Free Tools

Tool Name Description Category Developer Link
Veeam Backup Free Edition Veeam Backup Free Edition provides a number of powerful utilities for managing VMs. It complements your regular backup tool by providing easy ad hoc backups of individual VMs. Data Protection Veeam Download
Unitrends Enterprise Backup Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ protects by bridging virtual, physical, and cloud. Unitrends has provided next-generation enterprise-class data protection to thousands of customers. Data Protection Unitrends Download
Recovery Time Actual calculator This Free Tool lets you quickly calculate how long it will take to recover the critical VMs in your data center. Data Protection Unitrends Download
VMTurbo Datacenter Stencils Create diagrams of your datacenter using VMTurbo’s free datacenter stencils pack for Microsoft Visio or for OmniGraffle. Graphics VMTurbo Download
VMware Visio Stencils Visio Stencils derived from VMware graphics. Graphics Technodrone Download
Veeam Stencils for Microsoft Visio Veeam Stencils is a free collection of VMware Visio stencils that can be used by ESX administrators, system integrators and datacenter managers to create their own diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2003 or higher. Graphics Veeam Download
PicPick PicPick is user friendly and full of features for creating your image, suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home user. Graphics PicPick Download
HotShots HotShots is an application for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats as well as adding annotations and graphical data (arrows, lines, texts, …). Graphics Open Source Download
Skitch Skitch is a free, innovative, easy-to-use application that’s changed the way people capture, annotate and share images. You can take screenshots or open photos, add arrows, shapes and text, crop, resize, then share your work with friends, family and coworkers. Graphics Evernote Download
FastStone Capture A powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility. Graphics FastStone Capture Download
Screenshot Captor Screenshot Captor is a program for taking screenshots on your computer. Graphics DonationCoder Download
Xtravirt Presentation Pack These 4 individual packs contain extensively detailed icons and imagery to illustrate any virtualization solution. Graphics Xtravirt Download
Paint.NET Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. Graphics dotPDN LLC Download
VMware PowerPoint Icons and Images The attached PowerPoint presentations contains VMware Icons and Images for use in presentation. Graphics VMware Labs Download
VisioCafe Huge collection of free vendor specific Visio stencils. Graphics VisioCafe Download
Visio Action Pack The original Visio icon pack for VMware & virtualization contains over 70 unique icons together with a user guide and sample diagram templates. Graphics Xtravirt Download
FastSCP Veeam FastSCP can copy files over 6 times faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools as it uses full network capacity. Management Veeam Download
Trilead VM Explorer Trilead VM Explorer is a management tool that eases management, backup and disaster recovery tasks in your VMware ESX environment. Management Trilead AG Download
mksTaskbarPlugin A module which loads into both Explorer and vmware-vmx and renders a resizable thumbnail of your choice of VM console to a panel on the Windows taskbar. Management VMware Labs Download
Ops Panel for ESX A script tool which runs on the client browser and extends the default ESX server web page with a short list of all available virtual machines. Management VMware Labs Download
vCenter XVP Manager and Converter Provides basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms towards enabling centralized visibility and control across heterogeneous virtual infrastructures. Management VMware Labs Download
VMVision Manager VMVision Manager is designed to administrate and use Virtual Machines powered by ESX VMware Hosts. Management VMVision Download
VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for Cisco UCS 1.0 This plug-in extends VMware’s robust workflow automation solution to automate and simplify provisioning and administration for the Cisco UCS platform. Management VMware Download
VGC An application to manage the Guest Operating Systems installed on a VM. Management VMware Labs Download
VIX Plugin for vCenter Orchestrator Supports extended functionality through the use of Plug-Ins. Management VMware Labs Download
VC StatLevelConfig A utility that allows customers to view and reconfigure the contents of their metric collection levels. Management VMware Labs Download
Boomerang VMware Boomerang is a radically simple client application that allows you to use multiple vSphere servers simultaneously. Management VMware Labs Download
PXE Manager for vCenter PXE Manager for vCenter Enables ESXi host state (firmware) management and provisioning. Management VMware Labs Download
VM Console Enables you to bounce your virtual machines without ever logging into VMware! Plus, you can track up/down status, take snapshots, and restart VMs even if you’re not a VMware administrator. Management SolarWinds Download
vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) Allows administrators and developers to run scripts and agents to manage ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server systems. Management VMware Download
vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) A fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that is required to manage your datacenter from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad). Management VMware Labs Download
vSphere Client RDP Plug-in The vSphere RDP Plug-in provides integration of the Windows Remote Desktop tool with the VMware vSphere Client. Management Xtravirt Download
Auto Deploy GUI The Auto Deploy GUI is a vSphere plug-in for the VMware vSphere Auto Deploy component. The GUI plug-in allows a user to easily manage the setup and deployment requirements in a stateless environment managed by Auto Deploy. Management VMware Labs Download
MCS ThinView A VMware ThinApp Explorer for compiled ThinApp Packages that can be help to see problems in ThinApp packages. Management MightyCare Download
Virtual USB Analyzer A free and open source tool for visualizing logs of USB packets, from hardware or software USB sniffer tools. Management VMware Labs Download
Thinapped vSphere Client Run vSphere client 4.1 in a snap. No install, just download the EXE and double-click. Management VMware Labs Download
VM Configuration Tool A light weight tool, can configure VMware Virtual server (VM’s ) resources such as CPU, RAM or execute Power operations or change the Name of the VM’S, and also it fetches comprehensive data about the servers and its virtual machines and presents them as visually elegant graphs and reports in a desktop tool dashboard. Management ManageEngine Download
Ruby vSphere Console A Linux console UI for vSphere, built on the RbVmomi bindings to the vSphere API. RVC is a console UI for VMware ESX and VirtualCenter. Management VMware Labs Download
Boomerang A radically simple client application that allows you to use multiple vSphere servers simultaneously. Management VMware Labs Download
VMware vSphere Client for iPad The VMware vSphere Client for iPad is a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client, optimized for viewing and managing your vSphere environment on the go. Management VMware Download
vCenter Converter Standalone Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware vCenter Converter. Migration VMware Download
InventorySnapshot Allows a user to “snapshot” a given vCenter inventory configuration and then reproduce it. Management VMware Labs Download
VM-to-Cloud Calculator Our FREE VM-to-Cloud Calculator quickly discovers all of your virtual machines and estimates what it would cost to move them to the cloud. Miscellaneous SolarWinds Download
VIB Author The VIB Author tool allows ESXi administrator to create custom VIBs at the Community Supported level. VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle and is a way of packaging programs that run on ESXi hosts. The custom VIBs can then be used in house, or made available to a wider audience. Miscellaneous VMware Labs Download
Virtual Disk Development Kit The Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) is a collection of C libraries, code samples, utilities, and documentation to help you create or access VMware virtual disk storage. Miscellaneous VMware Download
Memtest86+ Memtest86+ is a thorough, stand alone memory test for x86 architecture computers. Miscellaneous Open Source Download
Sysinternals Live Sysinternals Live is a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. Miscellaneous Microsoft Download
WinSCP An open source free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows. Miscellaneous Open Source Download
vLogView A Windows based application which manages VMware ESX Server log files. Miscellaneous Xtravirt Download
ImgBurn Allows you to create and manage ISO files to use with your VMs. Miscellaneous ImgBurn Download
vSphere Plugin Wizard 2.0 Use this tool to create a tabbed plugin of your favourite website or admin page. Miscellaneous Ricky El-Qasem Download
Putty A free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. Miscellaneous Simon Tatham Download
vWorkspace Desktop Optimizer A piece of software that contains our entire ‘optimizing knowledge’, Although optimized for Quest vWorkspace environments, the Quest vWorkspace Desktop Optimizer will work just as well in Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View environments. Miscellaneous Quest Download
ESXi Configuration Backup An automating tool for saving configurations of multiple ESXi. Miscellaneous SLYM Software Download
Virtual Health Monitor Virtual Health Monitor by VMTurbo is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for virtual environments. It provides single pane of glass visibility into VM and infrastructure health. Monitoring VMTurbo Download
Virtualization Performance Viewer Quickly and efficiently monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize virtualized and cloud environments. This
easy-to-use virtualization management software gives you comprehensive visibility, insights, and control.
