biz.dfch.PS.vCAC.Utilities PowerShell Module available

Finally I made it and found the time to upload the biz.dfch.PS.vCAC.Utilties PowerShell module! It is available for download at Github and NuGet (see below for links) and placed under the Apache 2.0 license. How to install: Copy the module along with the XML configuration file into a directory with the same name as the […]

vCAC and the difficult way to delete a Virtual Machine

The vCAC user interface is functional but has quite some limitations when you want to do selection based on different criteria the user enters. So for example, it is not possible to have cascading dropdown lists based on two parent lists or values. Furthermore you cannot select a physicl machine based on its location. And […]

Getting most out of vCAC without a CDK license

Did you ever get the response from VMware support or anyone else ‘for this you need a CDK license to make it work’? As it turns out this is a costly thing to have and in most cases you will not need it anyway. In addition, if you really come across something the ‘CloudUtil.exe’ does […]

[vCAC52] Change VirtualMachine Reservation and StoragePath – Revisited

Some time back I showed a way on how one can change the placement while provisioning. The central problem is that the placement takes place in that moment when the user submits his machine request. So at any step during the provisioning the placement has already been determined and resources already have been allocated. During […]

Introducing the vCAC VMPS SOAP ProvisionService

Besides the well used ManagementContext vCAC also has some SOAP services for basic infrastructure communication and provisioning. With the ProvisionService, VMPS for short, you get a wrapper around some basic vCAC workflows and helper functions that abstract data manipulation of the MangementContext and others. Using this service with PowerShell is pretty straightforward with the help […]

Change Ownership of a vCAC Machine and Inform user via mail with PowerShell

When you want to change the owner of a machine in vCAC you would probably like to inform the owner of what he just acquired. The easist thing is to to send an update notification via vCACs VMPS SOAP (ProvisionService) service: You can ignore the error message and wrap it into a try/catch block to […]

Importing existing Virtual Machines in vCAC automatically via PowerShell

In case you would like to import existing machines into vCAC you have the option to import them via ‘Discovery’ from within the GUI. But if you wanted to import more than a few machines at a time this might become a little more than tedious. Of course you can always revert back to AutoIT […]

vCAC Timer triggered automatic Approval or Rejection of Machine Requests

We recently had a customer who wanted an automatic approval of machine requests after a specific time span when no other approver would have rejected the request. On the other hand he wanted an automatic rejection of machine requests after a defined idle time for machine types that used large amount of resources (as the […]

vCAC Provisioning without Guest Agent leaves Machine in ‘Installing OS’ state

When provisioning a server via PXE or ISO install you might run into a problem where you see your machines being in an ‘Installing OS’ state (between ‘BuildingMachine’ and ‘MachineProvisioned’) though the actual installation has finished long time ago. This might be because the ‘Guest Agent’ is either not installed on the image/machine or because […]

Create vCAC ManagementModelEntites objects from ODATA REST call with PowerShell

As quickly described in a previous post, the ‘AddQueryOption()’ in the vCAC WCF DataService is flawed and does not allow you to narrow queries and thus leads to massive performance penalties when working with larger installations. However, there is a workaround for this: you can use native ODATA REST calls and convert the result into […]