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  • 1.  Script to look for a plug-in on a Windows vCenter

    Posted Apr 26, 2017 04:29 PM

    Hey gang, sorry that I haven't been around for a spell - taking care of med business.

    Here's my question:

    I'm tasked with configuring the ESXi Dump Collector to store the coredump in a specific folder on a centralized server.  However, the Dump Collector doesn't show up as a plug-in on vCenter.  It also isn't being found at its designated install area: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware ESXi Dump Collector\.  This is already getting into some wild first steps; like finding the vCenter install media and mounting it again so that the dump collector can be installed.  I have 28 vCenters under my care from one end of the country to the other.  Four (4) of those vCenters are VCSAs; which has a totally different process for configuring where the coredump drops.  I really don't wish to go in and out of 24 Windows-based vCenter Servers and perform all of this. However, things would look better if I could find a way to check all 24 by using a script.

    Can someone help me with writing a script to check into all these vCenters and search for "C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware ESXi Dump Collector\" and a provide a true/false response on an Export-CSV file?  It's been a long day and I know my brain is on its way to the check-out counter in about 5 hours.  Someone's brain must be working way better than mind.  It seems simple, but I can't figure it out at the moment.  Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance,


  • 2.  RE: Script to look for a plug-in on a Windows vCenter

    Posted Apr 26, 2017 05:18 PM

    Perhaps try something like this.

    It assumes you are connected to all the vCenters

    $global:DefaultVIServers | %{

        $connected = $folderPresent = $false

        $os = ''

        $hostName = $_.ServiceUri.Host

        if(Test-Connection -ComputerName $hostName -BufferSize 16 -Count 1 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Quiet)


            $connected = $true

            $os = Get-WmiObject -ComputerName $hostName -Class Win32_OperatingSystem -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue


                $folderFound = Test-Path -PathType Container -Path "\\$($hostName)\c$\ProgramData\VMware\VMware ESXi Dump Collector"




            HostName = $hostName

            Connected = $connected

            OS = if($os){$os.Caption}else{'VCSA?'}

            FolderPresent = $folderFound