Every day …

If you’re a developer, you’re probably working with multiple virtual machines (VMs) every day. How often do you have to start, stop, restart a VM? Or take a snapshot or restore a previous snapshot? In a worse case scenario, you may even have to send a request to a VMware admin to do those operations. We hear of some people having to wait hours or days before the requests are actioned.

In a not quite so bad scenario, you may be able to login to Vcenter to do the jobs yourself, but those login credentials are valuable to attackers and you have to deal with the Vcenter UI to just do the simplest jobs.

There has to be a better way.

The better way …

Now there is with Privileged Process Automation, also known as PPA.https://www.youtube.com/embed/O2ek8lrwW-Y

In the video, you’ll see a typical scenario.

The developer is going to start a VM and in just a few clicks, the VM is ready for use. It would have been the same to shutdown a VM, take a snapshot or restore a snapshot.

At all times, PPA never exposed the Vcenter credentials to the user so they could never be compromised.

This kind of automation is possible because PPA is a highly flexible, secure automation framework that uses standard APIs to integrate with and extend your existing infrastructure. Automated playbooks like “Start VM” are easily built with the provided low-code, YAML-based playbook development environment.

If you can save time with this kind of automation for VMware, what else would you like to automate?

Source : https://www.osirium.com/blog/relieving-the-headaches-of-working-with-virtual-machines