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Tool to deploy VCSA to Fusion or Workstation and configure Simulator

Project description

simdeplower is a python tool that you can use to deploy vCenter Server Appliances and have them magically configured in simulator mode (or how ever you see fit using a shell script).

Getting Started

simdeplower has been tested extensively on OSX, but should work anywhere that subprocess32 and paramiko will run. simdeplower requires either VMWare Workstation or Fusion to be successful. From those products simdeplower will use vmrun and ovftool. simdeplower uses ovftool to deploy (extract) an ova onto the filesystem then uses vmrun to launch the extracted VMX. Once the VM is up and running simdeplower uses paramiko to ssh in using the default username and password of “root” and “vmware” and executes a shell script you provide, or a bundled script that will configure the appliance as a simulator. This only works on VCSA 5.x products because simulator no longer works on 6.x


To install it is best to create a new virtualenv and install using pip For detailed instructions see the wiki on GitHub


To contribute to simdeplower please follow the fork, branch, pull request work flow. Tests are required where applicable. All code should follow pep8 standards, and must support python 2.7 When opening a pull request please do so against the development branch.

Python Support

  • simdeplower 0.1 and later support Python 2.7

Reporting Issues

To report a problem with simdeplower or to make a feature request open an issue on GitHub.

Usage Examples

See the wiki on GitHub


  • simdeplower 0.1

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