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Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
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Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
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Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
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Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
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  • 1. Virtualization EcoShell® Beta Version 1.0 Getting Started Guide
  • 2. © 2009 Vizioncore, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This guide contains proprietary information protected by copyright. The software described in this guide is furnished under a software license or nondisclosure agreement. This software may be used or copied only in accordance with the terms of the applicable agreement. No part of this guide may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording for any purpose other than the purchaser's personal use without the written permission of Vizioncore, Inc. If you have any questions regarding your potential use of this material, contact: Vizioncore, Inc 975 Weiland Ave Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 www.vizioncore.com email: info@vizioncore.com Refer to our Web site for regional and international office information. Trademarks Vizioncore, the Vizioncore logo, and Virtualization EcoShell are trademarks and registered trademarks of Vizioncore, Inc in the United States of America and other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks used in this guide are property of their respective owners. Third Party Contributions For a list of third-party components and licenses, see Appendix: License Credits. Disclaimer The information in this document is provided in connection with Vizioncore products. No license, express or implied, by estoppel or otherwise, to any intellectual property right is granted by this document or in connection with the sale of Vizioncore products. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN VIZIONCORE'S TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS SPECIFIED IN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR THIS PRODUCT, VIZIONCORE ASSUMES NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER AND DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTY RELATING TO ITS PRODUCTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL VIZIONCORE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR LOSS OF INFORMATION) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS DOCUMENT, EVEN IF VIZIONCORE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Vizioncore makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this document and reserves the right to make changes to specifications and product descriptions at any time without notice. Vizioncore does not make any commitment to update the information contained in this document. Getting Started Guide April 2009 Version 1.0
  • 3. Table of Contents Introduction to this Guide ...................................................................................................................................3 About this Guide............................................................................................................................................................... 4 How to Use this Guide............................................................................................................................................. 4 Text Conventions..................................................................................................................................................... 4 About the Virtualization EcoShell ..................................................................................................................................... 5 About the Virtualization EcoShell Initiative ....................................................................................................................... 5 About Vizioncore Inc. ....................................................................................................................................................... 6 Contacting Vizioncore.............................................................................................................................................. 6 Feedback on the Documentation............................................................................................................................. 6 System Requirements .........................................................................................................................................7 Installation Requirements................................................................................................................................................. 8 Hardware Requirements.......................................................................................................................................... 8 Software Requirements ........................................................................................................................................... 9 Required Third Party Components .......................................................................................................................... 9 Supported Platforms.............................................................................................................................................. 10 Installing Virtualization EcoShell......................................................................................................................13 Preparing to Install ......................................................................................................................................................... 14 Installing the Virtualization EcoShell .............................................................................................................................. 14 Uninstalling the Virtualization EcoShell .......................................................................................................................... 19 Using the VES Interface.....................................................................................................................................21 The Virtualization EcoShell Console .............................................................................................................................. 22 Managed Nodes Pane........................................................................................................................................... 22 Central Pane.......................................................................................................................................................... 23 Links Pane............................................................................................................................................................. 24
  • 4. 2 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Actions Pane.......................................................................................................................................................... 25 Menus and Toolbars ....................................................................................................................................................... 25 File Menu ............................................................................................................................................................... 25 Tools Menu ............................................................................................................................................................ 26 Help Menu.............................................................................................................................................................. 26 Toolbar................................................................................................................................................................... 26 Managed Nodes Toolbar ....................................................................................................................................... 27 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure......................................................................................................................... 28 Navigation Basics .................................................................................................................................................. 28 Configuring Virtualization EcoShell ................................................................................................................ 51 Starting the Virtualization EcoShell................................................................................................................................. 52 Updating PowerPacks .................................................................................................................................................... 52 Adding Connections........................................................................................................................................................ 54 Index ..................................................................................................................................................................... 1
