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I am trying to find the state a a list of vms with this for loop:

$VM = get-content C:\Users\PowerShell\left_overs.txt

foreach ($PC in $VM) { get-vm }

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Instead of giving me the list of the few VMs in the list it gives me everything in vsphere... any ideas why this is not working?
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Joseph Daly earned 2000 total points
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Your not passing the -name parameter to your GET-VM command.

Try this.

$VM = get-content C:\leftovers.txt
foreach ($computer in $VM) {
get-vm -name $computer
}
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by:Subsun
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$VM = get-content C:\Users\PowerShell\left_overs.txt
foreach ($PC in $VM) { get-vm $PC}


and

Get-content C:\Users\PowerShell\left_overs.txt | get-vm

Should also work..
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by:Thaidog
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The first worked - thanks! The second I got an error:

"Cannot process argument transformation parameter 'Datastore'. Strings as pipeline input are not supported."
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by:Subsun
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Then Try..
Get-content C:\Users\PowerShell\left_overs.txt | % {get-vm $_}

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by:Thaidog
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Did not work:

PS C:\Users\> Get-content C:\Users\SkyDrive\PowerShell\left_overs.txt | % {get-vm $_}
Get-VM : 1/23/2013 10:33:23 AM    Get-VM        VM with name 'Server1 on' was not found using the specified filter(
s).
At line:1 char:77
+ Get-content C:\Users\SkyDrive\PowerShell\left_overs.txt | % {get-vm <<<<  $_}
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (:) [Get-VM], VimException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Core_OutputHelper_WriteNotFoundError,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.GetVM

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(Edit: Redacted - Modulus_Twelve)
(http://www.experts-exchange.com/R_20923.html)
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by:Subsun
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It says  VM with name 'Server1 on' was not found

(Edit: Redacted - Modulus_Twelve)
(http://www.experts-exchange.com/R_20923.html)
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by:Joseph Daly
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If my solution worked why are you still looking for another answer?
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