List of helpful documents related to vSphere 6.x and it’s components I’ve used in my studies. Also, I’ve listed some really useful tools to help administer and obtain information from ESXi hosts and vCenter. Be sure to support the creators if you find the tools helpful yourself.
Helpful VMware Documentation
- List of recommended Topologies for VMware vSphere 6.0.x
- List of recommended Topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5.x
- VMware vSphere Upgrade/Migration Guide Tool
- vSphere 6 Performance Best Practices
- VMware Product Build Numbers and Versions
- NSX 6.4 Troubleshooting Guide
- VMware PowerCLI 6.5 R1 Reference Poster
- VMware Configuration Maximums
Freeware/Shareware Tools for VMware
RVTools – list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info, health checks and more…
Visual ESXTOP – is an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more advanced features.
vCheck – vCheck is a PowerShell HTML framework script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format.
This script picks on the key known issues and potential issues scripted as plugins for various technologies written as Powershell scripts and reports it all in one place so all you do in the morning is check your email. – Per Author (Alan Renouf)
Quadport Capable Hardware for Dell M1000e PowerEdge Chassis – a Technical White Paper describing port enumerations and relationships between Full/Half height blade servers and IO Modules.
Stacking Dell Force10 MXL 10/40G Blade Switches – Detailed explanation on how to stack & configure Dell blade switches.