PXE Manager for vCenter

PXE Manager for vCenter enables ESXi host state (firmware) management and provisioning. Specifically, it allows:
  • Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and stateful (no ESX)
  • ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention
  • ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)
  • ESXi Patch management
  • Multi vCenter support
  • Multi network support with agents (Linux CentOS virtual appliance will be available later)
  • Wake on Lan
  • Hosts memtest
  • vCenter plugin
  • Deploy directly to VMware Cloud Director
  • Deploy to Cisco UCS blades
See the following document for further details: [download id="135"]

Supported Operating Systems

Server

  • Windows 2003 R2 any service pack
  • Windows 2008 any service pack
  • Windows 2008 R2 any service pack (suggested)

Agent

  • Windows 2003 R2 only any service pack
  • Windows 2008 any service pack
  • Windows 2008 R2 any service pack
  • Linux Redhat 5.3 5.4 5.5 (*)
  • Linux CentOS 5.3 5.4 5.5 (*)
  • Open Suse 11.x (*)
  • Novell Suse enterprise 11 (*)

(*) Novell mono 2.6.7 is required

Plugin

  • See vSphere client OS support.

Requirements

Server and Agent - Windows

Agent - Linux

  • Mono 2.6.7

Plugin

  • See vSphere client OS requirement.

VMware PXE Server

Download and install the package, when the installation over a configuration program will be launched (vpxecmd.exe), follow the instruction. You need an administrative login to vCenter.

VMware PXE Plugin

With PXE Manager installed and running, open vSphere client, click on plugin and install the PXE Plugin. For help please watch the video provided.

How to install PXE Manager

Install a stateless ESXi

IMPORTANT: Before upgrading, please remove your old version.

4.1 GA Update 1 Build 3107

New Features

  • VMware ESX to ESXi converter
  • SDK as SOAP protocol

Updates
vGPXE server

  • Added Agent build field
  • Improved logs messages
  • Added standardISO.xml file with all official VMware ESXi ISO and OEM (it's located on server directory)
  • New install and uninstall (setup)
  • New SDK and new WSDL file (SOAP)

vSphere Plugin

  • Implemented automatic client upgrade (to future release)
  • Added Agent Build field
  • Add upgrade to host grid menu
  • Fixed redeploy host (client hung)
  • Changed MB to KB (host state archive grid)
  • Added sync from deployed menu option on Host Grid
  • Changed sync icon
  • Improved Sync feature
  • Fixed hosts status report (on grid)
  • Speedup plugin load
  • Fixed import/export from/to CSV
  • Fixed multi vCenter grids bugs
  • Fixed import ESX5 RC stateless build
  • VMware ESX to ESXi converter
  • Manual ESXi installation
  • Minor bug fix

vPXE (agent)

  • Send build version to server
  • Fix ESXi 4.0 statefull installation (DD port instead of PB)
  • New socket module (PB and DD) to manage simultaneous hosts boot
  • Added support for custom pxelinux (menu.32) boot menu
  • New install and uninstall setup
  • New configurator for standalone vPXE server
  • New Linux version (as tgz file to be deployed on a Linux machine with Mono 2.67 or greater)