101 Admin Tools – Windows

We know administrators love tools that make life easier – especially when they’re free! So here are 101 of them!

Any free tools you know of that are missing from this list? Leave me the comment!

System and network analysis

1. NTFS Permissions Explorer

Using this MMC snap-in you can quickly visualize the user and group permissions of a local or remote folder or drive in a hierarchical format to help identify problems.

http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/9743/

2. Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

Wi-Fi Inspector is a powerful Wi-Fi management and troubleshooting tool that allows you to locate and verify Wi-Fi devices, detect rogue Access Points, troubleshoot connections, and search for Wi-Fi networks.

http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php

3. Whois

Whois performs a lookup of the registration information of a given IP address or domain name.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897435

4. ShareEnum

ShareEnum allows you to scan and view the security settings of file shares on your network.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897442

5. PipeList

PipeList displays a list of named pipes on your system, including the number of active instances and the instance threshold.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/dd581625

6. TcpView

TCPView allows you to view detailed TCP and UDP connection information in a user friendly format.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897437

7. The Dude

The Dude from MicroTik can automatically scan all devices within a given subnet and then draw and layout a map of your network.

http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php

8. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The MBSA is a tool that can be used to detect missing security updates and typical security misconfigurations.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/cc184923

9. WireShark

WireShark is an interactive network protocol analyser and capture utility. It provides for in-depth inspection of hundreds of protocols and runs on multiple platforms.

http://www.wireshark.org/download.html

10. Look@LAN

Look@LAN allows you to quickly scan your network looking for active nodes. It provides monitoring, reporting, logging and OS detection features.

http://download.cnet.com/Look-LAN-Network-Monitor/3000-2085_4-10145550.html

11. RogueScanner

RogueScanner will scan your network looking for rogue devices and access points, classifying them in a way that allows you to quickly see what’s on your network.

http://www.gotomanage.com/open_source_tools/roguescanner

12. Capsa Free Network Analyzer

Using this tool you can monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose issues on your network. It has a Microsoft Office-like user interface.

http://www.colasoft.com/capsa/capsa-free-edition.php

13. SuperScan

SuperScan is a fast connection-based TCP port scanner, pinger and hostname resolution tool.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/superscan3.aspx

14. Blast

Blast is a lightweight TCP service stress test tool that can help pinpoint weaknesses in your network.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/blast.aspx

15. UDPFlood

UDPFlood is a lightweight UDP service stress test tool that sends out packets to a specified IP or port.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/udpflood.aspx

16. IPplan

This tool allows you to quickly and easily track and manage your network IP addresses.

http://iptrack.sourceforge.net/

17. NetStumbler

NetStumbler is an application that allows you to detect the presence of a wireless network using 802.11a/b/g. It is useful for detecting rogue access points, finding locations with poor signal, verifying network configurations and determining the cause of wireless interference.

http://www.stumbler.net/

18. PingPlotter

PingPlotter is a lightweight tracert application that generates graphs to help you visualize the route of the packets from source to destination.

http://www.pingplotter.com/download.html

19. SolarWinds Free Permissions Analyzer for AD

Using this tool you can quickly visualize the user and group permissions of a folder or shared drive in a hierarchical format. It can track share level permissions, provide a breakdown of share level and file level permissions and help identify why certain users have the permissions they do.

http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/permissions_analyzer_for_active_directory/

20. Angry IP Scanner

Angry IP Scanner is a fast standalone IP address and port scanner.

http://www.angryip.org/w/Download

21. FreePortMonitor

FreePortMonitor is a tool for monitoring servers and applications on your network.

http://www.freeportmonitor.com/

22. WirelessNetView

WirelessNetView monitors the activity of wireless networks in the area and displays information related to them, such as SSID, Signal Quality, MAC Address, Channel Frequency, etc.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_view.html

23. BluetoothView

BluetoothView monitors the activity of Bluetooth devices in the area and displays information related to them, such as Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Device Type, etc.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_view.html

