vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

What's vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) ? How to set it up ? Any example on its usage ?

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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalCommented:
Hi,

One of the use of vMA is to backup and restore ESXi settings from the command line remotely.
Think of it as the command line VCenter where you can manage and configure the ESXi servers.

For example: http://www.jpaul.me/2011/03/esxi-backup-and-restore-with-vma/
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you need to use it, that's the question ?

It's deployed as an OVA/OVF, so you download and import it, Power it up.

As for usage, it mus be configured for your environment, e.g. you must add your ESXi servers to it, tha you wish to manage, and then you can login to vMA, and use it to send remote commands to your ESXi servers, rather than logging in directly to each ESXi server.

I would ask you do you need it ?

Some additional software suh as APC Network Management shutdown software installs on VMA, because it cannot be installed direclty on the ESXi servers.

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