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Installing VMware Tools Installing VMware Tools

The following sections describe how to install VMware Tools:

Don't Forget VMware Tools Don't Forget VMware Tools

It is very important that you install VMware Tools in the guest operating system.

With the VMware Tools SVGA driver installed, Workstation supports significantly faster graphics performance.

The VMware Tools package provides support required for shared folders and for drag and drop operations.

Other tools in the package support synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host, automatic grabbing and releasing of the mouse cursor, copying and pasting between guest and host, and improved mouse performance in some guest operating systems.

The installers for VMware Tools for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and NetWare guest operating systems are built into VMware Workstation as ISO image files. (An ISO image file looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system and even appears as a CD-ROM in Windows Explorer. You do not use an actual CD-ROM to install VMware Tools, nor do you need to download the CD-ROM image or burn a physical CD-ROM of this image file.)

VMware Tools for Windows supports Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 guest operating systems.

When you choose File > Install VMware Tools from the VMware Workstation menu, VMware Workstation temporarily connects the virtual machine's first virtual CD-ROM drive to the ISO image file that contains the VMware Tools installer for your guest operating system and begins the installation process.

VMware Tools for Windows Guests VMware Tools for Windows Guests

The detailed steps for installing VMware Tools depend on the version of Windows you are running. The steps that follow show how to install VMware Tools in a Windows XP guest. Some steps that are automated in newer versions of Windows must be performed manually in Windows 9x and Windows NT.

Note: If you are running VMware Workstation on a Windows host, and your virtual machine has only one CD-ROM drive, the CD-ROM drive must be configured as an IDE or SCSI CD-ROM drive. It cannot be configured as a generic SCSI device.

To add an IDE or SCSI CD-ROM drive, see Adding, Configuring and Removing Devices in a Virtual Machine. For information about generic SCSI, see Connecting to a Generic SCSI Device.

Installing VMware Tools in a Windows Guest Operating System Installing VMware Tools in a Windows Guest Operating System
  1. Power on the virtual machine.
  2. When the guest operating system starts, prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

    Choose File > Install VMware Tools.

The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.

  1. If you have autorun enabled in your guest operating system (the default setting for Windows operating systems), a dialog box appears after a few seconds. It asks if you want to install VMware Tools. Click Yes to launch the InstallShield wizard.

    If autorun is not enabled, the dialog box does not appear automatically. If it doesn't appear, run the VMware Tools installer. Click Start > Run and enter D:\setup\setup.exe where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.

    Note: You do not use an actual CD-ROM to install VMware Tools, nor do you need to download the CD-ROM image or burn a physical CD-ROM of this image file. The VMware Workstation software contains an ISO image that looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system and even appears as a CD-ROM in Windows Explorer. This image contains all the files needed to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. When you finish installing VMware Tools, this image file no longer appears in your CD-ROM drive.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. On Windows Server 2003 , Windows Me, Windows 98 SE and Windows 98 guests, the SVGA driver is installed automatically and the guest operating system uses it after it reboots. With Windows 2000 and Windows XP guests, you do not have to reboot to use the new driver.
Additional Steps for Some Versions of Windows When Migrating from Old Disk Versions Additional Steps for Some Versions of Windows When Migrating from Old Disk Versions

If you are migrating a VMware Workstation 2 disk to VMware Workstation 4 and your guest operating system is Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 98 or Windows 95, you need to configure the video driver by hand. Instructions open automatically in Notepad at the end of the installation process. If the Notepad window is hidden, bring it to the front by clicking the Notepad button on the Windows taskbar.

For details, see the steps below that correspond to your guest operating system.

Windows NT Windows NT
  1. After installing VMware Tools, click Finish. The Display Properties dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Display Type button. The Display Type dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Change button. The Change Display dialog box appears.
  4. Select VMware, Inc. from the Manufacturer list.
  5. Select VMware SVGA as the display adapter and click OK.
  6. Click Yes in response to the on-screen question about third-party drivers to install the driver, then click OK to confirm the drivers were installed.
  7. Click Close from the Display Type dialog box, then click Close from the Display Properties dialog box.
  8. Click Yes to restart Windows NT and start using the new video driver.
  9. The VMware Tools background application is launched automatically when you reboot your virtual machine.
Windows Me Windows Me
  1. After installing VMware Tools, click Finish. The Display Settings dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Advanced button.
  3. Click the Adapter tab.
  4. Click the Change button. This starts the Update Device Driver Wizard.
  5. The wizard now presents two options. Choose the second option to Specify the location of the driver.

