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Detailed in the video below is a joint PowerShell integration utilizing both Cisco UCS PowerTool and VMware PowerCLI.  The goal of the integration is to show how easy it is in PowerShell to integrate across different functional areas within a virtualized infrastructure stack.  By taking the power of managing UCS with UCS Powertool and coupling it with the power of managing VMware with PowerCLI an infrastructure administrator can fully automated configuration of a net-new cluster of hypervisors from bare metal in UCS to fully configured clusters in vSphere within minutes with very minimal script writing. 

There was very minimal prework performed for both UCS and VMware in the environment being demoed in the video below.  For UCS, the prework that was performed was racking, stacking, and cabling the physical UCS gear and performing an initial configuration of UCS manager.  On the storage side, a 200 GB LUN was created and zoned to a range of 18 WWPN's as well.  For VMware, vSphere and Auto-Deploy software were both installed and configured inside of a Windows 2008 R2 server that had DNS, DHCP, and TFTP installed and configured to best practices from VMware for Auto-Deploy. 

From there, PowerShell utilizing the Cisco UCS PowerTool module and VMware PowerCLI snap-ins takes over!!!

Addition of New Hypervisors - The second script is run to add new hypervisors to the cluster created in step one.  This script accomplishs that by creating a new service profile from the template created in script one, associating it, and booting it which will cause the server to boot via AutoDeploy based on the autodeploy and cluster rules created from script one, which are triggered from the service profile template name.  The script will verify the host is added to the cluster and is fully compliant with the host profile created in step one.

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