VMware capacity planner for ESX 4.1 questions

Hello Experts,

As per link below.

http://michael.requeny.com/2011/05/01/poor-mans-vmware-capacity-planner-guided-consolidation/

I would like to raise following questions:

1. What special licensing is required to run this tool?
2. Where should I deploy this tool? vcenter?
3. Is the performance on ESX host and/or vcenter server affected during the tool execution?
4. Will the application install any agents on ESX/Vcenter/VMs?
5. Any specific best practices to run this tool?
6. Will the capacity planning help me to build an strategy storage/performance/capacity plan for next 3 years?
7. What level of permissions is required to run this tool?
8. What type of reports can I get once the tool completed the analysis?
9. Any chance to export those reports to a PDF/Excel format?

Your feedback is really appreciated
Jerry SeinfieldAsked:
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GovvyCommented:
For question 6 - capacity analysis I would recommend vKernel instead which is a scalable solution
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. If you are referring to VMware Capacity Planner, this is the URL.
http://www.vmware.com/products/capacity-planner/

It's a service which (we) VMware Partners use to assess your environment. It's not available to end users.

VMware Guided Consolidation is included with vCenter 4.x.  I do not believe it ships anymore with vCenter 5.0.

2. It's included with vCenter, so it's installed on the vCenter server.

3. No, it runs in the background gather data from physical servers using WMI.

4. No it uses WMI. So ensure that WMI is working correctly, and you use the correct Domain Credentials on your servers. e.g. Domain Admins to gather the data.

5. It's Plug and Go, set it up, leave it run, and it will tell you which servers are best to Virtualise, and then it can run VMware Converter and convert them, if the confidence level is high.It's best to leave running for 1 month, to get a good analysis of your servers. or at least 5 days.

6. NO. Its not Capacity Planning, it just advises on what physical servers are good candidates for virtualisation.

7. Domain Admins.

8. Very little, it will just give, 1, 2  or 3 stars, as to Confidence Level to Migrate to Virtual servers.

9. No.

Longer term, you would be better of looking and investigating the use of VMware Capacity IQ
http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-capacityiq/overview.html, which can predict, growth and planning.

Also VKernel has now been purchased by Quest.
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