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After reading Jase’s post http://www.jasemccarty.com/blog/?p=532 about setting the advanced configuration settings. I wanted to create a script and add it to the Community Powerpack (more info about the Powerpack here: http://www.virtu-al.net/2010/06/04/goodbye-virtu-al-hello-community/)

So I created two PowerCLI scripts to achieve this. You can see a short demo here:


This script will be added to the new version of the Powerpack.If you don’t want to wait until  the new version of the Community Powerpack comes online, you can use the following script to set the advanced settings on all of your ESX hosts:

    [parameter(Mandatory = $true)]

Connect-VIServer $vCenter

$esxHosts = Get-VMHost | Sort Name
foreach($esx in $esxHosts){
    Write-Host "Updating TCP and NFS Advanced Configuration Settings on $esx"

    # Update TCP Settings
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name Net.TcpipHeapSize).Values -ne "30"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name Net.TcpipHeapSize -Value 30 -Confirm:$false
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name Net.TcpipHeapMax).Values -ne "120"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name Net.TcpipHeapMax -Value 120 -Confirm:$false

    # Update NFS Settings
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatMaxFailures).Values -ne "10"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatMaxFailures -Value 10 -Confirm:$false
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatFrequency).Values -ne "12"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatFrequency -Value 12 -Confirm:$false
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatTimeout).Values -ne "5"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.HeartbeatTimeout -Value 5 -Confirm:$false
    if((Get-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.MaxVolumes).Values -ne "64"){
        Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -VMHost $esx -Name NFS.MaxVolumes -Value 64 -Confirm:$false


You can start the script with the parameter –vCenter in my case this is vc01:


The script will generate the following output.


Note on the first ESX host I already changed the NFS.HeartbeatFrequency during the test of the cmdlets.


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