These guys built something a while back. I think he has dropped offline now. (Parzee) https://youtu.be/C7JqzjEzVJo
It uses VMWare api?s
It was sort of a remote deployment tool
I have an email for the guy, will see what he?s up to. (If it still works)
From: cisco-voip <email@example.com> on behalf of Dave Goodwin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:50 am
To: Lelio Fulgenzi
Subject: Re: [cisco-voip] Automated cluster building? (devops tools)
It still exists - there is an Answer File Generator that builds a couple XML files that you put onto a virtual floppy (.flp) and attach to the VM. If everything has been done properly, no interaction inside the VM console is necessary, just power on the VM(s) with the ISO and FLP attached and wait. Here is a reference to the procedure and a link to the web-based Answer File Generator: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/voice_ip_comm/cucm/install/11_0_1/CUCM_BK_IDF93684_00_installing-cucm_1101/Installation_tasks.html#CUCM_RF_A74B96FC_00
You could also just use PCD which is free!
When it comes to automating the deployment of the VMs via the OVAs or some other means, I don't think Cisco has ever published any tools that do this piece. There are certainly publicly available vSphere APIs that I believe could be used to automate this part of the process. I'd love to find out if anyone has an example of something they've either bought or built that does this part. I'd love to buy a tool that completely automates the whole process of building out a set of Collaboration cluster apps (not just UCM, but others VM apps in the suite as well).
On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 3:41 PM Lelio Fulgenzi <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
When CUCMs were appliances, I remember there was an XML file you could build that would allow for an unattended install.
I was pretty sure there was something similar for OVAs?
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From: cisco-voip <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> On Behalf Of Nick Barnett
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 3:38 PM
Subject: [cisco-voip] Automated cluster building? (devops tools)
I'm looking into what we need in a non-prod environment and I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Has anyone used standard devops tools to automate the build of clusters? I doubt I'm going to find anything that would be an "IaaS for CUCM" that I can run at my company, but that's what I'm after.
What are other people doing for the problem of needing repeatable and quick development environments? There has to be a better way than building a new cluster from scratch, which can take hours. I can hit a button and deploy a full cluster of linux servers, all of the containers they need, DNS, the virtual network to connect them all, and everything else needed to be production ready (and it will be done in a few minutes), but I have to spend DAYS making a dev CUCM environment. What am I missing?
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