Vsphere Troubleshooting Tools

I wonder what tools are used to troubleshoot Vsphere ESXi?
is Putty enough to connect to ESX and use the command line for troubleshooting?
I have heard of vMA , I am not sure how this works ?
Any help will be very much appreciated.

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jskfanAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
PuTTY and SSH access to Console is enough, you can also collect the logs via vSphere Client if you wish.

troubleshooting tools:-

1. Your brain, analysis and diagnosis abilities
2. Console or SSH access (could be via PuTTY)
3. VMware ESXi Logs
4. Experience
5. You could use Experts Exchange
6. Internet and VMware Forums
7. VMware Knowledgebase

vMA is here. It can be configured so ALL the ESXi logs are set to the vMA, very important, because if the ESXi server reboots, all the logs will be gone.

The vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) allows administrators and developers to run scripts and agents to manage ESXi hosts and vCenter Server systems. vMA is a virtual machine that includes prepackaged software, a logging component, and an authentication component that supports non-interactive login.

Source
http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vima/
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ltechsolutionsConnect With a Mentor CEOCommented:
What sort of troubleshooting are you trying to do?

Is there a specific issue you're having, or are you just looking for a generic tool for future use?

ESXi is pretty straightforward, and if you're using the vSphere Client software, it's extremely easy to manage.
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