Free Tools for VMware Admins

Hey All, Here We are going to share the list of Free tools related to Performance, Network, Day to Day Support Utilities, Monitoring, Backup, Automation, Log Management and Inventory. These tools are very useful for any VMware admins for day to day operations while working on Virtualization Platform.

All products listed below are either free or open source which is easily available to download. You can click on Download link to get any of these tools.

Free Tools for VMware Admins

Tool Name

Purpose

Download Link

Description

VMware PowerCLI

Automation

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VMware PowerCLI is a powerful command-line
PowerShell interface developed by VMware that lets you automate all aspects
of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more.

VMware vRealize Orchestrator

Automation

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VMware vRealize Orchestrator is one of the
most powerful tools available to VMware administrators, and it doesn’t
require any licensing beyond your existing vCenter licenses. In a
drag-and-drop graphical user interface, vRealize Orchestrator allows us to
create workflows that can automate many of the tasks we do daily. Not only
that, but vRealize Orchestrator has a large library of plug-ins available
from VMware Solution Exchange that give you additional functionality for
third-party software and hardware in your environment.

VMware Auto Deploy

Automation

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Auto Deploy GUI is a front end interface to
the Auto Deploy/Stateless infrastructure. The Auto Deploy GUI is a vSphere
plug-in for the VMware vSphere Auto Deploy component. The GUI plug-in allows
a user to easily manage the setup and deployment requirements in a stateless
environment managed by Auto Deploy. Some of the features provided through the
GUI include the ability to add/remove Depots, list/create/modify Image
Profiles, list VIB details, create/modify rules to map hosts to Image
Profiles, check compliance of hosts against these rules and re-mediate hosts.

vCenter Certificate Automation Tool

Automation

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The SSL Certificate Automation Tool is a
command-line utility that automates the Self- or CA-signed certificate
renewal process.

vGhetto Script Repository

Automation

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It is a repository for vGhetto Scripts and
Perl/TK based vGhetto Client to vSphere

VMware vSphere Replication

Backup & DR

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Vmware vSphere Replication is a
hypervisor-based, asynchronous replication solution for vSphere virtual
machines. It fully integrates with VMware vCenter Server and the vSphere Web
Client.

Rsync

Backup & DR

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Rsync is a file transfer program capable
of efficient remote update via a fast differencing algorithm. Rsync compiled
for ESXi 5.1 and above, allows for extended copy options between local
datastores, delta transfers between ESXi hosts and delta transfers between an
ESXi host and any other server executing a compatible Rsync version.

RVTools

Inventory

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RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application
which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments.
Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server
4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.x, VirtualCenter
Appliance, ESX Server 5.x, VirtualCenter 6.0, ESX Server 6.0, VirtualCenter
6.5 and ESX Server 6.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU,
Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots,
VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches,
Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels,
Datastores, multipath info, license info and health checks. With RVTools you
can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and
update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest
version.

vSphere Syslog

Monitoring

 

Syslog is a way for network devices to send
event messages to a logging server – usually known as a Syslog server.
vSphere Syslog enable ESXi system logs to be directed to a server on the
network, rather than to a local disk.

VMware vRealize Log Insight

Monitoring & Health Check

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VMware vRealize Log Insight provides deep
operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual
and cloud environments.

Putty

Monitoring & Health Check

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PuTTY is a free implementation of SSH and
Telnet for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an
xterm terminal emulator.

vCheck

Monitoring & Health Check

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vCheck is a PowerShell HTML framework
script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into
the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your
inbox in a nice easily readable format.

Wireshark

Monitoring & Health Check

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Wireshark is Network Protocol Analyzer tool
which displays the insight of Network. It’s is a network packet analyzer. A
network packet analyzer will try to capture network packets and tries to
display that packet data as detailed as possible

I/O Analyzer

Performance

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VMware I/O Analyzer is an integrated
framework designed to measure storage performance in a virtual environment
and to help diagnose storage performance concerns. I/O Analyzer, supplied as
an easy-to-deploy virtual appliance, automates storage performance analysis
through a unified interface that can be used to configure and deploy storage
tests and view graphical results for those tests. I/O Analyzer can use
Iometer to generate synthetic I/O loads or a trace replay tool to deploy real
application workloads. It uses the VMware VI SDK to remotely collect storage
performance statistics from VMware ESX/ESXi hosts. Standardizing load
generation and statistics collection allows users and VMware engineers to
have a high level of confidence in the data collected.

