PowerCLI Command to Reload a VMX

Have you ever been in a situation where you've needed to reload a VM's VMX file?  It's not very common, but it does happen occasionally.  VMware has a KB Article about how to do it, but it requires vim-cmd, which means that you need access to the host's CLI.  This isn't that big of a deal, unless you need to reload a lot of VMs that are scattered across many ESXi hosts.  Fortunately, Techazine has posted an article about a technique that reloads all invalid VMs via PowerCLI.  In my use case, I only needed to target a small set of VMs, so I just used that technique as follows:

@("VM1","VM2","VM3") | % {(get-vm $_ | get-view).reload()}


  1. Nice! Works well, VMWare should document this method, very useful for multiple ESXi hosts or quickly targeting a single VM


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