Monitoring HP Download
IgniteFreeVM IgnitefreeVM pinpoints the root cause of database performance issues in the query, virtual server, or physical host. IgniteFreeVM lets DBAs see the server and VMware admins see how the database interacts with VMware. Monitoring Confio Download
Xangati for ESX A line of virtual appliances providing real-time, continuous visibility into the otherwise invisible activity of a VMware ESX/ESXi host, its virtual machines (VMs) and the infrastructure resources they use. Monitoring Xangati Download
vSphere Mini Monitor Provides a simple extension of the vSphere Web SDK to allow for real-time alerting of important user-based events on your vCenter server. Monitoring Nick Weaver Download
VM Monitor An easy-to-use desktop tool that continuously monitors a VMware® ESX Server and its virtual machines. Monitoring SolarWinds Download
Veeam ONE Free Edition Veeam ONE Free Edition lets you see how 24×7 real-time monitoring, resource optimization, management reporting and more can improve the performance and availability of your virtual environment. Monitoring Veeam Download
VM Health Monitor Monitors important parameters of VMWare ESX and VMWare ESXi servers. The tool fetches comprehensive data about the servers and presents them as visually elegant graphs and reports. Monitoring ManageEngine Download
vAlarm A Windows based application, created by Xtravirt, which monitors alarms generated by VMware® vCenter which supports vCenter 2.5 & 4.0. Monitoring Xtravirt Download
Loadstorm A cool tool which will load a multithreaded CPU load and will generate memory load. Performance Andrew Mitchell Download
HeavyLoad Heavyload is intended to stress all resources of a PC (the CPU, RAM, hard disk, operating system, etc.) in order to test reliability under a heavy load. Performance Jam Software Download
I/O Analyzer I/O Analyzer is a virtual appliance solution by VMware that provides a simple and standardized way of measuring storage performance in a VMware vSphere virtualized environments. I/O Analyzer automates the traditional storage performance analysis cycle and reduces the performance diagnosis time from days to hours. Performance VMware Labs Download
IOBlazer A multi-platform storage stack micro-benchmark. IOBlazer runs on Linux, Windows and OSX and it is capable of generating a highly customizable workload. Performance VMware Labs Download
Iometer An I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. Performance Open Source Download
Memory Performance Tester A Memory Performance Testing utility to outline the speed of different types of memory Performance VMware Download
Esxplot A GUI-based tool that lets you explore the data collected by esxtop in batch mode. Performance VMware Labs Download
vOPS Server Explorer Freeware suite comprised of Environment Explorer, vScope Explorer and award-winning SearchMyVM Explorer to search VMs, assess VM performance and VM health and perform capacity monitoring. Reporting vKernel Download
ESX System Analyzer The ESX System Analyzer is a tool designed to help administrators plan a migration from ESX to ESXi. It analyzes the ESX hosts in your environment and, for each host, collects information on factors that pertain to the migration process. Reporting VMware labs Download
vScope Explorer vScope Explorer is a free tool from VKernel that analyzes and visualizes the entire virtual environment to identify peformance, capacity, and resource efficiency issues in your virtual environment based on analysis from VKernel’s Capacity Analytics Engine. Reporting vKernel Download
ApplicationVIEW Monitor and diagnose capacity bottlenecks in 5 user-selected application VMs. Reporting vKernel Download
vOptimizer WasteFinder Quickly locate and reclaim over-allocated VM storage and dramatically reduce unnecessary storage costs. Reporting Quest Download
Veeam Business View Veeam Business View is an add-on that works with other Veeam products to provide business categorization for your VMware vSphere environment. Reporting Veeam Download
RVTools A windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Reporting Robware Download
VMware SiteSurvey Produces a report showing hardware compatibility and software configuration compatibility with advanced VMware features such as Fault Tolerance. Reporting VMware Download
StorageVIEW Quickly and easily identify the top 5 host/datastore links with the highest storage I/O latency. Reporting vKernel Download
