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HPE SimpliVity PowerShell Module

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HPE SimpliVity PowerShell Module

This PowerShell module utilizes the HPE SimpliVity REST API to display information and manage a HPE SimpliVity federation. It works by connecting to any HPE OmniStack Virtual Controller in your environment. The module can be installed from the PowerShell Gallery and the source code is available on Github.

The module was written using V1.11 of the Rest API, which is shipped with HPE OmniStack 3.7.8 and includes the latest support for displaying Infosight information on SimpliVity clusters. The module has been tested and works with HPE OmniStack 3.7.7 and later.

All cmdlets are written as advanced cmdlets, with extensive comment based help and the majority have the ability to accept the output from another cmdlet as input. Most cmdlets that show information have filtered parameters to limit the number of objects returned. The cmdlets have also been written to adhere to the current recommendations with the REST API. For example, limit the number of records to 500 when returning virtual machines and backup objects.

Most "Get" commands provide too many properties to show at once, so default display properties are shown. All properties are still accessible, by piping to Format-List or Select-Object -property *

For example:

    PS C:\> Connect-SVT -OVC -Credential $Cred
    PS C:\> Get-SVThost
    HostName      DataCenterName    ClusterName   FreeSpaceGB    ManagementIP   StorageIP     FederationIP 
    --------      --------------    -----------   -----------    ------------   ---------     ------------   SunGod            Production1         2,671   SunGod            Production1         2,671   SunGod            DR1                 2,671
    PS C:\>Get-SVThost -HostName | Select-Object *
    PolicyEnabled            : True
    ClusterId                : 3baba7ec-6d02-4fb6-b510-5ce19cd9c1d0
    StorageMask              :
    Model                    : HPE SimpliVity 380 Series 4000

The module contains 51 exported cmdlets, divided into the following feature categories:

BackupsBackup PolicyDatastore & Cluster
                    VM                                      Host                              Utility                        


Latest update (V1.1.4)

With V1.1.4, the Get-SVTmetric cmdlet now produces charts. You can create charts for clusters, hosts and virtual machines. Here's how it works:

    PS C:\> Get-SVThost | Select-Object -First 1 | Get-SVTmetric -Hour 48 -Chart

This will create a single chart for the first host in the Federation using the specified hourly range. The cmdlet also has a new -Force parameter. By default, up to five charts are created, one for each object passed in. If there are more objects than this in the pipeline, the cmdlet will issue a warning. You can override this limit with the -Force switch. There is potential to create a lot of charts with Get-SVTvm.

Here is a sample metric chart:

Similarly, Get-SVTcapacity also has a new -Chart switch. Use the following command to create a chart for each host in the federation.

    PS C:\> Get-SVTcapacity -Chart

This is a sample capacity chart:

Note: Both of these commands require Windows PowerShell (tested with V5.1 only). They do not work with PowerShell Core V6.x (.NET Core does not support Microsoft Chart Controls). Hopefully this will change when PowerShell 7.0 is released.


  • PowerShell V5.1 and above. This module was created and tested using PowerShell V5.1.
  • The IP address and the credentials of an authorized OmniStack user account.
  • Tested with HPE OmniStack 3.7.7 and above. Both VMware and Hyper-V versions have been tested.


  • Install the HPESimplivity module from the PowerShell Gallery, using the following command:
    PS C:\> Install-Module -Name HPESimpliVity -RequiredVersion 1.1.4

The module is signed, so it will work with an execution policy set to Remote Signed.

  • Restart Powershell to load the module, or type:
    PS C:\> Import-Module HPESimpliVity -Force
  • After this, the module will automatically load in new PowerShell sessions. Issue the following commands to confirm:
    PS C:\> Get-Command -Module HPESimpliVity
    PS C:\> Get-Help Connect-SVT
    PS C:\> Get-Help Get-SVTbackup
  • Once installed, you're ready to connect to the OmniStack virtual controller, as follows:
    PS C:\> $Cred = Get-Credential -Message 'Enter OVC Credentials'
    PS C:\> Connect-SVT -OVC <IP or FQDN of an OmniStack Virtual Controller> -Credential $Cred
    PS C:\> Get-SVThost

Or, if you need to run commands in batch (non-interactively), save your credentials to a file first:

    PS C:\> $Cred = Get-Credential -Username 'administrator@vsphere.local' | Export-Clixml .\OVCcred.XML 

and then in your script, import the credential:

    PS C:\> $Cred = Import-CLIXML .\OVCcred.XML
    PS C:\> Connect-SVT -OVC <IP or FQDN of an OmniStack Virtual Controller> -Credential $Cred
    PS C:\> Get-SVThost

Note: You must login with an admin account (e.g. an account with the vCenter Admin Role for VMware environments).

Things to do

  • Test using PowerShell Core 6.0 (Windows and Linux)

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