vCloud Automation Center includes custom properties that you can use to provide additional controls for Linux Kickstart blueprints.

CertainvCloud Automation Center custom properties are required to use with Linux Kickstart blueprints.

Required Custom Properties for Linux Kickstart Blueprints

Custom Property

Description

VMware.VirtualCenter.OperatingSystem

Specifies the vCenter Server guest operating system version (VirtualMachineGuestOsIdentifier) with which vCenter Server creates the machine. This operating system version must match the operating system version to be installed on the provisioned machine. Administrators can create build profiles using one of several property sets, for example, VMware[OS_Version]Properties, that are predefined to include the correct VMware.VirtualCenter.OperatingSystem values. This property is for virtual provisioning.

For a list of currently accepted values, see the VMware vCenter Server documentation.

Image.ISO.Location

Specifies the location of the ISO image to boot from. The format of this value depends on your platform. For details, see the documentation provided by your platform. This property is required for WIM-based provisioning, Linux kickstart and autoYaST provisioning, and SCCM-based provisioning.

Image.ISO.Name

Specifies the name of the ISO image from which to boot. The format of this value depends on your platform. For details, see the documentation provided by your platform. This property is required for WIM-based provisioning, Linux kickstart and autoYaST provisioning, and SCCM-based provisioning.

Image.ISO.UserName

Specifies the user name to access the CIFS share in the format username@domain. For Dell iDRAC integrations where the image is located on a CIFS share that requires authentication to access.

Image.ISO.Password

Specifies the password associated with the Image.ISO.UserName property. For Dell iDRAC integrations where the image is located on a CIFS share that requires authentication to access.

You use some custom properties more often than others.

Common Custom Properties for Linux Kickstart Blueprints

Custom Property

Description

VirtualMachine.Admin.ThinProvision

Determines whether thin provisioning is used on ESX compute resources using local or iSCSI storage. Set to True to use thin provisioning. Set to False to use standard provisioning. This property is for virtual provisioning.

Machine.SSH

Set to True to enable the Connect Using SSH option for Linux machines provisioned from this blueprint. If set to True and the Connect using RDP or SSH machine operation is enabled in the blueprint, all Linux machines that are provisioned from the blueprint display the Connect Using SSH option to entitled users.