2014/11/26

Finding VIBs on ESXi hosts with PowerCLI

I did not work with PowerCli for the last couple of months and I had an interesting question from one of my follower Ivo from Netherlands.

He was trying to retrieve the VIB information with the name 'net-e1000e' from all his VMware Hosts using the PowerShell and the Snapin PowerCli from VMware.


What is a VIB ?
VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle.  At a conceptual level a VIB is somewhat similar to a tarball or ZIP archive in that it is a collection of files packaged into a single archive to facilitate distribution


Here is the piece of code to retrieve this information.
The output is sent to Out-GridView which create a simple GUI.

Get-VMHost | Where-Object { $_.ConnectionState -eqConnected” } | Foreach-Object {
    $CurrentVMhost = $_
    TRY
    {
        # Exposes the ESX CLI functionality of the current host
        $ESXCLI = Get-EsxCli -VMHost $CurrentVMhost.name
        # Retrieve Vib with name 'net-e1000e'
        $ESXCLI.software.vib.list() | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq "net-e1000e" } |
        FOREACH
        {
            $VIB = $_
            $Prop = [ordered]@{
                'VMhost' = $CurrentVMhost.Name
                'ID' = $VIB.ID
                'Name' = $VIB.Name
                'Vendor' = $VIB.Vendor
                'Version' = $VIB.Version
                'Status' = $VIB.Status
                'ReleaseDate' = $VIB.ReleaseDate
                'InstallDate' = $VIB.InstallDate
                'AcceptanceLevel' = $VIB.AcceptanceLevel
            }#$Prop
            
            # Output Current Object
            New-Object PSobject -Property $Prop
        }#FOREACH
    }#TRY
    CATCH
    {
        Write-Warning -Message "Something wrong happened with $($CurrentVMhost.name)"
        Write-Warning -Message $Error[0].Exception.Message
    }
} | Out-GridView


Script Version


I also wrote a more complete version available on Github


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