Clone a VMware’s VM without vCenter in ESXi 5.x by commands (The official way)

I will show the procedure by cloning a snapshot of a vm since this is a little more tricky than cloning just a single vm.

First let’s make a snapshot of my Xp3 vm. Right click the vm and make a snapshot, let’s call it “mySnapshot”. Of course you don’t need to do this if you just want to clone a single vm. After that, shutdown the vm otherwise the files will be locked.

vm snapshot

Now enable the ssh service on your ESXi by going to the configuration tab and the security policy option. Just start it for the moment, you don’t need to set it to start automatically. Use a ssh client like putty and connect to the hypervisor. Browse the folder under /vmfs/volumes path. It should look like this

datastores

so type

cd /vmfs/volumes
ls -la

in my case I have two datastores and my Xp3 vm is in datastore2, so let’s get into it.

Xp3 vm and snapshot

cd datastore2
ls -la

As you can see now, there are more than one vmdk disk files, the flat vmdk, the delta vmdk and the vmdk descriptor file (the Xp3-000001.vmdk file in our example), along with the memory snapshot and various control and log files. What we should use here as a source file is the descriptor file that points to our snapshot. If you didn’t have a snapshot, the source file would be the vmdk descriptor file of your vm, Xp3.vmdk.

Now, what I need to do is clone my Xp3 snapshot to a new Xp4 vm. First create the destination folder in datastore2 folder and type in the following commands

mkdir Xp4

and clone the disk file

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore2/Xp3/Xp3-000001.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/datastore2/Xp4/Xp4.vmdk -d thin

if it was a single vm without a snapshot, you should run

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore2/Xp3/Xp3.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/datastore2/Xp4/Xp4.vmdk -d thin

if you list the files in the destination folder you will see the new flat file and the descriptor file.

cloned disk files

The actual syntax of vmkfstools command is

vmkfstools -i source_path destination_path -d disk_format -a adapter_type

type man vmkfstools for more on this command

Finally create a new vm and force the use of an existing disk file.

create new vm

use existing virtual disk

select the cloned vmdk

You are ready to power it on.

power on

if you list the folder of the cloned vm you will see something like that

cloned vm files

Don’t forget to use sysprep command in windows to generalize your new virtual machine.

Reference: VMWare’s website article

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Cloning virtual machines in vCenter Server

Purpose

This article provides basic instructions for cloning virtual machines in your VMware vSphere or VMware Infrastructure environment.

Resolution

To clone a virtual machine currently stored in the infrastructure:

Note: To be able clone a virtual machine, you must be connected to vCenter Server. You cannot clone virtual machines if you connect directly to an ESXi host.

  1. Open and log into the VMware vSphere or Infrastructure Client.
  2. Locate the virtual machine you wish to clone in the inventory.
  3. Establish if you will be cloning the virtual machine while it is powered on (live) or off.For VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 2 and later, a live clone option is available. You may proceed with the virtual machine either powered on or off. Power it down to reduce snapshot storage requirements and ensure all disk transactions are committed to the clone. Live clones can be expected to result in a slightly out-of-date destination virtual machine, where data recorded (to snapshot delta disks, during the clone operation) is not committed to the destination copy.

    For prior versions of VMware VirtualCenter however, you must power down the virtual machine in order to clone it.

  4. Right-click the virtual machine and select Clone from the context menu.
  5. Follow the on-screen wizard and either clone the entire virtual machine to a single location, or relocate specific virtual machine disks to other locations.
  6. Complete the wizard to begin the clone operation.

Warning: Before you power on the virtual machine clone, understand the following:

  • Virtual machines clones are issued a new Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID). This affects user scripts and API calls to the UUID of the virtual machine.
  • Virtual machines clones are issued new MAC addresses for attached virtual network adapters. This may have an effect on software or licensing that is sensitive to MAC address changes.
  • Guest operating systems for virtual machine clones may share computer names and static IP addresses with their original counterparts. Be sure to account for this prior to power-on.

Difference Between vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5

This Post will explain you to understand the key differences between vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5. vSphere 5.5 is introduced with lot of new and enhanced features along with increased configuration maximums. The below table helps you to compare the differences between vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5 for various features and configuration maximums between the two versions of vSphere.