  • 5. Introduction to this Guide This chapter provides information about what is contained in the Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide. It also provides information about the Virtualization EcoShell documentation suite and Vizioncore Inc. This chapter contains the following sections: About this Guide............................................................................................................................4 About the Virtualization EcoShell ..................................................................................................5 About the Virtualization EcoShell Initiative ....................................................................................5 About Vizioncore Inc......................................................................................................................6
  • 6. 4 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide About this Guide This section outlines an approach for using this guide, reviews the text conventions that are used, and summarizes the rest of the documentation set. How to Use this Guide This guide walks you through a Virtualization EcoShell installation. Before you being, ensure that your system and environment meets the installation requirements. Text Conventions The following table summarizes how text styles are used in this guide: Convention Description Code Monospace text represents code, code objects, and command- line input. This includes: • Java language source code and examples of file contents • Classes, objects, methods, properties, constants, and events • HTML documents, tags, and attributes Variables Monospace-plus-italic text represents variable code or command-line objects that are replaced by an actual value or parameter. Interface Bold text is used for interface options that you select (such as menu items) as well as keyboard commands. Files, components, Italic text is used to highlight the following items: and documents • Pathnames, file names, and programs • Figure captions • The names of other documents referenced in this guide
  • 7. Introduction to this Guide 5 About the Virtualization EcoShell About the Virtualization EcoShell The Virtualization EcoShell provides several key features and out-of-the-box use cases for administrators. These capabilities will allow them to get a strong sense of how to optimize, streamline, manage and automate their multi-platform virtual environments. Features include: • Flexible and Robust User Interface - Simultaneously manage multi-platform virtual environments, Microsoft applications and other Windows PowerShell supported technologies with a highly flexible, robust virtualization-tailored graphical interface • Task Automation - Reduce errors from manual processes across multiple areas of responsibility through the automation of repetitive and complex tasks inherent in virtualization infrastructures • Administrative Reports and Maps - Provide pre-defined and customizable reports as well as automated maps without hassle in HTML, XML and CSV formats, including support for Microsoft Visio • Powerful Script Assistance - Cushion and ramp up script creation with a powerful Integrated Development Environment by exposing, analyzing and troubleshooting script output for common Windows PowerShell commands • VESI™ - Inspire administrators who manage multi-platform virtual environments to share and enhance the capabilities of the Virtualization EcoShell through the online community-drive initiative and forum - www.thevesi.org About the Virtualization EcoShell Initiative The Virtualization EcoShell Initiative (VESI™) is a community-based initiative to help extend virtualization management using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. The VESI community is intended to be organized around a new freeware application called the Virtualization EcoShell. The Virtualization EcoShell will enable any level of virtualization administrator to take advantage of PowerShell capabilities provided by Microsoft and virtualization vendors through a customizable, consolidated graphical interface. Virtualization experts will be able to further make use of the flexibility provided by a powerful scripting engine and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to customize administrative tasks specific to their organization’s needs.
  • 8. 6 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide About Vizioncore Inc. Vizioncore was formed in July 2002 as a consulting and software-development company with the mission to create easy-to-use software solutions that performed reliable and repeatable automation of datacenter functions specifically for the Citrix platform. A main corporate goal was to enable business partners to offer solutions that targeted real-world IT issues and provided the best possible installation and automation for their clients' systems. Vizioncore's solutions have proved successful in organizations from small to mid-sized businesses to large enterprises, in a wide variety of vertical industries, including Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and High Tech. Vizioncore, Inc. can be found in offices around the globe and at www.vizioncore.com. Contacting Vizioncore Email: info@Vizioncore.com Mail: Vizioncore, Inc. 975 Weiland Ave Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Web site: www.vizioncore.com Refer to our Web site for regional and international office information. Feedback on the Documentation We are interested in receiving feedback from you about our documentation. For example, did you notice any errors in the documentation? Were any features undocumented? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve the documentation? All comments are welcome. Please submit your feedback to the following email address: info@vizioncore.com Please do not submit Technical Support related issues to this email address.
  • 9. 1 System Requirements This chapter outlines the hardware and software requirements for installing the Virtualization EcoShell. Supported platforms and additional requirements are also described. This chapter contains the following sections: Installation Requirements ..............................................................................................................8 Hardware Requirements................................................................................................................8 Software Requirements .................................................................................................................9 Required Third Party Components ................................................................................................9 Supported Platforms....................................................................................................................10
  • 10. 8 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Installation Requirements The installation requirements for the Virtualization EcoShell are divided among three categories. • Hardware Requirements: this section describes the hardware specifications required to install and run the Virtualization EcoShell. • Software Requirements: This section describes the operating systems supported for installation of the Virtualization EcoShell as well as additional components that are required. • Supported Platforms: This section provides information regarding the supported and required components in your virtual environment. Hardware Requirements The hardware requirements for the Virtualization EcoShell machine vary depending on the installed operating system and application usage. At a minimum, you should be prepared to furnish a system meeting the specifications below: • CPU: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor • RAM: 1 GB of system memory • Storage: at least 4G GB free hard disk space The system on which Virtualization EcoShell is installed will also need network connectivity via port 443 to each configured vCenter Server. If you are not using a vCenter Server, or are configuring ESX Servers independent of a vCenter Server, then the system on which Virtualization EcoShell is installed will need network connectivity to each ESX Server.
