Although VMware released PowerCLI 6.5.3 a little over a month ago, here comes a pleasant surprise: few days ago VMware made available the shiny new version PowerCLI 6.5.4! The new version brings us improvements in two areas:
- new module for VMware Cloud on AWS
- new cmdlets for storage module
PowerCLI 6.5.4 – VMware Cloud on AWS Module
VMware added three new cmdlets to manage VMware Cloud on AWS:
PowerCLI 6.5.4 – Storage Module
VMware added tons of new cmdlets, most of them related to vSAN encryption:
In the same Storage module, VMware added new functionality to few other cmdlets:
- Get-VsanTest – displays vnic and pnic vSAN Stats
- Start-VsanClusterDiskUpdate – new parameter: EraseDisksBeforeUse (reformats the vSAN disk with encryption settings)
- Get-VsanClusterConfiguration – displays the silent health check status and resync throttling configuration of a vSAN cluster
- Set-VsanClusterConfiguration – new parameters: AddSilentHealthCheck, RemoveSilentHealthCheck, ResyncThrottlingMbps, WitnessHost (for managing the vSAN health checks list and resynchronization traffic limit)
- Test-VsanClusterHealth – additionally displays encryption health results
Install and Update PowerCLI 6.5.4
As of PowerCLI 6.5.1, PowerCLI is released as part of PowerShell Gallery. This means no more authentication required before downloading the infamous msi file! If you have an older version, go ahead and uninstall it then proceed to install PowerCLI 6.5.4 as shown below.
If you have PowerCLI 6.5.1, 6.5.2, or 6.5.3, you can update to 6.5.4 right away using this command:
Update-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
If you need to install it from scratch, follow the below instructions.
Make sure you run a supported PowerShell version. As per the Compatibility Matrix, supported PowerShell versions are 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 5.1.
Let’s install PowerCLI 6.5.4 now!
Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
We’ll get through few install screens, nothing to be done by us. After installation, let’s check the PowerCLI version:
Get-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI | Select-Object -Property Name,Version
We’ll see the PowerCLI version listed as 126.96.36.19955375. Enjoy 🙂