vSphere Inventory Snapshot

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

More info and Download: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/inventorysnapshot

Article by David Davis: http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/vmware-esx-and-vsphere-articles/general/using-the-new-free-inventory-snapshot-vsphere-vmware-labs.html



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