create and manage VMs in vmware workstation

Registered by Lei Zhang on 2013-05-30

Wrote a driver for vmware workstation to make openstack have the ability to create, and manage VMs in vmware workstation. Right now, it seems openstack only support vmware esxi and v-center. If clients only have vmware-workstation license and wanna integrate to openstack env, we would like to have the driver for them. With vmware's vmrun command line tool, it give us a oppotunity to implements this, although it also cloud have some limitations.

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Lei Zhang
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I think this sounds like a fun toy project for lab type environments or educational institution type environments.

Thoughts:
*) this would not use the VMwareAPI per se, but rather the "vmrun" Command Line Interfaces embedded in VMware's Workstation and Fusion products. These have a "nogui" option in them allowing you to run the VM in a "headless" state.
*) this should be incubated and maintained separately since very little code would be shared between the VMwareAPI tools and these CLI based tools
*) this might also work with VMware Player tools too since these also have "vmrun" in them

Suggestions:
*) put this in a separate folder called "vmrun"
*) do not try to get this out in Havana but incubate separately for a time

NOTE:
Rename this from "workstation" to "vmrun" since you can support multiple CLI products.I think this sounds like a fun toy project for lab type environments or educational institution type environments.

Thoughts:
*) this would not use the VMwareAPI per se, but rather the "vmrun" Command Line Interfaces embedded in VMware's Workstation and Fusion products. These have a "nogui" option in them allowing you to run the VM in a "headless" state.
*) this should be incubated and maintained separately since very little code would be shared between the VMwareAPI tools and these CLI based tools
*) this might also work with VMware Player tools too since these also have "vmrun" in them

Suggestions:
*) put this in a separate folder called "vmrun"
*) do not try to get this out in Havana but incubate separately for a time

NOTE:
Rename this from "workstation" to "vmrun" since you can support multiple CLI products.

If you are still working on this, please re-submit via nova-specs. If not, please mark as obsolete, and add a quick comment to describe why. --johnthetubaguy (20th April 2014)

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