24. Vision

Vision allows you to view all open TCP and UDP ports and then maps them back to the owning process or application.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/vision.aspx

25. Attacker

Attacker is a TCP/UDP port listener that allows you to define a list of ports that you want it to listen on and it will notify you when a connection is established on that port.

http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/attacker.aspx

26. Total Network Monitor

Total Network Monitor is a comprehensive network monitoring application that allows you to view the state of your network. It is customizable and has advanced alerting features, letting you know when something is wrong.

http://www.softinventive.com/products/total-network-monitor/

27. IIS Logfile Analyser

This tool allows you to analyse your IIS logfiles to determine website statistics such as number of visitors, number of downloads, etc.

http://www.nodesoft.com/iislogfileanalyser/

28. ntop

ntop uses a web-based interface that allows you to monitor network traffic and statistics.

http://www.ntop.org/get-started/download/

 

System testing and troubleshooting

29. Pinkie

Pinkie is a collection of network troubleshooting utilities that allows pinging multiple hosts, forward and reverse DNS lookup, a ping sweeper, and a subnet calculator.

http://www.ipuptime.net/

30. VMWare Player

VMWare Player is a multi-platform virtualization solution that can be used to create and run multiple 32-bit or 64-bit virtual machines. Ideal for testing or development environments.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_player/3_0

31. Oracle VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a free, multi-platform general-purpose virtualization solution that can be used to create and run multiple virtual machines. Ideal for testing or development environments.

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

32. ADInsight

ADInsight is a real-time monitoring tool used for troubleshooting LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) clients.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897539

33. Process Monitor

Process Monitor allows you to monitor activity related to processes, threads, DLLs, the registry and file system in real-time. Useful for troubleshooting application and system related issues.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb896645

34. SpiceWorks Network Troubleshooting

SpiceWorks Network Troubleshooting is an all-in-one tool that allows you to perform routine troubleshooting tasks such as killing processes remotely, access devices remotely, ping, tracert and nslookup, and even compare the status of two devices.

http://www.spiceworks.com/free-network-troubleshooting-tool/

35. RAMMap

RAMMap allows you to analyse physical memory allocation in your system. You are able to determine how much file data is cached in RAM, how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers, etc.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ff700229

36. Autoruns

Autoruns allows you to view which programs are configured to run at system boot up or login.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963902

37. LogFusion

Using LogFusion you can view and monitor log files in real-time.

http://www.logfusion.ca/

38. Microsoft Log Parser

Using Microsoft Log Parser you can generate a custom-formatted output file containing the results of multiple log file sources such as XML, CSV, Event Logs, or the Registry.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=890cd06b-abf8-4c25-91b2-f8d975cf8c07

39. AppCrashView

AppCrashView allows you to view Windows Error Reporting (*.WER) files in a simple user interface and then save the results into TXT/CSV/HTML/XML file format.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/app_crash_view.html

40. RootKitRevealer

RootKitRevealer allows you to detect the presence of rootkits that operate by attempting to hide their files or registry entries.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897445

 

System and network management

41. Bitcricket IP Subnet Calculator

This tool allows you to calculate subnets and CIDR routes automatically using its intuitive interface and auto-discovery feature.

http://www.wildpackets.com/resources/free_utilities/ipsubnetcalc

42. EMCO Remote Installer Starter

The free version of EMCO Remote Installer (Starter edition) allows you to perform a software inventory of applications installed on your network. You can retrieve and track changes as well as save reports.

http://emcosoftware.com/products/remote-installer/features.php

43. ManagePC

ManagePC allows you to create an inventory of all your machines in the domain, including hardware, software, devices, patches, group policies, etc.

http://managepc.net/

44. Pandora FMS

Pandora FMS is a network monitoring solution that allows you to monitor multiple platforms, from Linux machines, to Solaris machine, to Windows machines. It provides alerts and reporting for CPU, disk and memory usage, temperature, or even application values.

