Retaining Resource Pools using Webclient

So a few days ago I posted up an article about what happens if you disable DRS in a vCD environment…..

Well I stumbled across this article in VMware’s knowledgebase:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2032893

“Great”…… I thought….. “I can use the snapshot functionality within Webclient to capture the resource pools!”……the only problem is, upon deeper digging I stumbled across a blog entry by Frank Denneman:
http://frankdenneman.nl/2013/04/08/saving-a-resource-pool-structure-web-client-feature-not-suitable-for-vcd-environments/

Turns out that VMware knowledgebase article is great for standard vSphere environments, but it won’t work with vCloud environments….. >_<”
And this is all down to the old MoRef IDs I mentioned in my previous article about using SRM to protect your vCloud!
https://thevirtualunknown.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/protecting-your-cloud-vcloud-srm/

Unfortunately it seems that the ‘RP snapshot’ feature just captures the old tree structure of your resource pools and rebuilds a new tree structure, it doesn’t capture the old MoRef IDs which are so important as they are used to correlate objects between vCD and the underlying vSphere/vCenter layer… change the MoRef IDs and vCD won’t recognise the object as it won’t exist in the vCD DB.

Man…. VMware really need to sort out this MoRef issue! ;oP

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