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VM Deployer 1.6 Released: Pure Java Command Line And Better UI to Import and Export OVF

August 16th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

After 1.5 release last week, I have made a few more big enhancements as detailed below:

1. Commandline. It’s a pure Java command line that you can run on any platform. The GUI is nice, but users may also need a command line some time. Given the fact that there is ovftool already, why will we need yet another command line for deploying virtual machines? I think you will want to try it out because a) it’s super light weight with only 3M in size, which means you can easily include it in any of your automation system. b) it’s portable, meaning you only need to have one command line for all your systems. Whenever you need to run on a different system, you can copy all and run without any change. c) The command line convention is more modern in terms of option styles.

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Having said that, we tried best to use the same or similar option names as the ovftool. Better than anything else, we have also included the command line generator, so once you’ve done once on GUI, you can have the command line. Simply that easy!

2. New Layout. The early version have VM related access, operation, and exprt functions packed into dialog boxes. That all work, but I was not quite happy about that because that part of GUI was not conceptually flowing. On top of that, these buttons are all centered around the virtual machines, but divided into different dialog boxes. If a user want to first power off a virtual machine and then export it to OVA, she then have to click on two buttons for two different dialog boxes. More troublesome is that she may need to find the powered off virtual machine again in the export dialog box.

To change that, I have all these grouped together with the virtual machine list at the center, and all the actions grouped in different rows. Because the main GUI size is limited, I have created two tabs: one for the previous deployment, and another for the virtual machines. The result is that users will find it take less effort and time to work with the virtual machines.

On top of the search and regular expression, I have also added multiple selections that cover virtual machines in different ranges. The batch operations on multiple virtual machines are never easier.

3. A bug fix that was reported by our user Ronny Steiner. It happens with sophisticated OVAs like vCloud Usage from VMware. I’d like to thank Ronny for giving me useful debugging information and quickly tested the fix. Should you have any issues, please feel free to contact me.

Well, too much being said. Let’s try it out at http://www.doublecloud.net/downloads.php

  1. August 16th, 2017 at 23:19 | #1

    [DoubleCloud] VM Deployer 1.6 Released: Pure Java Command Line And Better UI to Import and Export OVF https://t.co/zFidii6PgP

  2. August 17th, 2017 at 03:49 | #2

    VM Deployer 1.6 Released: Pure Java Command Line And Better UI to Import and Export OVF https://t.co/cLlXMtAu5U #VMTN

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