PowerCLI 5.1.0 Release 2 has been released

PowerCLI 5.1.0 Release 2 is out. This new release of PowerCLI 5.1.0 Release 2 brings new cmdlets for VMware Distributed Switches.  The latest release is available in two different versions:

  • PowerCLI 5.10 
  • PowerCLI 5.1.0 for Tenants

As you probably guessed, the latter one is destined for vCloud Director 5.1.  There are 14 new cmdlets for interracting with distributed virtual switches. To list those new cmdlets, you can use Get-VdsCommand cmdlet to list the new cmdlets. VMware vSphere PowerCLI has not only numerous cmdlets built-in, but contains a sample scripts and a function library.

What’s new in PowerCLI 5.1.0 R2?

  • PowerShell 3.0 Support
  • vCloud Director Snap-in supports vCloud Director 5.1

The PowerShell core improvements:

  • Ability to specify port group(s) when creating a new VM and connecting vNIC to this port group(s)
  • When creating vNIC, you can specify the port group to connect to
  • Possibility to retrieve vNICs by standard and distributed port groups
  • Migrated vNICs from standard to VDS port group
  • Other improvements in PowerCLI views

By using the new vDS snap-in you’re able to:

  • Add/remove host on distributed switch
  • Import/clonne/rollback config of the VDS
  • Create/modify/retrieve distributed switches
  • Create/modify/retrieve distributed port groups
  • Connect or disconnect physical adapters connected to VDS
  • Ability to export into .zip file the configuration of VDS

VMware PowerCLI download

You can get help about some cmdlet by typing:

Get-Help cmdletname -full


Get-Help Set-VDSwitch gives you this details:


This cmdlet modifies the configuration of vSphere distributed switches.

Set-VDSwitch [-Name <String>] [-ContactDetails <String>] [-ContactName <Str
ing>] [-LinkDiscoveryProtocol <LinkDiscoveryProtocol>] [-LinkDiscoveryProto
colOperation <LinkDiscoveryOperation>] [-MaxPorts <Int32>] [-Mtu <Int32>] [
-Notes <String>] [-NumUplinkPorts <Int32>] [-Version <String>] [-VDSwitch]
<VDSwitch[]> [-RunAsync] [-Server <VIServer[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<Comm

Set-VDSwitch -BackupPath <String> [-WithoutPortGroups] [-VDSwitch] <VDSwitc
h[]> [-RunAsync] [-Server <VIServer[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParame

Set-VDSwitch -RollBackConfiguration [-VDSwitch] <VDSwitch[]> [-RunAsync] [-
Server <VIServer[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

This cmdlet modifies the configuration of vSphere distributed switches. You
can set the properties of the distributed switch manually, rollback the co
nfiguration to its previous state, or import it from a backup profile.

Note: Rollback and importing are available only on vSphere 5.1 and later.

Online version: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/PowerCLI/PowerCLI51

To see the examples, type: “get-help Set-VDSwitch -examples”.
For more information, type: “get-help Set-VDSwitch -detailed”.
For technical information, type: “get-help Set-VDSwitch -full”.

PowerCLI 5.1.0 R2

VMware-PowerCLI-5.1.0-1012425.exe is the download file.

File size:99112464 (almost 100 Mb)
Build Number:1012425

Going further and learning PowerCLI

Source: VMware PowerCLI Blog and  PowerCLI community

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