You could create an ESXi.pm OS module. It would inherit from Linux.pm
since some of the Linux subroutines will work under ESXi. The module
would reside at:
Entries would have to be added to the module and OS tables in the
database. Set your image.OSid value to the new value you enter in the
Some of the subroutines in Linux.pm already work as you have noticed.
I changed a few of them a while back to work with ESXi of them to
which are called by the VMware.pm provisioning module when SSH is used
to control the VM host. For the ones which don't work, you would
define subroutines in ESXi.pm to override the ones in Linux.pm or
OS.pm such as create_user.
For the networking problems, you would probably define a post_load
subroutine in ESXi.pm which performs operations necessary to configure
the virtual switches appropriately such as running esxcfg-vswitch and
This would be very useful for us at NCSU. I would be happy to help
get this added.
On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Dmitri Chebotarov <dcheb...@gmu.edu> wrote:
> I'm not looking for nested hypervisors - this would work for someone who
> wants to play/study ESXi server. But even in this case VCL needs a module to
> handle ESXi reservation - this step would fail for nested esxi as well…
> How would I add/use/load a new pm module for ESXi reservation? I plan to use
> ESXi image along with a Windows sub-image with vSphere client, so ESXi
> server won't need public IP address in this case…
> I only need to address reservation steps (ie. get IP, add user, etc.) -
> xCAT/VCL already handles ESXi install process.
> Dmitri Chebotarov
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> On Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 14:04 , Mike Haudenschild wrote:
> There is definitely a performance penalty for running ESXi as a guest OS. I
> don't think the hardware virtualization features of the CPU can be passed on
> to an ESXi guest, which also means no 64-bit guests inside the ESXi guest.
> Suggest reading the notes on this blog:
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 13:59, Aaron Peeler <aaron_pee...@ncsu.edu> wrote:
> Definitely doable.
> Also might be worth doing it within a ESXi server. Nested hypervisor -
> possibly a bit better control on which networks are visible.
> With the connection methods in the next release, you could define
> vsphere client as the connection method.
> Aaron P.
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Dmitri Chebotarov <dcheb...@gmu.edu> wrote:
>> Hi, All
>> Is it posible to add ESXi 4.1 image to VCL, so users can make reservation
>> for ESXi 4.1 server?
>> May be someone else already has it working…. May be there is separate
>> for ESXi support?
>> I have configured xCAT/VCL and I'm able to reload a blade with ESXi 4.1
>> using kickstart script via Manage Computers.
>> But when a user makes reservation for ESXi 4.1 - it fails. So far it fails
>> for two reasons - no Public interface and cannot create user on ESXi
>> VCL is using Linux.pm module and ESXi doesn't support it.
>> Dmitri Chebotarov
>> Virtual Computing Lab Systems Engineer, TSD - Ent Servers & Messaging
>> 223 Aquia Building, Ffx, MSN: 1B5
>> Phone: (703) 993-6175
>> Fax: (703) 993-3404
> Aaron Peeler
> Program Manager
> Virtual Computing Lab
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