VMware Host

Description

As your VMware environment expands, the manual management of all your hosts inevitably becomes more complex. Requests for new hosts are often duplicates of existing hosts. Making changes to each host becomes more time consuming and error-prone. Unfortunately, writing script to automate such operations is time consuming as well.

AutoMate's VM (Virtual Machine) action alleviates such issues. It incorporates a variety VM activities that allows you to automate many common virtual machine management, performance and auditing operations. For instance, you can create a task to automate the process of modifying a limitless number of hosts, freeing up time for more strategic activities. AutoMate can automatically generate lists of running hosts as frequently as required as well as automatically register and unregister hosts based on any event defined. Other activities include the ability to start, resume or suspend a VM, take snapshots, revert to a previous snapshot and much more.

Available Activities

The following table briefly describes the available activities for this action. Click the appropriate link for more details regarding each activity.

Activity
Description

VM Operations - Clone

Creates a clone (copy) of an existing virtual machine. When the cloning operation is complete, the clone is a separate virtual machine.

VM Operations - Connect

Connects to the specified host and creates a session in which to associate subsequent VM steps.

VM Operations - Create Snapshot

Creates a snapshot of an existing virtual machine.

VM Operations - Delete

Permanently deletes a virtual machine from your host system.

VM Operations - Delete Snapshot

Deletes an existing virtual machine snapshot.

VM Operations - Disconnect

Disconnects a virtual machine connection and ends a previously established session.

VM Operations - Install Tools

Installs VMWare Tools.

VM Operations - List Registered VMs

Gathers all registered virtual machines and populates a dataset with the results.

VM Operations - List Running VMs

Retrieves all running virtual machines and populates a dataset with the results.

VM Operations - List Snapshots

Retrieves all snapshots and populates a dataset with the results.

VM Operations - Pause

Pauses the current session.

VM Operations - Power Off

Powers off the specified virtual machine.

VM Operations - Power On

Powers on the specified virtual machine.

VM Operations - Register VMs

Registers the specified virtual machine.

VM Operations - Reset

Resets the specified virtual machine.

VM Operations - Revert to Snapshots

Reverts to an existing virtual machine snapshot.

VM Operations - Suspend

Suspends a virtual machine allowing fast restart via the start command.

VM Operations - Unpause

Unpauses a paused virtual machine.

VM Operations - Unregister VM

Unregisters a registered virtual machine from the specified host system.