I’ve recently had to put some documentation together on bringing our patching of ESX hosts into line with patching procedures for other inventory items in our estate. While the actual patching is straight forward, getting data out of the process to show the compliance level of the hosts is not so straight forward.

Yet again , powerCLI to the rescue , with its champion Alan Renouf has discovered that an additional download to the powerCLI package allows us to interrogate VUM , as well as scan and remediate hosts. Hopefully with bribary of a number of beers an external report that I can pass to our security teams with baseline compliance for any number of hosts may well appear on his site soon….

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