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Getting started with managing VMC on AWS via PowerCLI

by Mohamed Imthiyaz
VMC on AWS via PowerCLI

In this post, I will show you how to connect to your VMware Cloud on AWS environment via PowerShell. This can be achieved in 3 simple steps

  1. Generating your Refresh Token
  2. Installing/Upgrading/Importing Powershell Modules
  3. Connecting to VM

Let’s start with generating a API Token

Login to your VMC Console https://vmc.vmware.com if you are not already logged in

VMC Console

Go to API Tokens – > Generate a NEW API TOKEN

You can set the Token TTL as much as you like

  • Select Organization role and the service role, you can select multiple organization and service roles
  • For this we will select VMware Cloud on AWS
Generate API Token

Hit Generate, Save your token as this cannot be retrieved again.


Let’s connect to our VMC on AWS through PowerShell


Check Powershell Version

I am on version 7.0.2,

To upgrade your PowerShell to latest version directly from CLI you can use

iex “& { $(irm https://aka.ms/install-powershell.ps1) }” -UseMSI

Run the above command and use GUI to install the latest version of PowerCLI

Install VMC.PowerCLI module if you haven’t already. -Scope CurrentUser will install the module only for the current user

Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Scope CurrentUser

CEIP Participation Yes, change $true to $false if you do not want to join CEIP

Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -Scope User -ParticipateInCEIP $true -confirm:$false

Optional, ignore InvalidCertificateAction

Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore -Confirm:$false

We are all set to login to VMC via PowerCLI

Connect to your VMC with the refresh token generated in the first part. Open your PowerShell

Connect-Vmc -RefreshToken yourtoken

Or you can set your Refresh Token in new variable by

$refreshtoken = ‘yourtoken’
Connect-Vmc -RefreshToken $refreshtoken
connect-vmc -refreshtoken

Most of the cmdlets starts with the New/Get/Set/Remove but they also may have additional operations.

The below command will list all the SDDCs you have access to


Why wait here? Kickstart VMware Cloud on AWS API with PowerCLI

Please add your comments below if you have any queries or feedback regarding the same.

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