You can learn more about some vSphere PowerCLI concepts and features from the built-in help articles named about articles. You can access them through a running vSphere PowerCLI process.

Running Help About_* lists all built-in Windows PowerShell and vSphere PowerCLI about articles.

Accessing Built-In Help Articles for vSphere PowerCLI

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Article Description

Handling Invalid Certificates

Help About_Invalid_Certificates

When you try to connect to a vCenter Server system or a vCloud Director server and the server cannot recognize any valid certificates, the Invalid Certificate prompt appears.


Help About_LicenseDataManager

The LicenseDataManager component lets you to extend the vCenter Server inventory with license data.

Object-by-Name (OBN)

Help About_OBN

To help you save time and effort, vSphere PowerCLI lets you select objects by their names.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Objects

Help About_PowerCLI_Objects

For their input and output, the vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets use a set of .NET types that reside in the VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Types namespace.

Using the RunAsync Parameter

Help About_RunAsync

When you set the RunAsync parameter, you indicate that you want to run the cmdlet asynchronously.

Authenticating with a vCenter Server System or a vCloud Server

Help About_Server_Authentication

To authenticate with vCenter Server and vCloud Director servers, you can provide a user name and password through the User and Password parameters, or a PSCredential object through the Credential parameter.

Unique Identifiers for PowerCLI Objects (UID)

Help About_UID

You can uniquely identify a PowerCLI object on a server or across multiple servers by providing its UID.

Datastore Provider (VimDatastore)

Help About_VimDatastore

The Datastore Provider (VimDatastore) provides filesystem-style view and access to the contents of datastores.