  • 11. System Requirements 9 Installation Requirements Software Requirements Virtualization EcoShell can be installed on physical or virtual machine running one of the following supported operating systems. Note Both the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of the operating systems are supported. • Windows XP Professional (SP 2 or higher) • Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate editions) • Windows Server 2003 Required Third Party Components Virtualization EcoShell requires additional components that must be installed prior to installing the Virtualization EcoShell application. These components are listed and described below. Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 The .NET Framework version 2.0 improves scalability and performance of applications with improved caching, application deployment and updating, support for the broadest array of browsers and devices with ASP.NET 2.0 controls and services. You can confirm that you have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed by accessing the Add or Remove Programs applet on the Windows Control Panel. For more information on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, refer to the .NET website at www.microsoft.com/net. Tip As of the Virtualization EcoShell launch date, the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 could be downloaded from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0856eacb- 4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5&displaylang=en
  • 12. 10 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Microsoft Windows PowerShell 1.0 Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation. For more information on Microsoft Windows PowerShell 1.0, refer to the Windows PowerShell Technology Center at http://www.microsoft.com. Tip As of the Virtualization EcoShell launch date, Microsoft Windows PowerShell 1.0 was available for download from: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/ management/powershell/download.mspx VMware Infrastructure Toolkit (for Windows) 1.5 The VI Toolkit (for Windows) provides a powerful yet simple command line interface for task based management of the VMware Infrastructure platform. Windows Administrators can easily manage and deploy the VMware Infrastructure with a familiar, simple to use command line interface. For more information on the VMware VI Toolkit 1.5, refer to the VI Toolkit page at http://www.vmware.com/sdk/vitk_win/index.html Tip As of the Virtualization EcoShell launch date, the VMware VI Toolkit 1.5 was available for download from: http://www.vmware.com/sdk/vitk_win/index.html Supported Platforms The Virtualization EcoShell supports the following VMware infrastructure components. VMware ESX Server VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 VMware ESXi Server 3.5 VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 VMware ESXi Server 3.5 Update 1 VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 Update 1 VMware ESXi Server 3.5 Update 2 VMware ESX Server 3.0.3 VMware ESXi Server 3.5 Update 3 VMware ESX Server 3.5
  • 13. System Requirements 11 Installation Requirements VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 1 VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 3 VMware vCenter Server VirtualCenter 2.0 VirtualCenter 2.5 VirtualCenter 2.01 VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 1 VirtualCenter 2.02 VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2 VirtualCenter 2.02 Update 1 VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 3
  • 14. 12 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide
  • 15. 2 Installing Virtualization EcoShell This chapter guides you through the process of installing the Virtualization EcoShell. This chapter contains the following sections: Preparing to Install.......................................................................................................................14 Installing the Virtualization EcoShell............................................................................................14 Uninstalling the Virtualization EcoShell .......................................................................................19
  • 16. 14 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Preparing to Install You will need the following to install the Virtualization EcoShell: • A machine on which to install the Virtualization EcoShell. This machine can be either physical or virtual, but should meet the specifications detailed in “Hardware Requirements” on page 8. • Administrator access to the machine on which the Virtualization EcoShell will be installed. • Appropriate access to each configured vCenter Server. • If you will be using the Virtualization EcoShell to make changes to your virtual environment, Power User or Administrator credentials for each vCenter Server will be required. This is the case for most people. • If you will only be viewing infrastructure data, then only an account with Read access is required. This is an uncommon configuration. • Ensure that all required components are installed prior to installing the Virtualization EcoShell. For more information, see “Required Third Party Components” on page 9. Installing the Virtualization EcoShell The installation of the Virtualization EcoShell is a simple process with few options for variance. The installation process is the same for all supported operating systems. Step 1: Downloading the Virtualization EcoShell 1 With your favorite web browser, access the VESI website, www.thevesi.org. 2 Click the Downloads tab. 3 Find and click the Beta Release Download button 4 Save the file to your desktop for easy access.
  • 17. Installing Virtualization EcoShell 15 Installing the Virtualization EcoShell Step 2: Begin Installation 1 From your desktop, double-click the VES.1.0.0.xx.msi file. 2 The Windows Installer dialog will appear as the required files are extracted. To cancel the installation at this point. click Cancel. Step 3: Welcome Screen After extraction, the installer Welcome screen appears. 1 Click Next. Step 4: License Agreement 1 Read through the License Agreement, and accept or decline the terms of the license agreement.
  • 18. 16 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide 2 If you accept the agreement, click Next. Step 5: User Information 1 Enter your name and the name of your company in the appropriate fields. 2 Click Next. Note This information is not required. You may skip this step by clicking Next without entering any information.
  • 19. Installing Virtualization EcoShell 17 Installing the Virtualization EcoShell Step 6: Setup Screen The Setup Screen allows you to select the features you want to install as well as the directory to which they will be installed. Note It is recommended to accept the defaults on this screen. 1 To accept the default settings, click Next. or Change the installation settings for a particular features by clicking the down arrow and making the appropriate selection. 2 To change the installation directory, click Browse. 3 Browse to the desired director, click OK.
  • 20. 18 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Step 7: Ready to Install The Ready to Install the Application dialog appears. 1 Click Next. Step 8: Install Completed 1 Click Finish to complete the installation. ‘
  • 21. Installing Virtualization EcoShell 19 Uninstalling the Virtualization EcoShell Uninstalling the Virtualization EcoShell Note This procedure may vary slightly depending on the operating system. Step 1: Add/Remove Programs 1 From the Windows Control Panel, select the Add/Remove Programs applet. Note For Windows Vista, select the Programs and Features applet. 2 From the Add/Remove Programs applet, select Vizioncore Virtualization EcoShell 1.0.0 Beta. 3 Click Remove. Step 2: Confirmation The Confirmation dialog appears: 1 Click Yes. The product uninstalls. This may take up to a few minutes. Step 3: Survey In order to collect information from the user community, the Virtualization EcoShell uninstaller includes a survey utility that launches during the uninstall.