    Click Next.

  6. Check the Specify a location checkbox. Enter the following path:

    D:\video\win9x

    D: is the drive letter for the first virtual CD-ROM drive in your virtual machine.

    Click OK.

  7. Windows Me automatically locates your driver.
  8. Select the VMware SVGA II display adapter and click Next.
  9. Click Next to install the driver.

    If you are upgrading a virtual machine created under VMware Workstation 2, you may see a dialog box that warns, "The driver you are installing is not specifically designed for the hardware you have.... Do you wish to continue?" Click Yes.

    After the driver is installed, click Finish.

  10. Click Yes to restart Windows Me and start using the new video driver.
  11. The VMware Tools background application starts automatically when you reboot your virtual machine.
Windows 98 Windows 98
  1. After installing VMware Tools, click Finish. The Display Settings dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Advanced button. The Standard Display Adapter (VGA) Properties dialog box appears. If you are upgrading from a previous version of the VMware drivers, this dialog box is titled VMware SVGA Properties.
  3. Click the Adapter tab.
  4. Click the Change button. This starts the Update Device Driver Wizard. Click Next.
  5. The wizard presents two options. Choose the option to Display a list of all drivers in a specific location. Click Next.
  6. Select Have Disk. The Install From Disk dialog box appears.
  7. Enter the following path:

    D:\video\win9x

    D: is the drive letter for the first virtual CD-ROM drive in your virtual machine.

    Click OK.

  8. Select VMware SVGA display adapter and click OK.
  9. Answer Yes to the on-screen question, then click Next to install the driver. After the driver is installed, click Finish.
  10. Click Close in the SVGA Properties dialog box, then click Close in the Display Settings dialog box.
  11. Click Yes to restart Windows 98 and start using the new video driver.
  12. The VMware Tools background application starts automatically when you reboot your virtual machine.
Windows 95 Windows 95
  1. After installing VMware Tools, click Finish. The Display Settings dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Advanced Properties button. The Advanced Display Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Click the Change button. The Select Device dialog box appears.
  4. Select Have Disk.
  5. Enter the following path:

    D:\video\win9x

    D: is the drive letter for the first virtual CD-ROM drive in your virtual machine.

    Click OK.

  6. Click OK again to install the driver.
  7. Click Close from the Advanced Display Properties dialog box, then click Close from the Display Setting dialog box.
  8. Click Yes to restart Windows 95 and start using the new video driver.
  9. The VMware Tools background application starts automatically when you reboot your virtual machine.
VMware Tools for Linux Guests VMware Tools for Linux Guests
  1. Power on the virtual machine.
  2. After the guest operating system has started, prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

    Choose File > Install VMware Tools.

The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.

  1. Be sure the guest operating system is running in text mode. You cannot install VMware Tools while X is running.
  2. As root (su -), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp), uncompress the installer, then unmount the CD-ROM image.

    Note: You do not use an actual CD-ROM to install VMware Tools, nor do you need to download the CD-ROM image or burn a physical CD-ROM of this image file. The VMware Workstation software contains an ISO image that looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system. This image contains all the files needed to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system.

    Note: Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom, modify the following commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.

    mount /dev/cdrom /mntcd /tmptar zxf /mnt/vmware-linux-tools.tar.gzumount /mnt

  3. Run the VMware Tools installer.

    cd vmware-tools-distrib./vmware-install.pl

  4. Log out of the root account.

    exit

  5. Start X and your graphical environment.
  6. In an X terminal, launch the VMware Tools background application.

    vmware-toolbox &

    Note: You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).

Starting VMware Tools Automatically Starting VMware Tools Automatically

You may find it helpful to configure your guest operating system so VMware Tools starts when you start your X server. The steps for doing so vary depending on your Linux distribution and your desktop environment. Check your operating system documentation for the appropriate steps to take.

For example, in a Red Hat Linux 7.1 guest using GNOME, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Startup Programs panel in the GNOME Control Center.

