Providing Login Credentials

When you provide login credentials in the command prompt or in a script file, a PowerShell limitation might prevent PowerCLI from processing non-alphanumeric characters correctly. To prevent login problems, escape the non-alphanumeric characters in your credentials.

To escape non-alphanumeric characters in PowerCLI, you need to place the expression that contains them in single quotes (').

Note: When you provide your login credentials in the Specify Credential dialog box, you do not need to escape non-alphanumeric characters.

Connecting to a vCenter Server System

This example illustrates how to escape non-alphanumeric characters when connecting to a selected vCenter Server instance with the Adminis!ra!or user name and the pa$$word password.

Connect-VIServer -Server -Protocol https -Username 'Adminis!ra!or' -Password 'pa$$word'