Get-View to speed up things using regex

I was playing around with the get-view cmdlet and found something I didn’t know yet.

On the site there is an example

Get-View -ViewType VirtualMachine -Filter @{"Name" = "VM"}

Cool, let’s test that. Hey , why do I get 2 items returned?
I searched for a VM called “Test” and there returned 2 VM’s which are started with “Test”.

I didn’t know that, in the description of the filter object you see:

Specifies a hash of <name>-<value> pairs, where <name> represents the property value to test, and <value> represents a regex pattern the property must match. If more than one pair is present, all the patterns must match.

Ah…

So let’s throw some regex in then:

One way to tighten our patterns is to define a pattern that describes both the start and the end of the line using the special ^ (hat) and $ (dollar sign) metacharacters. Maybe not the best option but it works fine.

To do an exact match on “Test””we use : “^Test$

Now let’s start exact match on Test and do a reset of the VM:

(get-view -ViewType VirtualMachine -Filter @{"name"="^Test$"}).ResetVM()

Cool that works, I’m no regex expert, but the way mentioned above works, because the start..end of the line only exists of VM names.

It would be nicer to use a word boundary so you capture the word only and not the line.

So we can also use \bServername\b:


get-view -ViewType VirtualMachine -Filter @{"name"="\bTest\b"}

Both options work, but may come in handy for the future.

So what I learned, the filter object can be ‘regexed’ !

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