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PowerCLI Connect-VIServer Error: Invalid server certificate. Use Set-PowerCLIConfiguration to set the value for the InvalidCertificateAction

While working with VMware PowerCLI module I was receiving below error, when connecting to vCenter or ESXi server. The system where I was working on, PowerCLI was installed for first time and I was connecting to vCenter/ESXi for first time from the system. This issue occurs due to SSL certificate installed on vCenter or Esxi is not trusted/invalid by the system where you are running PowerCLI to connect cmdlet. One of the possible solution is to download/use SSL certificate and add it to system's trusted publisher's certificate store or change SSL certificate with Certificate Authority.

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Microsoft Vmware PowerCLI connect-viserver credential Connect-VIServer Error Invalid server certificate. Use Set-PowerCLIConfiguration to set the value InvalidCertificateAction option to prompt if permanent ssl tls.png

Connect-VIserver starloard.vcloud-lab.com

connect-viserver : 10/10/2021 9:45:05 AM        Connect-VIServer                Error: Invalid server certificate. Use Set-PowerCLIConfiguration to set the value for the InvalidCertificateAction
option to Prompt if you'd like to connect once or to add a permanent exception for this server.
Additional Information: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority 'starlord.vcloud-lab.com'.
At line:1 char:1
+ connect-viserver starlord.vcloud-lab.com
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : SecurityError: (:) [Connect-VIServer], ViSecurityNegotiationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_ConnectivityServiceImpl_Reconnect_CertificateError,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.ConnectVIServer

Here is the quick resolution if you cannot or don't want to implement self-signed or certificate authority CA SSL certificate on vCenter or ESXi. You can change the behaviour using below command. I am asking what action it need to take if Invalid certificate on vCenter/ESXi. I have ignored certificate warning and proceed. You can use warn (shows certificate details) or prompt actions as well.

VMware PowerCLI Set-PowerCLIConfiguration InvalidcertificateAction ignore fail prompt update powerCLI configuration perform operation defaultviserver mode usersystemproxy proxypolicy scope deprecationwarnings.png

Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore

Perform operation?
Performing operation 'Update PowerCLI configuration.'?
[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Yes"): Y  

Scope    ProxyPolicy     DefaultVIServerMode InvalidCertificateAction  DisplayDeprecationWarnings WebOperationTimeout
                                                                                                  Seconds
-----    -----------     ------------------- ------------------------  -------------------------- -------------------
Session  UseSystemProxy  Multiple            Ignore                    True                       300
User                                         Ignore
AllUsers

Once InvalidCertificateAction is set, It is allowing to connect to vCenter/ESXi successfully.

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

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