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Importing vCenter 2.5 Customization Specifications into vCenter 4

 

If you have a lot of customization specifications setup in your vCenter server you are likely to want to copy these to your vSphere/vCenter 4 lab or production system when it’s released, otherwise it’s a bit tedious typing it all in again 🙂

The following steps show how to export and then import your guest customization specifications into vCenter 4 you have to do them one by one as there is no multi-select available.

First, export the settings from the vCenter 2.5 server using the VI client connected to the vCenter 2.5 server (not the ESX host)

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Then save each one out as an .XML file

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Then connect your VI client to your vCenter 4 server (not the vSphere host itself) and go to the home view and click on the Customization Specifications Manager icon

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Then click import and choose the .XML file you exported previously

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Click OK and it will import the template

if you have encrypted passwords stored in your customization template then you will be prompted to re-enter them (unless you used a real certificate or PKI across both hosts)

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It will then run you through the guest customization wizard to re-enter the password, but don’t worry all the other settings are retained you only need to re-type the password.

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Once you’ve been through this process the customization specification is now available for use when you deploy from a template within vCenter 4.

Other than that the overall template process is similar to the VI3 process that I wrote about a while ago here

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4 responses to “Importing vCenter 2.5 Customization Specifications into vCenter 4

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  4. benwaynet June 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Awesome, thank you.

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