vSphere PowerCLI is a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell, and provides more than 200 cmdlets for managing and automating vSphere.

To use vSphere PowerCLI, you need:
  • .NET 2.0 Service Pack 1
  • Windows PowerShell 1.0 or Windows PowerShell 2.0 Release To Manufacture (RTM).
  • If .NET 2.0 is installed without Service Pack 1, some operations might take long to complete.
Supported Platforms
vSphere PowerCLI 4.0 Update 1 works on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003


vSphere PowerCLI 4.0 Update 1 supports the following VMware environments

  • VMware ESX Server 3.5
  • VMware ESX Server 3i
  • VMware VirtualCenter 2.5
  • VMware ESX 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2.0
  • VMware ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0
  • VMware ESX 4.0 Update 1 and vCenter 4.0 Update 1




Run the following (In Bold):
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
cmdlet Connect-VIServer at command pipeline position 1
Supply values for the following parameters:
Server[0]: vc1.vmadmin.local

WARNING: There were one or more problems with the server certificate:
* The X509 chain could not be built up to the root certificate.

Name                       Port                       User
----                       ----                       ----
vc1.vmadmin.local       443                        VMADMIN\administrator
Example (Get All VMs):
Name                 PowerState Num CPUs Memory (MB)
----                 ---------- -------- -----------
DC1                 PoweredOn  1        512
VC1                 PoweredOn  1        4096

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