Lets face it, repetition sucks. When provisioning ESX hosts, using such things as the EDA make life easier, but it only does so much for ESXi.
The install for ESXi is simple and straight forward, but when done, you have to go and set everything else (IP, hostname, DNS, local users, etc…). Doing this for 20 hosts could be a PITA (Pain In The A..), so I set out on writing a script that does all of this for you.
All you have to do is set the IP & root password, then verify you can ping the host by it’s hostname (set host/A record in DNS). Once that’s verified, here’s what the script does for you:
- Creates an Admins group and assigns it to the Administrator role
- Creates local users, sets their default password, and adds them to the Admins group
- Sets primary & secondary NTP & DNS servers
- Sets DNS search suffix
- Combines the provided hostname with DNS search suffix to populate the hostname FQDN
- Sets EnableNaviReg to 0, disabled (requested by my storage team)
- Disables iSCSI (disabled by default, but enabled in my sd image I created from previous post, thus the need to disable)
- Disabled Tech Support Mode, aka ‘unsupported’ console
This is a slightly more advanced script, and it’s not fully polished, but works. Read the rest of this entry »
I wanted to expand This Script to allow you to specify hosts as well, instead of just vCenter.
This came about because we have 20 new hosts that need storage so we can build our new vCenter server on them, and my old script wouldn’t suffice.
I know you can rescan at the container level (cluster, folder, datacenter), but sometimes the processes would hang on large clusters, other times I’d have to rescan twice. I like this script because it rescans all HBAs one by one, then rescans VMFS after. One could probably add the -runasync, but then it’s the same as the right-click in vCenter.
So, without further ado, here’s the updated script: Read the rest of this entry »
**Update May 07, 2012 – Use the new script here: Updated: Finding WWNs for HBAs in ESXi hosts, now with Get-VMHostHba
When building a new cluster, your storage team (or you) may need to add several hosts into the shared storage zone. It’s a pain to go to each host, configuration, storage adapters, then copy out the WWN.
With this script, you can supply a vCenter server and Cluster/Folder/Datacenter (any logical container) and it will list all the WWNs for Fibre Channel devices. But what if you don’t have vCenter stood up yet? No problem, you can also supply a list of ESX/ESXi hosts to scan.
Shawn & I built this because we have 20 hosts we need the WWNs from to provide to our storage team, and vCenter isn’t alive yet.
Our script: Read the rest of this entry »
Awhile back a guy at the San Antonio VMUG asked the technical group how you could get the actual LUN UUID for a particular Datastore. I informed him that it was available via the PowerCLI and to contact me via the VMUG forums. He never did. My storage guy at work loves this script, though, so I thought I’d share it with everybody.
Here’s the script: Read the rest of this entry »