RV Tools is one of my favorite 3rd party tools for vSphere. If you are not familiar with PowerCLI this is a “MUST HAVE” for you. With this tool, you can get quite all the information you need from your VMWare environment. You can check all information from your VMs, ESX(i), vCenters, Clusters, vSwitchs and so on.
Here a short extract from their website with a print screen:
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.
Normally I use the tool to make Excel extracts from the VMs to know which VM tools are outdated. An other nice feature that I use is the vDatastore tab. There I have a nice overview of all datastores to check free space, quantity of VMs and so on.
However, my favorite tab is the vHealth tab. There you can find a lot information about misconfigurations ore threshold values that have passed over. Here some possible error messages from a customer’s environment(the VM/ESX/Datastore names were cutted out):
Please feel free to visit the developer’s page, register and download the tool for free:
There are a lot of nice features and information to use with this tool. Go ahead, install it and try it!
If you like this tool as much as I do, you can also donate some money via paypal!