VMware information from vCenter

How can I get the following information  from vCenter

1. Are all VMs upto date with VMware Tools?
2. Are all ESXi  running latest patch levels?
3. Compatibility of all  ESXi servers  (5.1) to  5.5 for upgrade?
4. Correct way to clean up powered off VMs?
5. What does maintenance schedule of ESXi servers comprise of?

Advise would be appreciated. Thanks.
cgeorgeisaacAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. vCenter Server will show you this, see here


Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 9: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

You can also use RV Tools from here

http://www.robware.net/

This will extract information from vCenter Server in a table, which can be exported to Excel.

2. Again, from vCenter Server, use RV Tools.

and then compare against here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014508

or use VMware Update Manager.

3. You will have to visit the Hardware Compatibility List and check here

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

4. I'm not sure what you mean here....you mean VMs, you no longer want to keep...

Right Click the VM, and click DELETE (REMOVE from disk), and then later login, browse the datastore manually, and remove the VM folder, and any remaining files.

5. Entering Maintenance Mode, and apply patches!

But you should not be rebooting them that often, we have Uptimes of over 365 days!

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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick and great feedback.  

4.   Is there any way to find out for how long specific  VMs has been  off?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You would need to look at the events within vCenter Server database.

also you can check the vmware.log, which is the log in each VM folder. This has time stamps, as to when VMs were powered on or off.
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