Cool Tool – RVTools version 3.6 now available for download

I wasn’t aware of the 3.6 release and I had updated my RVTools from 3.4 to 3.5. It was just been few days and realizes that 3.6 version has been released. Great work by the Author and full credit for developing such a simple tools which fetches all complex details about our virtualization estate. It’s a must have tool for all VI Admins.

Some high lights of RVTools – Interact with all versions of Virtual Center and ESX Server RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nic’s, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks.

Version 3.6 (February, 2014) – New features added in version 3.6 🙂

  • New tabpage with cluster information
  • New tabpage with multipath information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields HA Isolation response and HA restart priority
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields Cluster affinity rule information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields connection state and suspend time
  • On vInfo tabpage new field The vSphere HA protection state for a virtual machine (DAS Protection)
  • On vInfo tabpage new field quest state.
  • On vCPU tabpage new fields Hot Add and Hot Remove information
  • On vCPU tabpage cpu/socket/cores information adapted
  • On vHost tabpage new fields VMotion support and storage VMotion support
  • On vMemory tabpage new field Hot Add
  • On vNetwork tabpage new field VM folder.
  • On vSC_VMK tabpage new field MTU
  • RVToolsSendMail: you can now also set the mail subject
  • Fixed a datastore bug for ESX version 3.5
  • Fixed a vmFolder bug when started from the commandline
  • Improved documentation for the commandline options


PowerShell and PowerCLI for beginners

PowerShellPowerShell Scripting is a must have capabilities these days that every system admin should posses, automation saves much of precious time for system admin, it also enable operation efficiency by reducing risk involved in manual work.

A good system admin should be LAZY!  (only when it comes to manual work…..)


It’s best to start with PowerShell as it’s the core, knowledge on Cmdlets, objects, Function and Filters to name some is required. Go through this link below where free videos can be downloaded from Microsoft on “PowerShell Essentials for the Busy Admin”.  It’s a 5 part series and all parts are free for download.

Next According to me the best online tutorial available starting from scratch till managing Active Directory via PS.


Book’s for reference: (The ones I am referring currently)

Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step

Bruce Payette’s book – Windows PowerShell in Action


PowerCLIPowerCLI – A Windows PowerShell interface for managing VMware vSphere.  Powerful command-line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more.

VMware provided a “Automation Fast Track” Training which can enroll to get familiar with PowerCLI.


• System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
•  Scripting experience in Windows PowerShell, VBScript, Perl, UNIX, or other languages featuring variables and control structures.

Pluralsight – Has some great video training on PowerCLI on this link.

Books for reference:

VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration

Learning PowerCLI

Good Scripting Blog for reference: