New VMware PowerCLI Home Page and Documentation

VMware PowerCLI

We all know, VMware PowerCLI is the tool millions of customers around the world use to manage and automate their VMware environments.

In order to modernize the documentation VMware has made huge changes in the UI/UX of PowerCLI Home Page and its documentation. It is now more organized and easy to navigate various products of VMware such vSAN, vSphere, and NSX.

“VMware introduced the all-new Developer Documentation. It had an intuitive UI, improved categorization, and a user-friendly Interface, which helped improve the information experience. Initially, it was only the API reference, and the PowerCLI documentation was not part of it. Later in the year, PowerCLI documentation was included.”, wrote Jatin Purohit in the blogpost.

Let’s see the key highlights from the new PowerCLI Home Page.

1.    PowerCLI Home Page

We have now got the PowerCLI home page. From here, you can navigate to the community, GitHub sample repo, ideas and feature requests, PowerCLI blog, Release notes, changelog, and user’s guide. This page will be the single entry point for you to get all the PowerCLI related content from now onwards.

The Home page also contains the link to the installation guide, which helps you install PowerCLI on Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems.

2.    Re-organization of cmdlets

Initially, The cmdlets were organized by PowerCLI modules, which wasn’t the most effective way to present the cmdlets. Since the beginning, the plan was to organize the cmdlets by VMware product. With the latest release, all the cmdlets are re-organized by VMware Product. It helps you specifically focus on a VMware product and allows you to navigate better within the PowerCLI documentation.

VMware PowerCLI Cmdlets by Products
Fig.: VMware PowerCLI Cmdlets by Products

3.    Global Search Bar

Now, We have the global search bar available at the PowerCLI homepage and on the product reference page. No matter what content you are viewing currently, The search bar is available across the PowerCLI documentation. You can now search the cmdlets, irrespective of a PowerCLI Module or a VMware Product.

VMware PowerCLI
VMware PowerCLI

4.    Data Structure

PowerCLI is all about objects. The one thing which I found interesting is the data structure tab. With this, You can clearly understand an object and its properties. The data structure tab also provides the details of how this object is consumed via different PowerCLI cmdlets. Quite handy, must try out.

5.    Categories

All the cmdlets are categorized by objects. These objects are easily understandable and provide another meaningful way to search the cmdlets.

VMware Product's Commands Index
VMware Product’s Commands Index

6.    CMDLET Reference Page

The cmdlet reference page provides a clean interface to get the details about a respective cmdlet. A well-informed description and neatly highlighted syntax help you to understand the cmdlets much better.

The cmdlet reference page also provides sample examples, which you can copy and modify according to your requirements. No matter if you are an experienced PowerCLI geek or a rookie, this cmdlets reference page will always be a great help to you.

For example, check out the Connect-VIServer cmdlet reference page.

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