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Vmware PowerCLI Import-Module message VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

When you run the command to Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI on Powershell, You might have received the below warning message regarding VMware CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program). 

VMware's Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) collects technical information from participating …

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Create List or Remove VMware VM Snapshots with PowerCLi

This is very handy and useful PowerCLI script, when I do my labs or production deployment changes on VMware environment. Whenever I have multiple servers to make changes and wants to ensure no problem should occur after changes, I take temporary VMware snapshots. But working with snapshot manually i…

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PowerCLi Connect-VIServer could not connect using the requested protocol

There is a common issue you might have faced while connecting to either vCenter server or Esxi Server using Vmware PowerCLI.

Connect-VIserver $esxiServer -User $user -Password $password
Connect-VIServer could not connect using the requested protocol. 
Additional Information: The remote server…

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PowerCLI The SSL connection could not be established see inner exception

Recently while working with Vmware PowerCLI on one of my new laptop, when connecting to esxi server and vCenter server with Connect-VIserver command, I was receiving below error.

Connect-VIServer $esxiserver -User $user -Password $password
Connect-VIServer The SSL connection could not be estab…

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VMware.PowerCLI install update error - Install-Package: Authenticode issuer

I had a project to automate and upgrade VMware infrastructure. I had given few of the basic tasks to my fellow juniors to update VMware.PowerCLI modules on few servers and run script on the systems. But while upgrading VMware PowerCLI they were receiving below errors. 

PackageManagement\In…

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VMware PowerCLI Find vCenter server name of any inventory object

In my daily use of Vmware PowerCLI scripts while pulling inventory from vCenter Server, I always include vCenter Center name in the inventory. For example if I am fetching list of Clusters or VMs with complete information it should include a property name of vCenter Server, where the object belongs.…

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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 Distrib…

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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 ins…

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Create a custom TCPIP stack on ESXi server - VMware PowerCLI GUI

While working with my VMware team we had to audit and create or delete TCP/IP network stack, Here on the ESXi server under Networking >> TCP/IP Configuration you cannot create new custom stack using vSphere client. I was able to automate almost all infrastructure using PowerCLI scripts, but few…

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VMware PowerCLI esxcli namespace command elements empty no output

This article is another part and related to this VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIServer Object reference not set to an instance of an object. The resolution used in the earlier blog is applied here in this article.

The problem description is, I connected to my vCenter server after I tried to connect…

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VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIServer Object reference not set to an instance of an object

While connecting to ESXi server with VMware PowerCLI from one of my server I was keep receiving below error. I wasn't able to connect to ESXi server directly from PowerCLI module. 

@SERVER01 ~ Connect-VIServer ironman.vcloud-lab.com
Connect-VIServer :  Object reference not set to an instanc…

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Powershell GUI VMware ESXi custom patch bundle builder

Every time VMware releases ESXi patches, and I need to patch them on different projects with few modifications to patch bundle, by trimming down few driver VIBs packages or add third party driver vibs zip files packages. I do everything with PowerCLI commands. But as I wanted my colleage to perform …

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VMware PowerCLI The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required

"The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication" - This is another issue I faced when working with VMware PowerCLI, Although I had already resolved another error in VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIserver Could not connect using the requested protocol, Only the difference was it was not …

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VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIserver Could not connect using the requested protocol

While working on one of the client systems, I freshly installed PowerCLI module and while connecting to VMware vCenter server I was receiving below error.

Another Error: VMware PowerCLI The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required

Connect-VIServer :  6/05/2021 3:…

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PowerCLI oneliner get the list of users and groups from vCenter SSO

I was doing the audit of VMware vSphere vCenter servers to know the users and groups list on the vsphere.local SSO domain (If any custom new user or groups created), Below simple one-liner script helps to fetch the list of groups from vsphere.local single sign on domain. 

Import-Module VMwa…

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PowerCLI create, modify and assign tag and tagcategory

This script is written using VMware Powercli module and its purpose is as similar as earlier written script Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory for creating and modifying Tag and TagCategory, only the difference is earlier script is written using vSphere API t…

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Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory

While working on one of the automation project I wanted to assign tags and tag category on VMware clusters using Powershell, It is easy task when done using PowerCLI module but the requirement was not to use PowerCLI module instead make use of vSphere vCenter Rest API

PowerCLI create, modif…

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PowerCLI Add a SCSI Controller to a Virtual Machine

My requirement was to write and automate adding a new virtual SCSI controller to virtual machines using PowerCLI. For this task there is cmdlet is already available New-ScsiController. But the problem with command is, standalone virtual SCSI controller cannot be added. It has to add new or existing…

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Powershell Using vRealize Log Insight Rest API

I had an assignment to automate vRLI (VMware vRealize Log Insight) using Powershell as well as Ansible. Here in this article I am showing how to use Microsoft Powershell to automate vRLI configurations. The best part about vRLI is, it provides Rest API which you can easily consume with any scripting…

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Add a VMFS datastore using VMware PowerCLI

This article's completely focus is on VMware PowerCLI command line to add or create new VMFS datastore, You can check Create a VMFS Datastore in the vSphere Client how The same task is performed using vSphere Client (HTML5). To start first Import Vmware.PowerCLI module on to PowerShell and log in t…

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