Adding an NVMe Controller & Device to a VM with PowerCLI

Virtual NVMe isn’t a new concept. It’s been around since the 6.x days. As part of some lab work I needed to automate adding an NVMe controller and some devices to a VM. This can be accomplished using the PowerCLI cmdlets for the vSphere API.

# NVME Using PowerCLI
$vcenterFQDN = ""
$vcenterUsername = "administrator@vsphere.local"
$vcenterPassword = "VMw@re1!"
$vms = @("sfo01-w01-esx01","sfo01-w01-esx02","sfo01-w01-esx03","sfo01-w01-esx04")

# Install the required module
Install-Module VMware.Sdk.vSphere.vCenter.Vm

# Connect to vCenter
connect-viserver -server $vcenterFQDN -user $vcenterUsername -password $vcenterPassword

# Add an NVMe controller to each VM
Foreach ($vmName in $vms)
$VmHardwareAdapterNvmeCreateSpec = Initialize-VmHardwareAdapterNvmeCreateSpec -Bus 0 -PciSlotNumber 0
Invoke-CreateVmHardwareAdapterNvme -vm (get-vm $vmName).ExtensionData.MoRef.Value -VmHardwareAdapterNvmeCreateSpec $VmHardwareAdapterNvmeCreateSpec

# Add an NVMe device
Foreach ($vmName in $vms)
$VmHardwareDiskVmdkCreateSpec = Initialize-VmHardwareDiskVmdkCreateSpec -Capacity 274877906944
$VmHardwareDiskCreateSpec = Initialize-VmHardwareDiskCreateSpec -Type "NVME" -NewVmdk $VmHardwareDiskVmdkCreateSpec
Invoke-CreateVmHardwareDisk -Vm (get-vm $vmName).ExtensionData.MoRef.Value -VmHardwareDiskCreateSpec $VmHardwareDiskCreateSpec

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