VMware ESX

VMware vSphere PowerCLI scripts to make your ESX Admin life easier


VMware vSphere PowerCLI is an extremely powerful command line utility you can use to automate every aspect of your ESX environment.  We’re talking every level from VMs, the host OS, storage, networking, licensing, and more!  Basically its a ton of PowerShell cmdlets specifically for ESX that sit on top of Windows PowerShell.

You can download it here if you never played with it before:


They have very good documentation and sample scripts to try out at the link above.  Now the fun part.  What’s the first script you should try out?  My advice is vCheck by Alan Renouf.

PowerCLI vCheck (Daily Report)http://www.virtu-al.net/2009/11/04/vcheck-daily-report-v3/ – Without a doubt one of my favorite PowerCLI scripts.  Every morning when you arrive to the office, you can have an email report waiting in your Outlook Inbox with the status of your entire ESX environment.  Every aspect of it.  From old snapshots to resource utilization on your clusters, it’s all there.  I first started using it at version 1 but version 2 is even slicker!  If you are an ESX admin, you NEED to be using this script!  The lastest version 3 came out the other day and I haven’t used it in a production environment yet but you can download it at the link above.  Al has gone back to calling it vCheck by the way instead of Daily Report.  I’ll be tweaking V3 at home this weekend hopefully if I have the time and test it out.

You can see more scripts from Alan on his blog:


I could list them all here with descriptions but he’s done a good job of keeping everything organized in the link above. Try them out!  Let me know if you have any favorite scripts you use.  I’m always looking for new scripts to make life easier so share please. 🙂

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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  1. Alan Renouf

    January 20, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Thanks for the post, Im always looking for ways to improve my scripts so if you have anything you would like to see please just leave a comment on the blog !

  2. Ashok

    April 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Thanks for sharing the PowerCLI Scripts. Good stuff !!

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