Large Scale Image Pipeline – Part 3 – Query Artifactory via PowerShell

For the next part of this Image Pipeline project, I needed to search Artifactory for all OS Image artifacts within a repo that have a specific property key, filter for the newest artifact with the same key value, download the items, and then upload OVA's to vCenter. When working on large automation projects, there's always... Continue Reading →

Large Scale Image Pipeline – Part 1 – Content Library Setup

Now that I've laid the groundwork for this image pipeline series, let's get started by setting up our vSphere Content Libraries. As stated in the overview, we have roughly 40 vCenter servers across multiple sites, multiple data centers within some of these sites, and multiple network boundaries within some data centers. The sites with multiple... Continue Reading →

Large Scale Image Pipeline – Overview

I've been working on multiple projects over the past couple years and most of them need to consume images of some flavor across multiple data centers (we have 10 in our metro with multiple network spaces). One team was managing vCenter templates (in case automation platform failed or a custom deployment needed) while an automation... Continue Reading →

Using CURL to Add Additional NIC to Packer Image

Recently I was working on a project to streamline virtual machine images for clustered databases. I was using Packer to create the base images and Terraform to deploy them for new requests. This all runs via Linux containers that do not have PowerCLI installed (though I could ask to get it installed). The issue I... Continue Reading →

Sending Multiple Variables to a VCO Workflow

I don't consider myself to be a great scripter but I'm really good at searching Google and piecing together what I need.  Lately I've been working on a vCenter Orchestrator workflow that called via a PowerShell script within another application. This is pretty easy to do for static workflows but gets more complicated when needing to pass... Continue Reading →

Lab Manager to vCloud Director Import Script

One major challenge when migrating from Lab Manager to vCloud Director is getting all of your VM Templates, Library entries, and needed configurations migrated across.  When I first looked at this it there was a partially scripted process using perl code that was long and very hard to understand.  I found it was better to... Continue Reading →

Quckly Setup New Nimble Array via CLI

I've been very impressed with Nimble Storage since using a CS220 for a project last May and running performance tests against it.  We purchased a CS240G shortly after.  If you haven't checked out what they're doing with SSD I highly recommend you do. We just purchased a CS220G to compliment our CS240G and I decided... Continue Reading →

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