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VMWare ESXi5: daily report, powergui, vesi.org, rvtools etc => what’s the latest + howto install?

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Hi,

I worked (some time ago) with a script that ran a daily health-check on the VMWare-environment. I think it came from: http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vcheck/(?)
It gave f.e.:
-vmware tools not up-to-date
-vm’s which were renamed but underlying name was not changed (to be changed by cloning the vm)
-to many vm’s on a datastore
-who created what machine

But besides that there was a Powergui tool, also vesi.org and rvtools . Not sure anymore what was used for what but it gave great tools to work on a VMWare environment.
I know there was a certain order to install all these tools since there was some kind of dependency. Therefore my latest attempt failed.

Please tell me: what is the status of all these tools: is there 1 who has them all or you still have to install them separately?
Then please tell me about especially how to configure the daily check + Powergui/Vesi.

Thanks!
J.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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I would recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.

http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/automationtools/powercli

One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI

http://powergui.org/index.jspa

and

VMware Community Pack
http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/

It's also worth looking at The free VMware Guest Console
http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vgc

There are a few around and maintained still:-

VMware Community Pack is still maintained and uses a Daily Health Script
http://www.virtu-al.net/featured-scripts/vmware-powerpack/

http://www.virtu-al.net/2009/07/14/powercli-daily-report/

VMware Health Check Report v0.9.5
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9420
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