What is VMware?
VMware is providing the solution to virtualize the physical resources. On top of virtual resources, we are creating new virtual machines. In the small infrastructure, it will be easy to manage. But in the large and complex infrastructure, it will be very difficult to manage. To overcome this problem, we are having multiple tools for the VMware ecosystem like VMware PowerCLI, VMware Workstation, vRealize Log Insight, vCheck for vSphere, vCenter Converter, MobaXterm, VMware Workstation Player, Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI, Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility, IOInsight, RVTools, WinSCP, vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling, VisualEsxtop, vCenter Support Assistant. It will help to manage the VMware environment and make sure that there are fewer human errors.
Let us discuss the tools of VMware.
1) VMware Workstation:
Those folks are new in the virtualization world, and they don’t know much about the VMware environment. For those people, the VMware workstation is the best tool to start with the VMware. The VMware workstation is the very basic tool or software application to manage the VMware environment. It is a very good place to start with the new learning for VMware. It will provide the detailed information on different virtual instances that are running on the different operating systems if we need to launch or manage the different virtual machines on the VMware platform. We are having different ways to connect with it like the ESXi, VSphere, different workstation servers, etc. With the help of the VMware hypervisor, we can easily transfer the physical hardware machine to the virtual machine. We can easily scale up or scale down once the machine is available in the VMware environment.
2) VMware Workstation Player:
The VMware workstation player is one of the free tools available. It comes under the workstation player categories. It is very simple to understand the VMware environment. With the help of the VMware workstation player, we can easily get familiar with the VMware platform. It will help to run the second operating system on Linux as well as on the Windows platform. In the VMware workstation player, we can create an isolated and secure working environment. The network topology and configuration, the privacy settings will be enabled on the browser level as well. Similarly, the VMware workstation player tool is a great tool for testing as well as the learning front. It is also having sandbox capabilities, isolation features, etc. In VMware workstation player tool, we can easily test the different configuration and setting before directly applying to the actual production environment.
3) vCenter Converter:
If we need to convert the physical environment onto the virtual platform, then we need to make sure that none of the machines should be available physically. The entire machine should be move from the physical environment to the virtual environment, i.e., the VMware environment. The vCenter converter will help to convert the physical Linux or the Windows machine into the VMware base image or the VM’s. It will help to convert or enable the simultaneous conversions of the on-prem physical machine without having any downtime. It will be a great help for the large-scale infrastructure. We can convert the multiple physical machines at the same time and manage them from the centralized platform.
4) VMware PowerCLI:
We are having the VMware PowerCLI tool. It will help to manage the VMware environment from the CLI. It will install or configure on different operating systems like the macOS, Ubuntu, CentOS, Windows, etc. It is nothing but a windows PowerShell interface. It will help to manage the vSphere. The VMware PowerCLI is a powerful command-line tool; it will help to design the automation task or jobs to due reduce human efforts. It will include various components like storage, network, security, virtual machine management, etc. It will also reduce human errors also.
The RVTools are free tools. The main use of the RVTools is to get detailed information on the virtual instances and the ESXi hosts. The RVTools stands on the Virtual Infrastructure SKD. It will provide detailed information on the virtual CPU, virtual memory, virtual disk, etc. It will represent the information in the specific tab. We also have the filter option. It will enable the specific tab information. Similarly, it will also print the different information like the virtual environment information. With the help of RVTools, we can perform a series of administrator operations. The operations like to upgrade the VMware tools, connection or disconnection status of the floppy disks or the CD-ROM, etc.
HTML5 Web Client Fling: The vSphere is a supported version of the HTML5 client. From the 6.5 version, the vSphere HTML5 Web Client will fully support HTML5. With the help of the official vSphere Client, it is able to connect with the ESXi host and VCenter server ecosystem. The vSphere HTML5 Web Client will provide the different resources like the libraries help, different options of plugins for the documentation, SDK tool support, etc. It will be a great help for the UI developer. It will be compatible with both the HTML5 – vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client. Here, we can also define which type of elements will be visible for the respective user or the groups.
In the VMware environment, the VisualEsxtop is the most popular tool. It will help with troubleshooting and monitor the virtual machines and ESXi hosts. When will we connect the VisualEsxtop to the vCenter or the ESX host, we will get the detailed information of the ESX server with a better UI interface and enriched features. We can also display the data simulation on multiple windows. It also has a separate performance statics counter also. In the VisualEsxtop tool, we are having the flexible channel batch output feature. It will load the batch output, and then it will replay.
We are having multiple options for the VMware tools. As per the requirement or need, we need to select the VMware tool. It will reduce the efforts and maintain accuracy.
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