Features vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.5
Physical CPUs per host 160 320
Physical RAM per host 2  TB 4 TB
NUMA nodes per host 8 16
Maximum vCPUs per host 2048 4096
VMDK Size 2TB 62 TB
Max Size of Virtual RDM 2TB 62 TB
VM Hardware Version 9 10
40 GBps physical Adapter support No yes
ESXi Free version RAM limit 32 GB  unlimited
ESXi Free version maximum vSMP 8-way virtual SMP 8-way virtual SMP
16 GB fibre channel End-to-End support Support to run these HBAs at 16Gb. However, there is no support for full, end-to-end 16Gb connectivity from host to array. Yes
APP HA No Yes
vFlash Read Cache support No Yes
VMware VSAN support No Yes
Expanded v-GPU and G-GPU support only NVIDIA NVIDIA, AMD and Intel GPU
vCenter Server Appliance With
Embedded Database support upto
5 Hosts and 50 Virtual
Machines
100 Hosts and 3000 Virtual
Machines
Microsoft Windows 2012 Cluster Support No Yes
PDL (Permanent Device Loss) AutoRemove No Intoduced in vSphere 5.5
Graphics acceleration support for Linux
Guest OS
No Yes
Hot-pluggable SSDPCIe devices No Yes
Support for Reliable Memory Technology No Yes
CPU C-state Enhancement Host power management leveraged only the performance state (P-state), which kept the
processor running at a lower frequency and voltage
Processor power state (C-state)
also is used, providing additional power savings
and increased Performance
 LSI SAS support for Oracle Solaris 11 OS No Yes
vSphere Big Data Extensions No Yes
SATA-based virtual device nodes via
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) support
No Yes (Support upto 120
devices per VM)
Improved LACP Support one LACP group per
distributed switch
Supports up to 64
Multiple point-in-time replicas vSphere Replication kept
only the most recent copy
of a virtual machine
Version 5.5 can keep up to
24 historical snapshots

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101 Free Tools for VMware Administrators

After a hard work, Finally prepared a Post with 101 free tools which are absolutely  free. This tools helps VMware administrators to manage the virtual environment efficiently and intelligently. You will be able to complete your assigned tasks in a inspired way as compared to others with the use of this below tools. The below long list contains various  varieties of free tools including Monitoring Tools ,Backup Tools, Storage tools like (iSCSI & NAS), Health Monitor tools, Cloud related tools, security tools, log management tools, Disk Management tools, Storage monitoring tools, Consolidation tools, Hardware Management tools, Compliance Monitoring tools, Troubleshooting tools, Scripting Tools, Free VMware Visio stencils ,Virtual Machine Management tools and lot of Tiny tools to simplify the VMware administration.

Tool Name

Features of the Tool

Veeam Backup Free Edition
for VMware and Hyper-v
With Veeam Backup Free Edition, you can quickly

  • Backup, archive or copy a VM—without pausing or powering it off
  • Restore data from inside a VM
  • Restore from backups or SAN snapshots
  • Migrate and manage VMs and files
  • All in one easy-to-use tool that’s completely free.
Veeam ONE Free Edition for VMware & Hyper-V With Veeam one Free Edition, you can Monitor

  • 24×7 real-time monitoring and alerts
  • Easy documentation and management reporting
  • Saves time and cost
  • Predefined and customizable dashboards
  Veeam Stencils for VMware and Hyper-V Veeam Software provides a free collection of VMware and Hyper-V virtualization Visio stencils that can be used by ESX administrators, system integrators and datacenter managers to create their own diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2003, 2007 or 2010 as part of your Hyper-V or VMware deployment planning.
Veeam Management Pack for VMware Veeam Management Pack(MP) extends deep VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications – all from one console.Veeam MP integrates fully with VMware and System Center, enabling all System Center functionality—including alerts, diagrams, dashboards, reporting, auditing, notifications, responses and automation.
Veeam FastSCP Veeam FastSCP can copy files over 6 times faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools

  • Fast VM / File Transfer
  • Simple ESX File Management
    Integration with Veeam Backup
    Secure Connection
Solarwinds Free VM Monitor VM Monitor Highlights:

  • Quickly check the health of your VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V host by monitoring CPU, memory utilization, number of virtual machines configured and running, and much more
  • View detailed virtual machine health statistics including VM name, guest OS, and VM state, as well as processor, memory, and network usage
Solarwinds Free VM-to-Cloud Calculator VM-to-Cloud Calculator Highlights:

