PowerShell one-liner for virtual disk analysis

I needed to look at my virtual machines & their disk sizes – with Windows 2012 R2 upgrade in the works I need to do a bit more tidy up

I found two cmdlets in the Hyper-V module:

get-vmharddiskdrive – can be related to the virtual machine but doesn’t give a size

get-vhd – expects a path to the VHD file

Luckily get-vmharddiskdrive outputs the path. This gives me a nice pipeline:

Get-VM |
Get-VMHardDiskDrive |
Get-VHD |
select Path, @{N=’Size’; E={[math]::Round(($_.FileSize / 1gb), 2) }} |
sort  -Descending

Get the VMs pipe through get-vmharddiskdrive  and get-vhd  then select and sort and you’re done.

I always break my pipelines at a pipe symbol – it acts as a line continuation in the console and ISE so anything thing else is just extra unnecessary work

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One Response to PowerShell one-liner for virtual disk analysis

  1. psjjw says:

    I always break my pipelines at a pipe symbol, and indent all but the first line of the pipeline. This way every oneliner is a paragraph in my script. good for readabitlity.

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