OVFTool Photon OS deployment05 Jan 2017
This article quickly demonstrates the automated deployment of PhotonOS using OVFTool.
Firstly you must ensure you have a working OVFTool installation. You can download OVFTool here.
Once you have OVFTool deployed you can test its working by calling with the
$ /usr/bin/ovftool --version VMware ovftool 4.2.0 (build-4586971)
Using OVFTool is very simple, for example deploying the PhotonOS OVA is as simple as:
# ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 206274560 Dec 1 09:14 /root/photon/stage/ova/photon-custom-1.0-19fc0f6.ova -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 206274560 Dec 1 09:14 /root/photon/stage/ova/photon-custom-hw10-1.0-19fc0f6.ova # /usr/bin/ovftool --noSSLVerify --diskMode=[thin|thick] --powerOn --net:None=<portgroup name> --datastore=<datastore name> --name=<VM name> <path to ova file> vi://<username>:<password>@<vcenter>/?dns=<esxihost> # /usr/bin/ovftool --noSSLVerify --diskMode=thin --powerOn --net:None=dpg-Network1 --datastore=local-ssd --name=photonvm.test /root/photon/stage/ova/photon-custom-1.0-19fc0f6.ova vi://alex:<password>@vcenter01.local/?dns=hyp01.local Opening OVA source: /root/photon/stage/ova/photon-custom-1.0-19fc0f6.ova The manifest validates Opening VI target: vi://firstname.lastname@example.org:443/ Deploying to VI: vi://vcenter01.local:443/ Transfer Completed Powering on VM: photonvm.test Task Completed Completed successfully
OVFTool has a rich selection of options available, for example to address exactly where to place the deployed VM in the inventory. I tend to use the ‘search by dns’ option as its highly flexible, and makes scripts less vulnerable to errors when the structure of environments changes, use the
--help option to explore the options available.
If you’re wondering why I’m using a custom PhotonOS build its due to some limitations fully automating the PhotonOS deployment in a specific vSphere environment - head over to this post for more information.
Just a quick post to start the New Year off. Hopefully this will help someone fast-track their deployment of multiple PhotonOS images.