Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration

Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration

1st Edition - November 7, 2006

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  • Author: Al Muller
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080516776

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This book contains simple and advanced scripting using both ESX and Linux commands to provide awesome virtual tools to automate administrative tasks of ESX Server.This book will cover the native tools that VMware provides with ESX Server. It will then discuss in detail the different scripting API’s and how they can be leveraged 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.

Key Features

* An essential guide to virtualisation using both Linux and ESX commands

* The companion Web site for book provides dozens for working scripts and tools presented in the book

* Maximise VMware's powerful scripting language to automate time consuming administrative tasks


This book is for system administrators running VMware on virtual workstations and servers, who want to use VMware’s powerful scripting language to automate time consuming administrative tasks. You don’t have to be a scripting guru to follow along and the more you practice these scripts and command line tools the more you’ll understand and open up the real power and flexibility of VMware ESX Server.

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Lead Author
    • Contributing Authors
    • Technical Editors
    • Companion Web Site
    • Chapter 1: Scripted Installation
      • Introduction
      • Setting Up the Scripted Installation
      • Summary
    • Chapter 2: An Introduction to ESX Native Tools and How to Use Them
      • Introduction
      • Esxtop
      • Summary
    • Chapter 3: Scripting and Programming for the Virtual Infrastructure
      • Introduction
      • VMware Scripting APIs
      • VMware Virtual Infrastructure SDK
      • Other VMware SDKs
      • Summary
    • Chapter 4: Building a VM
      • Introduction
      • Creation of Virtual Machines Utilizing Command-Line Tools
      • Scripting Creation of Virtual Machines in ESX Shell
      • Scripting Creation of Virtual Machines in Perl Scripts
      • Cloning Virtual Machines Utilizing ESX Shell Scripts
      • Cloning Virtual Machines Utilizing VmPerl Scripts
      • Summary
    • Chapter 5: Modifying VMs
      • Introduction
      • The Virtual Machine VMDK File
      • Virtual Machine Conversion from IDE to SCSI
      • Dynamic Creation of Virtual Machines
      • Summary
    • Chapter 6: Instant Disk: How to P2V for Free
      • Introduction
      • What Is a P2V?
      • P2V Techniques
      • The “Big Secret” of P2V
      • Instant Disk Overview
      • The Bad News
      • Prepping the ESX Host: Setting Up FTP on ESX Host
      • Prepping the Source Machine: Install the SCSI Driver
      • Continue Prepping the Source Machine: Validate
      • The Linux Rescue CD
      • At the Command Prompt
      • Finding the Hard Drives and Storage
      • Virtual Disk Files on the VMFS
      • Starting the FTP Process
      • Creating a New Virtual Machine and Pointing It to a New VMDK File
      • Summary
    • Chapter 7: Scripting Hot Backups and Recovery for Virtual Machines
      • Introduction
      • Anatomy of a VM Backup
      • Hot VM Backup Sample Script
      • Choosing the Target for VM Backups
      • Existing VM Backup Tools
      • VMX File Backups
      • Summary
    • Chapter 8: Other Cool Tools and Tricks
      • Introduction
      • Configuring PowerChute Network Shutdown in ESX
      • Creating the PowerChute Package
      • Centralized User Management for ESX Server
      • Extending a Cloned (Deployed) Windows VM’s Root Partition
      • Deploying a Windows VM with an Expanded Root Partition
      • Summary
    • Appendix A: All Scripts and Program Source
      • Scripts from Chapter 3
      • Scripts from Chapter 4
      • Scripts from Chapter 5
      • Scripts from Chapter 6
      • Scripts from Chapter 7
      • Scripts from Chapter 8
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2006
  • Published: November 7, 2006
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080516776

About the Author

Al Muller

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Senior Consultant for SBC\Callisma

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