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VMware vSphere PowerCLI

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Top tools and techniques for VMware automation
Contributor(s): Meredith Courtemanche

VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a command-line interface (CLI) tool for automating vSphere and vCloud management. VMware vSphere PowerCLI debuted as the VMware Infrastructure Toolkit, also called the VI Toolkit.

PowerCLI commands are executed in Windows PowerShell by using PowerShell cmdlets. PowerCLI cmdlets are available for VMware High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler setup, infrastructure activity reporting, VM ownership alerts and other tasks. 

PowerCLI 5.1 requires Windows PowerShell 2.0 and a supported version of .NET Framework. This latest tool version includes the vCloud Director PowerCLI snapin

This was last updated in December 2012

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