RVTools version 3.10 is now available for download

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RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter ESX Server 6.5.       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, license info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.
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RVTools Version 3.7

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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…
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RVTools 3.6 released

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This tool has helped me find inconsistencies in environments and misconfigured VMs etc on more than one occasion. What’s new for RVTools 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…
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Dell vCentre OpenManage Integration Plugin

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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,…
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Resetting a Dell iDRAC or DRAC card

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Sometimes the DRAC cards in Dell servers just seem to not respond or act up. If you still have CLI access to it, you can reset it a two different ways. If you are local to the machine, and it has OpenManage installed (OMSA), use this command to perform a soft-reset: c:racadm racreset soft It will acknowledge that it has completed and you have to wait a few minutes. If you are remote you need to have the DRAC tools installed, and credentials to use the command: racadm -r <ip address> -u <username> -p <password> racreset soft This will perform a…
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Issues with Ports on Windows Servers

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I have come across a number of comments in forums about asking how to determine what software is using a particular port.  This query happens when you are trying to install software which fails due to a port being utilized already.  I came across the same query and remembered that I could do this using NETSTAT but couldn't remember the switches.  Well I found the information and thought I would share:- netstat -aon | findstr Eg: with port 443 If you kill the related process then the port will be become free. Note : Normally PID column will not be visible in…
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Cool Tool update: RVTools 3.5

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This tool has helped me find inconsistencies in environments and misconfigured VMs etc on more than one occasion. What’s new for RVTools 3.5? On vInfo tabpage new field: Resource pool On vInfo tabpage new field: Consolidation needed. On vCPU tabpage new field: Number of cores per socket New tabpage with resource pool information On vNetwork tabpage new column: Switch name On vNetwork tabpage new column: Starts Connected On vTools tabpage new column: required version On vHost tabpage new columns: custom fields On vDisk tabpage new columns: raw disk information Improved error handling for SSO login problems Bug fix: Invalid snapshot size fixed Bug fix: All datetime fields now use the local…
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Latest Fling from VMware Labs – DrmDiagnose

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VMware vCenter has provided sophisticated resource management controls (to set resource reservations, limits, shares, etc.) for virtual machines since vCenter 2.0. However, we have noticed that not everyone uses these controls due to confusion about how these features can affect other virtual machines in the resource pool. For instance, what happens when you increase the CPU size of a VM? How does that affect the other VMs in the same cluster? This Fling attempts to make this easier by providing resource management recommendations based on inventory dumps of the existing environment. It compares the current resource demands of a VM and suggests…
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PowerShell Plus editor is now free!

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I have been using PowerShell Plus for some time now for writing and debugging all of my PowerShell and PowerCLI scripts.  As from version 4.6 the PowerShell Plus editor is now free. You can download the app from Idera using the following link. https://www.idera.com/Free-Tools/PowerShell-Plus/ Idera also provide PowerShell Scripts which contains scripts for SQL, SharePoint and many more https://www.idera.com/Free-Tools/PowerShell-scripts/
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Cool Tool update: RVTools 3.4

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This tool has helped me find inconsistencies in environments and misconfigured VMs etc on more than one occasion. What’s new for RVTools 3.4? Overall performance improvements and better end user experience VI SDK reference changed from 4.0 to 5.0 Added reference to Log4net (Apache Logging Framework) for debugging purpose Fixed a SSO problem CSV export trailing separator removed to fix PowerShell read problem On vDisk tabpage new fields: Eagerly Scrub and Write Through On vHost tabpage new field: vRAM = total amount of virtual RAM allocated to all running VMs On vHost tabpage new fields: Used memory by VMs, Swapped memory by VMs and Ballooned memory by VMs Bugfix:…
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