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vMA scripting

vMA scripting

vMA scripting

I'm using the vMA5 to interface with my APC UPS's for controlled shutdowns when my power switches to battery.  

The shutdowns work as expected.

My problem is during the restarts, I have my hosts starting properly, but the VMs need to start in a particular order (i.e. DC first, then Exch, then SQL, then vCenter, etc.)

I'm trying to use scripting in the vMA to poweron the VMs but cannot find an appropriate command to do so.

Does anyone know if this is even possible to do?  I've been googling this all morning and just can't seem to find what I'm looking for.



RE: vMA scripting

Have you looked at Orchestrator?  It was designed to do just what you ask and comes with vSphere.

To answer your question though, the vSphere CLI command is:


Power on a virtual machine with 'soft' power mode (requires VMware Tools):

 vmware-cmd <connection_options> /vmfs/volumes/storage1/MyVM/MyVM.vmx start soft

Power on a virtual machine with 'hard' power mode:

 vmware-cmd <connection_options> /vmfs/volumes/storage1/MyVM/MyVM.vmx start hard


Brent Schmidt                    Senior Network Engineer
Keep IT Simple http://www.kiscc.com  
Novell Platinum Partner          Microsoft Gold Partner
VMWare Enterprise Partner    Citrix Gold Partner

RE: vMA scripting

Unfortunately, Orchestrator will not work for this.  I'm working on a project to automate the startup of the datacenter after a power failure/restore.  vCenter is not running at this point so I cannot use the Orchestrator.

But, the command you gave looks like what I need to feed into a script that runs on the vMA.


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