    Main Menu (click the foot icon in the lower left corner of the screen) > Programs > Settings > Session > Startup Programs

  2. Click Add.
  3. In the Startup Command field, enter vmware-toolbox.
  4. Click OK, click OK again, then close the GNOME Control Center.

The next time you start X, VMware Tools starts automatically.

Uninstalling VMware Tools Uninstalling VMware Tools

If you need to remove VMware Tools from your Linux guest operating system, log on as root (su -) and run the following command:

vmware-uninstall-tools.pl

VMware Tools for FreeBSD Guests VMware Tools for FreeBSD Guests
  1. Power on the virtual machine.
  2. Prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

    Choose File > Install VMware Tools.

The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine, not on the host computer.

  1. Be sure the guest operating system is running in text mode. You cannot install VMware Tools while X is running.
  2. As root (su -), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp), uncompress the installer, then unmount the CD-ROM image.

    Note: You do not use an actual CD-ROM to install VMware Tools, nor do you need to download the CD-ROM image or burn a physical CD-ROM of this image file. The VMware Workstation software contains an ISO image that looks like a CD-ROM to your guest operating system. This image contains all the files needed to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system.

    mount /cdrom cd /tmptar zxf /cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gzumount /cdrom

  3. Run the VMware Tools installer.

    cd vmware-tools-distrib./vmware-install.pl

  4. Log out of the root account.

    exit

  5. Start X and your graphical environment
  6. In an X terminal, launch the VMware Tools background application.

    vmware-toolbox &

    Note: You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).

Note: In a FreeBSD 4.5 guest operating system, sometimes VMware Tools does not start after you install VMware Tools, reboot the guest operating system or start VMware Tools on the command line in the guest. An error message appears:

Shared object 'libc.so.3' not found.

The required library was not installed. This does not happen with full installations of FreeBSD 4.5, but does occur for minimal installations. To fix the problem of the missing library, take the following steps:

  1. Insert and mount the FreeBSD 4.5 installation CD or access the ISO image file.
  2. Change directories and run the installation script.

    cd /cdrom/compat3x./install.sh

Installing VMware Tools in a NetWare Virtual Machine Installing VMware Tools in a NetWare Virtual Machine
  1. Power on the virtual machine.
  2. Prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

    Choose File > Install VMware Tools.

    The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.

  3. Load the CD9660.NSS driver so the CD-ROM device mounts the ISO image as a volume. In the system console, type

    LOAD CD9660.NSS

  4. When the driver finishes loading, you can begin installing VMware Tools. In the system console, type

    vmwtools:\setup.ncf

  5. Restart the guest operating system. In the system console, type

    restart server

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VMware Tools for Linux Guests

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On a Linux guest, you can install VMware Tools within X or from the command line

Installing VMware Tools within X

You can install VMware Tools within X using the .tar installer in a terminal window. See Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar Installer.

To install VMware Tools from X with the RPM installer:

1. Choose VM > Install VMware Tools.

The guest operating system mounts the VMware Tools installation virtual CD.

2. Double-click the VMware Tools CD icon on the desktop.

Note: In some Linux distributions, the VMware Tools CD icon may fail to appear when you install VMware Tools within an X windows session on a guest. In this case, you should continue installing VMware Tools as described in Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar Installer, beginning with step 3.

3. Double-click the RPM installer in the root of the CD-ROM.

4. Enter the root password.

5. Click Continue.

The installer prepares the packages.

6. Click Continue when the installer presents a dialog box saying Completed System Preparation.

A dialog appears for Updating system, with a progress bar. When the installer is done, VMware Tools are installed. There is no confirmation or finish button.

7. In an X terminal, as root (su -), configure VMware Tools.

vmware-config-tools.pl

Respond to the questions the installer displays on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.

Note: Be sure to respond yes when the installer offers to run the configuration program.

8. Launch the VMware Tools background application:

vmware-toolbox &

Note: Some guest operating systems require a reboot for full functionality.

Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the Tar Installer

The first steps are performed on the host, within Workstation menus:

1. Power on the virtual machine.

2. After the guest operating system has started, prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

Choose VM > Install VMware Tools.

The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.

3. As root (su -), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp), uncompress the installer, then unmount the CD-ROM image.