http://pandorafms.org/index.php?sec=project&sec2=downloads&lng=en

45. SNARE Audit and EventLog Management

SNARE (System iNtrusion Analysis and Reporting Environment) allows you to install agents onto your server machines to facilitate the centralized collection of logs, including Windows, Solaris, AIX, ISA Server, IIS Server, SMTP, Exchange, Apache, etc.

http://www.intersectalliance.com/projects/index.html

46. OCS Inventory

OCS Inventory is an automated inventory and deployment application. It allows you to determine what devices or software are installed on your network and deploy software or configuration scripts using a simple web-based interface.

http://www.ocsinventory-ng.org/index.php?page=downloads

47. Zenoss Core – Enterprise IT Monitoring

Using the Zenoss Core application, you can monitor systems availability, performance, events and configuration across the network.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenoss/

48. Unipress Free Help Desk

Unipress Free Help Desk is a simple yet powerful Help Desk solution that allows you to create, assign and receive issue tickets. It contains a web portal and knowledgebase for self-help.

http://www.unipress.co.uk/free-help-desk-software.html

49. SysAidIT Free Help Desk

Using this tool, you can easily manage and service requests and create an inventory of installed software and network devices on your network.

http://www.ilient.com/free-help-desk-software.htm

50. Cyberx Password Generator Pro

Cyberx Password Generator Pro allows you to create random highly secure passwords.

http://sourceforge.net

51. KeePass Password Safe

KeePass is a lightweight, user-friendly password manager. It allows you to store all your passwords in a central location that is encrypted using military grade encryption.

http://keepass.info/download.html

52. TweakUAC

Using TweakUAC you can quickly enable, disable UAC or set it to quiet mode.

http://www.tweak-uac.com/download/

53. Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit allows you to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues during the pre-deployment phase of a Windows 7, Windows Vista, or new Internet Explorer version installation.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=24da89e9-b581-47b0-b45e-492dd6da2971

54. ExtraSpy Employee Monitor

ExtraSpy Employee Monitor allows you to monitor employee activities across your network to help detect misuse of company property or unproductive individuals.

http://www.extraspy.com/

55. NetWrix USB Blocker Freeware

Using this tool you can centrally manage access control of removable media on your network.

http://www.netwrix.com/usb_blocker_freeware.html

56. FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client.

http://filezilla-project.org/

57. Wake On Lan 2 .NET

The Wake On Lan 2 .NET tool allows you to manually or automatically power on, restart or shutdown machines or devices over your local network.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wol2/

58. Speccy

Speccy is a system information tool that allows you to quickly see comprehensive details related to your machine.

http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download/standard

59. Active Directory Explorer (ADExplorer)

ADExplorer is an advanced Active Directory viewer and editor tool. It allows you to navigate through an Active Directory database and view and edit object properties and attributes.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963907

60. ADRestore

ADRestore allows you to restore deleted Windows Server 2003 Active Directory server objects.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963906

 

File and disk management

61. Disk2vhd

Disk2vhd allows you to create a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) of a live machine, which can then be loaded using Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415

62. Defraggler

Using Defragler you can defrag individual files on an NTFS or FAT32 file system.

http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

63. PageDefrag

PageDefrag allows you to view the defragmentation status of the system Page File and Registry Hives and defragments them. It also allows you to defragment events logs and Windows 2000/XP hibernation files.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897426

64. PsPad

PsPad is a powerful text editor that can be used as a substitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, file comparison, etc.

http://www.pspad.com/en/download.php

65. MD5Summer

Using MD5Summer, you can quickly generate MD5 hashes for files within a folder, allowing you to ensure or verify file integrity.

http://www.md5summer.org/download.html

66. Universal Viewer

Universal Viewer is a multi-format file viewer that allows you to view different file types from a single interface. Supported file formats include Text, Image, MS Office, Audio, Video, amongst others.

http://www.uvviewsoft.com/download.htm

67. FreeCommander

FreeCommander is a comprehensive file manager that aims to be an alternative to Windows Explorer.

