Monday, June 29, 2015

Deploying multiple Windows VM's from template (powerCLI)

Unlike this post, which talks about deploying Linux VM's, this one is about deploying Windows VM's which is a little different.

Your PowerCLI command will look like this:

Import-Csv "C:\boaz\NewVMs-LA01.csv" -UseCulture | %{
## Gets Customization info to set NIC to Static and assign static IP address
    Get-OSCustomizationSpec $_.Customization | Get-OSCustomizationNicMapping | `
## Sets the Static IP info
    Set-OSCustomizationNicMapping -IpMode UseStaticIP -IpAddress $_."IPAddress" `
        -SubnetMask $_.Subnetmask -DefaultGateway $_.DefaultGateway -Dns $_.DNS1,$_.DNS2
## Sets the name of the VMs OS 
    $cust = Get-OSCustomizationSpec -name Windows2008R2_profile 
    Set-OSCustomizationSpec -OSCustomizationSpec $cust -NamingScheme Fixed -NamingPrefix $_.VMName
## Creates the New VM from the template
    $vm=New-VM -name  $_."VMName" -Template $_.Template -Host $_."VMHost" `
        -Datastore $_.Datastore -OSCustomizationSpec $_.Customization `
        -Confirm:$false -RunAsync

You will of course need to create a customization profile for this Windows Server, in which you can put all the relevant information, including a Domain membership, license key (If you're not using a KMS server) and others.

Your CSV file looks like this below in this example: (click on it to see bigger)

You can download this CSV from here

Your PowerCLI unlike Linux will look like this:(sorry for the red patches, had to remove identifying information)

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