[et-mgmt-tools] VMware?

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Tue Jul 3 14:44:52 UTC 2007

drew einhorn wrote:
> Things are working well on the ESX box now that I'm past the cobbler
> and kickstart misconfigurations.
> Every time I create an new vm I need to take a trip though VMware's
> Virtual Infrastructure Client, that I'd really like to avoid.  VMware
> has a few more options to besides ram and disk space to configure
> before creating a VM.  Haven't taken a close enough look to know
> either how difficult it will be to live without being able to set them
> when the VM is created, or how difficult it would be to extend cobbler
> to handle more VM attributes, or how this maps into all the other
> virtualization toolsets.

Can you see if VMware has any docs for command line creation of guests?

If so, those attributes could be added in koan fairly easily.   I don't 
have a test platform,
but would be more than happy to code something up in koan if someone 
wanted to test the proof
of concept.   Tracking a few additional attributes in cobbler wouldn't 
be a problem.

> On 7/2/07, *Michael DeHaan* < mdehaan at redhat.com 
> <mailto:mdehaan at redhat.com>> wrote:
>     drew einhorn wrote:
>     > Cobbler / Koan supports Xen virtualization.
>     >
>     > Has anyone looked at what it would take to get koan working
>     > on other virtualization platforms?  I have a VMware ESX box
>     > I'd like to be able to use it on.
>     >
>     Not to my knowledge -- though I like the idea.
>     As far as I'm aware, vmware does understand PXE installation, so koan
>     would just need a way to create an "empty" guest
>     that would PXE itself.   I know this is the plan for how we're
>     going to
>     support fully automatic installs for other
>     virtualization types like KVM, Xen hardware virt, etc.
>     If there are any VMware experts on the list, patches would be great :)
>     It seems like the syntax needed would not need to even access the
>     cobbler server the way --virt does today, ex:
>     koan --virt --virt-type=vmware --mac=AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF --virt-name=foo
>     [...other options...]
>     --virt-type could default to "xenparavirt" and current behavior.
>     --Michael
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