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VMware: Deploy VMs from Template using PowerCLI

Syntax :

1..<N> | Foreach {
 New-VM -vmhost <ESX_HOST> -Name <VM_NAME> -Template <TEMPLATE> -Datastore <DATASTORE> [-OtherOptions]
 } 
Where:

<N> is the number of VMs you need to deploy.
<ESX_HOST> is the host where you will deploy your VMs
<TEMPLATE> is the template from which your VMs will be created
<DATASTORE> is the datastore that will contain your VMs
[-OtherOptions] are additional options that can be used in conjunction with New-VM command.

As you can see it's really basic, but New-VM cmdlet is really powerful and it has a lot of options. To go through all on New-VM options:


Get-Help New-VM -Detailed


Here's how I used it today for deploying 6 VMs that will be Oracle RAC nodes.


Open a text editor and paste this code in it saving file with .ps1 extension.


1..2 | Foreach {
 New-VM -vmhost esx1.testdomain.com -Name RAC$_ -Template OL6 -Datastore datastore1
 }
 3..4 | Foreach {
 New-VM -vmhost esx2.testdomain.com -Name RA…