AUTOMATE VCENTER SERVER APPLIANCE DEPLOYMENT

I wanted to automate vCenter server appliance – deploying the OVA and also configuring it. I searched online to look at some samples or some code snippets  but didn’t find anything. I pinged the communities and LucD said he doesn’t recall seeing any code either.

Here was my post – https://communities.vmware.com/thread/490649

So I took up the simple challenge and here is the script to automate vCenter server appliance.

The script also uses the latest PowerCli 5.8 Release 1 – the Get-ovfconfiguration is key to deploying your appliances and ensuring they come up ip’d.

The script comes with a config.xml where you input all the parameters and then execute the script. You can also extend this by programmatically generating the config.xml file and executing the script.

The read me for the file is here. You can get my script at my github repo!

Alternatively you have it below as well, but I highly recommend reading the entire info at my github.

 

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Add-PSSnapin Vmware.vimautomation.core
 
 $xml = [XML](Get-Content vcsaconfig.xml)
 
 $vcsahostname = $xml.MasterConfig.config.vcsahostname
 $rootpassword = $xml.MasterConfig.Config.rootpassword
 $VMnetwork = $xml.Masterconfig.config.MgmtNetwork
 $vcsadns = $xml.Masterconfig.config.vcsadns
 $vcsagateway = $xml.Masterconfig.config.vcsagateway
 $vcsaip = $xml.Masterconfig.config.vcsaip
 $vcsanetmask = $xml.Masterconfig.config.vcsanetmask
 $ClusterName = $xml.Masterconfig.config.clustername
 $vcsalocation = $xml.Masterconfig.config.vcsalocation
 $vcenter = $xml.Masterconfig.vcenterconfig.vcenter
 $vcenteruser = $xml.Masterconfig.vcenterconfig.vcusername
 $vcenterpassword = $xml.Masterconfig.vcenterconfig.vcpassword
 
 #Ignore selfsigned cert
 [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::ServerCertificateValidationCallback = {$true}
 
 #Connect to the vcenter where vSM will be deployed
 Write-host "Connecting to vcenter..."
 connect-viserver -server $vcenter -protocol https -username $vcenteruser -password $vcenterpassword | Out-Null
 
 
 #Identify the right cluster and host to deploy vsm
 $VMhost = Get-Cluster $ClusterName | Get-VMHost | Sort MemoryGB | Select -first 1
 $datastore = $VMhost | Get-Datastore | Sort FreeSpaceGB -Descending | Select -first 1
 $Network = Get-VirtualPortgroup -Name $VMnetwork -VMHost $VMhost
 
 #Load the ovf specific configuration in the $ovfconfig file
 $ovfconfig = Get-OvfConfiguration $vcsalocation
 
 #Populate the members properties of the ovf file.
 $ovfconfig.common.vami.hostname.Value = $vcsahostname
 $ovfconfig.IpAssignment.IpProtocol.Value = 'IPv4'
 $ovfconfig.NetworkMapping.Network_1.Value = $VMnetwork
 $ovfconfig.vami.VMware_vCenter_Server_Appliance.DNS.Value = $vcsadns
 $ovfconfig.vami.VMware_vCenter_Server_Appliance.gateway.Value = $vcsagateway
 $ovfconfig.vami.VMware_vCenter_Server_Appliance.ip0.Value = $vcsaip
 $ovfconfig.vami.VMware_vCenter_Server_Appliance.netmask0.Value = $vcsanetmask
 
 #Importing the vapp now
 Write-host "Importing vApp..."
 Import-vapp -Source $vcsalocation -OVFConfiguration $ovfconfig -Name $vcsahostname -VMHost $VMhost -Datastore $datastore -Diskstorageformat thin
 
 #Optional - Setting memory to 16gb..
 #Set-vm -vm $vcsahostname -memorygb 16 -confirm:$false
 
 #Poweron the vm
 Write-Host "Powering on vShield vm... and waiting for tools"
 Start-vm $vcsahostname | Wait-Tools
 
 #Configuring VCSA appliance now..
 Write-Host "Configuring vcsa appliance now.."
 Invoke-VMScript -VM $vcsahostname -ScriptText "/usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg eula accept && /usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg db write embedded && /usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg sso write embedded && /usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg service start && /usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg timesync write ntp time.rackspace.com" -ScriptType Bash -GuestUser 'root' -GuestPassword 'vmware'
 sleep(30)
 Invoke-VMScript -VM $vcsahostname -ScriptText "echo ${rootpassword}|passwd root --stdin" -ScriptType Bash -GuestUser "root" -GuestPassword "vmware" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
 Restart-VMGuest -VM $vcsahostname -Confirm:$false 
 Write-Host "The guest configuration is now complete and it is restarting.. please wait a few minutes before all services are started..."

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