Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sending mail from Esx 3.x servers

So now i'm back from holiday and was wondering what has happened in my production ESX environment. Well thats not so easy to find out unless you have set up some logging and reporting.
To do that easy you need to be able to send emails from the ESX servers. By default that is disabled. But it is very easy to overcome. download the MIME-Lite-3-0-1 module from http://search.cpan.org/~yves/MIME-Lite-3.01/lib/MIME/Lite.pm install it by:
tar zxfv MIME-Lite-3.01.tar.gz
cd MIME-Lite-3.01
perl Makefile.PL
make test
make install
Then you should be ready to send mails by using the smtp_send.pl script from http://www.jeremypries.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-downloadMonitor/download.php?id=5
Then it should just be creating the reports you want in the various cron libraries.
Btw the esx-diag tool from Veem tells a great deal on the configuration status of your ESX servers.