  • Automatically inventory your virtual machines and capturing description, CPU, memory, storage, and count
  • Compare cost estimates from Amazon EC2, Windows Azure, and Rack space Cloud Servers
  • Easily generate updated estimates as your virtualized infrastructure evolves
Solarwinds Free VM Console Free VM Console Highlights:

  • Bounce (shutdown & restart) VMs without logging into vCenter or vSphere
  • Get end-to-end visibility into your VMware environment—from vCenter through ESX hosts to VM guests
  • Track the real-time up/down status of your VMs from your desktop — without logging into VMware apps
Free Cloud Performance Monitor Powered by CopperEgg Free Cloud Performance Monitor Powered by CopperEgg Highlights

  • Fast, non-stop, real-time monitoring
  • Server-resident, small footprint, no polling, push-only
  • Delivered as a SaaS service
  • Simple and easy installation. 5-seconds and you are up!
Unitrends Enterprise Backup Free Edition:

  • Protect 4 VMS
  • Free forever – no expiration
  • Online support only

NFR (Not for Resale) Edition:

  • Eligibility: VCPs, VCIs, vExperts, MVPs, MCPs
  • Protect 2 sockets and 2 physical servers
  • Phone, e-mail and online support
  • 1-year expiration (renewable along with certification)
PhdVirtual  Virtual SAN Virtual SAN appliance for VMware ESX 3 Server provides the benefits of shared VMFS storage without the cost of a SAN.
PhdVirtual Patch Downloader for ESX Patch Downloader simplifies the task of downloading patches for various VMware ESX versions by automating the task.
VMTurbo’s

Virtual Health Monitor

VMTurbo Virtual Health Monitor is the only FREE real-time performance monitoring solution without limitations of how broadly it can be deployed or which hypervisor platform it runs on. It enables you to:

  • Gain visibility into your entire infrastructure
  • See and identify problems in real time
  • Generate performance and efficiency reports
Trilead VM Explorer Trilead VM Explorer is a uniquely simple and flexible back-up solution for your infrastructure. It is easy to configure and offers powerful functionalities. VM Explorer® even supports the ESXi free edition for full back-ups. Maximum 2 host support in Free edition

  • Job scheduling made easy
  • Flexible Configuration
  • Dynamic Compression
  • Full and incremental backups
  • Replication for disaster recovery
  • File level restoration
Xangati for vSphere – Free Xangati for vSphere – Free can help you tackle the following issues:

  • Tracking which VM’s IOPS surge is bogging down a high latency datastore
  • Identifying where you have underutilized capacity that can be re-allocated
  • Zeroing in on which processes are driving a CPU spike on a Windows VM and much more.
Xtravirt vAlarm for vSphere vAlarm for vSphere is a Windows based application which monitors alarms generated by VMware vCenter, and provides visual alerts via a smart notification bubble on the desktop where installed as it happens.
It removes the need to actively watch management consoles, and reduces the risk of missing that system generated message amongst the dozens of other emails received every day.
Xtravirt Presentation Pack for VMware Presentation Pack for VMware is a huge package of exquisitely detailed icons including virtual infrastructure, conventional IT equipment and many more high quality objects.
Provided in flexible formats for Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, together with a set designed especially for Visio, your diagrams and illustrations will be the showcase of any document or presentation.
Xtravirt Document Downloader for VMware Document Downloader for VMware is a handy utility which maintains a local repository of VMware product documentation on your PC, making it an ideal tool for consultants or administrators that require offline access to those resources.
Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition includes:

  • Snapshot Explorer
  • Storage Explorer
  • Change Explorer
  • Environment Explorer
  • vScope Explorer
  • SearchMyVM Explorer
PowerGUI Graphical User Interface & Script Editor for Microsoft Windows PowerShell. PowerGUI is the freeware tool administrators need to speed PowerShell adoption, and harness the power of PowerShell to efficiently manage their entire Windows environment. PowerGUI simplifies management with an intuitive user console that includes Point, Click, Script™ for quickly building scripts using only a mouse.
Workspace Assessment from Quest Take the first step toward a successful desktop virtualization project with free Workspace Assessment .
Is the transition from physical to virtual desktops a smart move for your organization? Do you want to know which of the many desktop virtualization deployment options will be the best fit for your users, applications and machines? Our Workspace Assessment provides the insight you need to make well-informed decisions. And it’s free!
IgniteFreeVm from ignitefree IgniteFreeVM is the only free VMware performance monitoring tool linking visibility of the database, virtual server, physical server, and storage layers.
vOptimizer Waste Finder vOptimizer Waste Finder quickly locate and reclaim over-allocated VM storage and dramatically reduce unnecessary storage costs and also improves VM performance, reduces time spent managing virtual storage, and eliminates risks of poor virtual storage management practices.