  • 22. 20 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide 1 Click Yes to complete the survey or Click No to skip the survey. If you click Yes, the Survey will launch in an Internet Explorer window. 2 Complete the survey and click Submit response. The Virtualization EcoShell is now uninstalled.
  • 23. 3 Using the VES Interface This chapter will walk you through the basic operation of the Virtualization EcoShell, including User Interface components and available configurations. This chapter contains the following sections: The Virtualization EcoShell Console ...........................................................................................22 Menus and Toolbars ....................................................................................................................25 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure .....................................................................................28 Browsing a vCenter .....................................................................................................................30 Browsing an ESX Server .............................................................................................................37
  • 24. 22 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide The Virtualization EcoShell Console The Virtualization EcoShell console is the navigational area of the software. This is where you can view managed components, access menu items and commands, and work with Links and Actions. Managed Nodes Pane The Managed Nodes pane contains all of the installed management packs, called PowerPacks, and the infrastructure objects managed by that PowerPack. The initial launch of the Virtualization EcoShell includes the VMware PowerPack, which is installed with the application. From the Managed Nodes pane, you can remove and import PowerPacks and navigate through the managed environments.
  • 25. Using the VES Interface 23 The Virtualization EcoShell Console Central Pane The Central Pane is the core component of the Virtualization EcoShell user interface. While the Managed Nodes pane allows you to navigate through your managed environment, the Central pane displays the information for the selected objects. Control Grid The most common element used in the Central pane is the Control Grid. The figure below shows the Control Grid displaying managed Virtual Machines: Interface Tabs The Central pane includes two interface tabs, located at the bottom of the view. These tabs, UI and PowerShell Code, allow you to switch between viewing the graphical representation of the PowerShell output, and viewing the code itself.
  • 26. 24 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Filters A powerful component of the Central pane is the ability to easily filter the Control Grid display. Filters can be set based on object properties and modified with a variety of operators and values. In the figure below, a simple filter was created to show the VMs that do not have Windows XP Professional (32- bit) as a guest operating system. Breadcrumbs As you drill-down through your managed environment, a breadcrumb trail is displayed at the top of the Central pane. Breadcrumbs allow you to easily retrace your steps in order to quickly and easily navigate your infrastructure. Links Pane In the Virtualization EcoShell, Links can be used to retrieve a set of objects or data related to the object selected in the Control Grid. The Links pane refreshes as you navigate, only showing the links available for a selected object.
  • 27. Using the VES Interface 25 Menus and Toolbars Actions Pane The Actions pane is used to execute a particular action against an object selected in the Control Grid. The Actions pane refreshes as you navigate, showing only the Actions available for the selected object. You may also create new a new Action using the Add new item selection in the Actions pane. Actions:Common The Actions:Common pane displays actions that are common to all selected objects. These actions are typically used to generate reports based on the control grid. Menus and Toolbars At the top of the Virtualization EcoShell interface, there is a Menu Bar. The commands available through the Menu Bar are described below File Menu PowerShell Libraries . . . This menu item opens the Snapins dialog, which displays the PowerShell snap-ins installed on the system. You can add or remove snap-ins through this dialog. Open Current User Profile This menu item allows you to open the profile for the current Virtualization EcoShell user in the VESI Script Editor. Open All Users Profile This menu item allows you to open a different user profile in the VESI Script Editor. Exit This closes the application.
  • 28. 26 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Tools Menu PowerShell Command This opens the command prompt for Windows Prompt . . . PowerShell. VESI Script Editor . . . This opens the VESI Script Editor. Options . . . This opens the Options dialog. From the Options dialog, you can select the language in which the UI will be localized as well as configure the product for automatic updates. Help Menu Invite a friend . . . This option prepares an invitation email that contains a link to the VESI website. Check for updates This option checks the application version information against an XML file hosted online. If the versions are different, the option to update is given. About This shows the About screen, which list version and copyright information for the Virtualization EcoShell. Toolbar On the Virtualization EcoShell window, just below the Menu Bar, is a toolbar. The toolbar icons are shown and described below. Show/Hide Tree: Clicking this icon will show or hide the Managed Nodes Pane. About: This causes the About window to display.
  • 29. Using the VES Interface 27 Menus and Toolbars Show/Hide Actions Pane: Clicking this icon will show or hide the Actions Pane. Cancel: This will cancel any task that is currently executing. Note This icon is only visible when a task is executing. Managed Nodes Toolbar At the top of the Managed Nodes Pane is a toolbar. The toolbar icons are shown and described below. New: Use this icon to create a new Folder, Node, or Script Node. Import: Use this icon to import PowerPacks. This will most often be used to update the VMware PowerPack as new functions are added. Export: Use this icon to export PowerPacks. Delete: Use this to remove Nodes or Objects from the Managed Nodes pane. Refresh: Use this to refresh the tree view on the Managed Nodes pane. Properties: This displays the properties of the selected object.
