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VMware vSphere - PowerCLI Script - Export List of VM Creation Date

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Hi,

I'm trying to find a PowerCLI script that I can run on my vCenter Environment to get a list of all the VM's and when their creation date was.

I'm not that good at scripting so if someone could provide the code and explain what I would have to input to get this done that would be great.

Thanks
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by:Abhilash
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This should help you with that
http://psvmware.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/when-was-vm-created-how-vm-was-created-and-who-has-created-this-vm/#more-726
There is a lot of explaination too with the scripts.
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by:Manjunath Sullad
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by:Lumious
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Hi,

Abhilash Hb:
- When I try to run the first script they presented, it doesn't do anything in my PowerCLI connection to vCenter 5.1.  I even try to put the script in a Test.ps1 file and run that file from PowerCLI but it doesn't do anything from what I see.  When trying to run the first script they presented, I copied and  pasted the whole thing into the PowerCLI.

Please let me know if I'm running this incorrectly.

Thanks
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by:Abhilash
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First you will have to load the functions. That's where the tasks the scripts do are defined.
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by:Lumious
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Hi,

I'm not sure if I'm running it correctly.  Please see attached document I created for what I actually do and let me know when you can if I'm doing it correctly and if I should continue.

Thanks
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To load the functions copy paste the whole function and press enter twice till the pointer returns back to normal.

Then try running Get-VM <VM-Name> | Get-VMCreationDate
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by:Lumious
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Hi,

Your instructions worked!  See attached:

So I ran this on One VM, what if I need to run this on multiple VM's?  I dont want to have to type out each VM Name individually.  Is there a way to make it so that it runs againsts All VMs in the environment and then exports the results to an excel sheet?



Thanks
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by:Abhilash
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Try this

Get-VM | Get-VMCreationDate | Export-Csv -path “c:\reports\vmcreationinventory.csv” -NoTypeInformation.

No too sure but let me know if it works.
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by:Lumious
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Hi,

That worked!  See attached:

I believe you replied on the other question I posted as well:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28337760.html?anchor=a39778384

Please let me know just like this one, what I would have to replace as it wasn't that clear and I'm not a scripter.

Thanks
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by:Abhilash
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Nice! Glad to know it worked.
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