http://www.freecommander.com/fc_downl_en.htm

68. Recuva

Using Recuva you can recover files you accidentally deleted from your machine.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard

69. Steganos LockNote

Steganos LockNote allows you to securely store confidential notes such as license keys, passwords, phone numbers, etc. It uses AES-256 encryption to store your text in a self-executable container that requires a password to open it.

http://www.steganos.com/us/products/for-free/locknote/overview/

70. Microsoft SyncToy

SyncToy is an application that can be used as a backup utility to synchronized files and folders between two locations.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52

71. 7-Zip

7-Zip is a powerful file archiving utility with a high compression ratio that supports a multitude of compression formats, including 7z, GZIP, TAR, ZIP, CAB, MSI, etc.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/

72. PeaZip

PeaZip is a cross-platform file and archive manager that supports volume spanning, high levels of compression and encryption and support for a wide range of archiving formats.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/peazip/

73. Bacula

Bacula is a suite of applications that allow for the backup, recovery and verification of data across a network.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bacula/

74. Areca Backup

Areca Backup is a file-based backup application that supports incremental, image and delta backups to a local drive or an FTP server.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/areca/

75. DirSync Pro

Directory Synchronize Pro is a powerful synchronization utility used to synchronize the contents of a directory to a given location. It provides scheduling, filtering, and logging functionality.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/directorysync/

76. Amanda Network Backup

Amanda is a powerful multi-platform backup and archiving application that supports tape, disk, and optical media. Using a single master backup server, you can set Amanda to backup multiple clients across your network.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/amanda/

77. WebSynchronizer

WebSyncrhonizer allows you to manually or automatically backup, replicate and synchronize files to an FTP server or across your network.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/websynchronizer/

78. KGB Archiver

KGB Archiver is a file archiving tool with a high level of compression that uses AES-256 for its encryption feature.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/kgbarchiver/

79. Iometer

Iometer is a disk I/O performance analysis tool that allows you to perform stress tests and displays the read and write speed of a specified drive.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/iometer/

80. Notepad++

Notepad++ is a powerful text editor that can be used as a substitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, file comparison, etc.

http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download

Performance and availability monitoring

81. ManageEngine Free HyperV Performance Monitor

HyperV Performance Monitor allows you to monitor CPU, Memory, Disk and Network utilization of your Microsoft Hyper-V virtual servers. It displays the results in a dashboard.

http://www.manageengine.com/free-hyperv-performance-monitor/download.html

82. Nagios

Nagios is a powerful network monitoring tool that allows you to ensure that your critical systems, applications and services are always up and running. It provides features such as alerting, event handling, and reporting.

http://www.nagios.org/download/

83. ManageEngine Free Exchange Health Monitor

Exchange Health Monitor allows you to monitor CPU and memory resource utilization, mail queue status, POP/IMAP performance counters, mailbox users, etc of your Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010 servers. It displays the results in a dashboard.

http://www.manageengine.com/products/exchange-health-monitor/download.html

84. Kratos Exchange Monitor

Kratos Exchange Monitor will continuously monitor your Microsoft Exchange Servers and provide a real-time view of its health, including mail queues, CPU and memory utilization, hard drive space, etc.

http://www.kratosnetworks.com/products/free_network_management_utilities/exchange_monitor_utility/

85. ManageEngine Free Windows Health Monitor

Windows Health Monitor allows you to monitor CPU and memory resource utilization, disk usage and I/O, running applications, etc of your Windows Client and Server machines. It displays the results in a dashboard.

http://www.manageengine.com/free-windows-health-monitor/download.html

86. ManageEngine Free Ping Tool

Free Ping Tool monitors the availability of servers, routers, switches, mail servers and web servers using the power of ICMP ping. It displays the results in a dashboard.