Note: Some Linux distributions automatically mount CD-ROMs. If your distribution uses automounting, do not use the mount and umount commands below. You still must untar the VMware Tools installer to /tmp.

Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom or if the mount point for a CD-ROM is not /mnt/cdrom, you must modify the following commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

cd /tmp

Note: If you have a previous installation, delete the previous vmware-distrib directory before installing. The default location of this directory is /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib.

4. Untar the VMware Tools tar file:

tar zxpf /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-5.0.0-<xxxx>.tar.gz

umount /dev/cdrom

Where <xxxx> is the build/revision number of the VMware Workstation release.

Note: If you attempt to install a tar installation over an rpm installation — or the reverse — the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.

5. Run the VMware Tools tar installer:

cd vmware-tools-distrib

./vmware-install.pl

Respond to the configuration questions on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.

6. Log off of the root account.

exit

7. Start X and your graphical environment.

8. In an X terminal, launch the VMware Tools background application.

vmware-toolbox &

Note: You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).

Installing VMware Tools from the Command Line with the RPM Installer

The first steps are performed on the host, within Workstation menus:

1. Power on the virtual machine.

2. After the guest operating system has started, prepare your virtual machine to install VMware Tools.

Choose VM > Install VMware Tools.

The remaining steps take place inside the virtual machine.

3. As root (su -), mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image, change to a working directory (for example, /tmp), uncompress the installer, then unmount the CD-ROM image.

Note: Some Linux distributions automatically mount CD-ROMs. If your distribution uses automounting, do not use the mount and umount commands below. You still must untar the VMware Tools installer to /tmp.

Some Linux distributions use different device names or organize the /dev directory differently. If your CD-ROM drive is not /dev/cdrom or if the mount point for a CD-ROM is not /mnt/cdrom, you must modify the following commands to reflect the conventions used by your distribution.

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

cd /tmp

Note: If you have a previous installation, delete the previous vmware-distrib directory before installing. The default location of this directory is /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib.

4. At the command prompt, enter:

rpm -Uhv /mnt/cdrom/VMwareTools-5.0.0-<xxxx>.i386.rpm

umount /dev/cdrom

Where <xxxx> is the build/revision number of the VMware Workstation release.

Note: If you attempt to install an rpm installation over a tar installation — or the reverse — the installer detects the previous installation and must convert the installer database format before continuing.

5. Configure VMware Tools:

vmware-config-tools.pl

Respond to the questions the installer displays on the screen. Press Enter to accept the default value.

6. Log off of the root account.

exit

7. Start X and your graphical environment.

8. In an X terminal, launch the VMware Tools background application.

vmware-toolbox &

Note: You may run VMware Tools as root or as a normal user. To shrink virtual disks, you must run VMware Tools as root (su -).

Starting VMware Tools Automatically

You may find it helpful to configure your guest operating system so VMware Tools starts when you start your X server. The steps for doing so vary depending on your Linux distribution and your desktop environment. Check your operating system documentation for the appropriate steps to take.

For example, in a Red Hat Linux 7.1 guest using GNOME, follow these steps.

1. Open the Startup Programs panel in the GNOME Control Center.

Main Menu (click the foot icon in the lower left corner of the screen) > Programs > Settings > Session > Startup Programs

2. Click Add.

3. In the Startup Command field, enter vmware-toolbox.

4. Click OK, click OK again, then close the GNOME Control Center.

The next time you start X, VMware Tools starts automatically.

Uninstalling VMware Tools

To remove VMware Tools from your Linux guest operating system, log on as root (su -) and enter the following command:

  • From a tar install
  • vmware-uninstall-tools.pl

  • From an RPM install
  • rpm -e VMwareTools

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    Download and Install VMware Tools on Windows VMs

    You can use VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machines running as the guest operating systems and improve the virtual machine management. However, the guest operating systems can run without VMware Tools, but some of the VMware features, such as sharing files between host and guest operating system using the Shared Folders feature and Drag-and-drop features, will not be available until you install the latest version of VMware Tools. In order to use the VMware tools, first, you need to download VMware tools. You can download VMware tools from the VMware’s official website free of cost. VMware tools are available for both the Linux and Windows platforms. In this post, we will explain how to download and install VMware Tools on Windows operating systems. Visit the following link to download the latest version of VMware Tools for Windows.

