My comment relates to module design rather than the mechanics of SVN.

The basic issue is that I have a module that works great in our VCL 
infrastructure, but there are ways in which it could more easily integrate into 
the overall design of the VMware provisioning module. To describe in brief, the 
vCenter module is implemented as a subclass of the vSphere_SDK module. Since 
the VMware module doesn't know a priori which API object to use, it iteratively 
attempts to connect to a vm host using various existing APIs. When I wrote the 
vCenter module for our system, I tried to touch the VMware module as little as 
possible, so I ended up subclassing VMware.pm and modifying the definition of 
$VSPHERE_SDK_PACKAGE (defined, instead, to load 

The better approach, though, (and I would appreciate some feedback on this) 
would be to add an additional class variable (e.g. $VCENTER_PACKAGE) and modify 
the initialize subroutine in VMware such that if the vSphere module did not 
connect, it would try connecting with the vCenter module. If that attempt 
succeeds, the api object would proceed to use the vCenter module. Does that 
sound like a reasonable approach? This would assume that the username and 
password used to access vCenter were not the same as the credentials used to 
access individual esx hosts. That is true for our setup, but is that something 
we could reliably trust to be the case in other vm host infrastructures?

Also, there are some aspects of the vSphere_SDK module that do not rely on 
VMware's vSphere API -- notably in how the *.vmx files are generated. The 
vCenter module follows this approach, since when I wrote the module, I chose to 
reimplement only what was absolutely necessary to make it work. There has been 
some discussion on this list on precisely this point. I am certainly interested 
in moving the vCenter code in that direction, but if the hope is to put the 
vCenter code into the 2.3 release (i.e. by March), it seems more reasonable to 
use the code that has over six months of testing time in a production 
environment. I would be concerned about making significant code changes and 
adding them to a VCL release without allowing much time to evaluate the 


On Feb 16, 2012, at 9:41 AM, Aaron Peeler wrote:

> Cool, Thanks Jim and Aaron.
> Aaron,
> On packaging it up - not sure I follow.  Unless I'm misunderstanding -
> you just need to commit the modules to the repo. Did you confirm you
> had svn access? If not we missed a step in creating your account.
> Josh is the release manager and will do the release candidate the code
> is ready.
> Andy, Josh, others, when you get a chance also chime in on any
> thoughts about the 2.3 release timeline, features, etc.
> Thanks,
> Aaron P.
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Aaron Coburn <acob...@amherst.edu> wrote:
>> I think a March timeframe sounds reasonable for the vCenter module.
>> I do have a few questions about how best to package it up; I will be in 
>> touch about that shortly.
>> Aaron
>> On Feb 15, 2012, at 11:55 AM, James O'Dell wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I've been running the OSX provisioning code for about 6 months, and
>>> really haven't had much trouble with it.
>>> I'm not sure how well it will run under KVM, though.
>>> Getting the EFI bios under KVM is something that I haven't had time to
>>> work out, ... yet :)
>>> __Jim
>>> On 2/15/2012 7:22 AM, Aaron Peeler wrote:
>>>> Hi Guys,
>>>> I'd like for us to set a plan/goal for the 2.3 release.
>>>> How does end of March sound?
>>>> My thoughts are we identify which features and jira issues need to be
>>>> completed and start the process.
>>>> Features to include:
>>>> * I think we want to include Aaron C's work on the vcenter modules.
>>>> Aaron how do you feel on this?
>>>> * The kvm work Andy has added
>>>> * vote on putting back in the esxthin.pm module - one of our community
>>>> members was using this heavily but we have no way to test it.
>>>> * access methods
>>>> * server loads - base line code, more improvements would be developed
>>>> this Spr/Sum
>>>> * Jim O'Dells work on OSX provisioning. I've looked through the code
>>>> and it looks good, but I didn't have a way to test it yet. - Jim your
>>>> thoughts?
>>>> Things we exclude:
>>>> - cluster reservations improvements.
>>>> - jira issues that require large amounts of work at this time
>>>> Thoughts?
>>>> Aaron
>>> - --
>>> Jim O'Dell
>>> Network Analyst
>>> California State University Fullerton
>>> Email: jod...@fullerton.edu
>>> Phone: (657) 278-2256
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