  • Provides visibility of the total amount and value of over-allocated VM storage
  • Reclaims wasted VM storage (shrinking VM disk files) for use by other applications and business units
vDisk Informer from Virtualize Planet vDisk Informer demonstrates which virtual disks have potentially wasted space on them and which virtual disks are misaligned causing a performance impact.
Thinware vBackup Thinware vBackup is an enterprise grade backup solution for virtual infrastructure that can be easily implemented in any size environment.

  • Reduce backup costs.
  • Reduce down-time.
  • Agent-free configuration
  • Utilizes Off-host processing.

VMDK Stub File Generator

A free trouble-shooting tool for VMware administrators. Often times the VMDK stub file is either corrupt or removed by mistake making the -flat.vmdk unusable even though all of the user data is still contained within it. This new stub file generator is an absolute necessity when a corrupt VMDK file prevents you from accessing your flat file backup data.
The PHD Virtual Stub File Generator lets you recreate the .vmdk STUB file so that you can re-attach and access the data in the -flat.vmdk.
  RVTools RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks.
  svfAlarms A windows utility to allow the export and import of VMware vCenter Alarms.

ESXi-Customizer

ESXi-Customizer is a user-friendly script that automates the process of customizing the ESXi install-ISO with drivers that are not originally included. Unlike other scripts and manuals that are available for this purpose ESXi-Customizer runs entirely on Windows and does not require any knowledge of or access to Linux.

VMware Scanner v.1.4

This is a simple utility to scan for VMware Servers (ESX, ESXi, VirtualCenter and VMware Server). It uses the VMware API to identify a VMware server and query the product name, version and build number.

vAudit 1.5

vAudit is a utility for VMware View environments (3.01 and 3.1). The tool will display when your users are logging in to their virtual machines and it can also display and unsuccessful login attempts. Version 1.5 includes the option to export the data to a comma separated file.

VMware CPU Host Info 2.01 This tools will allow you to read out all CPU information from all your ESX Servers by querying your VC server. It will show what features are available on your CPUs and if they are compatible to vmotion VMs and if FT is supported.
ITQ VLan and Portgroup Manager

This application in C# based on the new ESX3.x /VC2.x SDK. It allows you to easily setup all port groups and VLan IDs on all your ESX Servers. You can first read out (use the export feature) the network settings of a single ESX Host. With that information you can then setup all your other servers.

VCplus

VCplus is a program (windows service) that can add additional information into your VirtualCenter environment. Currently it can add Disk Usage within the VM, is snapshot is present and snapshot size and it can sync DNS name with display name

Virtual MAC Tools

To keep the MAC address of your virtual machines persistent, you can use Virtual MAC Tools to achieve this without manually editing .VMX file of virtual machine.

VM Time

A small utility that measures the time within a Virtual Machine and the time of the Host it is running on. It will report on any time differences between the two. Nice for testing and checking if the VM really knows what time it is and detect any ‘time drifting’

VM PerfMon

This is a simple program to actually measure the actual performance within a VM. It uses the VI3 GuestSDK and shows a graph of the actual CPU usage (not what the VM thinks, but real world usage) and displays in text more information about memory and CPU usage.

vmclient

A lightweight tool which enables you to control the power of your virtual machines, it’s also capable of presenting the MKS console of your virtual machine

VCE Vblock Visio Stencils

These stencils can be used by partners for presentations to show they are Vblock Qualified or by parent companies to show validated diagrams.
Openfiler Openfiler is a powerful, intuitive browser-based network storage software distribution. Openfiler delivers file-based Network Attached Storage and block-based Storage Area Networking in a single framework.

StarWind iSCSI SAN Free Edition

StarWind iSCSI SAN Free is an iSCSI Target that converts any Windows server into a SAN. This tool provides the wide range of storage management and data protection features. If you want to deploy iSCSI SAN in your testing lab, for personal use or educational purposes, and evaluate this technology, you can do so completely free with StarWind. The solution is designed for use with the market leading server virtualization platforms – VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix.
StarWind V2V Converter

StarWind Converter is a downloadable V2V conversion tool for virtual machines. You can use it to convert VMDK to VHD files and VHD to VMDK as well as to IMG file, which is a native StarWind format. This is a very simple but useful file conversion tool that will convert virtual hard drive images from VMware’s VMDK format into the Microsoft’s VHD format. It is a sector by sector copy operation from one format to the other. It does not modify the source image and will leave it so you can continue to use it.

