Track VM Changes

With large VMware implementations and large teams to support those environments, it becomes difficult to track of all your team is following the company standards while changing any existing virtual machine or creating new ones. Following is a sample script on how you can track it automatically via emails. The parameters being tracked can be changed as per your individual environment standards. We will implement this on the Datacenter level with the vCenter, however, you can change the target as per your requirement.

Prerequisite: Sending SMTP mails from your vCenter server should be configured.

First, identify the scenario which could indicate a machine configuration change or new machine creation, e.g. a VM is created, VM is configured or VM is powered off.

Now create a new alarm on the datacenter level within vCenter with following Events:



Create a folder under C:\Windows\ or any other preferred location and copy the following three scripts in it.

  1. Batch File:

Create a batch file createalert.bat with following content:

@echo off
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe "C:\windows\folder\createalert.ps1 %1"
  1. Powershell Script:

Create a powershell script createalert.ps1 with following content:

param ([string] $srv = $null)
"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphere PowerCLI\Scripts\Initialize-PowerCLIEnvironment.ps1"
if (-not (Get-PSSnapin VMware.VimAutomation.Core -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) {
Add-PSSnapin VMware.VimAutomation.Core} 
$VC1 = ""
$date = Get-Date -DisplayHint DateTime -Format "yyyy-M-d" 
Connect-VIServer -Server $VC1 -WarningAction SilentlyContinue
Get-VM $srv |Select Name,PowerState, vmhost, memoryGB, numcpu, notes, folder, resourcepool, version, 
@{N="Guest OS";E={ ($_ | Get-vmguest).osfullName}},
@{N="Cluster";E={ ($_ | Get-Cluster).Name}}, 
@{N="Network Name";E={ foreach($nic in $_ | Get-networkadapter){$}}},
@{N="Network Type";E={ foreach($nic in $_ | Get-networkadapter){$nic.type}}},
@{N="IP Address";E={ ($_ | Get-vmguest).ipaddress}},
@{N="Datastore Name";E={ ($_ | Get-Datastore).Name}},
@{N="DS Size GB";E={ ($_ | Get-Datastore).CapacityGB}},
@{N="DS Free Space GB";E={ ($_ | Get-Datastore).FreespaceGB}},
@{N="Total Disk GB"; E={  ($_ | Get-harddisk | measure-object -prorerty CapacityGB -sum).Sum}}, 
@{N="Hard Disks";E={ foreach($disk in $_ | Get-harddisk){$}}},
@{N="Disk Size GB";E={ foreach($disk in $_ | Get-harddisk){$disk.capacityGB}}},
@{N="Disk Format";E={ foreach($disk in $_ | Get-harddisk){$disk.storageformat}}},
@{N="Disk File Name";E={ foreach($disk in $_ | Get-harddisk){$disk.filename}}}|out-file c:\windows\folder\report\Report-$srv-$Date.txt -encoding ASCII
Disconnect-VIServer -server $VC1 -Force -Confirm:$false
cscript c:\windows\folder\sendmail.vbs "c:\windows\folder\report\Report-$srv-$Date.txt"
remove-item "c:\windows\folder\report\Report-$srv-$Date.txt"
  1. VBScript:

Create a vbscript sendmail.vbs with following content. You can also write the code below in powershell itself:

Const ForReading = 1
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile (WScript.Arguments(0), ForReading)
Set objMessage = CreateObject("CDO.Message") 
objMessage.Subject = "VM State Alert"
objMessage.From = "" 
objMessage.To = ""
objMessage.TextBody = "State of following VM has been changed. Please verify VM configuration:" & vbCRLF
objMessage.TextBody = objMessage.TextBody & objTextFile.ReadAll()
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item ("") = 2 
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item ("") = ""
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item ("") = 25

Once all the three scripts are in place, reopen the alarm created earlier and add the following action:


Under configuration, mention the path of your batch file:

c:\windows\folder\createalert.bat %VMWARE_ALARM_EVENT_VM%

VMWARE_ALARM_EVENT_VM is a parameter which would pass the hostname of affected VM into the batch file.

Once this alert is configured and enabled, you will get an email every time a new VM is created or an existing VM is modified, and you can keep track of your organizational VM policies.


Posted on December 14, 2015, in Powershell, VBScript, VMware and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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