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Tools to quickly create vSwitch networks and bulk assign VMs to Resource Pools/VM Folders

Posted on 2014-04-04
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Hey folks,

I just recently migrated a 10-node cluster over to a new datacenter using a brand new database. I finished up most of the vCenter cluster configuration manually, but we have a ton of VMs and Template folders and many VMs that need to be assigned to resource pools. I also plan to eventually upgrade the hosts from scratch, which will entail also rebuilding the vSwitches.

We don't run Enterprise Plus just yet, so Host profiles and vDS would be the obvious place to start. But I believe a kick starter script during the install may work if it can also do vSwitch configuration (which I don't think is the case). And for the resource pools and VM folders, there isn't a way to do bulk adds instead of manually selecting one VM at a time and moving them to the appropriate pool/folder?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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The only tools to aid you and help you are using scripts and Powershell.

This is what we use to complete automated tasks quickly, rather than using the GUI.

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

VMware Community Pack

http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/
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