VMware – vCenter Database Pre-Upgrade Checker

Before you upgrade vCenter Server, you can run the VMware vCenter Database Pre-Upgrade Checker on your current vCenter Server database to reveal problems that could prevent the upgrade or affect the performance of your database after the upgrade. For more information see KB article 2004286

VMware – Fully automated ESXi installation

Tom Arentsen wrote some nice step-by-step articles about the PXE manager for vCenter fling http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-i/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-ii/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-iii/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-iv/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-v/ http://blog.arentcs.com/pxe-manager-part-vi/

VMware – Free compliance checker for vSphere

Check the compliance of your IT infrastructure against specific standards and best practices that are applicable for the environment. The Compliance Checker is a free, downloadable, fully-functional product for checking compliance of your environment to help you ensure that it remains secure and compliant. Download here


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VMware – Alive VM

As a VMware administrator, you spend up to 80% of your time isolating performance issues in your VMware environment. Diagnosing performance problems in VMware virtual infrastructures should take up far less of your valuable time. AliveVM is a revolution in real-time VMware performance management, providing sophisticated learning-based analytics and stunning …

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 …

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 http://vmwaresupport.toolbar.fm/   httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W875WccJ_E

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 …