  FreeNAS

FreeNAS is a powerful, flexible home storage system – configured by you, for your needs.From inexplicable file system incompatibilities to the mystery of the missing crossover cable, everyone knows the pain of trying to share files between different operating systems. Luckily, FreeNAS is here to make make the solution simple.Whether it’s streaming music and movies, backing up a desktop, or syncing files over the web, FreeNAS provides the tools to help you build the perfect file storage appliance for your home!

  Loadstorm

It’s a pretty simple utility to generate CPU and/or memory load within a virtual machine (or a physical server if you are still living in the dark ages). You can specify the number of threads to generate for CPU load and the approximate load each thread generates. You can also specify how much memory you want the application to consume. There’s a timer so you can configure it to only generate the specified load for a set period of time, and system memory utilization and system/per core CPU utilization indicators within the application.

SyslogAppliance

SyslogAppliance is a ready to run logging system which can be deployed right “out of the box”. Just plug it into any VMWare environment and enjoy receiving log messages from a variety of sources, including Routers, Firewalls and even Windows event logs. It is a great troubleshooting, reporting, analysis and capacity planning tool.

ManageEngine  Free VM configuration Tool

VMware Configuration Tool helps administrators to monitor VMware ESX 4.0 & VMware ESX 4.1 hosts and it can manage/configure some important attributes of the virtual machines available in the host machine. Parameters that can be managed/configured for a virtual machine(s) using this tool are as follows:Power Operations
CPU – Configuration
Memory – Configuration
Rename Virtual Machine

ManageEngine VM Health Monitor Free Tool

Using VM Health Monitor Tool, You will be able to perform:

Monitor VMware ESX server
Monitor VMware ESXi server
VMware host resources like CPU, Memory, Disk Details
Monitor Virtual Machine(VM ) and Guest OS Resources
Network Bandwidth Usage Monitoring
Real time monitoring tool
Easy to learn and use

Jam Software’s

HeavyLoad

Free Stress Test Tool for Your PC
  GParted GParted is a free partition manager that enables you to resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss.

UBERAlign

UBERAlign is the tool for VMware Virtual Machine alignment and Space Reclamation
  SteelBytes  HD_Speed HD_Speed Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. Realtime graphical display.

FalconStor’s  Free iSCSI SAN software

FalconStor iSCSI Virtual SAN Appliance enables you to use shared storage without requiring additional storage arrays, SAN switches, or HBAs.

StorMagic’s SvSAN for VMware

SvSAN Provides a single shared data store on your existing servers disk or other direct attached storage device.

Netwrix VMware Change Reporter

Netwrix VMware Change Reporter provides virtual machine monitoring solutions to audit what changes were applied to your virtual environment, who made them, and where. Detailed reports help control VM sprawl and sustain regulatory compliance. See how your organization can benefit from Netwrix virtual machine monitoring tool.

Iometer

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

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

ImgBurn

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

Winscp

Winscp is a free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows.

PuTTY

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

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Solution Accelerator is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the IT pro or solution provider who wants to convert VMware-based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and disks.

HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter

HP Insight Control Storage Module for VMware vCenter is a plug-in for VMware’s vCenter management console which enables the VMware administrator to quickly obtain context-aware information about the HP storage in their VMware environment directly from within vCenter.

Free ISO Creator

With Free ISO Creator, you can easily create ISO image from any files and folders (with the subfolders). Free ISO Creator is one of the best solution to create ISO file.

  MagicISO  Maker

MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and it can convert bin to iso and back.  as well as make ISO file from DVD/CD-ROM or hard disk, and handle bootable information at meanwhile.

Free WinISO Maker

Free WinISO Maker  is the first CD image file Editing tool , which allows you to open, edit, create, extract, and convert ISO files, and make bootable ISO files. It can be served as Free ISO Maker,

vSphere Plugin Wizard

vSphere Plugin Wizard allows you to create a tabbed plug-in of your favorite website or admin page.

