Hi Aaron,

Thanks. This is great, definitely needed a method on provisioning on vcenter.

I think Andy will followup as soon as he can on this. He has the most
knowledge of the current committers on the VMware module framework.


On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM, Aaron Coburn <acob...@amherst.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> In our VCL implementation at Amherst College, we are using a VMware cluster 
> for our virtual machine infrastructure. Because we wanted to allow VMs to 
> float between physical hosts according to how VMware prefers to balance 
> resource use (VMware calls this distributed resource scheduling), I wanted to 
> access the cluster as a single datacenter through the vCenter interface. 
> >From VCL's perspective, this allows me to put all of my virtual computers on 
> a single VM Host, when in reality each of those VMs is located on one of any 
> number of physical machines that the VCL can remain blithely ignorant about.
> The vSphere_SDK package, however, requires that vcld access a physical host 
> directly, so I wrote a new provisioning module called VMware::vCenter. This 
> module is a subclass of the vSphere_SDK package and works with version 2.2.1 
> of the VCL. The new module reimplements the vSphere_SDK subroutines that are 
> incompatible with a datacenter-based connection, primarily anything that 
> calls the VIExt::get_host_view() method or tries to copy or move virtual 
> disks to new locations. There are a few other changes that are explained in 
> the JIRA issue I created for this. I have included the relevant code in JIRA, 
> but let me know if there is anything else I should do to help this along.
> Best regards,
> Aaron Coburn
> Systems Administrator and Programmer
> Academic Technology Services, Amherst College
> (413) 542-5451 acob...@amherst.edu

Aaron Peeler
Program Manager
Virtual Computing Lab
NC State University

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