  • 30. 28 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Navigating your Managed Infrastructure The Virtualization EcoShell interface offers several options for navigating through managed environments. The data displayed during navigation can be configured in multiple ways as well. Navigation Basics Before attempting to navigate through your managed infrastructure, there are basic requirements that should be met and concepts documented. Connections Multiple connections can be configured to different components of your virtual infrastructure. For example, you will most likely create a connection for each vCenter in order to view the infrastructure as a whole. At the same time, it might be useful to create a connection to one or more individual ESX Servers. Before you begin to navigate through your infrastructure, ensure that you have connected to all components for which you wish to see data. Note Connecting to an infrastructure component is a two step process: first you must Add a Connection; then you must Connect to the component. For more information on adding connections and connecting, see the Virtualization EcoShell Installation and Setup Guide. Working with the Managed Nodes Pane The key navigational component is the tree view presented in the Managed Nodes pane. This tree view represents a list of the top level objects available, collected from all connected objects in your VMware virtual infrastructure. The tree view display is replicated under the Managed Nodes object for each object selected. This view again displays a list of the top level objects, but only for the selected connection. This view of top level objects is the same regardless of whether a vCenter or ESX Server is selected. The figures below explain how objects are displayed in the Managed Nodes pane.
  • 31. Using the VES Interface 29 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure Default tree view Notice that the objects are at the same level as the Managed Hosts node. Selecting one of these top level objects will display every object of that type in the infrastructure. Configured Host view -vCenter Notice that for this object, a vCenter, the same top level tree view is displayed. Selecting one of these objects will display only the objects of that type managed by that vCenter.
  • 32. 30 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Configured Host view- ESX Server The same tree view is used for this ESX Server. For top level objects that do not apply to that particular Host (Resource Pools, for example), clicking the object returns 0 objects. Browsing a vCenter The navigation options change dynamically based on the object selected in the Managed Nodes pane. The table below lists the available options, links and actions for the top level objects displayed when a vCenter is selected To view the options, links, and actions for the top level objects displayed when an ESX Server is selected, see “Browsing an ESX Server” on page 37. Note The Dynamic Changes column includes a list of columns available to the Control Grid. The columns that are enabled by default are in bold type.
  • 33. Using the VES Interface 31 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure vCenter Navigation Options Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Browse This displays the • Summary • New Hierarchy available views in • Folders • Move vCenter: • Clusters • Rename • Hosts and Clusters • Hosts • Remove • VMs and Templates • Resource Pools • Generate vDiagram • Networks • Virtual Machines • Add new item • Datastores. • Templates • Snapshots Available Columns: • Networks • Name • Datastores • ID • Events • CustomFields • Add new item • Host Sessions This shows the • Add new item • Disconnect authenticated • Add new item connections to the vCenter. Available Columns: • Host • SessionManager • IsCurrentSession • Key • UserName • FullName • LoginTime • LastActiveTime • Locale • MessageLocale • DynamicType • DynamicProperty
  • 34. 32 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Folders This displays the • Add new item • Create subfolder configured Folders for • Add new item the selected object Available Columns: • Name • ID • CustomFields • IsChildTypeComputerR esource • IsChildTypeDatacenter • IsChildTypeVM • Type • View Datacenters This displays the • Summary • New Datacenters configured • Folders • Move on the selected vCenter. • Clusters • Rename • Hosts • Remove Available Columns: • Resource Pools • Generate vDiagram • Name • Virtual Machines • Add new item • ID • Templates • CustomFields • Snapshots • Host • Networks • Datastores • Events • Add new item Clusters This displays the Clusters configured on the selected vCenter.
