Getting Started with VMware vSphere PowerCLI

VMware are providing vSphere PowerCLI to make it possible to administer vSphere and vCloud Director using PowerShell.

A good startingpoint is the VMware vSphere PowerCLI Documentation page that is available at:

If you´re in a hurry you could follow my quick starting guide below:

Step 1. Download and install VMware vShere PowerCLI:
VMware vSphere PowerCLI is available for download from
Select the release you want to download from the drop-down list and click on the download-link.
Double-click on the downloaded installation-package and follow the instructions to install PowerCLI.

Step 2. Start PowerCLI and connect to a vCenter Server:
Double-click on the “VMware PowerCLI” icon to start PowerCLI.


Use the CmdLet ‘Connect-VIServer’ as shown below to connect to the vCenter Server:

Connect-VIServer -Server <server-IP> -Protocol https -Username '<Username>' -Password '<Password>'

Now you are ready to explore and manage the VMware vCenter environment using PowerShell. Start by executing the following CmdLet to list all available commands.


Essential penetration testing tools

I found a good blogpost that lists the most essential tools for penetration testing:
To summarise the post, the following tools are a good start:
– Laptop
– Vulnerability scanner (OpenVAS, Nexpose, Nessus)
– Word processor (Word, Writer)
– Internet access
– Liability insurance
– Virtualization (VirtualBox, VMware, Hyper-V)
– Kali Linux and a virtual Windows PC
– Network cables and a switch

Troubleshooting Windows Update Agent

A short guide for troubleshooting Windows Update Agent:

1. Download and execute//install “System Update Readiness Tool (CheckSur)” from
Check the following log for errors C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CheckSUR.log
2. For any updates that could not be repaired by CheckSur, download the msu-package manually from Microsoft Catalog, or from Microsoft Download Center,
3. Create the folder C:\Windows\CheckSur\packages if it doesnt already exists and move the downloaded updates there.
4. Execute “System Update Readiness Tool (CheckSur)” again.
5. Install updates from Windows Update.