Easily create vFoglight services based on vCenter custom attributes

Before I go into any details I need to explain a few things first.

  1. Custom attributes inside vCenter can hold any additional information you like, such as Application, Owner, Cost Center, Backup SLA etc.
  2. A vFoglight service is a group of objects (most commonly VMs) and can be used as input for running reports, create dashboards, setup email notification and much more.
  3. We are going to create services inside vFoglight automatically based on vCenter custom attributes.

vCenter Custom Attributes:

These needs to be defined in vCenter Client: Administration - Custom Attributes.

Once you have defined them you need to manually populate all the fields. This is a very time consuming process if you do it in vCenter Client as you need to manually enter the information on each VM individually.

Wouldn´t it be nice if you could do this in one step for multiple VMs?

Check out this video by Aarron Newsome who explains how to do this using Quest PowerGUI (free tool).