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InSpec VMware

This repository contains a collection of InSpec resources used to interact with the VMware platform.

This resource pack requires an InSpec version greater than 2.2.34

Using this Resource Pack

In order to use the resources in this resource pack you must declare the dependency in your InSpec profile.


  - name: inspec-vmware

Using the VMware Target

After defining a dependency on inspec-vmware in your_profile you are ready to use these resources with the vmware:// target.

Via Arguments

~$ inspec exec your_profile -t vmware://USERNAME@VISERVER --password MY_PASSWORD

Via Environment Variables

~$ export VISERVER=
~$ export VISERVER_USERNAME=demouser
~$ export VISERVER_PASSWORD=s0m3t1ngs3cuRe
~$ inspec exec inspec-vmware -t vmware://

Via the InSpec Shell

~$ inspec shell -t vmware://USERNAME@VISERVER --password MY_PASSWORD --depends ./inspec-vmware


We have a cookbook that can install PowerCLI leveraging Chef also.


Install PowerCLI on Windows 2012R2

PS > Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "" -OutFile PackageManagement.msi
PS > msiexec.exe /i C:\Users\vagrant\PackageManagement.msi /quiet
PS > Set-PSRepository -Name "PSGallery" -InstallationPolicy "Trusted"
PS > Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

Install PowerCLI on Windows 10, 2016+

PS > Set-PSRepository -Name "PSGallery" -InstallationPolicy "Trusted"
PS > Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI


Install PowerCLI on Debian based OSs

~$ sudo apt-get install curl
~$ curl > MS.key
~$ sudo apt-key add MS.key
~$ curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft.list
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install -y powershell
~$ pwsh -Command "& {Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted}"
~$ pwsh -Command "& {Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Force}"

Install PowerCLI on Redhat based OSs

~$ curl > /etc/yum.repos.d/microsoft.repo
~$ yum install powershell
~$ pwsh -Command "& {Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted}"
~$ pwsh -Command "& {Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Force}"


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