Automated Portgroup Management on a Standard vSwitch

Have you ever needed to move\restore Standard vSwitch portgroups?  If so, I’m hoping you didn’t do it manually.  o_0.  I recently had to re-install a few servers that used the Standard vSwitch, and I cobbled together some PowerCLI code to help with the transition.  Code samples included after the jump…

Standard disclaimers apply: Source code provided for instructional purposes only without any guarantee of support, maintenance, or liability.  Use at your own risk!

Step 1: Get the name of your Standard vSwitch

get-virtualswitch -vmhost (get-vmhost -name "") -Standard

This command will get all of the standard vSwitches on the server in question.  You can then save the vSwitch object you are interested in to a variable using the “-Name” switch:

$vSwitch = get-virtualswitch -vmhost (get-vmhost -name "") -Standard -Name vSwitch0

Step 2: Get the list of the portgroups that you need to recreate:

Get-virtualportgroup -VirtualSwitch $vSwitch

Step 3: Write PowerCLI code to recreate the portgroups on the newly installed server:

New-VirtualPortGroup -VirtualSwitch $vSwitch -Name Portgroup01 -VLanId 27
New-VirtualPortGroup -VirtualSwitch $vSwitch -Name Portgroup02 -VLanId 28

Of course, the more elegant solution would be to use a while\for loop to iterate through the list of portgroups obtained from Step 2.  In a future update, I may post version 2 of the Standard vSwitch Portgroup script that includes arrays, loops, etc.

Here are a few tools & resources that I recommend for getting up to speed on PowerCLI

1. PowerGUI – THE IDE for PowerShell Scripting.  For it to properly use the VMware modules, though, make sure to install the latest version of PowerCLI first.

2. PowerCLI Experts’ Blogs (Alan Renouf, Luc Dekens, Hal Rottenberg)

3. theHyperadvisor’s PowerCLI Reference iOS App

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