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Remove Storage DRS override

  • 1.  Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 02:33 PM

    I am trying to remove Storage DRS overrides programmatically for some VMs, but I cannot seem to get it right.  Here is the function that I wrote that doesn't quite work right:

    Any help is appreciated.

     

    Function Local:Set-SDRSForSmallVM
    {
    param($vm)

    $datastoreClusterList = $vm | Get-DatastoreCluster
    if ( $datastoreClusterList )
    {
    foreach($datastoreCluster in $datastoreClusterList)
    {
    $dscName = $datastoreCluster.Name
    # The first thing that must be done is to see if the VM has an override set, and if so remove it
    # Copied some of this code from https://ryanjan.uk/2018/07/30/storage-drs-and-powercli-part-1-get-vm-overrides/
    $StoragePod = Get-View -ViewType "StoragePod" -Filter @{"Name" = "$dscName"}
    if ( $StoragePod)
    {
    $podVMConfig = $StoragePod.PodStorageDrsEntry.StorageDrsConfig.VmConfig
    $vmID = $vm.id
    $filteredList = $podVMConfig | Where-Object {$_.vm -eq $vmID}
    if ( $filteredList)
    {
    $pod = New-Object VMware.Vim.ManagedObjectReference
    $pod.Type = 'StoragePod'
    $pod.Value = $datastoreCluster.ExtensionData.MoRef.value
    $spec = New-Object VMware.Vim.StorageDrsConfigSpec
    $spec.VmConfigSpec = New-Object VMware.Vim.StorageDrsVmConfigSpec[] (1)
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0] = New-Object VMware.Vim.StorageDrsVmConfigSpec
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Operation = 'remove'
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info = New-Object VMware.Vim.StorageDrsVmConfigInfo
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.IntraVmAffinity = $true
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.Vm = New-Object VMware.Vim.ManagedObjectReference
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.Vm.Type = 'VirtualMachine'
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.Vm.Value = $vm.ExtensionData.MoRef.Value
    # The definition of this type is located here:
    #https://vdc-repo.vmware.com/vmwb-repository/dcr-public/3325c370-b58c-4799-99ff-58ae3baac1bd/45789cc5-aba1-48bc-a320-5e35142b50af/doc/vim.cluster.DrsConfigInfo.DrsBehavior.html

    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.Behavior = 'automated'
    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Info.Enabled = $true
    $modify = $true
    $_this = Get-View -Id 'StorageResourceManager-StorageResourceManager'
    try
    {
    $_this.ConfigureStorageDrsForPod_Task($pod, $spec, $modify) | Out-Null
    Start-sleep -seconds .1
    }
    catch
    {
    Start-sleep -seconds .1
    }

    $vmName = $vm.Name
    #Start-Sleep -seconds .1
    }
    #Start-Sleep -Seconds .1
    }


    }
    }

    }



  • 2.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 02:39 PM

    How did you call the Set-DRSForSmallVM function?
    How did you pass the parameter?
    Are you getting any error messages?



  • 3.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 02:43 PM

    I call it from the main body of my script passing a virtual machine object parameter. 

     Set-SDRSForSmallVM -VM $vm
     
    The error I am getting is:

    A specified parameter was not correct: spec.vmConfigSpec[0]

    In the GUI, nothing is being output in the Powershell Window as far as errors go.



  • 4.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 02:53 PM

    I will update the function to be a more correct advanced Powershell function when it works, and I have feeling I know what is causing the error, it just doesn't make sense to me.

    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Operation = 'remove'

    is supposed to be

    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Operation = 'add'
    if I use Developer Center but why would it be add when I want to remove the override?


  • 5.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 03:07 PM

    Now I'm confused.
    You used CodeCapture to capture the methods called by the Web Client.
    But what did you do in the Web Client?
    Add or remove settings for a specific VM?



  • 6.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 03:11 PM

    Sorry for the confusion LucD.

    In a datastore cluster I removed a VM that I no longer wanted to have an override and clicked remove.  That gave me the code and it included the operation

    $spec.VmConfigSpec[0].Operation = 'add'

    In my code I changed add to remove because I want to remove the rule.  Why would removing a SDRS override call the add operation and not the remove operation.



  • 7.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override
    Best Answer

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 03:42 PM

    Ok, I think I understand what causes the confusion.

    With CodeCapture you get the code the Web Client runs when a user performs an action.
    In my experience, the code used by the Web CLient is not always the most logical.
    But that is probably since the Web Client coders know vSphere much better than me.

    In your case, removing a VM from the SDRS overrides is done by 'adding' the VM with no properties set.
    So in fact, the Enabled property is $null.
    I suspect the SDRS code interprets this by removing the VM from the visible entries in the Web Client.
    But the VM, or better said it's MoRef, is still there.
    Just check for example $dsc.ExtensionData.PodStorageDrsEntry.StorageDrsConfig.VmConfig, and you'll notice that there is still an entry with the VM's MoRef in there. But none of the properties, like Enabled for example, is set. 

    To really remove a VM from that list, you need to use indeed the 'remove' operation.
    Something like this


    Long story short, using CodeCapture doesn't always produce the 'logical' code, but gives you the Web Client implementation 



  • 8.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Dec 29, 2020 04:04 PM

    Got it. Thanks a lot.  Some of these more complicated things are a ton more difficult to figure out.



  • 9.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 08:38 AM

    Hi,

    How do I remove all VMs from the Datastore Cluster VM Overrides list? I tried the script in another post (How to disable or remove VM from VMoverrides), but I got an error, and I believe that script targeted a Host Cluster and not a Datastore Cluster?



  • 10.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 09:09 AM

    And does the script in this thread not work for you?
    Have you read the info I added to my reply?



  • 11.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 09:51 AM

    Thanks for answering!
    I haven't tried the script in this post, since it seems to target only a specific VM, or am I wrong?
    I want to remove ALL VMs from the VM Override list for my datastore clusters.



  • 12.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 09:55 AM

    Now I have tried the script, and it works fine for a specific VM.
    How do I remove ALL VMs in the VM Overrides list?



  • 13.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 11:52 AM

    Can you try with



  • 14.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 12:29 PM

    Resulted in an error:

    Exception calling "ConfigureStorageDrsForPod" with "3" argument(s): "A specified parameter was not correct: spec.vmConfigSpec[0]"
    At C:\Users\hentho\Desktop\removeAllVMfromOverride.ps1:9 char:1
    + $StorResMgr.ConfigureStorageDrsForPod($dsc.ExtensionData.MoRef,$spec, ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : VimException



  • 15.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 04, 2023 03:57 PM

    Then try like this



  • 16.  RE: Remove Storage DRS override

    Posted Oct 05, 2023 10:58 AM

    It worked like a dream, many thanks!