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PowerCLI Gather complete Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) information from VMware vCenter

While working at different clients on their VMware infrastructure, I always gather complete inventory of a vCenter infrastructure first before doing any changes or designing a solution. This way I get to know very quick about the architecture. Here is my script which fetches all VDS (Virtual Distributed Switch) from logged in vCenter server. Base of the script is PowerCLI command Get-VDSwitch. All the information gathered can be easily saved to csv file.

Make sure you have installed VMware.PowerCLI module and using Connect-VIServer to connect to vCenter Server

Connect-viserver powercli vmware vsphere vcenter esxi powershell dell hardware idrac ipmi ip hpe esxcli bmc ip address vsphere.local ilo ip find commands.png

The inventory collected has information about VDS Name, Datacenter, Version, Numer Esx Hosts connected, ESXi Host Members, PortGroup Name, Number of Uplink Ports, Uplink PortGroup, Uplink Port Name, Number of Ports, MTU, Vendor, Contact Name, Contact Details, Link Discovery Protocol, Link Discovery Protocol Operation, vLan Configuration, Notes, Id, Folder, CreateTime, Health Check configuration, Over All Status, Multicast Filtering Mode, LACP api version, Network Resource Control version, vCenter server name.

To export information to CSV file use below command.

Get-VirtualDistributedSwitchInfo.ps1 | Export-Csv C:\Temp\vdsinfo.csv -NoTypeInformation

Vmware Vsphere vCenter esxi PowerCLI datacenter virtual virtualization uplink portgroup virtual distributed switch vdswitch vds healthcehckconf mtu teaming nioc hostmembers status.png

Download this script Get-VirtualDistributedSwitchInfo.ps1 here or it is also available on github.com.

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#Created By: vJanvi
#WebSite: http://vcloud-lab.com
#Purpose: Gather information of Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) from vCenter using VMware PowerCLI

$vdSwitch = Get-VDSwitch
foreach ($vds in $vdSwitch)
{
    $esxiList = @()
    $esxiServers = $vds.ExtensionData.Summary.HostMember
    if ($null -ne $esxiServers)
    {
        foreach ($esxi in $esxiServers)
        {
            $esxiList += Get-VMHost -Id $esxi | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Name
        }
    }

    <#
    $vdPortGroupList = @()
    $vdPortGroups = $vds.ExtensionData.Portgroup
    foreach ($vdportgroup in $vdPortGroups)
    {
        $vdPortGroupList += Get-VDPortgroup -Id $vdportgroup | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Name
    }
    #>
    
    $healthCheckConf1 = $vdSwitch.ExtensionData.Config.HealthCheckConfig[0] | ForEach-Object {"{0}: Enabled={1}, Interval={2}" -f $_.gettype().Name, $_.Enable, $_.Interval}
    $healthCheckConf2 = $vdSwitch.ExtensionData.Config.HealthCheckConfig[1] | ForEach-Object {"{0}: Enabled={1}, Interval={2}" -f $_.gettype().Name, $_.Enable, $_.Interval}
    
    [PSCustomObject]@{
        Name = $vds.Name
        Datacenter = $vds.Datacenter
        Version = $vds.Version
        NumHosts = $vds.ExtensionData.Summary.NumHosts
        HostMembers = $esxiList -join ', '
        PortGroupName = $vds.ExtensionData.Summary.PortgroupName -join ', '
        NumUplinkPorts = $vds.NumUplinkPorts
        UplinkPortGroup = (Get-VDPortgroup -Id $vds.ExtensionData.Config.UplinkPortgroup).Name
        UplinkPortName = $vds.ExtensionData.Config.UplinkPortPolicy.UplinkPortName -join ', '
        #VDPortGroups = $vdPortGroupList -join ', '
        NumPorts = $vds.NumPorts
        Mtu = $vds.Mtu
        Vendor = $vds.Vendor
        ContactName = $vds.Contactname
        ContactDetails = $vds.ContactDetails
        LinkDiscoveryProtocol = $vds.LinkDiscoveryProtocol
        LinkDiscoveryProtocolOperation = $vds.LinkDiscoveryProtocolOperation
        VlanConfiguration = $vds.VlanConfiguration
        Notes = $vds.Notes
        Id = $vds.Id
        Folder = $vds.Folder
        CreateTime = $vds.ExtensionData.Config.CreateTime
        healthCheckConf1 = $healthCheckConf1
        healthCheckConf2 = $healthCheckConf2
        OverallStatus = $vds.ExtensionData.OverallStatus
        MulticastFilteringMode = $vds.ExtensionData.Config.MulticastFilteringMode
        LacpApiVersion = $vds.ExtensionData.Config.LacpApiVersion
        NetworkResourceControlVersion = $vds.ExtensionData.Config.NetworkResourceControlVersion
        vCenterServer = ([System.Uri]$vds.ExtensionData.Client.ServiceUrl).Host #$vds.Uid.Split('@')[1].Split(':')[0]
    }
}

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