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PySphere

Python API for interacting with the vSphere Web Services SDK.

Visit the project site for more information.

Among other operations, PySphere provides easy interfaces to:

  • Connect to VMWare's ESX, ESXi, Virtual Center, Virtual Server hosts
  • Query hosts, datacenters, resource pools, virtual machines
  • VMs: Power on, power off, reset, revert to snapshot, get properties, update vmware tools, clone, migrate.
  • vSphere 5.0 Guest Operations: create/delete/move files and directories. upload/download files from the guest system. List/start/stop processes in the guest system.
  • Create and delete snapshots
  • Get hosts statistics and monitor performance

An of course, you can use it to access all the vSphere API through python.

It's built upon a slightly modified version of ZSI (that comes bundled-in) which makes it really fast in contrast to other python SOAP libraries that don't provide code generation.

Installation

The simplest way is using setuptools' easy_install:

easy_install -U pysphere

Or using the pip:

pip install -U pysphere

You can aslo find the source package and windows installer in the downloads section. To install it from the source package:

  1. Unzip the package
  2. run: python setup.py install

Quick Example

Here's how you power on a virtual machine. See also the getting started guide and the project's wiki with the full documentation.

>>> from pysphere import VIServer
>>> server = VIServer()
>>> server.connect("my.esx.host.com", "myusername", "secret")
>>> vm = server.get_vm_by_path("[datastore] path/to/file.vmx")
>>> vm.power_on()
>>> print vm.get_status()
POWERED ON

Discussion Group

You can find a lot more examples and use cases in the discussion group

License

Copyright (c) 2012, Sebastian Tello All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  • Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
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  • Neither the name of copyright holders nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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