I am new to Nutanix and AHV; however, I have a large amount of experience with Hyper-v and SCVMM. One of the things I am trying to do is automate the creation of a vm’s. My end goal is to take an “image” base drive I have uploaded to images containing an install of my windows OS.
Deploy a new vm with that image, have a static IP assigned to the new vm automatically from a pool of IP’s, join my domain, and run a few powershell scripts in the VM. I would have done this all with an IP pool and a template in SCVMM and as much as I have read about templates in AHV I am not seeing anything like it. Am I missing something here?
Do we have a resource on how to configure something like this?
Best answer by AlonaView original
@skeeter . Let me search for a way to perform this specific task and get back to you.
By the way
@skeeter we have something called aCLI which is a command-line interface to perform lots of tasks on the cluster and manage it.
You can use aCLI for VMs to achieve the above i.e create a VM. aCLI commands are run from the CVM on a cluster. You can try this out in the meantime.
Thanks for looking at this
@AnishWalia20 . I will look into the aCLI with hopes I can bring these actions into a powershell script I can share with my colleagues.
@skeeter , sure you can take a look and try out these commands. So you have a Hyper-V cluster I suppose?
Btw you are looking for a Powershell script to achieve the above task?
Here are a list of entities which you can manage using PowerShell CMDlets: https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=API_Ref-Acr_v4_6%3APowerShell_Cmdlets_Reference
Also this PowerShell CMDlets cheatsheet would be usefull:
You can checkout the Powershell commands under Acropolis Task administration(2nd column in the above screenshot) to create a new VM,add vDisk to it, add VMNIC to it etc,
Maybe using the above you can create a script to achieve the VM creating task.
Hi , To have DHCP server on your HCI environment then There is a feature called IPAM(Managed Network under virtual network creation window) , Make use of this to assign ip automatically to all your vms , you can deploy multiple vms from an Image and assign IP
There are no templates, technically, when managing VMs in Nutanix. There are images and those refer to disks. The logic of creating a VM would be:
As opposed to creating a template and provisioning a VM based on a template.
I wrote a small script using acli commands to create a vm. Well it is really just a series of commands in one file.
Then I use a batch file to run putty/plink that will run the commands. I even managed to get user input and loops in it. I just run the batch file which prompts me for a password, VM name and how many NIC’s.
I don’t use it for mass VM creation as I usually just build a server, maybe 2 at a time. But it does help to make sure that all of our VM’s have certain features. For example, I want all of our VM’s to have 2 HD.
Then I use a powershell script to do some post configuration tasks. I just put the PS script into the image and when you log in for the first time you run the PS script. For example we disable ipv6, I install the SCCM agent, etc. I make sure the second HD is the D:
This really makes it so when other people create VM’s they don’t leave out steps.