Scripting VMware Power Tools

As network, storage and security virtualization become the norm, VARs can take this opportunity to become virtual machines experts through VMware's power tools. This chapter excerpt outlines VMware's virtual machine creation and cloning tools .

Building a virtual machine (VM)

Introduction

VMware provides many useful command-line tools for the creation and cloning of virtual machines. In this chapter, you will gain a working understanding of these tools and how to leverage them to automate virtual machine creation. At the end of this chapter, you will be able to script the creation and cloning of virtual machines to automate your virtual machine setup.

Use the following table of contents to navigate to chapter excerpts, or click here to view Chapter 4 in its entirety.



Building a VM
  Home: Introduction
 Part 1: Creation of virtual machines utilizing command line-tools
 Part 2: Scripting creation of Virtual Machines in ESX shell
 Part 3: Scripting creation of Virtual Machines in Perl scripts
 Part 4: Cloning virtual machines utilizing ESX Shell scripts
 Part 5: Cloning virtual machines utilizing VmPerl scripts

ABOUT THE BOOK:   
Scripting VMware Power Tools shows readers scripting techniques using both ESX and Linux commands to automate administrative tasks of ESX Server. It covers VMware ESX Server native tools and discusses in detail the different scripting APIs and how they can be used to provide some very useful, practical, and time-saving tools to manage a virtual infrastructure. From virtual server provisioning to backups, and everything in between, this book is a one-stop shop for virtual tools!Purchase the book from Syngress Publishing
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Lead author Al Muller is a consultant for Callisma, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. He has been in the IT field since 1995, getting his start as a database administrator in the Navy. In 2002 he began using VMware's GSX Server and within a year was involved in his first virtualization project. Since then, he has been an eager proponent of virtualization technology and has worked on a number of different server consolidation and virtualization projects.

This was first published in February 2007

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