I am trying to evaluate VMWare's ESXi 4.1 Hypervisor for a project my company is planning, but am having some trouble find information and wondered if anyone with some experience can shed some light!
We are hoping to use the hypervisor to run a collection of VM's and vSwitches in very specific configurations. I am happily able to configure the VM's and vSwitches through the vSphere app, and have so far been impressed with the product.
We were however hoping to be able to let engineers have access to the VM's, but the problem is they would need to reconfigure the vSwitches and which VM's were active, and we would like to be able to make this transparent to them in as far as they should be able to run a small app, point it at the ESXi host IP, select a configuration, and let the app make the changes needed.
We are currently using the free edition while we evaluate whether this is the correct product for our needs.
When I have been trying to use the SDK, it doesn't seem to be allowing write access!
I am not looking to do anything other than functions provided within the vSphere app, just to start/stop VM's, and to create/destory vSwitches (which are only very basic anyway!)
Can anyone tell me if: A) this is possible with the free edition of ESXi B) do-able through the vSphere API (the docs say so, but the examples won't work) C) Why the vSphere app can do it, but i cant!!!