director VM Hard Disk size

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I was asked recently if we were able to retrieve the disk space of a VM in vCloud Director through PowerCLI, on checking this I found that it is not currently part of the CIVM object and also there is currently no Get-HardDisk cmdlet equivalent like in the vSphere snapin. After looking through the REST Read more...

Back to Basics: Connecting to vCenter or a vSphere Host

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Following my previous post which took you through the install of PowerCLI I thought it was time to add another back to basics (B2B) post and show how to take the first step in using PowerCLI… Connecting to your vCenter or vSphere host. Yes, PowerCLI can be used to connect to both vCenter and also Read more...