  VMware Lab’s ESXi Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is a project that provides two-factor authentication by using both a PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module) module and a mobile application for generating one-time pass codes. In ESXi Google Authenticator, we modified the source code of Google-Authenticator to enable two-step authentication on ESXi (5.0, 5.1).

VMware Lab’s I/O Analyzer

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.
VMware Lab’s  Statsfeeder

Statsfeeder is a tool that enables performance metrics to be retrieved from vCenter and sent to multiple destinations, including 3rd party systems.

vCenter 5.1 Pre-Install Check Script

This is a PowerShell script written to help customers validate their environment and assess if it is ready for a 5.1.x upgrade. The script checks against known misconfiguration and issues raised with VMware Support.

Auto Deploy GUI

Auto Deploy GUI is a front end interface to the Auto Deploy/Stateless infrastructure.

VMware Lab’s Makyo

Makyo lets you copy virtual machines and vApps from one vCenter Server to another using a wizard in the vSphere Web Client. The said copy operation from one vCenter Server to another is done by starting an OVF export operation on the source server and an import OVF operation on the target server. No intermediate files are created when you copy a virtual machine or a vApp. The fling is installed as a plugin to the vSphere Web Client

VMware Boomerang

VMware Boomerang is a radically simple client application that allows you to use multiple vSphere servers simultaneously. Simply select “Add a Server…” to connect and login to an ESX server, vCenter server, or View Connection Server and you will be presented with a list of all available virtual machines.

VMware Guest Reclaim

Guest Reclaim reclaims dead space from NTFS volumes hosted on a thin provisioned SCSI disk. The tool can also reclaim space from full disks and partitions, thereby wiping off the file systems on it. As the tool deals with active data, please take all precautionary measures understanding the SCSI UNMAP framework and backing up important data.

  vCenter Inventory Snapshot

Inventory Snapshot allows a user to “snapshot” a given vCenter inventory configuration and then reproduce it. The “inventory” includes the Datacenter folders, datacenters, clusters, resource pools, vApps, hierarchy, roles and permissions, configuration settings, and custom fields. In other words, if you have an inventory with a given set of hosts and VMs organized into a group of clusters, we can faithfully reproduce this environment, including the cluster settings and custom roles you may have defined.

ESX System Analyzer

The ESX System Analyzer is a tool designed to help administrators plan a migration from ESX to ESXi. It analyzes the ESX hosts in your environment and, for each host, collects information on factors that pertain to the migration process

   VMware Onyx

Onyx is a standalone application that serves as a proxy between the vSphere Client and the vCenter Server. It monitors the network communication between them and translates it into an executable PowerShell code. Later, this code could be modified and saved into a reusable function or script.

VMware vBenchmark

vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure transmission.

VMware CloudFS

CloudFS is a prototype replicated and distributed storage system for the VMware ESX platform. It allows VMs to run using local storage, without any single points of failure. CloudFS has been described in the research papers “Lithium: Virtual Machine Storage for the Cloud” at SoCC 2010 in Indianapolis, and “Scalable virtual machine storage using local disks” in the December 2010 issue of ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review.

VMware vCenter Mobile Access

VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) is a fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that is required to manage your datacenter from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets (iPad). Using either a mobile browser or the native iPad application, administrators can now perform various troubleshooting and remediation activities in their VMware environments from anywhere in the world.
CloudCleaner

vCloud Director (vCD for short) relies heavily on the vCenter Servers and host machines it uses. And there may be times when you want to “uninstall” all traces of vCD from your servers and machines. CloudCleaner is a free product that helps restore these systems to a clean state. It selectively (or completely) removes all vCD-created virtual machines, resource pools, network pools, and networks. It can also unprepare  hosts that have been prepared by vCD.

PXE Manager for vCenter

PXE Manager for vCenter enables ESXi host state (firmware) management and provisioning. Specifically, it allows:
Automated provisioning of new ESXi hosts stateless and statefull (no ESX)
ESXi host state (firmware) backup, restore, and archiving with retention
ESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)
ESXi Patch management
Multi vCenter support  and Much More…

VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter

VMware vCenter XVP Manager and Converter provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. It also simplifies and enables easy migrations of virtual machines from non-vSphere virtualization platforms to VMware vSphere.

VMware Guest Console

VMware Guest Console (VGC) can be used as Task Manager for Virtual Machines and can be used for Mass Deployment by copying and executing  scripts to multiple Guest OS ,File explorer,Snapshot Manager, VM Manager and Inventory.

