VMware Logon Monitor

VMware
VMware Logon Monitor monitors Windows user logons and reports a wide variety of performance metrics intended to help administrators, support staff, and developers troubleshoot slow logon performance. Metrics include, but are not limited to, logon time, CPU/memory usage, and network connection speed. VMware Logon Monitor also receives metrics from other VMware products which provide even more clues about what is happening during the logon flow. While other VMware products are not required to benefit from VMware Logon Monitor, some VMware products may be active during user logon. The Horizon Agent, Horizon Persona Management, and App Volumes are examples and will soon report additional metrics which may further enhance the value of VMware Logon Monitor's logs. Please see the VMware Logon Monitor Metrics PDF for more information.
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VM Resource and Availability Service

VMware
The engineers at VMware have released a cool tool that enables you to perform a what-if analysis for host failures on your infrastructure. You can simulate failure of one or more hosts from a cluster (in vSphere) and identify how many: VMs would be safely restarted on different hosts VMs would fail to be restarted on different hosts VMs would experience performance degradation after restarted on a different host With this information, you can better plan the placement and configuration of your infrastructure to reduce downtime of your VMs/Services in case of host failures. To Get started :- Open hasimulator.vmware.com to access the web service. Click on "Simulate Now" to accept the EULA terms, upload the DRM dump file and start the simulation process. Click on the help icon (at the…
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VMware Labs – vMaxGuide

VMware
vMaxGuide is an Android application which provides the maximum supported configurations of the following vSphere versions: vSphere 5.5 vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.0 vMaxGuide also provides a comparative view of components across the three versions of vSphere along with the comparison of virtual Hardware versions of Virtual Machines. Users can swipe between the different platforms displayed and select the component of interest. The app also provides a message to the user on certain components, marked by [*], which requires certain condition to reach the maximum supported configuration. Download vMaxGuide
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CTXANALYZER Utility

Citrix
If you're a sysadmin who manages multiple Citrix XenApp Farms then this utility is for you. Introducing the NEW CtxAnalyzer which is a great utility for displaying all the information you need about your Citrix XenApp servers in one screen. Now with multiple Citrix XenApp farms view - export information of multiple farms in multiple domains to Excel or HTML files. So you may be asking yourself what information does this tool display:- Server Status: Online or Offline. Network Configuration: IP Address, Subnet, Gateway, DNS. Windows Information:: Windows Version and Platform (x86/x64), Windows Install Date,  Windows Last Boot Date and Machine Uptime. Citrix XenApp Information: Version, Feature, Farm Name, Worker Group, Zone Name, Zone Preference, Citrix License Server and Port and Citrix Logon. Port Number and Status: ICA, RDP, XML and…
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vSphere Replication Calculator

VMware
Storage and network bandwidth requirements can increase when using vSphere Replication. Besides the network transfers of replicated data from the primary site to the vSphere Replication server, and the transfers from the vSphere Replication server to the ESXi host, the host writes the data to storage once and then, due to the use of redo log snapshots, reads the data back and rewrites it to storage. The amount of network bandwidth that vSphere Replication requires to replicate virtual machines efficiently depends on several factors in your environment. Network-Based storage Size of dataset Data change rate Recovery Point Objective (RPO) Link Speed To further help you to estimate the amount of bandwidth that vSphere Replication requires, VMware have created a very useful online tool called the vSphere Replication Calculator why not give it…
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VMware Tools for Nested ESXi

VMware
This VIB package provides a VMware Tools service (vmtoolsd) for running inside a nested ESXi virtual machine. The following capabilities are exposed through VMware Tools: Provides guest OS information of the nested ESXi Hypervisor (eg. IP address, configured hostname, etc.). Allows the nested ESXi VM to be cleanly shut down or restarted when performing power operations with the vSphere Web/C# Client or vSphere APIs. Executes scripts that help automate ESXi guest OS operations when the guest’s power state changes. Supports the Guest Operations API (formally known as the VIX API). New in version 1.1: – Now reports IPv6 addresses as well as IPv4 addresses for nested ESXi guests. For more information: What’s in a VIB? woot! VMware Tools for Nested ESXi  
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PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

VMware
PowerActions integrates the vSphere Web Client and PowerCLI to provide complex automation solutions from within the standard vSphere management client. PowerActions is deployed as a plugin for the vSphere Web Client and will allow you to execute PowerCLI commands and scripts in a vSphere Web Client integrated Powershell console. Furthermore, administrators will be able to enhance the native WebClient capabilities with actions and reports backed by PowerCLI scripts persisted on the vSphere Web Client. Have you ever wanted to “Right Click” an object in the web client and run a PowerCLI script? Now you can! (more…)
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Latency Sensitivity Troubleshooting Tool

VMware
The Latency Sensitivity Troubleshooting Tool provides scripts and examples to troubleshoot configuration and performance problems with the Latency Sensitivity feature in VMware vSphere 5.5. Features Python script that runs on ESXi to check virtual machine and physical NIC (PNIC) configuration to monitor host, virtual machine, and PNIC performance. Python program to process traces from pktcap-uw for a ping workload and print time spent in ESXi on the receive path, time spent in the virtual machine, and time spent in ESXi on the transmit path. A simple C program demonstrating the trace format generated by pktcap-uw. The C program was tested on an x86_64 Linux virtual machine. Example SystemTap scripts to break down ping and netperf TCP_RR latencies inside a Red Hat Linux guest. These scripts were tested on a Red…
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VMware I/O Analyzer

VMware
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. I/O Analyzer can use Iometer to generate synthetic I/O loads or a trace replay tool to deploy real application workloads. It uses the VMware VI SDK to remotely collect storage performance statistics from VMware ESX/ESXi hosts. Standardizing load generation and statistics collection allows users and VMware engineers to have a high level of confidence in the data collected. Features Integrated framework for storage performance testing Readily deployable virtual appliance Easy configuration and launch of…
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Dell vCentre OpenManage Integration Plugin

Tools
I've been using a really smart VMware vCentre plugin called "OpenManage Intergration" which is produced and sold by Dell.  Basically this plugin is used to patch firmware items on the server like BIOS, Lifecycle controller, NICs, iDrac and PERC card.  The only issue I have come across at the moment is sometimes a job will fail stating that it is already scheduled. [Firmware Update] File: R815_BIOS_F8FCX_WN32_3.0.5.EXE - Status: Failed - Message: iDRAC - A job for this update already exists in the queue and prevents the new job from being scheduled. [Firmware Update] File: R815_BIOS_F8FCX_WN32_3.0.5.EXE, Status: Failed, iDRAC: 10.170.210.107, Host xxxxxxxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx, Recommended resolution actions: iDRAC - Delete the existing job before scheduling a new update job. For Remote Services API consumers, enumerate all the jobs to find and identify the duplicate…
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