Nov 21 2010

VMware – Free tools created by VMware

Free tools brought to you by VMware

VMark – Get an accurate measurement of application performance in virtualized environments with VMmark, the industry’s first virtualization benchmark for x86-based computers

vCenter Converter – of course we all know this appliance for easy P2V migrations

vSphere Management Assistant – allows administrators and developers to run scripts and agents to manage ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server systems.

PowerCLI – a powerful command line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more.

VMware Support Toolbar – have a direct way for all the necessary links, downloads, RSS feed news for all things from VMware. Compatible w/ Firefox, IE, and Safari

VMware SiteSurvey – Produces a report showing hardware compatibility and software configuration compatibility with advanced VMware features such as Fault Tolerance.

CPU Identification Utility – Displays CPU features for VMotion compatibility, EVC and indicates 64-bit VMware support.

VMware Studio – an integrated development tool that packages software applications into virtual appliances and vApps that are ready to run and optimized for VMware product platforms and the cloud.

VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.1 Sizing Estimator – get the right answer to your question whether to install the VMware vCenter Update Manager database on the same DB as vCenter DB or not. And also if yes or not to install VUM at the same host as the vCenter Server host

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Nov 21 2010

VMware – vSphere 4.1 reference card

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Oct 10 2010

VMware – 50,000-Seat VMware View 4.5 Deployment Reference Architecture

VMware released a 50,000-Seat VMware View Deployment Reference Architecture in partnership with NetApp, Wyse, Cisco and Fujitsu. The Reference Architecture has now been made available at VMware website:







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Oct 06 2010

VMware – Product Interoperability Matrix

The new VMware Product Interoperability Matrix currently allows you to see what versions of vCenter Server and ESX Server are compatible with the various different solutions from VMware. Using the online VMware Product Interoperability Matrix, it is possible to see what versions of ESX and vCenter Server are compatible with a wide range of existing VMware solutions.

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Oct 05 2010

VMware – Best practices for creating VMware View “Golden Master” Images

Creating "Golden Master" images can be broken down into two main parts

  • Optimizing the VM within ESX
  • Optimizing the Operating System

For a complete overview see Best practices for creating VMware View "Golden Master" Images

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Sep 04 2010

VMware Capacity Planner Overview

VMware Capacity Planner is a business and IT capacity planning tool for the datacenter and desktop that provides an integrated set of analysis, planning and decision support functions to enable faster, measurable and more accurate infrastructure assessment services.

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Aug 03 2010

VMware – Support Toolbar

The VMware Support Toolbar gives you instant access to documentation, patches, live peer to peer chat and more.

It can be downloaded at


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Jun 17 2010

VMware – vscsiStats

vscsiStats can be used to perform storage performance analyses. vscsiStats collects and reports counters on storage activity. Its data is collected at the virtual SCSI device level in the kernel. This means that results are reported per VMDK (or RDM) irrespective of the underlying storage protocol.

How to start it up

Open a putty session to your ESX server

Get help on vscsiStats: /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vscsiStats -h

Start collecting statistics (collection stops after 30 minutes): /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vscsiStats -s -w <worldgroupID>

To find the worldgroupID of the Virtual Machine you want to monitor: /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vscsiStats -l

Display counters: /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vscsiStats -p <histotype> -c

histotypes can be one of the following: all, ioLength, seekDistance, outstandingIOs, latency, interarrival

the option -c will use a comma as delimiter

See also

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Jun 06 2010

VMware – Powershell

How te get started with Powershell.

  1. Download and install Powershell from
    1. Powershell 1.0:
    2. Powershell 2.0:
  2. Add Registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell\ExecutionPolicy and set to “RemoteSigned” (REG_SZ)
  3. Download and install VMware PowerCLI from
  4. Download and install vEcoshell from
  5. Download and install VMWare community Powerpack from
  6. References:
    1. Powershell Reference Card from Icomasoft at
    2. VMWare VSphere PowerCLI cmdlets reference:
    3. Mike Laverick’s Powershell Whitepaper:
    6. Example scripts can be found at PowerPack from Alan Renouf on Vimeo.

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Apr 23 2010

VMware – vSphere 4.0 reference card

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