ESXPlot

Esxplot is a GUI-based tool that lets you explore the data collected by esxtop in batch mode. The program loads files of this data and presents it as a hierarchical tree where the values are selectable in the left panel of the tool, and graphs of the selected metrics are plotted in the right panel.

IOBlazer

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.

VMware SiteSurvey

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

CPU Identification Utility

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

VMware Support Toolbar

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

VMware vCenter Converter

VMware vCenter Converter Automates and simplifies physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware vCenter Converter. Use the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware vCenter Converter to transform your physical machines to virtual machines.

Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi 5.1)

Get started with free virtualization. VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a production-ready hypervisor that lets you virtualize your servers, helping you save time and money on managing your IT infrastructure. Built on the world’s smallest and most robust architecture, VMware vSphere ESXi, the vSphere Hypervisor, sets the industry standard for reliability, performance and ecosystem support. Consolidate your applications onto fewer servers and start saving money through reduced hardware, power, cooling and administration costs.

VMware Player VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software. VMware Player is free for personal use.
vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

The vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) allows administrators and developers to run scripts and agents to manage ESXi hosts and vCenter Server systems. vMA is a virtual machine that includes prepackaged software, a logging component, and an authentication component that supports non-interactive login.

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Free Compliance Checkers

Free Compliance Checkers are based on VMware vCenter Configuration Manager and can be used to manage configuration compliance requirements in your environment . Each free checker includes compliance assessment for a single standard and can only assess a small number of hosts or VMs (depending on checker) at the same time. To use any of the available checkers simply download the selected checker to a Windows desktop.

VMware vSphere PowerCLI

VMware vSphere PowerCLI is a powerful command-line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more. PowerCLI is distributed as a Windows PowerShell snapin, and includes over 370 PowerShell cmdlets for managing and automating vSphere and vCloud.

VMware VMmark

VMmark is a free tool that hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors and other organizations use to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments. Get an accurate measurement of your virtual datacenter performance with VMmark , the industry’s first virtualization platform benchmark for x86-based computers.

VMware vCenter Support Assistant

VMware vCenter Support Assistant is a FREE plug-in for vCenter Server that provides an easy-to-use, secure, one-stop shop BOTH for creating and managing service requests AND generating and uploading logs.

VMware Posters

This page is dedicated to the VMware posters which were created by Technical Marketing and have been released at VMworld and VMUGs around the world, this is a central place to find the latest versions of the PDF versions which can be used for reference or printed off as needed.

VMware vCenter Update Manager Sizing Estimator

VMware vCenter Update Manager Sizing Estimator  will help you estimate the size of your VUM database, patch store and temporary disk space. It will also give you recommendations on where to place your VUM database and if you should install VMware Update Manager on your vCenter server.
ThinApp Factory

The ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance that brings centralized administration and automation to the process of creating virtualized Windows applications with VMware ThinApp technology.

vBenchmark

vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure transmission.

Thinapped vSphere Client

No install, just download the EXE and double-click. Place the ThinApped vS

How to Install vSphere Client on Domain Controller Machine

This post may be useful for the VMware Administrators who is running small lab environment.They may be running a small setup of one or two ESXi host with one windows VM which is acting as a Domain Controller. As VMware admin’s ,we are so much used to work with vSphere windows client against vSphere web Client. Have you tried to installing vSphere client on Domian controller machine. By default, that is not possible. When we try to install vSphere windows client on Domain Controller, We may end up with the error message” vSphere Client fails with a message saying the as a requirements the management station has to be running XP SP2 and not a domain controller”. For people running Lab environment, Will not prefer to install another windows VM just to install vSphere client. In that situation, You can make use of this OS SKIP command to install the vSphere client on Windows Domain controller as a workaround.

Below is the error message you will receive, when you try to install vSphere client on Windows Domain Controller machine.

Install vSphere Client on Domain Controller-1 You can use an advanced switch when installing VI client on Domain Controller . You can launch the installer from a command line and in this case there is a switch to use which skips the OS check. Here is the command to use:

VMware-viclient.exe /VSKIP_OS_CHECKS=”1″

Install vSphere Client on Domain Controller-2

Install vSphere Client on Domain Controller-3

That’s it. vSphere client installation will complete without any error. You cannot use the same switch to install Web client because Web Client cannot be installed on Domain Controller. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for reading!!!. Be Social and share it in Social media, if you feel worth sharing it.

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