- Machine Prefix/Property Definition – Part 1
- Powershell – Part 2
- Workflow Configuration – Part 3
- Blueprint Update – Part 4
In part 1, we configured the Machine Prefix, Property Dictionary and layout to accommodate our change. In part 2, we created and saved a powershell script to create the desired machine name from the inputs we provided. In part 3, we modified the Building Machine workflow stub to create and assign a new machine name. In this last part, we’ll finish by updating the blueprint and testing.
Recall that in Part 1, we created a Property Definition named “custom.machineRole” and a Property Layout named “machineRole.Selection”
- Navigate to Infrastructure/Blueprints/Build Profiles
- Create a new or edit an existing Build profile
- From the “Add from Property Set”, select the appropriate “VMware*” property set for your O/S.
- Save the updated Build Profile
- Edit your vSphere Clone or Linked-Clone Blueprint
- Confirm that the selected machine prefix is set to “Use Group Default” or is appropriate
- Check the correct Build Profile for the Blueprint’s O/S. The objective here is to ensure the “VMware.VirtualCenter.OperatingSystem” property is set.
- On the Properties page of the Blueprint settings, add the following Properties:
Name Value Prompt User Reason ExternalWFStubs.BuildingMachine No Execute the Workflow we’ve modified custom.machineRole Yes The name of our Property Definition VirtualMachine.Request.Layout machineRole.Selection No The Property Name indicates that a custom layout should be employed and the value is the name of our Property Layout
- Click OK to save the blueprint
- Logon as a member of a Business Group that has an entitlement to the Blueprint we’ve worked on.
- When requesting a VM from the blueprint, the request form should include the “Role” dropdown list with your values
- The resulting request will include the “custom.machineRole” property set to the selected value
- If you left the “write” lines in the PS script, you can check the C:\Scripts\nametest.txt file on the IaaS Server to ensure the values are passed and set correctly
- Lastly, of course, check to see if the provisioned machine has the appropriate name
You should visit Adam Bohle’s blog and his fantastic posts about this. He knows way more about it than I do. I stepped through his and Tom O’Rourke‘s procedures and wanted to document what it took. Those guys are the authority on vCAC.
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