    Download VMware Tools for Windows

    Once, you have downloaded the VMware Tools, you can install VMware Tools either using the Windows Easy Install feature or you can install it manually.

    For the most of supported Windows guest operating systems, VMware tools are automatically installed with the installation of the guest operating system. However, sometimes you may need to perform the manual installation.

    Install VMware Tools Manually

    To install VMware Tools on Windows VMs manually, you need to perform the following steps:

    1. On the Workstation Player’s menu bar, click Player, select Manage, and then select Install VMware Tools. Note: If an earlier version of VMware Tools is already installed, the menu item will be as Update VMware Tools.
    2. When the Software Updates dialog box displays, click Download and Install. The downloading process will be started, click Details to monitor the downloading process. Needless to say, the downloading time depends on the speed of your Internet connection. Let complete the downloading process.
    3. Once the VMware Tools are downloaded, the VMware Tools installation process will be started automatically. If it is not started automatically, launch it manually by just double-clicking the VMware Tools setup.exe file.
    4. Navigate to the Choose Setup Type page, select either of the three options and then click Next. If you are not sure which option you should choose, the best way to accept the default selection. However, for the full functionality, select the Complete option. 
    5. On the rest of the pages, just follow the on-screen instructions and complete the installation process. Reboot the virtual machine once the installation is done.

    That’s all you need to do download and install VMware Tools on Windows virtual machines. Hope, you enjoyed it.

    Also read: Sharing files between virtual machine and the host operating system.

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    Updating to VMware Tools 10

    In September we announced that VMware Tools 10.0.0 Released and that VMware is now shipping VMware tools outside of the vSphere releases. Since then, we have received a lot of feedback from the community, customers, and internal folks alike. I would like to let everyone know that we have listened and we continue on our path to make VMware Tools lifecycle (and ESXi lifecycle for that matter) easier and less painful than how it may appear today.

     

    Before I get too far into this post, I thought I would add a FAQ section to try to answer some of the more common questions we have received:

    FAQ

      • Where is the VMware Tools Download?
      • Why aren’t all the files from the ESXi tools directory found in the VMware Tools Download?
        • As of November 2nd, 2015 they are! We listened loud and clear. Now when users go to download VMware tools they will be presented with the option of downloading a VMware Tools packages ZIP or TAR.GZ file. Both have the exact same content but are in two separate formats for users to choose from. Once downloaded and extracted, you will find all the files that you would normally see within an ESXi host’s tools directory. This just makes life easier for the admins to have everything in one place.
      • I see files for Legacy VMware Tools packages for Windows and Netware OS, what is that?
        • These files are for any virtual machines running pre-Windows 2000 operating systems, hence the term ‘legacy’ if you have any of these in your environment, you will want to copy and paste these folders into each of your hosts, or into the shared product locker.
      • Can this set of VMware Tools be used with Update Manager (VUM)?
        • Yes it can, however I will explain how this works further down in the blog post. Click here to jump
      • Can you use the VM setting “Check and upgrade Tools during Power Cycling”?
        • Yes you can, you must first ensure that the VMware Tools files are in their correct locations (either within the host or in a shared product locker location). You can use PowerCLI to update this setting for every single virtual machine with the following code:

    # Create the config object

    $Config = New-Object VMware.Vim.VirtualMachineConfigSpec$Config.Tools = New-Object VMware.Vim.ToolsConfigInfo$Config.Tools.ToolsUpgradePolicy = “UpgradeAtPowerCycle”

     

    # run through each virtual machine. ***NOTE*** this can be tweaked to look for specific VMs or groups of VMs

    Get-View -ViewType VirtualMachine | foreach {$_.ReconfigVM($Config)}

    #you can then disable this and set it back to the default value with this:

    $Config = New-Object VMware.Vim.VirtualMachineConfigSpec$Config.Tools = New-Object VMware.Vim.ToolsConfigInfo$Config.Tools.ToolsUpgradePolicy = “manual”

