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RV Tools

One of the first tools that I used as a VMware Administrator was RV Tools by Rob de Veij and the tool has gone through many upgrades . RV Tools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about virtual machines and ESX hosts. This displays a lot of information about the Virtual infrastructure in a single console which otherwise is not possible using in-built management tools .

This tool displays information about the following parameters

  • vInfo
  • vCPU
  • vMemory
  • vDisks
  • Nics
  • CD-Rom
  • Floppy drives
  • Snapshots
  • VMware tools
  • ESX hosts
  • Datastores
  • Switches
  • Ports
  • Health checks

You can connect either directly to ESX Server or Virtual Center to view information about multiple hosts.
All data that you can see on the application can also be exported to CSV format.
User with minimal access such as read access to the Virtual Center will also be able to fetch all the information and that’s cool .
Floppy Drives and CD drives can be disconnected using the application itself.
VMware tools can also be upgraded from the application itself .

Health Check Tab displays useful alerts like Snapshot information , drives running out of free space , Inconsistent folder names etc.. and thresholds are configurable

You can dowload the tool from Rob de Veij’s website http://www.robware.net/ and a big THANK YOU to him !!

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  1. September 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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