http://www.manageengine.com/free-ping-tool/download.html

87. ManageEngine Free SQL Health Monitor Tool

The SQL Health Monitor Tool will monitor the performance and availability of your Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008 servers. It can monitor CPU, memory and disk usage, as well as SQL specific parameters such as page reads/writes and buffer cache. It displays the results in a dashboard.

http://www.manageengine.com/sql-performance-monitor/download.html

88. ManageEngine Free VM Configuration Tool

Using the VM Configuration Tool you can configure VMWare ESX virtual servers options like increasing or decreasing RAM and allocating more CPUs. It also monitors the performance of the virtual machines, reporting on CPU, memory, disk and network utilization.

http://www.manageengine.com/free-vmware-configuration/free-vm-configuration-index.html

89. Kratos Network Device Monitor

This tool allows you to monitor any SNMP devices on your network, ensuring their availability and performance.

http://www.kratosnetworks.com/products/free_network_management_utilities/device_problem_monitor/

90. IxChariot QCheck

QCheck is a small yet powerful network performance management tool that allows you to quickly check network response times, TCP/UDP throughput, streaming traffic, and troubleshoot wireless network performance problems.

http://www.ixchariot.com/products/datasheets/qcheck.html

91. EasyNetMonitor

A small, lightweight tool for monitoring local and remote hosts to determine if they are alive or not.

http://nicekit.com/net-monitor/best-free-net-monitor.htm

Remote management

92. Remote Desktop Manager

Remote Desktop Manager is a tool that allows you to centrally manage your remote connections. It support RDP, VNC, TeamViewer, FTP, SSH, Telnet, etc.

http://remotedesktopmanager.com/remotedesktopmanager/Home.aspx/Download

93. TightVNC

TightVNC is a cross-platform lightweight application used for remotely administering clients and server machines.

http://www.tightvnc.com/download.php

94. Microsoft RDCMan

RDCMan allows you to manage multiple remote desktop sessions from a single interface.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=4603c621-6de7-4ccb-9f51-d53dc7e48047

95. Terminals

Terminals is a secure multi-tab remote connection management client. It supports both terminal services and remote desktop client and allows you to better manage multiple connections from a single interface.

http://terminals.codeplex.com/

96. PsFile

PsFile displays a list of files on a system that are opened remotely and allows you to close them.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897552

All-in-one toolkits

97. Net Tools 5.0

Net Tools is a comprehensive set of monitoring, network scanning, security and administration tools packed into an intuitive and user friendly UI. It includes 175 utilities including an Advanced Port Scanner, TCP Packet Sniffer, Bandwidth Monitor, Hash MD5 Checker, Fast FTP Client, and Standard Encrypter.

http://mabsoft.com/nettools.htm

98. ManageEngine Free Windows Tools 2

The ‘Free Windows Tools 2’ kit contains a set of free Windows tools for Network Administrators, including the Remote Task Manager Tool, Wake on LAN, Software Inventory Tool, Remote Command Prompt Tool, GPO Update, Shutdown/Restart Tool, Join/Unjoin Computer Tool, Currently Logged On User, Hard Disk Space Detector Tool, Local Users/Groups List Tool, Network Share Browser Tool, and Laptop Battery Power Monitor Tool.

http://www.manageengine.com/products/free-windows-tools/download.html

99. Axence NetTools Pro

NetTools Pro is a set of tools that network administrators can use for monitoring, network scanning, security and administration.

http://www.axencesoftware.com/index.php?action=NTPro

100. Free IP Tools

Free IP Tools is a collection of common tools used to troubleshoot network applications and services in a single interface. It includes tools such as PortScan, TraceRoute, Shares, SNMPAudit, etc.

http://www.all-nettools.com/network-utilities-28/free-ip-tools-48453.htm

101. PsTools

PsTools is a suite of tools that help you to administer your systems. The tools including in the package allow you to display, execute and kill processes remotely, retrieve system and logon information, and control account passwords and services.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb896649

 

Restore my Active Desktop Windows XP

Open up your registry: Start -> Run

*Warning: Be careful what you are doing when in the registry. It’s very easy to make your computer non-usable if you edit the wrong entry.

