VMM 2012 Tip: How to assign an IP Address using PowerShell during deployment

VMM 2012 Tip: How to assign an IP Address using PowerShell during deployment

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GrayAndYellowGearsHi everyone, Yuvraj Attarde here and today I ‘d like to pass along a trip on how to easily assign an IP address using PowerShell during deployments in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager. Let’s say for example that you have the requirement to assign an IP address specified as a PowerShell parameter during VM deployment. You could use the cmdlets Grant-SCIpaddress and Set-SCIPAddress to assign the IP address from the IP Pool to the VM, the only problem is that the IP address doesn’t automatically get activated on the VM.  A better alternative is to assign the IP address using the Get-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration and Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration cmdlets and I have an example of this below:

NOTE: Replace the VMtemplate and Testvm3 with the appropriate template and VM names respectively.

#Get lab HostGroup
$HostGroup =Get-VMHostGroup
# Setup Vm Template from lab library
$Template= Get-SCVMTemplate | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "VMtemplate"}
# Build Vm Configuration
$VMConfig = New-SCVMConfiguration -VMHostGroup $HostGroup -VMTemplate $Template -Name VMConfig01
Update-SCVMConfiguration -VMConfiguration $VMConfig
$VNAConfig = Get-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration -VMConfiguration $VMConfig
Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration -VirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration $VNAConfig -IPv4Address "10.0.0.4"
#submits new VM job to VMM
New-SCVirtualMachine -Name testvm3 -VMConfiguration $VMConfig

You can find more information on Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh801707.aspx

Yuvraj Attarde | Senior Support Escalation Engineer | Microsoft CTS Management and Security Division

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  • This is fantastic, however I would love to know how to change the IP during a p2v.  I'm assigning one from our ip pool, it's shown on the VM profile, yet the OS isn't changed.

  • Using your example I get the following error from New-SCVirtualMachine. Is it possible to assign a static IP during VM template deployment without using an IP pool? Error: New-SCVirtualMachine : A static IPv4 address or IPv4 address pool is specified for a virtual network adapter that was configured for a dynamic IPv4 address. (Error ID: 10737) Do not specify an IPv4 address or IPv4 address pool using Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapterConfiguration, or configure the virtual network adapter for a static IPv4 address.