VMWare Power CLI in the Gallery

In this post I talk about installing the VMWare PowerCLI.
Working with VMWare cmdlets was a bit cumbersome. But now things have changed.
It's a lot easier to install PowerCLI, now that it's available in the PowerShell Gallery.


In order to use PowerShell with VMWare, we first had to find the right resources. On the VMWare website we had to download VMWare vSphere PowerCLI, for which we needed a login. Maybe the old instructions are still there.
The VMWare team had developed their own shell, containing multiple snapins:

  • VMware.DeployAutomation
  • VMware.ImageBuilder
  • VMware.VimAutomation. Core

and at the same time, also some modules:

  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Common
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk

If we loaded all those components the way we're used to, using Add-PsSnapin VM* for instance, we could cause trouble. Apparently the order of loading was of some influence too. So, we needed to know there was a script included to do it all properly ( well..., their kind of properly, that is ). Following a default installation, we could find that at "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\Scripts\Initialize-PowerCLIEnvironment.ps1".
Some people were so nice to write us a manual on how to do all of this: fgrehl on Virten.
The team had, however, announced they were working to improve their system, at least since V 6.3 (2016-04-07).


Recently, 2017-04-20, a new version, 6.5.1, was released and the VMWare team were proud to let us know their module is now available on the PowerShell Gallery: PowerCLI

They also wrote a handy "how to" on the VMWare blog](https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI/2017/04/powercli-install-process-powershell-gallery.html)
but maybe you better read Michael Seirer's blog post first.


Do remove the old versions before you

PS> Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI  

One little complication I had, because of having Jan Egil Ring's PSVersion, was the error


So, I had to add the -AllowClobber switch again.

After the successful installation, there's a bunch of dependent modules:


no console

Do notice that the VMWare Remote Console is no longer installed together with the module. That too is how it should be. We like it this way!
You can download the console separately if you want to.

Thank you

This new version really is a leap forward. The VMWare team made their powershell component a lot more compliant and reliable for all PowerShell adepts.
So thank them for that.

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