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1 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved The VMware vSphere 5.0 Image Builder John Balsillie VCI VCAP4-DCA VCP4 VCP3 Consultant – Explorer IT Services

2 8-2 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A What Is an ESXi Image? core hypervisor CIM providers plug-in components drivers An ESXi image is a software bundle that consists of four main components.

3 8-3 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A ESXi Image Deployment ? standard ESXi ISO base providers base drivers missing CIM provider missing driver missing vendor plug-in The challenge of using a standard ESXi image is that the image might be missing desired functionality.

4 8-4 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A What Is Image Builder? Image Builder is a set of command-line utilities that are used to create and manage image profiles. An image profile is a group of VIBs that are used to create an ESXi image. Image Builder allows the administrator to build customized ESXi boot images: Used for booting disk-based ESXi installations Used by VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy to boot an ESXi host in memory Image Builder is based on VMware vSphere® PowerCLI. The Image Builder cmdlets are included with the vSphere PowerCLI tools.

5 8-5 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A image profile Image Builder Architecture software depot OEM VIBs ESXi VIBs driver VIBs VIB: ESXi software package: Provided by VMware and its partners Image profile: Defines an ESXi image Consists of one or more VIBs Software depot: Logical grouping of VIBs and image profiles Can be online or offline Software channel: Used to group different types of VIBs at a software depot security VIBs software channels

6 8-6 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Building an ESXi Image: Step 1 Windows host with vSphere PowerCLI and Image Builder snap-in Image Builder Start the vSphere PowerCLI session. Verify that the execution policy is set to unrestricted. Cmdlet: Get-ExecutionPolicy Connect to your vCenter Server. Cmdlet: Connect-VIServer

7 8-7 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Building an ESXi Image: Step 2 software depot OEM VIBs ESXi VIBs image profile driver VIBs Windows host with vSphere PowerCLI and Image Builder snap-in Image Builder Connect to a software depot. Add a software depot to Image Builder. Cmdlet: Add-EsxSoftwareDepot Verify that the software depot can be read. Cmdlet: Get-EsxImageProfile

8 8-8 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Building an ESXi Image: Step 3 software depot OEM VIBs ESXi VIBs image profile driver VIBs Windows host with vSphere PowerCLI and Image Builder snap-in Image Builder Clone and modify an image profile. Clone an image profile. Cmdlet: New-EsxImageProfile Modify an image profile. Cmdlets: Add-EsxSoftwarePackage Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage Start by cloning the default ESXi image provided by VMware and then customize it.

9 8-9 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Windows host with vSphere PowerCLI and Image Builder snap-in Using Image Builder to Build an Image: Step 4 ISO image PXE-bootable Image software depot OEM VIBs ESXi VIBs image profile driver VIBs Generate a new ESXi image. Cmdlet: Export-ESXImageProfile Image Builder

10 8-10 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A vCenter Server Host Profile host profile waiter rules engine ESXi image Auto Deploy image profile, host profile, cluster info Boot of an Autodeployed ESXi Host: Step 3 The ESXi image is downloaded from the Auto Deploy server to the host. The host profile is downloaded from vCenter Server to the host. ESXi host TFTPDHCP ESXi image (VIBs) OEM VIBs ESXi VIBs driver VIBs image profile

11 8-11 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Demo VMware Workstation on Windows 1 x vCenter 5.0 virtual machine with: vSphere Client PowerCLI Auto Deploy and thus Image Builder 2 x ESXi 5.0 virtual machines

12 8-12 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Demo Demo Script get-executionpolicy set-executionpolicy unrestricted get-executionpolicy connect-viserver vc01.vclass.local or vc02.vclass.local add-esxsoftwaredepot c:\depot\LSI_5_ \LSI_5_34-offline_bundle zip get-esxsoftwarepackage add-esxsoftwaredepot c:\depot\BCD-bna \BCD-bna offline_bundle zip get-esxsoftwarepackage add-esxsoftwaredepot c:\depot\labdepot get-esxsoftwarepackage get-esximageprofile new-esximageprofile -cloneprofile ESXi standard -name "my_profile" get-esximageprofile add-esxsoftwarepackage -imageprofile "my_profile" -softwarepackage scsi-megaraid-sas add-esxsoftwarepackage -imageprofile "my_profile" -softwarepackage net-bna export-esximageprofile -imageprofile "my_profile" -filepath c:\depot\esxi5.0.0-my_profile iso -exporttoiso –force Install ESXi into a vm from c:\depot\esxi5.0.0-my_profile iso

13 8-13 © 2011 VMware Inc. All rights reserved VMware vSphere: Whats New – Revision A Key Points Image Builder allows the administrator to create customized ESXi boot images. Auto Deploy is a new method for deploying ESXi hosts, where the ESXi hosts state and configuration run entirely in memory. Questions? John Balsillie Explorer IT Services


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