    Get-View -ViewType VirtualMachine | foreach {$_.ReconfigVM($Config)}

      • My VMs are not showing as out-of-date since I updated my VMware Tools files, why is that?
        • VMware Tools versions are recorded in each virtual machine’s VMX process memory. A Baseline query uses the version of VMware Tools found on the host (or sharedLocker) to determine if a VM’s Tools are out of date. This only happens when a VM is powered-on, vMotioned, or when the VMTools service is restarted within the guest VM. Currently the VM’s cached status can be refreshed via a vMotion or a full VM power-off/power-on or by restarting “VMtools”. We’ve recognized this as a limitation and are working to make this easier in a future release. For now, if you choose to restart the service to have it update the version check, here is a little PowerCLI script that can help you for Windows machines:

    # Get all Virtual Machines that have the “windowsguest” attribute in ExtensionData.Guest.GuestFamily, and that are powered on

    $windows = Get-View -ViewType VirtualMachine | where {$_.guest.guestfamily -eq “windowsguest” -and $_.runtime.PowerState -eq “poweredOn”}

    # Foreach virtual machine from the results, run “restart-service” within the guest **Note the username and password will need to be updated. if all vm’s have the same admin account or an Admin AD account, use that… you can also use the –GuestCredential if you have the credentials (get-credential) stored in a variable, in place of the –GuestUser and –GuestPassword parameters. This way you won’t have to place your password in a script.

    foreach ($vm in $windows) { Invoke-VMscript -ScriptText “restart-service -Name VMTools” -VM $vm.name -GuestUser “administrator” -GuestPassword “[email protected]”  -errorAction SilentlyContinue }

    #**Note that I use the –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue parameter. This is because Invoke-VMScript uses VMtools to invoke the command in the guest. Since we are restarting the VMTools service, this command will come back with an error, however if you check the windows logs you’ll see the command functions properly and this error is only because the Tools connection is being reset during the command execution (this is normal when running the restart-service VMTools command)

    • Can you use this with AutoDeploy?
      • Yep! Using this with the shared productlocker will allow you to use this with Auto Deploy. Click here to jump
    • Which version of tools should I use? VMware Tools 10 was released before vSphere 5.5u3 but u3 has a lower build number?
      • If you are trying to decide which version of tools to use, know that you can use either version without problems. However the out-of-band release will most likely be the latest release. In general, a single version of tools used in a vSphere release may be older than what is seen on the VMware Tools download page if it ran into the release freeze before the out-of-band version came out. (it’s a lot easier to ship newer versions of VMware Tools outside of ESXi)
    • Is there a VMware tools VIB that can be downloaded and used?
      • There is not. VIBs (vSphere Installation Bundles) are convenient when distributing a collection of files. However, most VIBs are relatively small. VMware Tools would be roughly 150 Megabytes and this is not conducive to a clean and small deployment of ESXi. Note that a VIB is similar to a ZIP archive which means that not only would distributing tools as a VIB require 150MB for the VIB itself, but ~150MB more once extracted to the VMware Tools folder, increasing the size of ESXi by 50%.

    Getting Started

    By default, ESXi includes VMware Tools under the /productLocker folder (which is actually a Symlink to the location on it’s local storage.. see the image below). When running ‘ls –n’ you will see that productLocker (cyan) just points to /locker/packages/5.5.0 (dark blue meaning the path exists. You also can tell this is an ESXi 5.5 host). ‘ls –n /productLocker’ will return only that line and be a little easier on the eyes for those who are not as familiar with unix.

    Inside of the given folder are two other folders: “floppies” and “vmtools” these contain all necessary ISOs and files to allow VMware tools to be installed and updated on each supported VM on the host. If you are updating VMware Tools packages on each individual ESXi host, the new files would go in these two folders.

    Know that if you are not just updating the tools within each ESXi Host, there are several steps you will need to take (these are also discussed in the FAQ as well as below in the AutoDeploy/Host Profiles section):

    1. Update the UserVars.ProductLockerLocation
    2. Add the VMware tools to it’s own folder in a shared datastore
    3. Update the ESXi Symlink that points to the location of the files on the shared datastore (OR) restart the ESXi host to have it update itself automatically

    How Update Manager (VUM) works with VMware Tools Updates

    To better understand how to make the VMware Tools lifecycle easier, you must first understand how VMware’s products, like Update Manager, interact with the environment. Update Manager does a great job of patching hosts and updating VMware Tools, but what’s actually going on under the covers? Update Manager uses APIs to talk to each ESXi host to perform remediation tasks. What this means is that Update Manager will use whichever version of VMware tools is installed locally on each host, unless that host is using a shared productLocker. VUM uses whatever configuration the host has, it does not have a Tools repository or additional logic to point to some other location. Keep in mind that if we are trying to update VMware Tools via Update Manager, we will either need to add the new version of VMware Tools to each host individually, or configure a shared product locker and point each ESXi host to it.

