Virtu-Al VESI & PowerGUI PowerPack

I have been teasing people on twitter for a week or so now and have just uploaded my PowerPack to the PowerGUI site, you can download it here


As you can see from the screen shot on the left, this is a first attempt at providing most of my scripts in one PowerPack and adding to the already great management that VESI and PowerGUI give you.

So what do I need to do to install this ?

  1. Install PowerShell V1 or V2 (if you do not already have these installed) V2 Recommended
  2. Install PowerCLI
  3. Install VESI or PowerGUI (VESI Recommended for Virtualization management)
  4. If you have PowerGUI installed you will need to add theΒ  ‘VMware Infrastructure Management’ PowerPack which can be downloaded from here.
  5. Click the download button at the top of this post to download my latest PowerPack, and rate the PowerPack while you are there if you like !
  6. Import the PowerPack into VESI or PowerGUI

From then on you will see both the VMware set of icons and the Virtu-Al icons, you will need to connect to a VI server or number of hosts using the ‘Managed Hosts’ section of the VMware PowerPack, once connected all icons (nodes) become active in the powerpack, simply click on one to see the results.

If you want anything added or find something that doesn’t quite work, firstly make sure you have the latest version of the PowerPack by following this post, if it still doesn’t work please let me know, I am aware of a few bugs and have yet to put any actions in there but please, use it and give me your feedback !

I hope you find this useful !

27 thoughts on “Virtu-Al VESI & PowerGUI PowerPack”

  1. Hi Alan,
    I cannot find the powerpack on Quest website by searching the entire site. It seems like they recommend foglight for vmware infrastructure management solution. No freeware is available.
    How can I get the required powerpack ?

  2. @Virtu-Al,

    Hi Alan,

    Firstly this is really awesome stuff… πŸ™‚

    Can you please let me know where can i find the scripts now.

    I am trying a lot to get the scripts but unfortunately that is pointing to

    Can you please help me with this..


  3. This looks awesome but I have a question: does this work on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 (both 64bit)?

  4. My suggestion would be to include information on thin vs. thick provisioning on the VM VMDK reports. We have a number of VMs with a combination of both right now, and generating those reports for compliance is a great use of Powershell.

  5. @Ryan Amschel
    Its a good idea, I still have a few things to add which are already in my Daily Report script so look out for an updated version soon !

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  6. Al,

    Have you considered adding to the VM node something like “List VMs with Snapshots by Snapshot age, oldest to newest”?


  7. Great tool Al thanks. These are the kind of tools that make powershell and the powercli awesome.
    keep up the good work

  8. @za_mkh
    Yeah, thats the one I dont like at the moment, I need to put a load of error checking in there, hopefully the next version will work better on that node.

  9. As Usual , You Rock !!

    Hope to see many more Enhancements on this Power pack πŸ™‚

  10. Feedback:
    Running HAL Information script results in “RPC Server is unavailable” (0x800706BA) (Get-WmiObject)
    Slot Information: Says I am not connected to any servers … “At Line: 7 Char: 19”

    All others seem to return valuable information!

  11. Fantastic work. It is amazing! Great tool for us VI admins. Fantastic learning resource too!

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