VMware Fling – PXE Manager for vSphere
I just fiddled somewhat with the new fling from the VMware site: the VMware PXE Manager for vSphere.
And if you ask me, it’s not just a ‘fling’, but it is really, really useful. It’s easy to install and easy to use.
PXE Manager for vCenter enables ESXi host state (firmware) management and provisioning.
PXE Manager features:
- Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and statefull (no ESX);
- ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention;
- ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull);
- ESXi Patch management;
- Multi-vCenter support;
- Multi-network support with agents (Linux CentOS virtual appliance will be available later);
- Wake on LAN;
- Hosts memtest;
- vCenter plugin;
- Deploy directly to VMware Cloud Director;
- Deploy to Cisco UCS blades.
I was amazed by the ease of the whole process. The setup took care of all the items that needed to be installed. After creating a build in the repository and creating a host under Stateless Hosts I deployed my first ESX host from PXE Manager.
Visit http://labs.vmware.com/flings/pxe-manager for the download, installation instructions and a demo on installing a stateless ESXi server.
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Anne Jan Elsinga
Anne Jan Elsinga is a Technical Account Manager for VMware. In the past he worked as presales and technical consultancy and architecture for several systems integrators. From 2009 until 2017 he was awarded with the VMware vExpert status. In the night time he dances latin, ballroom and salsa and he also discovered the pleasure of diving and woodworking. Recently he started blogging about smart homes and comfort in general.