Month: March 2015

Cool Tool – RVTools version 3.7 now available for download

Thanks to Rob de Veij (@rvtools) for developing RVTools and sharing with the community for free of cost. This tool does a great job of fetching loads of information from the Virtual Infrastructure and saves lot of time for the VI administrator, otherwise we need to run multiple script to fetch similar data.

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX Server 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX Server 5.5.

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, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

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Version 3.7 (March, 2015)

  • VI SDK reference changed from 5.0 to 5.5
  • Extended the timeout value from 10 to 20 minutes for really big environments
  • New field VM Folder on vCPU, vMemory, vDisk, vPartition, vNetwork, vFloppy, vCD, vSnapshot and vTools tabpages
  • On vDisk tabpage new Storage IO Allocation Information
  • On vHost tabpage new fields: service tag (serial #) and OEM specific string
  • On vNic tabpage new field: Name of (distributed) virtual switch
  • On vMultipath tabpage added multipath info for path 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • On vHealth tabpage new health check: Multipath operational state
  • On vHealth tabpage new health check: Virtual machine consolidation needed check
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields: boot options, firmware and Scheduled Hardware Upgrade Info
  • On statusbar last refresh date time stamp
  • On vhealth tabpage: Search datastore errors are now visible as health messages
  • You can now export the csv files separately from the command line interface (just like the xls export)
  • You can now set a auto refresh data interval in the preferences dialog box
  • All datetime columns are now formatted as yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss
  • The export dir / filenames now have a formated datetime stamp yyyy-mm-dd_hh:mm:ss
  • Bug fix: on dvPort tabpage not all networks are displayed
  • Overall improved debug information

Download link : RVTools version 3.7 | Documentation

vSphere Design Pocketbook 2.0 Blog Edition

PernixData has announce version 2 of the vSphere pocketbook, edited by PernixData’s chief evangelist Frank Denneman. The book consists of the top virtualization blogs from 2013 and 2014. Authors include: Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan, Josh Odgers, William Lam, Michael Webster and more.

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Though this information is shared bit late, only recently I got to know about this book while searching for good material for my preparation on VCAP5-DCD. I find this book an excellent reference material on vSphere Design at free of cost and hence this blog post, I will print this book and will start reading it 🙂 . Here is how you get a copy of this book, click on the download button below and fill a simple form and voila you should get your free copy. 😉

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Save 50% on VCP-NV Certification Exam through June 30 2015

VMware is offering 50% discount on VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) exam until 30-June-2015. This would be a great chance to try for VCP-NV as the future of networking is virtual. Keep your skills relevant and future-proof your career by earning your VCP-NV certification for half price. In January I blog and shared the link where VMware publish all “Training & Certification Special Offers and Beta classes”, if you have missed it previously then here is your chance to bookmark this link and visit often to check latest offers from VMware.

 

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Certification : VCP-NV
Exam Code : VCPN610
Discount Code : VCPNV50

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Hurry and don’t miss this opportunity to get your VCP in Network Virtualization. Good Luck!

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vSphere 6 Feature Walkthroughs

Explore the features of VMware vSphere 6, the industry-leading server virtualization platform that lets you virtualize applications with confidence.

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  • vCenter Server Install – This series provides to instructions on installing various vCenter 6.0 components.
  • vCenter Server Upgrades – Seamlessly upgrade from from vCenter Server and vCenter Server 5.x versions to version 6.0 with these walkthroughs.
  • vSphere Data Protection – With this set of walkthroughs, learn how to perform vital activities that vSphere Data Protection 6.0 enables you to carry out.
  • vSphere Replication – With these walkthroughs, learn how configure replication and recover a virtual machine.

Networking guide at free of cost

I recently stumbled upon the free and fantastic network related guide’s created by Aaron Balchunas at his blog, I was searching for CCNA type Study Guide and I was greeted with load’s of basic and deep technical network guides.

If you are new to virtualization and don’t have a CCNA or networking background? I suggest you get yourself familiaries with these topic mentioned in the guide. Credit and Thanks goes to Aaron.

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