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PowerCLI Search-Cloud reports wrong data on QueryType ‘ProviderVdc’

Recently I quickly mentioned the universal PowerCLI applet Search-Cloud that can be used when dealing with vCloud Director. Howevery it seems you have to verify its output when using it to query Provider Vdc parameters. The output mixes the “allocation” and “used” counters for CPU, Memory and Storage as you can see in the example below (“used” is larger than […]

vCenter Orchestrator 0

Access UNC Shares from VCO

In certain cases you might want to access a UNC share from a VCO instance. This is especially true when you have a mainly Windows based environment with more than one VCO instance. In addition it comes in handy when you implement the VCO Powershell Bridge I presented earlier. First you have to run the VCO service under a service […]

PowerShell 3

Get Disk Capacity of a Virtual Machine in vCloud Director via PowerCLI

With the advent of PowerCLI for vCloud Director the reasons for using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) blur even more. VMware provides us several CmdLets that we can all find in the “VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud” snapin (“Get-Command -Module VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud”). Sure this library is by far not perfect, there is quite some functionality. However, when using the “Get-CiVm” CmdLet you will probably find out quickly […]

PowerShell 1

[ordered] hashtable becomes hashtable when imported via Import-CliXml

The new powershell feature “ordered” hashtable (a new PowerShell feature in v3. See OrderedDictionary Class) becomes an ordinary hashtable when it is imported via Import-CliXml. There is a “active” bug on Microsoft Connect OrderedDictionary becomes Hashtable when exported to and imported from clixml but no action for a couple of months. As a workaround do not use ordered hashtables but […]

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Design and Coding Considerations for PowerShell

Here a few coding considerations that might make you life easer when dealing with PowerShell (but may also hold true for other programming languages): Hide unwanted return information in your code In PowerShell your functions and CmdLets return everything that is output within the function – even if you use an explicit return statement. To avoid unwanted returns from there […]