Sharing vApps in vCloud with PowerCLI

June 11, 2013

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Some times vCloud Directors give the organization users grainy control over the the level of access users have to vApps , this is all controlled through the the vCloud API and powerCLI. The code below takes vApps‘ current settings and allow the user to modify the vApp:

# Get our required Objects

$vapp = Get-CIVApp “My vApp”

$user = Get-CIUser “UserToBeAdded”

# Access Level can be one of: ReadOnly,Change,FullControl

$accessLevel = “Change”

# Get current access policy from vApp

$access = $vapp.ExtensionData.GetControlAccess()

if (!$access.AccessSettings)


 $access.AccessSettings = New-Object VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.Views.AccessSettings


# New Access object

$newAccess = new-object VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.Views.AccessSetting

$newAccess.Subject = New-Object VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud.Views.Reference

# Set our access level

$newAccess.AccessLevel = $accessLevel

# Insert user href

$newAccess.Subject.Href = $user.ExtensionData.Href

$newAccess.Subject.Type = “application/vnd.vmware.admin.user+xml”

# Add new access to vApp access settings object

$access.AccessSettings.AccessSetting += $newAccess

#Send new Access config


A user is also able to control the default access policyand the level-using:

$access.IsSharedToEveryone and $access


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