Recently with vSphere 5 VMware enabled you to deploy the ESXi image via PXE boot to your hosts, to do this you need some PowerCLI knowledge. Now just because I find PowerCLI easy to use and a great product it doesn’t mean the next person will.
Luckily PowerGUI gave us a great way to add an MMC style interface back on top of the cmdlets, this is called a Powerpack.
The Image Builder and Auto Deploy Powerpack is a PowerGUI Powerpack which enables us as VMware admins to have a graphical interface to Image Builder and Auto Deploy which are currently released as PowerShell snap-ins only.
The Powerpack contains a variety of scripts which will allow you to harness the power of custom ESXi images and stateless deployment.
What Do I need ?
In order to use this Powerpack you will need the following:
- PowerShell V2
- PowerCLI 5.0 or later version
- Download the Powerpack from below
Here is a short video which shows you the basics of how to import the Powerpack and how to use it.
To see how to import a Powerpack and how to make sure you always have the latest version check this post here: http://www.virtu-al.net/2009/10/29/vesi-powergui-powerpack-management/
How can I contribute ?
Please add comments to this post if something doesn’t work or you have any ideas on how to make it better – remember this is an initial release !