Sunday, September 17, 2017

CLI for VMware Virtual Distributed Switch - implementation procedure

Some time ago I have blogged about perl scripts emulating well known physical network switch CLI commands (show mac-address-table and show interface status) for VMware Distributed Virtual Switch (aka VDS). See the blog post here "CLI for VMware Virtual Distributed Switch".

Now is the time to operationalize it. My scripts are written in Perl leveraging vSphere Perl SDK which is distributed by VMware as vCLI. vCLI is available for Linux and Windows OS. I personally prefer Linux over Windows, therefore, the implementation procedure below is for Centos 7.

Implementation procedure for Centos 7

1/ Install Centos 7 minimal OS installation

2/ Install Perl 

yum install perl

3/ Install vCLI Prerequisite Software for Linux Systems with Internet Access

yum install e2fsprogs-devel libuuid-devel openssl-devel perl-devel
yum install glibc.i686 zlib.i686
yum install perl-XML-LibXML perl-Crypt-SSLeay

4/ Install the vCLI Package on a Linux System with Internet Access

Download vSphere Perl SDK (Use link here)
tar –zxvf VMware-vSphere-CLI-6.X.X-XXXXX.x86_64.tar.gz
sudo vmware-vsphere-cli-distrib/

5/ Install VDSCLI scripts

# Create directory for vdscli
mkdir vdscli

# Change directory to vdscli
cd vdscli

# Install wget to be able to download VDSCLI files
yum install wget

# Download

# Download supporting shell wraper for show mac-address-table

# Download supporting shell wraper for show interface status

# Change mod of all files in VDSCLI directory to allow execution
chmod 755 *

# Edit shell wrappers with your specific vCenter hostname and credentials

It is highly recommended to create a specific readonly (AD or vSphere SSO) account for VDSCLI as depicted on screenshot below

vSphere SSO account for VDSCLI

6/ Validate VDSCLI works

# You must be in vdscli directory
# Run command below

You should get mac address table for VMware distributed virtual switch. Something like on screenshot below

Output from ./ 

Next time we will install and configure python ishell ( to create interactive shell for VDSCLI.

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