  • 35. Using the VES Interface 33 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Hosts This displays the Hosts • Summary • Add managed by the selected • Resource Pools • Connect vCenter. • Virtual Machines • Disconnect • Snapshots • New virtual machine Available Columns: • Datastores • Enter maintenance • Name • Log Files mode • State • Events • Exit maintenance • ID • Performance Data mode • CustomFields • Host networks • Rescan HBAs • Host • Host services • Reboot • VMSwapfileDatastoreI • Add new item • Shut down D • Remove • VMSwapfilePolicy • Add new item Resource Pools
  • 36. 34 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Virtual This displays the VMs • Summary • New Virtual Machine Machines managed by the selected • Snapshots • Modify vCenter. • Guest Information • Rename • Network Adapters • vMotion Available Columns: • Port groups • Apply prefix or suffix • Name • Hard disks to name • PowerState • CD Drives • Add new hard disk • Memory (MB) • Floppy Drives • Add new CD drive • Num CPUs • Performance Data • Add new floppy drive • CDDrives • Datastore • Create snapshot • CPUCount • Find in Active • Launch remote • CustomFields Directory desktop session • Description • Events • Start • DNSName • Resource Allocations • Suspend • DrsAutomationLevel • Add new item • Reboot • FloppyDrives • Shutdown • Guest • Restart • HAIsolationResponse • Stop • HardDisks • Remove • HARestartPriority • Delete • Add new item Templates This displays the VM • Add new item • Rename templates available on • Convert to VM the selected vCenter. • Remove • Delete Available Columns: • Add new item • Name • ID • CustomFields
  • 37. Using the VES Interface 35 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Snapshots This displays all • Virtual machines • Revert to snapshots currently open • Add new item • Remove in the environment • Remove tree managed by the selected • Add new item vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • Description • PowerState • Children • Created • ID • ManagedHost • Parent • Quiesced • VM Networks This displays configured • Hosts • Add new item virtual networks in the • Virtual machines environment managed • Add new item by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • ManagedHost • VMCount • Hosts • Name • Summary • Host • VM • Value • AvailableField • MoRef • Client
  • 38. 36 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Datastores This displays the • Virtual machines • Rename configured Datastores in • Add new item • Add new item the environment managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • FreeSpaceMB • CapacityMB • Accessible • ID • ManagedHost • Type Files This displays all • Add new item • Add new item VMware files releated to objects managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • Folder • FullName • Datastore Path • FileSize • Modification • DynamicType • DynamicPropery Tasks
  • 39. Using the VES Interface 37 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure vCenter Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Log Files This displays the • Log entries • Add new item VMware log files for the • Add new item objects managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Key • Summary • Creator • Description • Filename • Format • Host • Info • MimeType • Type • VMHost Browsing an ESX Server The navigation options change dynamically based on the object selected in the Managed Nodes pane. The table below lists the available options, links and actions for the top level objects displayed when an ESX Server is selected To view the options, links, and actions for the top level objects displayed when a vCenter is selected, see “Browsing a vCenter” on page 30. Note The Dynamic Changes column includes a list of columns available to the Control Grid. The columns that are enabled by default are in bold type.
  • 40. 38 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide ESX Server Navigation Options Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Browse This displays only the • Add new item • Add new item Hierarchy connected ESX Server. Selecting the ESX Server will display the hosted VMs. Available Columns: • Name • PowerState • Num CPUs • Memory (MB) • CDDrives • CustomFields • Description • DrsAutomationLevel • Floppy Drives • Guest • HAIsolationResponse • HardDisks • HARestartPriority • Host • Host ID
  • 41. Using the VES Interface 39 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure ESX Server Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Sessions This shows the • Add new item • Disconnect authenticated • Add new item connections to the ESX Server. Available Columns: • Host • SessionManager • IsCurrentSession • Key • UserName • FullName • LoginTime • LastActiveTime • Locale • MessageLocale • DynamicType • DynamicProperty Hosts This displays the • Summary • Add selected ESX Server. • Resource Pools • Connect • Virtual Machines • Disconnect Available Columns: • Snapshots • New virtual machine • Name • Datastores • Enter maintenance • State • Log Files mode • ID • Events • Exit maintenance • CustomFields • Performance Data mode • Host • Host networks • Rescan HBAs • VMSwapfileDatastoreI • Host services • Reboot D • Add new item • Shut down • VMSwapfilePolicy • Remove • Add new item Resource Pools
  • 42. 40 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide ESX Server Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Virtual This displays the VMs • Summary • New Virtual Machine Machines hosted by the selected • Snapshots • Modify ESX Server. • Guest Information • Rename • Network Adapters • VMotion Available Columns: • Port groups • Apply prefix or suffix • Name • Hard disks to name • PowerState • CD Drives • Add new hard disk • Memory (MB) • Floppy Drives • Add new CD drive • Num CPUs • Performance Data • Add new floppy drive • CDDrives • Datastore • Create snapshot • CPUCount • Find in Active • Launch remote • CustomFields Directory desktop session • Description • Events • Start • DNSName • Resource Allocations • Suspend • DrsAutomationLevel • Add new item • Reboot • FloppyDrives • Shutdown • Guest • Restart • HAIsolationResponse • Stop • HardDisks • Remove • HARestartPriority • Delete • Add new item Templates This displays the VM • Add new item • Rename templates available to • Convert to VM the selected ESX Server. • Remove • Delete Available Columns: • Add new item • Name • ID • CustomFields
  • 43. Using the VES Interface 41 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure ESX Server Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Snapshots This displays all • Virtual machines • Revert to snapshots currently open • Add new item • Remove on the VMs hosted by • Remove tree the selected ESX Server. • Add new item Available Columns: • Name • Description • PowerState • Children • Created • ID • ManagedHost • Parent • Quiesced • VM Networks This displays configured • Hosts • Add new item virtual networks • Virtual machines configured on the • Add new item selected ESX Servers. Available Columns: • ManagedHost • VMCount • HostCount • Hosts • Name • Summary • Host • VM • Value • AvailableField • MoRef • Client
