While searching for new content for the Windows Azure Pack Wiki, I stumbled on a blog by RaviCK called Ravi’s Cloud 360o which pointed me to a video on how to integrate VMware hosts with Windows Azure Pack. In a recent project we integrated VMware hosts with Windows Azure Pack by means of Virtual Machine Manager and adding vCenter Servers and indirectly adding VMware hosts to a Microsoft Cloud. This approach has a few disadvantages because only standalone Virtual Machines can be deployed and Console Connect does not work for VMs deployed to VMware hosts. All the wealth of VMRole Gallery Items are lost in this solution.
So I was surprised to find that someone has actually written a custom extension for Windows Azure Pack called VConnect from Cloud Assert which brings VMware hypervisors to the platform. Administrators of Windows Azure Pack can now setup plans that provides Virtual Machine services based on VMware hosts.
VConnect is still in beta and only supports a few basic operations such as:
- Adding a VSphere endpoint of a VMWare hypervisor server
- Lists the Virtual Machines from all the added servers
- Basic operations such as Power On, Power Off, Suspend and Reset VM
- Connect to the VM via Remote Desktop (VMWare tools has to be installed on the VM)
- Take a screenshot of the Virtual Machine screen
- ShutDown, Standby and Reboot of Guest OS (VMWare tools has to be installed on the VM)
Take a look at the demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUw-PimK6rQ