New VMware Fling: Introducing PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

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I am happy to announce a new fling ‘PowerActions for vSphere Web Client’ PowerActions integrates the vSphere Web Client and PowerCLI to provide complex automation solutions from within the standard vSphere management client. In short, we can now run PowerShell/PowerCLI scripts from the Web Client! How does it work? PowerActions is a Read more...

PowerCLI 5.8 New Feature: Get-OvfConfiguration (Part 1 of 2)

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  As many of you have read in the release notes of vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 r1 we have introduced a new cmdlet ‘Get-OvfConfiguration’ along with a new parameter on the ‘Import-vApp’ cmdlet to allow users to specify and set the OVF properties for an OVF deployment. In Part 1 we will dive in to the Read more...

New Release: VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1

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I am pleased to announce that vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 R1 is now Generally Available to the public. With this comes new features and extensibility into Storage policy based management, Easily deploy OVF/OVA files with new configuration options, Support for newer versions of vCloud Director (vCD), vCloud Air, Site Recovery Manager (SRM), and more! Below is Read more...

PowerCLI 5.5 r2 New Feature: Set vMotion Priority

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In the latest release of PowerCLI (5.5 r2), is a new feature allowing us to set the vMotion priority of a VM. The ability to set vMotion priority is not new to vSphere. The feature was first introduced in vSphere 4.1. However, up until now, vMotions occuring through the use of the PowerCLI “Move-VM” command Read more...

Automating Sysprep File Transfer to vCenter

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I was at my local Salt Lake City VMware User Group (VMUG) last week doing a Q&A when one of the users mentioned it is painful to only be able to upload one Sysprep file at a time to vCenter. I wanted to take the time to address this for him as well as any Read more...

Opening the Virtual Machine Remote Console through PowerCLI

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With the 5.5 R1 release PowerCLI got even better. With the introduction of the new Open-VMConsoleWindow cmdlet you can access the virtual machine console of both vCenter Server and vCloud Director virtual machines. To open a virtual machine console window, simply pass a powered-on virtual machine to the Open-VMConsoleWindow cmdlet: Get-VM “Win2k3” | Open-VMConsoleWindow As 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 5.1 Release 2 Now Available

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PowerCLI 5.1 Release 2 has now been released and can be downloaded here.  As always you will find some great new features, bug fixes and enhancements which make PowerCLI even better than before… I know its hard to believe but its true. VDS Cmdlets Whenever I would ask the question at VMUG’s or VMWorld, “What Read more...