  • 44. 42 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide ESX Server Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Datastores This displays the • Virtual machines • Rename configured Datastores • Add new item • Add new item available to the selected ESX Server. Available Columns: • Name • FreeSpaceMB • CapacityMB • Accessible • ID • ManagedHost • Type Files This displays all • Add new item • Add new item VMware files releated to VMs hosted on the selected ESX Server.(True?) Available Columns: • Name • Folder • FullName • Datastore Path • FileSize • Modification • DynamicType • DynamicPropery Tasks
  • 45. Using the VES Interface 43 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure ESX Server Navigation Options (Continued) Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Log Files This displays the • Log entries • Add new item VMware log files for the • Add new item selected ESX Server. Available Columns: • Key • Summary • Creator • Description • Filename • Format • Host • Info • MimeType • Type • VMHost
  • 46. 44 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Browse This displays the • Summary • New Hierarchy available views in • Folders • Move vCenter: • Clusters • Rename • Hosts and Clusters • Hosts • Remove • VMs and Templates • Resource Pools • Generate vDiagram • Networks • Virtual Machines • Add new item • Datastores. • Templates • Snapshots Available Columns: • Networks • Name • Datastores • ID • Events • CustomFields • Add new item • Host Sessions This shows the • Add new item • Disconnect authenticated • Add new item connections to the vCenter. Available Columns: • Host • SessionManager • IsCurrentSession • Key • UserName • FullName • LoginTime • LastActiveTime • Locale • MessageLocale • DynamicType • DynamicProperty
  • 47. Using the VES Interface 45 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Folders This displays the • Add new item • Create subfolder configured Folders for • Add new item the selected object Available Columns: • Name • ID • CustomFields • IsChildTypeComputerR esource • IsChildTypeDatacenter • IsChildTypeVM • Type • View Datacenters This displays the • Summary • New Datacenters configured • Folders • Move on the selected vCenter. • Clusters • Rename • Hosts • Remove Available Columns: • Resource Pools • Generate vDiagram • Name • Virtual Machines • Add new item • ID • Templates • CustomFields • Snapshots • Host • Networks • Datastores • Events • Add new item Clusters This displays the Clusters configured on the selected vCenter.
  • 48. 46 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Hosts This displays the Hosts • Summary • Add managed by the selected • Resource Pools • Connect vCenter. • Virtual Machines • Disconnect • Snapshots • New virtual machine Available Columns: • Datastores • Enter maintenance • Name • Log Files mode • State • Events • Exit maintenance • ID • Performance Data mode • CustomFields • Host networks • Rescan HBAs • Host • Host services • Reboot • VMSwapfileDatastoreI • Add new item • Shut down D • Remove • VMSwapfilePolicy • Add new item Resource Pools
  • 49. Using the VES Interface 47 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Virtual This displays the VMs • Summary • New Virtual Machine Machines managed by the selected • Snapshots • Modify vCenter. • Guest Information • Rename • Network Adapters • VMotion Available Columns: • Port groups • Apply prefix or suffix • Name • Hard disks to name • PowerState • CD Drives • Add new hard disk • Memory (MB) • Floppy Drives • Add new CD drive • Num CPUs • Performance Data • Add new floppy drive • CDDrives • Datastore • Create snapshot • CPUCount • Find in Active • Launch remote • CustomFields Directory desktop session • Description • Events • Start • DNSName • Resource Allocations • Suspend • DrsAutomationLevel • Add new item • Reboot • FloppyDrives • Shutdown • Guest • Restart • HAIsolationResponse • Stop • HardDisks • Remove • HARestartPriority • Delete • Add new item Templates This displays the VM • Add new item • Rename templates available on • Convert to VM the selected vCenter. • Remove • Delete Available Columns: • Add new item • Name • ID • CustomFields
  • 50. 48 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Snapshots This displays all • Virtual machines • Revert to snapshots currently open • Add new item • Remove in the environment • Remove tree managed by the selected • Add new item vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • Description • PowerState • Children • Created • ID • ManagedHost • Parent • Quiesced • VM Networks This displays configured • Hosts • Add new item virtual networks in the • Virtual machines environment managed • Add new item by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • ManagedHost • VMCount • Hosts • Name • Summary • Host • VM • Value • AvailableField • MoRef • Client
  • 51. Using the VES Interface 49 Navigating your Managed Infrastructure Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Datastores This displays the • Virtual machines • Rename configured Datastores in • Add new item • Add new item the environment managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • FreeSpaceMB • CapacityMB • Accessible • ID • ManagedHost • Type Files This displays all • Add new item • Add new item VMware files releated to objects managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Name • Folder • FullName • Datastore Path • FileSize • Modification • DynamicType • DynamicPropery Tasks
  • 52. 50 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Top level Dynamic Changes Available Links: Available Actions: object Log Files This displays the • Log entries • Add new item VMware log files for the • Add new item objects managed by the selected vCenter. Available Columns: • Key • Summary • Creator • Description • Filename • Format • Host • Info • MimeType • Type • VMHost
  • 53. 4 Configuring Virtualization EcoShell This chapterguides you through the process of configuring the Virtualization EcoShell for initial use. This chapter contains the following sections: Starting the Virtualization EcoShell .............................................................................................52 Updating PowerPacks .................................................................................................................52 Adding Connections ....................................................................................................................54
  • 54. 52 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Starting the Virtualization EcoShell The Virtualization EcoShell will launch automatically after the installation is complete. To launch the product later: • Choose Start>Programs>Virtualization EcoShell>Console The Virtualization EcoShell does not install any services or run any processes in the background. Launching the Console is all that is required. Updating PowerPacks The Virtualization EcoShell is built to leverage the capability of management packs, called PowerPacks. The VMware PowerPack is the core component of the Virtualization EcoShell. As updates are made to the VMware PowerPack, it may be necessary to upgrade the PowerPack installed in the product.