Type regedit

Expand the following:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components\

Double-click on DeskHtmlVersion, select the Decimal radio-button, and change the value from 272 to 0.

Then press OK.

Close out of Registry Editor, click in a blank area of your desktop, and press F5 to refresh the screen.

You should be back at your normal background/wallpaper.

 

Resolving “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.”

Appears while attempting to logon in Windows Vista, 2008, 2008 R2 and 7.

Exact cause is unknown, but this issue may occur if the user profile was manually deleted by using the command prompt or Windows Explorer by a user or by some program. A profile that is manually deleted does not remove the security identifier (SID) from the user profile list in the registry. Since the SID is still present, Windows will still try to load the profile by using the ProfileImagePath that points to a nonexistent path. Therefore, the profile cannot be loaded.

This can also be a issue with the user profile entering into a backup state, or if the C:\Users\(User Name) user profile folder is manually renamed.

1.

Log on to the Computer

Log on to the computer using the Administrator (or an Administrator-level) account.

If the computer is not joined to a domain, reboot it and start your computer in safe mode, then log on using the Administrator (or an Administrator-level) account.

2.

Trawl through the Registry

Open the Start menu. In the Start Search area, type regedit and press Enter (if prompted by UAC, click Continue/Yes). In regedit, go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Expand the ProfileList key and look for the SID key (named “S-1-5″…) with a long number that ends in “.bak”. Click it, and look at the ProfileImagePath value in the right pane to verify that this is the user account profile that has the error.

a) If you have two SID keys with the same number (with one ending in “.bak” and one showing the affected user account in the ProfileImagePath value), continue to Step 3;
b) If you have just one SID key with the ProfileImagePath value showing the affected user account, proceed to Step 4.

3.

Two SID keys with the same number

a) Of the two SID keys that corresponds to the affected user account, right-click the SID key that does NOT end in “.bak” and click Rename.
b) Add .bk to the end of the numbers and press Enter.
c) Right-click the other SID key that DOES end in “.bak” and click Rename.
d) Remove only .bak from the end of the numbers (so that it has the same name as the other SID key did before you renamed it) and press Enter.
e) Now go back and Rename the first one with .bk to .bak now at the end of the numbers and press Enter.

Proceed to Step 5…

4.

Only one SID key ending in “.bak”

a) Right-click the SID key that corresponds to the affected user account and click Rename.
b) Remove only .bak from the end of the numbers, and press Enter.
c) In the right pane, right-click the RefCount value (if none exists, right-click the right pane and click New and DWORD (32 bit) Value, then type RefCount and press Enter), and click Modify.
d) Type 0 into the Value Data textbox and click OK.
e) In the right pane, right-click the State value and click Modify.
f) Type 0 into the Value Data textbox and click OK.

5.

Try logging on again!

Close regedit and restart the computer. You should be able to logon now…

How to Fix “Keyset does not exist” for Scheduled Tasks in Windows

The full error that I received when accessing the schedule tasks was:

General page initialization failed.
The specific error is:
0x80090016: Keyset does not exist
An error has occurred attempting to retrieve task account information.
You may continue editing the task object, but will be unable to change the task account information.

I haven’t seen this error before, it it prevented my schedule task from running. I went online to see what I could find and eventually found a solution that worked for me. I outline the steps to the solution below.

Steps to Correct the Keyset Does Not Exist Issue:

After performing some research, I found out that the local system private keys used by the “Cryptographic Services” service had become corrupted. I simply used the following steps to correct the issue:

I stopped the “Cryptographic Services” service.

  1. I then double-clicked “My Computer”, and then clicked “Folder Options” on the “Tools” menu.
  2. On the “View” tab, I clicked “Show hidden files and folders”, and then clicked “OK”.
  3. I deleted all of the files in the “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\S-1-5-18″
  4. I then restarted the “Cryptographic Services” service.

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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