VMworld 2018 Barcelona Highlights

Stephen Hackers from Hot Wired IT Solutions affiliate partner to HTG (Howell Technology Group) made the trip to VMworld Barcelona 2018 with Kevin Howell (HTG), Graham Wight (HTG) and Tony Cota.

Overview

Tech Experts Meetings + Design Workshops + Vendors + Hall Sessions = A great experience and excellent value for money.

Things I learnt…

  1. Download the VMworld App
  2. Book sessions early
  3. Register for a vendor party
  4. Participate where possible

VMworld through my eyes

  1. Download the app… Contains your pass, schedule, reminders, events, map, info and more.
  2. The photo every geek wants

3. Picked up my VMware vExpert 2018 goodie bag

 

4. Attended multiple design workshops. Signing NDA… Sorry no secrets being shared here.

VMware design_studio

 

5. Entered the Hackathon .. Joined an amazing team of 8 experts. (3rd place)

Chris Porter, Christopher Lewis, Colin Westwater, Dave Simpson, Dominik Zorgnotti, Gareth Edwards, Tony Cota and Stephen Hackers (Me).

We created and launched #PowerVKE. PowerShell module to deploy kubernetes. This was successful in taking 3rd place at the Hackathon

Available on GitHub https://github.com/PowerVKE

Follow on twitter https://twitter.com/PowerVKE

24 hours on from the Hackathon and Will PowerVKE name change to PowerPKS??

 

6. Meet the Vendors.

Vembu stand

NetApp with Ducati ( I was always going to visit any stand with a bike being a biker myself)

Quantum

 

7. Vendor party

Cohesity was our option

Great night out and some interesting glow in the dark / flashing devices for the night. The Queen tribute act was definitely worth watching. The friendly atmosphere was fantastic

 

8. Meet the Experts.

I attended two of these excellent sessions on PKS (kubernetes) and vSphere on AWS. As a techy I felt I got more business value in these 30-45min 1-1 tech sessions than in some of the high level presentations attended. That’s not to say the high level presentations were worth attending as well, but I got to ask in the 1-1 my homework for actual work I’m doing or planning on doing.

 

9.The End

Then the trip was over. Such an amazing few days. Already looking forward to VMworld 2019……

Bulk Virtual Machines Deployment and Zero Clicks Part 1

A recent project revisited deploying virtual machines via PowerCli. Its fair to say this isn’t a new tool but sometimes over looked.

Part 1 /  Part 2

My requirements were to deploy :

  • 100+ virtual machines (within a few hours)
  • domain join all machines
  • license the OS
  • various virtual machine specifications
  • various Windows OS versions.
  • to two different data centers within a linked vCenter setup
  • to resource pools
  • to different data stores
  • to different networks

 

The constraints:

  • vSphere 6.0 update 2
  • no budget for third party automation tools
  • small window of opportunity to deploy the VMs

 

On the plus side there was:

o    Loads of available CPU and RAM
o    Large datastores presented
o    Subnets prepared
o    Stretched VLANs across Data Centers

 

The tools I used to the task

  • Excel (CSV)
  • Notepad++
  • PowerCLi

 

The CSV file example

# Example Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

Template Datastore VMhost Custspec VMname IPaddress Subnet Gateway
2012_Template Storage1 ESXi.domain 2012_Spec test2003VL1 192.168.0.191 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.1
PDNS SDNS ResourcePool RAM CPU VLAN Size Format
192.168.0.10 127.0.0.1 resource1 2 2 VM Network 10 thin

 

The Script

# Automate the deployment of customised virtual machines deployed in vSphere 6.0. Tested against u2
#
# Prereq’s
# 1) Populate the a CSV file called Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv
# 2) Create a Windows Server template
# 3) Create a customization spec within vSphere for Windows
# 4) Run Bulk_VMs_Deploy.ps1 script via PowerCli as administrator (CSV file must be stored in the same location where the script is run from)
#
#https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI/2015/03/powercli-6-0-introducing-powercli-modules.html
if ( !(Get-Module -Name VMware.VimAutomation.Core -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) ) {

###### IMPORTANT, Check this file path is correct##########
. “C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\PowerCLI\Scripts\Initialize-PowerCLIEnvironment.ps1”
}
Connect-VIServer VC6.test.domain
#connect to a VC. This also works with Linked VC’s
$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv
foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

#set variables to read from CSV
$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$sdns = $item.sdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool
$cpu = $item.cpu
$ram = $item.ram
$vlan = $item.vlan
$size = $item.size
$format = $item.format