  • 55. Configuring Virtualization EcoShell 53 Updating PowerPacks To upgrade the PowerPack. Step 1: Remove Existing PowerPack 1 In the Managed Nodes pane, click the VMware Node to select it. 2 Right-click the selected node. On the pop-up menu, click Delete. 3 On the confirmation dialog, click Yes to continue. Step 2: Install the PowerPack 1 Download the new PowerPack from the Virtualization EcoShell website, www.thevesi.org. 2 From the Virtualization EcoShell interface, right-click on the Manged Nodes pane. On the pop-up menu, click Import. 3 In the Open dialog, browse to the location of the downloaded PowerPack. Click the PowerPack to select it. 4 Click Open. The VMware node will appear on the Managed Nodes pane.
  • 56. 54 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide Adding Connections In order for the Virtualization EcoShell to interact with your managed environment, you will need to first establish connections to the components you wish to manage. A connection to a vCenter will allow you to manage all of the infrastructure objects managed by that vCenter. If you are not using vCenter servers, or have components that are not managed by one, you may also configure connections to individual ESX Servers. Note The Add Connection process is the same for vCenters and ESX Servers. To Add a Connection: Step 1: Managed Hosts 1 From the Managed Nodes pane, double-click the VMware node to expand it. 2 Click Managed Hosts. The Central pane and Actions pane will appear. Step 2: Add Connection 1 From the Actions pane, click Add connection . . . The Add Connection Parameters dialog appears.
  • 57. Configuring Virtualization EcoShell 55 Adding Connections 2 In the HostId field, click the icon. The Select Values dialog appears: 3 In the Value field, enter the IP Address or fully qualified domain name of your vCenter server or ESX Server. 4 Click Add. Note Repeat steps 3-4 to add an additional vCenter or ESX Server. One connection can be used for multiple objects providing the same account is used for all. 5 Click OK.
  • 58. 56 Virtualization EcoShell Getting Started Guide 6 In the ConnectionAccount field, enter the user account to use when connecting to the configured object. Note For vCenters Servers, the account used should be at Power User status or above. For ESX Servers, a non-root account is sufficient. 7 In the UseSingleSignOn field, select the appropriate value. Note For more information about vCenter and Single Sign-on support see the VMware KB article: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/ viewContent.do?externalId=1006611&sliceId=1 8 Click Ok. The configured object will now appear under the Managed Hosts heading in the Managed Nodes pane. Repeat this process ass necessary to add all required connections. Adding a connection does not automatically connecto to the configured object. After a connection is added, you must connect to each object that you want to manage. To connect: Step 1: Selecting Objects 1 From the Managed Nodes pane, double-click the VMware node to expand it. 2 Click Managed Hosts. The Central pane will appear, showing all configured connections.
  • 59. Configuring Virtualization EcoShell 57 Adding Connections 3 Select one or more Managed Hosts from the control grid. Tip Use Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click to select more than one host. Step 2: Connect 1 From the Actions pane, click Connect. The Windows PowerShell Credential Request dialog appears: 2 In the User name field, verify the credentials are correct. 3 In the Password field, enter the password for the account used. 4 Click OK. Step 3: Verify Connection Status 1 In the control grid, find the row for your desired connection. 2 For that row, look in the Connected column. If a connection is made, the value in the Connected column will be “True” Note This concludes the initial setup of the Virtualization EcoShell. For more information, please refer to the training videos available at http://www.thevesi.org/downloads.jspa
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  • 61. Index 1 Index A Managed Nodes Pane 22 About Menus and Toolbars 25 VESI 5 Navigation 28 Virtualization EcoShell 5 Vizioncore 6 V VESI I about 5 Installation Virtualization EcoShell installing 14 Installing 14 preparing to install 14 preparing to install 14 uninstalling 19 uninstall 19 user inteface 21 Virtualization Ecoshell R about 5 Requirements Vizioncore hardware 8 about 6 software 9 contacting 6 supported platforms 10 Vizioncore Software 5 third party components 9 T text conventions 4 third party components .Net Framework 2.0 9 Microsoft Powershell 1.0 10 required 9 Vmware VI Toolkit 1.5 10 U User Interface Actions Pane 25 Console 21 Control Grid 23 Links Pane 24

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