PowerCLI - Install Powershell and PowerCLI in MacOS

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This post is not a new method or even new information, it is more a consolidated run through on how to get VMware PowerCLI modules installed in MAC OS.

Installing VMware PowerCLI Powershell modules is almost a must do task for any VMware user, since it gives the ability to automate/script almost any task available through the management frontends, and a lot more that sometimes are not simply available through it.

This post goes through the necessary tasks to get VMware PowerCLI modules installed and ready to use in your MAC OS.

Pre-requirements to install VMware PowerCLI

To install VMware PowerCLI modules you need to first install Powershell Core for MAC OS.

There are two (2) methods to install Powershell Core in MAC OS:

  • Using Homebrew package manager
  • Downloading Powershell install package from Powershell Github and install it

Some detailed information in how to install Powershell Core in MAC OS - Microsoft Documentation website

Method 1: Using Homebrew package manager

To install Powershell using Homebrew package manager you will need to install some tools before hand.

Install MAC OS command line tools - Xcode

xcode-select –install

Installing Homebrew package manager

  • After you install Xcode command line tools you will need to install Homebrew if not already installed.

    /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
    

    Install _Homebrew_

  • Then you need to install Homebrew-Cask to extend Homebrew.

    brew tap homebrew/cask
    

Install Powershell using Homebrew

brew cask install powershell

Install _Powershell_ using _Homebrew

Method 2: Using Powershell install package

Downloading the install package

You can download the installation package from the Powershell Github page.

You can download the stable or preview versions depending how brave you are.

Download Install Package

Installing Powershell package

  • Run installation package

    The installation package will need to be allowed through the security framework before it allows you to install.

    Run Install Package

  • Allowing the installation package through system security policies

    Security & Privacy - Open Anyway

    Security & Privacy - Enter password or use TouchID

  • Re-Open installation package

    Re-Open the installation package

  • Install Powershell using installation package

    • Step 1 Install Wizard - Step 1

    • Step 2 Install Wizard - Step 2

    • Step 3 Install Wizard - Step 3

    • Step 4 Install Wizard - Step 4

Run Powershell

  • Find Powershell app icon in the Application folder or run from a shell

    • Find _Powershell_ app icon

    • Or run from a shell

      pwsh
      

      Run from _shell_

  • Powershell window _Powershell_ application window

Install VMware PowerCLI Powershell modules

Once we get Powershell installed we can install VMware PowerCLI modules.

Since VMware PowerCLI modules are now available from PSGallery repository we can install it directly from within a Powershell environment.

  1. First we need to start a Powershell instance

    We can use any of the methods described before in Run Powershell section

    _Powershell_ application window

  2. Let us check what VMware Powershell modules are available to be installed through PSGallery

    Find-Module VMware.*
    

    Check _VMware Powershell_ modules available

  3. We will install VMware.PowerCLI

    Install-Module -Name "VMware.PowerCLI" -Scope "CurrentUser"
    

    We are installing VMware PowerCLI modules only for the current user, hence -Scope “CurrentUser” parameter

    Install _VMware PowerCLI_ modules

    We could set PSGallery repository to be Trusted using Set-PSRepository -Name “PSGallery” -InstallationPolicy “Trusted”, however I personally prefer to keep it Untrusted and answer the question when needed

  4. Let us check if VMware PowerCLI module is ready to go

    Get-Module "VMware.PowerCLI" -ListAvailable | FT -AutoSize
    

    Check _VMware PowerCLI_ modules

We seem to have all the VMware.PowerCLI modules that we need installed, so we should be ready to go.