23 December 2009

Find Busted VMNICs

So, while we mentioned this would be a "low-volume blog", we didn't think we'd get our domain expiration notice before the first vNugglet hatched. Anyway, a problem we've run into in the past are VMNICs that suddenly have no link for whatever reason--switch upgrades, random user error, etc.

The following script will search the connected vCenter Server(s) to find any VMNICs that are actively being used in a standard vSwitch and also have no link (0Mbps).

## Script function: Lists all VMNICs that have no link and that are connected to a vSwitch (sorted by corresponding host).
## Author: vNugglets.com
## Usage: Connect to vCenter, run script interactively.


## Get all hosts and sort by name
Get-VMHost | Sort-Object -Property Name | ForEach-Object {
## (Re)Initialize array of failed VMNICs
$arrFailedVMNICsInUse = @()

## Get current host's Name, NICs, and vSwitches objects
$objCurrentHostNICs = Get-VMHostNetworkAdapter -VMHost $_
$objCurrentHostVSwitches = Get-VirtualSwitch -VMHost $_

## For each failed NIC, if it is attached to a vSwitch, add it to the failed VMNICs array
$objCurrentHostNICs | Where-Object {$_.BitRatePerSec -eq 0} | ForEach-Object {
$objCurrentFailedNIC = $_
$arrValidVMNICs = $objCurrentHostVSwitches | ForEach-Object {$_.Nic}
if ($arrValidVMNICs -match $objCurrentFailedNIC.DeviceName) {
$arrFailedVMNICsInUse += $objCurrentFailedNIC
} ## end if
} ## end inner ForEach-Object

## If there is at least one failed VMNIC, display the hostname it is associated with followed by the list of failed VMNICs
if ($arrFailedVMNICsInUse.Count -gt 0) {
$_.Name + ":"
$arrFailedVMNICsInUse | ForEach-Object {
"`t" + $_.DeviceName
} ## end ForEach-Object
Write-Host ""
} ## end if
} ## end outer ForEach-Object

That's it! Hopefully this is helpful to someone else.


*UPDATE - 19 January 2011: Updated script due to the following properties that are now deprecated.

PS C:\> .\findBustedVMnics.ps1
WARNING: 'PhysicalNic' property is obsolete. Use 'Get-VMHostNetworkAdapter' cmdlet instead.
WARNING: 'VirtualSwitch' property is obsolete. Use 'Get-VirtualSwitch' cmdlet instead.

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