Iometer

Performance

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Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and
characterization tool for single and clustered systems

Memory Performance Tester

Performance

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A Memory Performance Testing utility to
outline the speed of different types of memory

IOPS Calculator

Performance

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IOPS Calculator is a mobile device app
designed to allow general purpose modelling of performance and capacity of
disk drives and storage arrays. The Xtravirt IOPS Calculator is designed to
calculate the performance and capacity of disk drives and arrays making it
highly useful for sizing and configuring storage arrays for Virtual Desktops,
Cloud Infrastructure, Complex and large or high performance applications.

IOBlazer

Performance

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IOBlazer is a multi-platform storage stack
micro-benchmark. IOBlazer runs on Linux, Windows and OSX and it is capable of
generating a highly customizable workload. Parameters like IO size and
pattern, burstiness (number of outstanding IOs), burst interarrival time,
read vs. write mix, buffered vs. direct IO, etc., can be configured
independently. IOBlazer is also capable of playing back VSCSI traces captured
using vscsiStats. The performance metrics reported are throughput (in terms
of both IOPS and bytes/s) and IO latency.

FreeNAS

Storage

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FreeNAS is a powerful storage solution that
makes it easy to share movies and music, back up your photos, protect your
files and much, much more. Make your life easier by using FreeNAS to build
and set up the perfect home storage system that does exactly what you need.

OpenFiler

Storage

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Openfiler provides a simple way to deploy
and manage networked storage. Installing Openfiler results in a powerful
networked storage solution that exports your data via a full suite of
industry standard storage networking protocols. Openfiler lowers deployment
and maintenance costs for networked storage without compromising
functionality or performance.

FIleZilla

Support Utility

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FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable
cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an
intuitive graphical user interface.

WinSCP

Support Utility

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WinSCP is a popular SFTP client and FTP
client for Microsoft Windows! Copy file between a local computer and remote
servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.

Online IP Subnet Calculator

Support Utility

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The IP Subnet Mask Calculator enables
subnet network calculations using network class, IP address, subnet mask,
subnet bits, mask bits, maximum required IP subnets and maximum required
hosts per subnet.

vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

Support Utility

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The VMware vSphere Management Assistant
(vMA) is a prepackaged Linux virtual machine in which administrators can
deploy scripts and select third-party agents to manage ESX and ESXi systems.
Software included in vMA includes vSphere CLI and an authentication component
that supports non-interactive login. It also includes DCLI commands which
allow you to manage services that are available via the vSphere REST API and
are presented by the vSphere Automation SDK interfaces.

Rufus

Support Utility

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Rufus is a utility that helps format and
create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks,
etc.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

Support Utility

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vCenter Converter Standalone converts
physical machines and virtual machines to VMware virtual machines and
configures VMware virtual machines.

Virtualization Calculator

Support Utility

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This tool calculates the number of hosts in
a vSphere ESXi cluster based on the planned VM workload and host
configuration.

ESXTOP

Support Utility

Default with ESXi Host

ESXTOP is default utility in ESXi host when
you install it. ESXTOP provides live monitoring of your Virtual Environment
Resources.

VisualESXTop

Support Utility

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VisualEsxtop is an enhanced version of
resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX
hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more
advanced features.

VMware Workstation Player

Support Utility

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VMware Workstation Player builds on the
industry-leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined
user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in
a virtual machine

vSphere Content Library Assistance

Support Utility

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vSphere Content Library is a feature that
was introduced with vSphere 6.0. It provides a simple and effective way of
managing content, such as VM templates, vApps, ISO images, and others files.
Content Library can also distribute this content across sites and vCenter
Servers.

ImgBurn

Support Utility

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ImgBurn allow you to create and manage ISO
files to use with your VMs.

vSphere Configuration Backup

Support Utility

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vSphere Configuration Backup is an
automating tool for saving configurations of multiple ESXi and SQL databases.

VMware Permissions Tool (VPT)

Support Utility

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VPT provides an inventory of roles and
permissions that are available in a given VMware virtual infrastructure
setup.

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ESXi Compatibility Checker Released

Today we are going to  discuss about ESXi Compatibility Checker. As an admin one of the common task for us to to upgrade ESXi environment regularly.

As you know for any fresh installation or any upgrade in vSphere environment, Admin has to check and validated hardware compatibility list and product interoperability matrix. Admin has to understand the data and validate them one by one manually which is tedious, time consuming and often prone to manual error when done at scale.

To over come this a fling has been introduced which is a python script ,which can validate VMware hardware compatibility and upgrade issues of ESXi. It will make whole process simple and easy .The catch is that with help of simple command you can validate the compatibility of ESXi. Now lets see what is the requirement of ESXi Compatibility checker.

 

To download  and run please click on below link:

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-compatibility-checker

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