Cool Tools – vCenter server inventory snapshot

This tool is definitely worth to mention, thanks to VMware labs we have possibility to make vCenter server inventory snapshot, awesome isn’t it ? You can create snapshot of particular DC, cluster or even a single VM, if you want. Watch video at the bottom of this post to discover all features.

There are several use cases such as:

  1. Backup and restore of vCenter inventory
  2. Migration of vCenter server to new server

How does it work ? Software connects to vCenter server and produce PowerCli script as an output. To restore vCenter server inventory is enough to run script against vCenter server and DONE.

Requirements:

How-To:

  • Download and unpack zip package with tool
  • Double click on Inventorysnapshot.bat
  • provide connect and credentials to vCenter server, path for output files and press take snapshot button
  • after 30 seconds (depends on inventory size) new window should appear with four tabs:
    • powercli code – where you can see vCenter inventory in PowerCLI
    • Host information – see all hosts and password for root user (you can change root password if necessary)
    • inventory tree – you can mark which part of your inventory you want to backup
    • generate new PowerCLI code –
  • When you choose which part of your inventory want to backup click on Generate PowerCLI code. Snapshot DONE.

Restore:

  • Start PowerCLI and connect to target vCenter server
  • Go to directory where ouput files are stored
  • execute script createinventory.ps1 – wait until script finished restore of vCenter inventory

NOTE: Tool can restore vDS configuration but all VM’s must be connected to their portgroups manually. In case of configuration

[button link=”http://labs.vmware.com/flings/inventorysnapshot”] Visit VMware labs webpage to download binaries, read manuals and change logs[/button]

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).