Invoke-VMScriptPlus v3

My InvokeVMScriptPlus function serves me well while interacting with the guest OS on a VM. And I’m apparently not the only one that uses the function. This post introduces Invoke-VMScriptPlus v3.

The original Invoke-VMScriptPlus post, and the addition of PS Core support, described in the Invoke-VMScriptPlus v2 post, keep being some of my most read posts. Time for another update.

In this v3 version, I introduce some new features to the function.

  • PSv6 and PSv7 support
  • Use files (input and output) from within your scripts
  • improved sudo support

Update April 15th 2020

  • Added SkipCertificateCheck switch

Update January 16th 2020

  • Bug fix which occured when connected to an ESXi node

Update November 18th 2019

  • Added NoIPinCert switch
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Deploy Photon 2.0 – Part 2

In Deploy Photon 2.0 – Part 1, we showed how to create a Template with the Photon 2.0 guest OS. In Part 2 we will introduce the New-PhotonVM function, which allows to create one or more VMs, based on the template created in Part 1.

The basic concept for the New-PhotonVM function is the same as for the New-PhotonTemplate function. The configuration for the VMs is driven by a JSON file that is passed as an argument to the function.

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Deploy Photon 2.0 – Part 1

Photon 2.0 is definitely a guest OS that is useful in a VMware vSphere environment. It is light-weight, easy to manage, security hardened and comes with the Docker daemon. 
That last feature makes it an ideal environment to explore new applications, isolated from your live platforms. As an example, quite a few of us got to know PowerShell Core with VMware PowerCLI, while running it in a Docker container, well shielded from our other platforms.

There are numerous articles and blog posts that describe how set up a Photon 2.0 VM, but most of these use the ovftool or the vSphere Web Client to install it. Followed by quite of a bit of editing config files, to have your Photon 2.0 VM running the way you prefer it.
With the latest version of my Invoke-VMScriptPlus function, you can now automate this entire process, the SDDC way! 

 

Update August 21st 2018

  • Added “reboot” action
  • Added optional Environment variables for the customisation scripts
  • Added Folder field for template destination

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