vRealize Automation includes custom properties that you can use to provide additional controls for Linux Kickstart blueprints.

Certain vRealize Automation custom properties are required to use with Linux Kickstart blueprints.

Table 1. Required Custom Properties for Linux Kickstart Blueprints

Custom Property

Description

VMware.VirtualCenter.OperatingSystem

Specifies the vCenter Server guest operating system version (VirtualMachineGuestOsIdentifier) with which vCenter Server creates the machine. This operating system version must match the operating system version to be installed on the provisioned machine. Administrators can create property groups using one of several property sets, for example, VMware[OS_Version]Properties, that are predefined to include the correct VMware.VirtualCenter.OperatingSystem values. This property is for virtual provisioning.

For related information, see the enumeration type VirtualMachineGuestOsIdentifier in vSphere API/SDK Documentation. For a list of currently accepted values, see the vCenter Server documentation.

Image.ISO.Location

Values for this property are case sensitive. Specifies the location of the ISO image from which to boot, for example http://192.168.2.100/site2/winpe.iso. The format of this value depends on your platform. For details, see documentation provided for your platform. This property is required for WIM-based provisioning, Linux Kickstart and autoYaST provisioning, and SCCM-based provisioning.

Image.ISO.Name

Values for this property are case sensitive. Specifies the name of the ISO image from which to boot, for example /ISO/Microsoft/WinPE.iso. The format of this value depends on your platform. For details, see documentation provided for your platform. This property is required for WIM-based provisioning, Linux Kickstart and autoYaST provisioning, and SCCM-based provisioning.

Image.ISO.UserName

Specifies the user name to access the CIFS share in the format username@domain. For Dell iDRAC integrations where the image is located on a CIFS share that requires authentication to access.

Image.ISO.Password

Specifies the password associated with the Image.ISO.UserName property. For Dell iDRAC integrations where the image is located on a CIFS share that requires authentication to access.

Optional custom properties are available.

Table 2. Optional Custom Properties for Linux Kickstart Blueprints

Custom Property

Description

VirtualMachine.Admin.ThinProvision

Determines whether thin provisioning is used on ESX compute resources using local or iSCSI storage. Set to True to use thin provisioning. Set to False to use standard provisioning. This property is for virtual provisioning.

Machine.SSH

Set to True to enable the Connect Using SSH option on the vRealize Automation Items page for Linux machines provisioned from this blueprint. If set to True and the Connect using RDP or SSH machine operation is enabled in the blueprint, all Linux machines that are provisioned from the blueprint display the Connect Using SSH option to entitled users.

The Connect Using SSH option requires that your browser has a plug-in that supports SSH, for example the FireSSH SSH terminal client for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. When the plug-in is present, selecting Connect Using SSH displays an SSH console and prompts for your administrator credentials.