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What Is PowerCLI Navigator?

PowerCLI Navigator is a PowerShell host application meant to improve system administrators' experience with VMware PowerCLI and vSphere management automation. It supplements PowerCLI with GUI features, most notably an inventory tree.


Getting Started

  1. You must have Microsoft .NET 2.0 installed
  2. You must have PowerCLI installed
  3. Download PowerCLI Navigator
  4. Unzip to PowerCLI install folder (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI"). Be careful to unzip to the correct folder. PowerCLI Navigator will fail to start if run from any other folder!
  5. Run PowerCliNavigator.exe
  6. Use Connect-VIServer to connect as usual

Reporting Issues

PowerCLI Navigator is making its first steps and surely does not lack bugs. Use the issue tracker and the discussion pages to report issues. Bug reports are much appreciated so please don't be shy :)

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Dear fellow scripting guy,

PowerCLI Navigator is a PowerShell host application meant to improve your experience with VMware PowerCLI and vSphere management automation. I plan to build two versions of the the program:

  • A free version which basically adds a vSphere inventory tree to the left of the PowerCLI console.
  • A paid version which blends GUI-based automation and scripted automation. My vision is for a tool which lets you automate as much as it is practical through a GUI, then supports convenient switch to scripting where GUI no longer suffices.

Today only the free version exists and it is quite unpolished and - I'm pretty sure - buggy. I strongly rely on your feedback, here in the project discussion pages at CodePlex. Both for bug reports and for complaints about how the current design is horrible and "whoever created this thing knows nothing about building software" :) Seriously. You will be using the software more than I, so you will see issues I have missed and you will sometimes have a better idea about what functionality is missing. When that happens, let me know and I'll fix things as soon as possible.

Now, about the paid version: PowerCLI is great but I think I can make it even better by adding some GUI to it. At the end of the day, the goal is to help you do your job as easily as possible. I cannot afford to do this as a hobby but I do recon I can make the tool useful to a sufficient number of admins to keep the individual license pretty cheap. My hope is I can make it viable at about $15 per license.

Give the free tool a try and let me know what you think about it!

Sincerely yours,


Last edited Jun 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM by ScriptItGeorge, version 12