#Get the Specification and set the Nic Mapping
New-OSCustomizationNicMapping -Spec $custspec -IpMode UseStaticIp –Position 1 -IpAddress $ipaddr -SubnetMask $subnet -DefaultGateway $gateway -Dns $pdns,$sdns

#Create VM using Template with the adjusted Customization Specification
New-VM -Name $vmname -Template $template -Datastore $datastore -VMHost $vmhost -ResourcePool $resourcepool | Set-VM -OSCustomizationSpec $custspec -Confirm:$false

#Set the Network Name
Get-VM -Name $vmname | Get-NetworkAdapter | Set-NetworkAdapter -NetworkName $vlan -Confirm:$false

#Set the CPU and Memory
Get-VM -Name $vmname | Set-VM -MemoryGB $ram -NumCPU $cpu -Confirm:$false

#Additional Disk
#Get-VM -Name $vmname | New-HardDisk -CapacityGB $size -StorageFormat $format -Confirm:$false

#Remove the NicMapping
Get-OSCustomizationSpec $custspec | Get-OSCustomizationNicMapping | Remove-OSCustomizationNicMapping -Confirm:$false

#PowerOn VM
Start-VM $vmname

}
#Disconnect from VC.
disconnect-VIServer VC6.test.domain -Confirm:$false

 

 

Disclaimer Please take the code and evolve it into a different project? Credit / Tag me on your project Twitter #StephenHackers

Any use of this code is at your own risk. Remember bulk automation jobs require the right resources to be available.

This project & code was based on :
https://communities.vmware.com/thread/315193
Which progressed to : https://communities.vmware.com/thread/436734

Part 1 /  Part 2

Bulk Virtual Machines Deployment and Zero Clicks Part 2

Based on the CSV file used to create the VMs, re-use the CSV to control
Part 1 / Part 2

What else can I do now?

  • Delete Computer Objects from Active Directory
  • Bulk guest shutdown
  • Bulk power on virtual machines
  • Bulk power off virtual machines
  • Bulk Delete Virtual Machines from disk
  • Bulk change Computer Object OU

 

  • Delete Computer Objects from Active Directory

# Delete Computer Objects from Active Directory

$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool

Remove-ADComputer -Identity $vmname -Confirm:$false

}

 

  • Bulk guest shutdown

# Guest power down is a gracefull shutdown of the VMs
# VM requires VMware Tools to be installed on the VMs

Connect-VIServer vc6.test.domain

$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool

#Guest Shutdown VM
Shutdown-VMGuest $vmname
}
disconnect-VIServer vc6.test.domain -Confirm:$false

 

  • Bulk power on virtual machines

# Bulk power on virtual machines

Connect-VIServer vc6.test.domain

$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool

# POWER ON vms
Start-VM $vmname
}
disconnect-VIServer vc6.test.domain

 

  • Bulk power off virtual machines

# Bulk Power OFF VMs (Big Button OFF the VMs)
Connect-VIServer vc6.test.domain

$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool

#PowerOFF VM (Big Button OFF the VM)
Stop-VM $vmname -Confirm:$false

}

Disconnect-VIServer vc6.test.domain -Confirm:$false

 

  • Bulk Delete Virtual Machines from disk

# Delete Virtual Machines from disk
# VM should be already powered off

Connect-VIServer vc6.test.domain

$vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csv

foreach ($item in $vmlist) {

$template = $item.template
$datastore = $item.datastore
$vmhost = $item.vmhost
$custspec = $item.custspec
$vmname = $item.vmname
$ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
$subnet = $item.subnet
$gateway = $item.gateway
$pdns = $item.pdns
$resourcepool = $item.resourcepool

Remove-VM -VM $vmname -DeleteFromDisk -Confirm:$false
}
disconnect-VIServer vc6.test.domain -Confirm:$false

 

  • Bulk change Computer Object OU#Move and AD Computer Object to a specific OU from a CSV file
    $vmlist = Import-CSV .\Bulk_VMs_Deploy.csvforeach ($item in $vmlist) {$template = $item.template
    $datastore = $item.datastore
    $vmhost = $item.vmhost
    $custspec = $item.custspec
    $vmname = $item.vmname
    $ipaddr = $item.ipaddress
    $subnet = $item.subnet
    $gateway = $item.gateway
    $pdns = $item.pdns
    $resourcepool = $item.resourcepoolGet-ADComputer $vmname|Move-ADObject -TargetPath “OU=VM,DC=TEST,DC=DOMAIN”
    }

 

Disclaimer Please take the code and evolve it into a different project? Credit / Tag me on your project Twitter #StephenHackers

Any use of this code is at your own risk. Remember bulk automation jobs require the right resources to be available.

Part 1 / Part 2