PowerShell Script Run Time

Quick how to on getting the length of time your script ran.

##Beginning of the script.
$startTime = get-date;

##Your code here

##End of script
$endTime = get-date;
$runTime = $endTime – $startTime;

Export vCenter Roles

Below is a powershell script to export vCenter roles to a ready to import set of commands.

Script below will not work without using PowerCLI or being connected to vCenter.

$viRolesList = Get-VIRole;
Foreach ( $role in $viRolesList ) {
     $roleName = $role.Name;
     $privilegeSet = $role | Get-VIPrivilege;

     Echo "New-VIRole -Name ""$roleName""" >> vRoles.txt;

     Foreach ( $privilege in $privilegeSet ) {
         $privilegeID = $privilege.ID;
         Echo "Set-VIRole -role ""$roleName"" -AddPrivilege `
         (Get-VIPrivilege -ID $privilegeID)" >> vRoles.txt;

Compare VM Name to VM Filename

In case you were blind sided by the vsphere 5.x bug fix that removes the storage vmotion feature that renames the VM’s folder and files. Below is a script that will at least help you identify the VMs that don’t match their file names.

Open powerCLI
Connect to your vcenter

$colorObject = get-wmiobject -class "Win32_Process" -namespace "root\CIMV2";
$vmCluster = Read-Host "Cluster Name";
$vmList = Get-Cluster $vmCluster | Get-VM;
Foreach ( $vm in $vmList ) {
 $vmView = $vm | Get-View;
 $vmView.Config.Files.VmPathName -match "^.*\/(.*)\.vmx$";
 $vmFName = $matches[1];
if ( $vm.Name -match $vmFName ) {
 write-host "$vm matches $vmFName";
 } else {
 write-host "$vm does not match $vmFName" -foreground "red";

List Files Last Modified 30 Days

How to list files last modified in the last 30 days via Powershell.  Run these commands in the directory containing the files to filter.

$lastModAge = (get-date).adddays(-30);
Get-ChildItem | Where { $_.LastWriteTime -gt $lastModAge }

XenDesktop Catalog Creation Error

After setting up XenDesktop 5.6 with my vSphere 5.0 environment, I received the below error message when trying to create my first catalog.


XenDesktop 5.6

ESXi 5.0, vSphere 5.0


The Catalog has the following errors:
Failed to create the virtual machine; DOMAIN\ComputerName$; Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: source


Proper XenDesktop permissions where not applied at the DataCenter level in vCenter.

NSLookup Sweep

I keep finding the need to find an open IP address for a new server, and I get tired of searching manually.  I am also not patient enough for a ping sweep, so I created a nslookup sweep with powershell. The nslookup sweep just looks through a subnet to find the first address without a dns entry. The next step just requires you to ping the address to insure it’s not being used.  Check out this post for a TCP Port Scanner in PowerShell.

$i = "1";
$subnet = "192.168.1";
while ( $i -lt 255 ) {
$ipaddr = "$subnet.$i"
$nsResult = nslookup $ipaddr 2>&1 | select-string "Name";
if ( $nsResult ) {
echo "$ipaddr is available";
$i = "256";

PowerCLI and Storage

Below are some interesting sets of PowerCLI commands that will give you more information on your VM’s hard drives and your datastores.

The below will give you the total allocated hard drive space of all the VM’s in a cluster.

Get-Cluster "Cluster Name" | get-vm | Get-HardDisk | %{ $vmCapacity += $_.capacityKB }

The below will give you the Total Capacity, Free Space, and Usage of your datastores.

Get-Datastore | %{ $datastoreFreeSpace += $_.FreeSpaceMB }
Get-Datastore | %{ $datastoreTotalCapacity += $_.CapacityMB }
$datastoreUsageTotal = $datastoreTotalCapacity - $datastoreFreeSpace

write-host "Total Capacity: $datastoreTotalCapacity MBs"
write-host "Total Free Space: $datastoreFreeSpace MBs"
write-host "Total Usage: $datastoreUsageTotal MBs"