VMware Host - List Snapshot(s)

Declaration

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="list_snapshots" HOSTTYPE="text (options)" SERVER="text" USERNAME="text" PASSWORD="text (encrypted)" CONNECTIONTIMEOUT="number" VMPATH="text" TIMEOUT="number" RESULTDATASET="text" />

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Description

Gathers information about existing VM snapshots and populates a dataset with the results.

Practical Usage

Commonly used as a means to manage multiple VM snapshots. With snapshots, you can save the state of your virtual system BEFORE you make risky changes like installing applications, adding a new patch, or making a configuration change.

Parameters

Connection

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Connection

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Indicates where this activity's connection properties should originate from. Different parameters become active depending on the option selected. This is a visual parameter used only during design-time, therefore, contains no properties or markups. The available options are:

  • Host (Default) - A custom set of credentials will be entered for this activity. This option is normally selected if only a single activity is needed to perform an operation.

  • Session - Credentials derive from a session created in a previous step with the use of the Connect activity. This allows several activities to be linked to a single session, eliminating redundancy. Multiple sessions can exist in a single task.

Session

Text

Yes if Connection set to Session

VMOpsSession1

SESSION="VMO101"

The name of the VM session (created in a previous step) in which to link this activity. This parameter is active only if the Connection parameter is set to Session.

Host type

Text (options)

Yes if Connection set to Host

VIServer

 

  1. HOSTTYPE="Server"

  2. HOSTTYPE="Workstation"

  3. HOSTTYPE="VIServer"

  4. HOSTTYPE="Player"

The type of VM host to establish a connection with. This parameter is active only if the Connection parameter is set to Host. The available options are:

  • VMware Server (1.0x)

  • VMware Workstation

  • VMware VI Server (ESX/ESXi, vCenter, VMware Server 2.0)(Default)

  • VMware Player

Host name

Text

Yes

(Empty)

SERVER="host.server.com"

The hostname or IP address of the computer where the virtual machine is located. This parameter is active only if the Host type parameter is set to VMware Server or VMware VI Server.

Username

Text

No

(Empty)

USERNAME="MsPacman"

The username identifying a valid user account on the machine. This parameter is active only if the Host type parameter is set to VMware Server or VMware VI Server.

Password

Text

No

(Empty)

PASSWORD="encrypted"

The password identifying a valid user account on the machine. This parameter is active only if the Host type parameter is set to VMware Server or VMware VI Server.

Connection timeout

Number

No

60

CONNECTIONTIMEOUT="50"

The maximum time period in seconds during which a connection must be established between the guest and host, otherwise, the step times out. The default value is 60 seconds.

Virtual Machine

Property

Type

Required

Default

Markup

Description

Virtual machine path

Text

Yes

(Empty)

VMPATH="C:\VMFolder\VMfile.vmx"

The absolute path of the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file in which to gather snapshots. This parameter varies by product platform. With ESX/ESXi hosts and VMware Server 2.0, use a URL of the form "https://<hostName>:<port>/sdk" where <hostName> is either the DNS name or IP address, and <port> might be optional; credentials are required even for connections made locally. With VMware Workstation, use undef to connect to the local host. With VMware Server 1.0.x, use a DNS name or IP address for remote connections, or the same as Workstation for local connections.

Create and populate dataset with VM information

Text

Yes

(Empty)

RESULTDATASET="theDataset"

The name of the dataset in which to create and populate with the list of VM snapshots. More details regarding the fields that this dataset creates can be found below under Datasets.

Timeout (seconds)

Number

No

60

TIMEOUT="50"

The maximum time period in seconds that this activity waits for a response from the host before a timeout error occurs.

 

Description

Error Causes

On Error

Additional Notes

Datasets

A dataset is a multiple column, multiple row container object. This activity creates and populates a dataset containing a specific set of fields in addition to the standard dataset fields. The table below describes these fields (assuming the dataset assigned is named theDataset).

Name

Type

Return Value

theDataset.Description

Text

Returns a description of the snapshot.

theDataset.DisplayName

Text

Returns the display name associated to the snapshot.

theDataset.IsReplayable

True/False

Returns true if the snapshot is re-playable, false if not.

theDataset.Path

Text

Returns the path of the snapshot.

theDataset.PowerState

Number

Returns the power state of the snapshot.

Example

NOTE: The sample AML code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps panel of the Task Builder.

Description:

This sample task populates a dataset with the list of available snapshots. It then loops through the dataset and displays the name associated to each snapshot in a message box.

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="connect" HOSTTYPE="VIServer" SERVER="209.223.157.77" USERNAME="root" PASSWORD="AM1hd66umsQRtNbulaHHhbEOBF423belTvAaME" />

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="list_snapshots" VMPATH="[HPvd01_001] Win7x86_1/Win7x86.vmx" RESULTDATASET="theDataset" />

<AMLOOP TYPE="DATASET" DATASET="theDataset">

     <AMMESSAGEBOX>%theDataset.DisplayName%</AMMESSAGEBOX>

</AMLOOP>

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="disconnect" />