    Once the VMware Tools are placed in the appropriate location, Update Manager will be able to perform updates of VMware Tools for each virtual machine in vCenter.

    How Auto Deploy/ Host Profiles works with Shared ProductLocker

    As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, when using Auto Deploy you have two options for ESXi:

    • Standard ESXi image
    • xxxx-no-tools image

    The Standard ESXi image is what you find in any other deployment method, or if you were to perform the ESXi default manual installation. This will install VMware Tools on the ESXi host and the total image size will be roughly 300 Megabytes.

    The xxxx-no-tools image is exactly that; an ESXi image without the VMware Tools folders. This drops the size of the installation in half down to roughly 150 Megabytes. There are definitely many PROS to doing it this way: Faster boot times, less network saturation, single location for VMware Tools (easier to manage Tools binaries), etc. However, just using xxxx-no-tools image with Auto Deploy is not enough, you must also configure your Host Profiles to point to the Shared Product Locker.

    During your Host Profile creation, ensure that you add the ProductLockerLocation information into the profile. In the “Edit Host Profile” window, expand the “Advanced Configuration Settings”, “Advanced  Options”, and “Advanced configuration option”. Click the Green “Add” button to add an additional advanced option.

    In the Advanced Option drop-down box, select “Configure a fixed option”. The name of the option should be “UserVars.ProductLockerLocation” and the value of the option should be “/vmfs/volumes/<name of shared datastore>/<name of product locker folder>” in my case it was /vmfs/volumes/CPBU_PM_PMM1/productLocker. ***You need to make sure that this Datastore/folder is a shared datastore accessible by each host that will be using this Host Profile***. Also note that the value is CASE SENSITIVE!!!

    Once you have your Host Profile created the Host Profile, you can attach it to a cluster or an Auto Deploy rule and you are good to go. Just make sure that the Datastore/folder includes the two folders ‘floppies’ and ‘vmtools’ and their contents from the VMware Tools download ZIP/TAR.GZ

    When the ESXi hosts are booted via Auto Deploy and the Host Profile is applied, the symlink will be updated to reflect the shared product locker location and all hosts booting this way will share this location.

    Can we Automate Some More Please?

    While I mentioned earlier in the post about this, I will mention again, that we are aware of the effort that takes place to update VMware Tools and we are working to make this easier on the customers in a future release. Rest assured, we are working on it. However, until then I have created a script that can help assist you in your efforts. It can be found on my personal blog (http://www.vtagion.com) as the script is not supported by VMware and has not been tested by GSS. However, I have used it several times in both of my environments without problem. As always when using someone else’s scripts you should read through every line and make sure you understand what is happening (BEFORE) running the script; secondly, you should always test things (OUTSIDE) of production. That being said, you can find the script and read more about it HERE.

    Additional Resources

    General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294)

    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=1014294

    blogs.vmware.com

    101 Free Tools for VMware Administrators

    Tool Name

    Features of the Tool

    Download link

    Veeam Backup Free Editionfor 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 ManagementIntegration with Veeam BackupSecure 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 SANVirtual 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. 

    Turbonomic

    Virtual Health Monitor

    Turbonomic  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 OperationsCPU – ConfigurationMemory – ConfigurationRename Virtual Machine

     

     

    ManageEngine VM Health Monitor Free Tool

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

    Monitor VMware ESX serverMonitor VMware ESXi serverVMware host resources like CPU, Memory, Disk DetailsMonitor Virtual Machine(VM ) and Guest OS ResourcesNetwork Bandwidth Usage MonitoringReal time monitoring toolEasy 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 retentionESXi builds repository management (stateless and statefull)ESXi Patch managementMulti 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 vSphere client on any network share and it will automatically stream to any Windows PC with no installation, agents, drivers, or specialized servers required. Carry ThinApped vSphere client and your customization on USB stick and now your vSphere client is available on the GO! 

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