HOWTO: Install PowerCLI 6.5.1 – As easy as 1-2-3!

A very quick post on the latest version of  VMware’s PowerCLI, v6.5.1.  See VMware’s Official Blog here.

This is now a MODULE available from the PowerShell Gallery which is #Awesome because it has been a major annoyance not being able just to type Install-Module PowerCLI to install it.  Instead you had to go through a standard windows install package in the past.

At a Glance

  1. Remove existing PowerCLI installation.
  2. Open a Administrative PowerShell window.
  3. Run Install-Module VMware.PowerCLI -Force -confirm:$false

Detailed Steps

Firstly, you need to remove any version of PowerCLI that you currently have installed using Add/Remove Programs on your device.

Then open up an Administrative Powershell Prompt (right click on the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator).

(If prompted by UAC, click Yes to confirm)

Finally, type Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Confirm:$false -Force and press Enter.

Note: You can optionally add additional settings/switches, run Get-Help Install-Module for more information but I use the -Force and -confirm:$false to ensure no additional prompts are required as the PowerShell Gallery is currently an Untrusted repository Source.

And there you have it… it is as simple 1-2-3…

There are some cool new cmdlets so let’s get on with using them!

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