Saturday, June 1, 2013

vmtools, a collection of tools used to manage vSphere

This tool's purpose to manage vSphere.  It isn't a single tool but a collection of other tools.  I like to think of it as a single tool because I've been able to wrap it up nicely into a single virtual machine running Windows Server 2008 R2.  Simply build the VM, install all the components and keep it up to date.

The tool's can manage vSphere via the WebGUI or PowerCLI. It contains all the necessary components to write code, explore log files, and capture metrics.

It is based on my Windows Server 2008 R2 template.  Read vmtools build instructions for more information on the software installed in the VM.