PowerCLI Reference



This cmdlet opens a window to the virtual machine's console.


Open-VMConsoleWindow [-VM] <RemoteConsoleVM[]> [-FullScreen] [-Server <VIConnection[]>] [-UrlOnly] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

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Detailed Description

This cmdlet opens a window to the virtual machine's console. The window is opened in a Web page in the browser configured in the VMConsoleWindowBrowser setting (in Set-PowerCLIConfiguration), or in the default Web browser, if the setting is not configured.

If the default browser is not 32-bit, you must configure a 32-bit browser to be used by this cmdlet. This configuration is done through the Set-PowerCLIConfiguration cmdlet, by specifying the VMConsoleWindowBrowser setting and providing the full path to a browser's executable file. The officially supported browsers are listed on the VMware site, under the VMRC distributable (which is used to display the virtual machine's console).


NameTypeDescriptionRequired?Pipeline InputDefault Value
VMRemoteConsoleVM[]Specifies the virtual machines for which to open a remote console. Supports vCloud and vSphere virtual machines.trueTrue (ByValue)
ConfirmSwitchParameterIf the value is $true, indicates that the cmdlet asks for confirmation before running. If the value is $false, the cmdlet runs without asking for user confirmation.falseFalse
FullScreenSwitchParameterIf specified, opens the virtual machine console window in full screen mode.falseFalse
ServerVIConnection[]Specifies the vCenter Server systems or cloud server instances on which you want to run the cmdlet. If no value is passed to this parameter, the command runs on the default servers. For more information about default servers, see the description of Connect-VIServer.falseFalse
UrlOnlySwitchParameterIf specified, the cmdlet returns the URL for opening a console window to the virtual machine, without opening the console window.

Note: The URL is valid for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, the screen authentication ticket contained in the URL expires.
WhatIfSwitchParameterIndicates that the cmdlet is run only to display the changes that would be made and actually no objects are modified.falseFalse

Return Type

A Web browser window displaying a remote console to the specified virtual machine


The VM parameter accepts powered-on vSphere and vCloud Director virtual machines. This cmdlet is not supported on the Core edition of PowerShell.


-------------------------- Example 1 --------------------------

Get-CIVM myVM | Open-VMConsoleWindow -FullScreen

Opens the console of the specified virtual machine in full screen mode.

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