VMware vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI Overview

The VMware vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI provides a set of cmdlets that allow users to download patches, create baselines or scan and remediate virtual machines and hosts through the VMware vSphere PowerCLI console. This Cmdlet Reference provides detailed information and examples on the specific Update Manager PowerCLI cmdlets. To be able to use the Update Manager PowerCLI functionality, administrators are expected to be familiar with the details of the vSphere administration, the vSphere PowerCLI, and the Update Manager software.

Cmdlets Usage

After installing the Update Manager PowerCLI, start the vSphere PowerCLI console and run Connect-VIServer to establish a connection to a vCenter Server that has an Update Manager server installed on it.

Connect-VIServer –Server <server_address>

<server_address> is the IP address or the DNS name of the vCenter Server.

When prompted, provide a user name and password for authentication with the server.

After your server session is established, you can use the Update Manager PowerCLI cmdlets.

To get help on a specific cmdlet, browse the Update Manager PowerCLI Cmdlet Reference, or in the vSphere PowerCLI console window, run the Get-Help cmdlet. For example, to find information about the Get-Patch cmdlet, run the following command:

Get-Help Get-Patch

For more detailed description, add the –full parameter:

Get-Help Get-Patch -full

Additional Information

For more information about the Update Manager PowerCLI installation and usage, see the Installation and Administration Guide on the Update Manager PowerCLI documentation page. To get help and share best practices in using Update Manager PowerCLI cmdlets, visit the VMware vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI Community.


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