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New Free Tool from VMware - InventorySnapshot Fling

VMware Labs has released another technical preview of yet another new free Fling tool, this one called InventorySnapshot.

InventorySnapshot allows a user to "snapshot" a given vCenter inventory configuration and then reproduce it. The "inventory" includes the Datacenter folders, datacenters, clusters, resource pools, vApps, hierarchy, roles and permissions, configuration settings, and custom fields. In other words, if you have an inventory with a given set of hosts and VMs organized into a group of clusters, we can faithfully reproduce this environment, including the cluster settings and custom roles you may have defined. As a simple example, suppose you have an inventory with one datacenter (DC A), one cluster (Cluster A), and two hosts (Host A and Host B). At a high level, our fling emits a PowerCLI script that, when executed, does the following:

  1. Creates Datacenter “DC A.”
  2. Creates cluster “Cluster A.”
  3. Adds host “Host A” to “Cluster A.”
  4. Adds host “Host B” to “Cluster A.”

Notice that this can be helpful for a variety of reasons. For example, suppose you’ve spent a lot of time creating a development vCenter environment, and now you wish to deploy it in production. Using our fling, you can snapshot your “dev” environment and then run it against the “production” vCenter server, saving you the task of laboriously adding each host, creating the proper clusters and resource pools, etc. For more details, review the following document: Inventory Snapshot documentation.

Published Friday, May 20, 2011 5:55 AM by David Marshall
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