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Using PowerCLI to remotely execute esxcli commands

First, make sure you’re using a version of PowerCLI that supports the get-esxcli cmdlet. In this case, I used a fresh install of PowerCLI 5.5.

First, get-esxcli needs to be run against a single host individually, you can loop through you’re hosts later, but again, one at a time. So I did:

$getcli = Get-EsxCli -VMhost vmhost.domain.local

In my case, I wanted to remove a “greyed out” NFS mount, and in esxcli, I would run:

esxcli storage nfs remove -v nfsvolume

Well, the host I want to do this on does not allow SSH access to run it locally, so I’ll run it though powershell using:


To re-add it back in esxcli, I would do:

esxcli storage nfs add -H nfshost.domain.local -s /path/to/export -v nfsexport

To re-add it back using PowerCLI to execute esxcli, I did:


What an awesome way to utilize PowerCLI!

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