ViewVmEvents is a python script that can be used to view a specific event related to a VMware virtual machine. The events type can be one of the following: Reboot, Shutdown or Standby.
I was experimenting with the Pyvmomi SDK for the VMware vSphere API, on how I can quickly view a virtual machine event without going through the manual process of connecting to the vSphere Web Client => Login => Search …
How it Work ?
The managed object that is used to collect the events is the EventManager with the QueryEvents method, but before you can do this, you should build an Event Filter Specification using EventFilterSpec() method and then configure it’s properties.
The following code snippet is responsible for doing this:
... eMgrRef = content.eventManager filter = vim.event.EventFilterSpec.ByEntity(entity=v, recursion="self") filter_spec = vim.event.EventFilterSpec() filter_spec.eventTypeId = str(eventType[args.event]) filter_spec.entity = filter event_res = eMgrRef.QueryEvents(filter_spec) ...
The script can run on Windows or Linux and it take the following arguments:
vCenter vCenter Server FQDN or IP UserName Username to connect to the vCenter Password Password to connect to the vCenter VirtualMachine Virtual machine name (Case-sensitive) EventType Event type: Reboot, Shutdown, Standby
If you specify the correct informations, the script will then search for the virtual machine and print any event that you specify.
Here is a simple output from running the script on my home lab:
You can get the script from my Github repo.