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Restore snapshots on VM servers weekly

Posted on 2012-03-26
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So far after looking around for a while I cannot seem to find what I'm looking for.

We have some testing environments that we rebuild every Sunday.  Right now these are scattered across different machines and that have some issues.  What want to do is every Sunday evening reapply a snapshot of the server to return it to a baseline.  

We will build the VM to our gold standard then take a snapshot.  Once that is done we will release the environment to the users and they do what they do best.  Then Sunday evening I want to apply the snapshot we created after creating the gold standard, thus returning the environment to it's clean state.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Did I miss something in the VMCenter?

Thanks.
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Revert to Snapshot every Sunday evening using a PowerCLI script.

vCenter can schedule some tasks for automation

e.g. Deploy, Migrate, Create, Create a snapshot but not Revert.

See this Link

http://ict.myjewe.nl/ict/?p=192
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Basic Revert to Snapshot for Snapshot called Baseline

Get-VM | `
ForEach-Object {
  Set-VM -VM $_ -Snapshot  (Get-Snapshot -VM $_ -Name Baseline) -Confirm:$false
}

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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So install the following:-

PowerCLI and PowerGUI on a Workstation

I would recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI

http://powergui.org/index.jspa

and run this script when you need to using Task Scheduler
$snapshot = Get-Snapshot –VM myVM –Name ”Target-Snapshot”
Set-VM –VM myVM –Snapshot $snapshot

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by:mcioffi209
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Thanks, we will be digging into this over the next 5 days or so.  But that looks pretty much like what I need.
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