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Need a powercli command to list all contents of a datastore

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I need a powercli command that will list the contents of a datastore the same way you can choose "browse datastore" from the vsphere gui. In other words something that will list random folders that are not necessarily VMs.
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PowerCLI gives this ability based on the Powershell provider concept. This mean that VMware datastores can be browsed with the native Powershell commandlets like Set-Location, Get-Item, Get-ChildItem and their aliases like cd, ls, dir. PowerCLI datastore provider also allows to manipulate datastore contents with native Powershell commandlets like Copy-Item, Move-Item, Remove-Item, etc.

this example will list all files and subfolders that starts with WinXP
inside the datastore with name Storage1.

ls vmstores:\myServer@443\Datacenter\Storage1\WinXP*

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