VMware Host - Power on

Declaration

<AMVMWAREVM VMPATH="text" TIMEOUT="number" OPENVMTIMEOUT="number" LAUNCHGUI="yes/no" HOSTTYPE="text (options)" SERVER="text" USERNAME="root" PASSWORD="text (encrypted)" />

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Description

Powers on a virtual machine from the specified host system. This is equivalent to turning on the power switch of a physical computer.

Practical Usage

Usually used at the beginning of a task to turn on a virtual machine in which to perform automated operations on.

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 power on.  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 VMwar Workstation for local connections.

Launch GUI

Yes/No

No

No

LAUNCHGUI="yes"

If set to YES, a GUI (Graphic User Interface) will be launched associated to the VM that should be powered on. If set to NO, no GUI will be launched. This parameter is set to NO by default.

Timeout (seconds)

Number

No

60

TIMEOUT="50"

The maximum time period in seconds during which this activity must be completed or the task times out.

Open VM Timeout (seconds)

Number

No

60

OPENVMTIMEOUT="40"

The maximum time period in seconds during which this activity must successfully connect to the specified VMware product or the task times out.

 

Description

Error Causes

On Error

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 creates a VM session, powers on a VM image and creates a VM snapshot. Thereafter, it powers off the VM image and disconnects the VM connection. Comments are embedded to provide details about each operation.

<!-- Create virtual machine connection of host type "Workstation" / Create and start session named "VMOpsSession1" -->

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="connect" HOSTTYPE="Workstation" SESSION="VMOpsSession1" />

<!-- Power on virtual OS image -->

<AMVMWAREVM SESSION="VMOpsSession1" VMPATH="F:\Virtual Machines\Windows Server 2003Enterprise x64\Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition.vmx" LAUNCHGUI="YES" />

<!-- Create a snapshot -->

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="create_snapshot" SESSION="VMOpsSession1" VMPATH="F:\VirtualMachines\Windows 7 x86\Windows 7.vmx" SNAPNAME="Test_Snapshot" SNAPDESC="Create asnapshot" INCLUDEMEMORY="YES" />

<!-- Power off virtual machine -->

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="poweroff_vm" SESSION="VMOpsSession1" VMPATH="F:\Virtual Machines\Windows7 x86\Windows 7.vmx" TIMEOUT="3" OPENVMTIMEOUT="3" SOFT="YES" TOOLSTIMEOUT="3" />

<!-- Disconnect virtual machine connection / End session -->

<AMVMWAREVM ACTIVITY="disconnect" SESSION="VMOpsSession1" />