VMware has released PXE Manager for vCenter, a new tool that supports automatic PXE boot and patch management for ESXi hosts.
PXE Manager for vCenter also lets users automate ESXi host provisioning (both stateless and stateful), and it supports multiple vCenter instances. In addition, users can deploy directly from PXE Manager for vCenter to both vCloud Director and Cisco’s Unified Computing System.
PXE Manager for vCenter is the latest VMware Labs fling, a free, unsupported product with experimental features that VMware may or may not add to future releases. Supported server operating systems include Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. On the agent side, PXE Manager for vCenter supports those Windows versions as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and higher, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, CentOS 5.3 and higher and openSUSE 11.
VMware actually previewed PXE Manager for vCenter way back at VMworld Europe 2009 in Cannes, but the tool didn’t see the light of day until late last week.
Here’s a video from VMware Labs on how to install PXE Manager for vCenter: