Automate VMware - AutoMate 8 Tour -- Part 2

by Dustin Snell, in CEO Corner, posted 1/21/11
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The Benefits of Virtualization

Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in I.T. today. Virtualization has valuable applications for controlling hardware costs, minimizing downtime, and many quality assurance and development benefits stemming from it's ability to keep processes in a virtual "sandbox" isolated from the host operating system. Additionally, of use to almost everyone is the ability to quickly return to a "known-good" snapshot of an environment. Needless to say, virtualization has become a key part of most IT infrastructures.

The Problem with Virtualization

What's missing in this picture is the ability to integrate the automation of these virtual machines with the rest of your business processes. For example, one virtual machine could be automatically shut down and another started in it's place in the event of a critical performance threshold being exceeded. In another scenario, at a hypothetical cloud service provider, a new virtual machine could be created based on a new customer provisioning request being initiated by the sales department. In a mission critical IT environment, a failure could trigger automatic restoration of a virtual machine to the next working snapshot. The possibilities are limitless. While most virtualization platforms offer certain automation capabilities built-in, the available functionality usually does not map very well to other business process conditions and events. AutoMate's virtualization actions allow new flexibility by enabling the creation of "automation mashups" intermingling automation of virtualization and other applications to more effectively automate the full range of diverse business processes.

VMware Actions

By far, the most popular choice for virtualization are software products made by VMware. The new VMware actions, available in AutoMate 8, are able to integrate and automate most popular VMware systems including: VMware Server, VMware Workstation, ESX/ESXi, VCenter, and VMware Player.

The new VMware actions, exclusive to AutoMate 8 Premium, are divided into two distinct actions both in a new VMware group:

VM Operations: Provides the ability to perform various VMware host-related tasks such as: Connect, Disconnect, Power Off, Power On, Suspend, Reset, Pause, Unpause, Create and Restore Snapshots and more.

Screenshot of VMWare Operations action
Screenshot shows the VMware Operations action in AutoMate 8

Screenshot of the Activities supported in the VMWare Operations action new in AutoMate 8
Many Different Activities are Supported in the VMware Operations Action


VM Guest Operations: Enables execution of many operations supported by the client tools such as file management, running and terminating applications, capture of screenshots and more. All without the need to install an AutoMate agent.

Screenshot of the VMWare Guest Operations
Screenshot of the new VMware Guest Operations Action

Screenshot of activities supported in the VMWare Guest Operations Action
Many Activities can be Automated Without the Need for an Agent on the VM.

Our Commitment to You -- Complete Automation, Depth of Functionality

Many vendors implement only token features so that their marketing department can position a feature as "supported". Here at Network Automation, we take a different approach by embracing technology thoughtfully and completely.  For serious automation, AutoMate is the platform you can rely on for VMware automation -- with depth of functionality that eliminates the need for code without making compromises.

Only the Beginning

This is part two of an in-depth tour of the various new features found in AutoMate 8. Stay tuned for more.

Check out other installments of the AutoMate 8 tour:

  1. Part 1: Reach for the Cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Automation
  2. Part 2: Automate VMware
  3. Part 3: Automate SharePoint Without Code

Pricing and Availability

AutoMate 8 is currently available for purchase at The software is also available for a 30-day, 100 percent free trial through Network Automation. This and other innovative new functionality in AutoMate 8 will be made available automatically to customers with an active maintenance subscription.

AutoMate and the "No Code, No Limits" phrase are registered trademarks of Network Automation, Inc. All other marks are trademarks of their respective holders.