vSphere PowerCLI Cmdlets Reference

New-VIProperty

Synopsis

Creates a new extension property on the specified object type.

Syntax

New-VIProperty [-Name] <String> [-ObjectType] <String[]> [-Value] <ScriptBlock> [-Force] [-BasedOnExtensionProperty <String[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]
New-VIProperty [-Name] <String> [-ObjectType] <String[]> [-Force] [-ValueFromExtensionProperty] <String> [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

Related Commands

Online version
Remove-VIProperty

Detailed Description

Creates a new extension property on the specified object type. Changes take effect upon the next retrieval of the corresponding objects.

Parameters

NameDescriptionRequired?Pipeline InputDefault Value
NameSpecify a name for the new extension property. Names are case-sensitive and can include only letters, numbers, and the underscore symbol. The name of a property must start with a letter or underscore.truefalse
ObjectTypeSpecify the object types to which you want to append the new property. All PowerCLI object types are supported.truefalse
ValueSpecify a script block you want to use to compute the value of the new extended property.truefalse
ForceIndicate that you want to create the new property even if another property with the same name exists for the specified object type. This parameter is not applicable for core properties of an object type.falsefalse
BasedOnExtensionPropertySpecify a list of strings that maps the properties of the $this.ExtensionData object. Use this parameter to specify which members of ExtensionData are used by the script block provided for the Value parameter.
This parameter is case-sensitive.
falsefalse
WhatIfIndicate that the cmdlet is run only to display the changes that would be made and actually no objects are modified.falsefalse
ConfirmIf the value is $true, indicates that the cmdlet asks for confirmation before running. If the value is $false, the cmdlet runs without asking for user confirmation.falsefalse$true
ValueFromExtensionPropertySpecify a string that maps a property of the $this.ExtensionData object. This parameter is case-sensitive.truefalse

Return Type

Notes

Examples

-------------- Example 1 --------------

New-VIProperty -ObjectType VirtualMachine -Name CommittedSpaceMB -Value { param($vm) $sum = 0; $vm.ExtensionData.Storage.PerDatastoreUsage | foreach { $sum += $_.Committed} ; $sum = [int]($sum / 1024 / 1024); return $sum } 

Get-VM | select Name, CommittedSpaceMB

Creates a script-based property for the VirtualMachine object type that calculates the committed space of a virtual machine.

-------------- Example 2 --------------

New-VIProperty -ObjectType VirtualMachine -Name CommittedSpaceMB -Value { param($vm) $sum = 0; $vm.ExtensionData.Storage.PerDatastoreUsage | foreach { $sum += $_.Committed} ; $sum = [int]($sum / 1024 / 1024); return $sum } -BasedOnExtensionProperty 'Storage.PerDatastoreUsage.Committed' -Force 

Get-VM | select Name,CommittedSpaceMB

Creates a property that calculates the committed space of a virtual machine. The cmdlet uses the BasedOnExtensionProperty parameter to specify which ExtensionData member is used by the script block. This mean that during the creation of each virtual machine, only the specified property of extension data - Storage.PerDatastoreUsage.Committed will be filled up.

-------------- Example 3 --------------

New-VIProperty -ObjectType VirtualMachine -Name CommittedSpace -ValueFromExtensionProperty 'SUM Storage.PerDatastoreUsage.Committed'

Creates a new property that calculates the committed storage based on the property and aggregation function SUM specified by the ValueFromExtensionProperty parameter.

-------------- Example 4 --------------

New-VIProperty -ObjectType InventoryItem -Name OverallStatus -ValueFromExtensionProperty 'OverallStatus' 

Get-VM | select Name, OverallStatus 

Get-VMHost | select Name, OverallStatus

Creates a new property based on the OverallStatus property for all inventory types.

-------------- Example 5 --------------

New-VIProperty -ObjectType VIObjectCore -Value { if ( $args[0].UId -match "/VIserver=[\w]+@(.*):.*" ) { $matches[1] } else { " } } -Name VIServerName 

Get-Inventory | select Name, VIServerName

Creates a script-based property to VIObjectCore that parses the UId property and extracts the name of the server to which a given object belongs.


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