Top 10 Free VMware Tools Review

Wow, I have to say this was a very informative webinar with two vExperts – David Davis and Kendrick Coleman.

You know when you’re a VMware admin its sometimes good to get away from the cloud and get your head in a different arena. New scenery is always a nice thing.

They explained the tools briefly and effectively. They noted use cases, features, and gave a good overall summary of a lot of the tools. Some of the tools are returning favorites like Veeam, PowerGUI, and well vGhetto.

Some of them were new like VMturbo’s Community Edition appliance which I thought was a no-brainer. I worked with VMturbo before in our own company and was pretty impressed with the product. Also, the new IPAD app was also on their list but as you know I am not an Apple fan at all. It’s a good product but I just don’t buy into proprietary stuff (My Opinion). What interesting were the tools that were mentioned on his prior list that I would’ve liked to look into.

I think over all I am going to test some of these tools very soon and in fact I have already downloaded them. One tool I have been using is RVtools. This tools is pretty incredible IMO. It’s really fast at gathering data and does a good bit of remediating off hand and in fact I will probably place it on my remediation list for tools. In the matter of literally a few seconds you can find out things like:

  1. Snapshots
  2. VM Disk space
  3. Datastore Space
  4. General health problems
  5. VMware tools status
  6. Full auditing of your environment (host and VMs)

It’s a pretty invaluable tool to quickly gather all that data and put in a form that you can export and keep. The next tools I am going to check out is probably going to be the vkernel tools and Veeam. Others I will look into when I finish completing my lab set up. The biggest issue we face with testing some of these really cool tools like VMturbo and vKernel is that they require a Linux OVF/OVA format. Being that our cloud is “Highly” secured the compliance list for these things can be a mile long and well bringing them to compliance will just be a headache. So for now we will probably stick with Windows based applications because we already have those security compliant. Plus we can probably run them on our desktops for testing puposes.

I also want to use the VMware Guest Console simply because it really overcomes the hassle of learning how to script things and really gives you flexibility to overcome certain obstacles..

At the end of the day I thought this webinar was really informative and helpful and I would like to wish them and the makers of the tools a big THANKS for making VMware admins life all over the world.. easier πŸ™‚

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on Β and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~


About Chad King

I am an IT professional working in the industry for over 10 years. Starting in Microsoft Administration and Solutions I was also a free lance consultant for small businesses. Since I first saw virtualization I have always been fascinated by the concept. I currently specialize in VMware technology. I consult daily on many different types of VMware Solutions. I have experience in all domains related to virtualization and cloud solutions. From help desk, administration, engineering, implementation, and design allowing me to provide creative solutions with the understanding and gaps at all levels.

Posted on October 26, 2011, in vOperations, vSphere 4, vSphere 5 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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