Capacity Modeler Assess the performance impact of capacity changes to your existing virtualized environment. Make changes with confidence. Reporting vKernel Download
CapacityVIEW Quickly diagnose and be alerted to capacity and performance issues across an environment’s storage and server resources. Reporting vKernel Download
Veeam Reporter Free Edition Veeam Reporter Free Edition provides all the core functionality of the full version of Reporter, including full data collection, multi-user support, and Microsoft SQL Server backend. Reporting Veeam Download
VMTurbo Performance and Efficiency Reporter The VMTurbo Performance and Efficieny Reporter is a collection of reports that give insight into performance and efficiency. Reporting VMTurbo Download
VMware Change Reporter Audits all changes and enforces controlled change management processes across your virtual environment. Sends a daily report pointing to every change made to your ESX servers, folders, clusters, resource pools, virtual machines, and their hardware, including previous and current (“before” and “after”) configuration values. Reporting NetWrix Download
Virtual Machine Sprawl Tracker Tracks virtual machine usage statistics and automatically report on inactive and unused virtual machines to justify their deactivation and reclaim precious physical resources. Reporting NetWrix Download
CPU Identification Utility Displays CPU features for VMotion compatibility, EVC and indicates 64-bit VMware support. Reporting VMware Download
VPT Provides an inventory of roles and permissions that are available in a given VMware virtual infrastructure setup. Reporting VMware Labs Download
PowerActions for vSphere Web Client PowerActions integrates the vSphere Web Client and PowerCLI to provide complex automation solutions from within the standard vSphere management client. Scripting VMware Labs Download
WebCommander WebCommander was designed as a framework to wrap your PowerShell and PowerCLI scripts into an easy-to-access web service. Now you can hand off the tasks your users need by simply adding a new script and giving them access to WebCommander. Scripting VMware Labs Download
vGhetto Script Repository OpenSource repository for vGhetto Scripts and Perl/TK based vGhetto Client to vSphere Scripting William Lam Download
vEcoShell vEcoShell eliminates the need to create, debug, and manage Windows PowerShell scripts used in the administration of virtual infrastructures. Scripting Quest Download
vSphere PowerCLI 4.1.1 vSphere PowerCLI is a powerful command line tool that lets you automate all aspects of vSphere management, including network, storage, VM, guest OS and more. Scripting VMware Download
Onyx A standalone application that serves as a proxy between the vSphere Client and the vCenter Server. It monitors the network communication between them and translates it into an executable PowerShell code. Scripting VMware Labs Download
PowerGUI A graphical user interface and script editor for Microsoft Windows PowerShell. Scripting Open Source Download
VMware Community PowerPack This PowerPack contains a variety of scripts from Virtu-al.net and now other blogs such as ict-freak.nl and ntpro.nl transformed and enhanced into a useful PowerPack for both VESI and PowerGUI. Scripting Various Download
Compliance Checker for vSphere A robust utility providing detailed compliance checks against the VMware vSphere Hardening Guidelines Security VMware Download
Compliance Checker for PCI DSS v.1.2 A free, downloadable tool that provides a real-time compliance check for multiple Microsoft Windows servers and desktops against PCI DSS v1.2 requirements. Security VMware Download
SAN Monitor Our free SAN Monitor delivers the visibility you need to stay a superhero-sized step ahead of potential performance problems lurking in your storage array. Storage SolarWinds Download
Storage Response Time Monitor Having trouble with storage latency issues? Seeing your response times getting slower and slower? Download SolarWinds Storage Response Time Monitor and start tracking those sluggish VMs. Storage SolarWinds Download
I/O Analyzer VMware I/O Analyzer is an integrated framework designed to measure storage performance in a virtual environment and to help diagnose storage performance concerns. Storage VMware Labs Download
IOPS Calculator IOPS Calculator is a mobile device app designed to allow general purpose modelling of performance and capacity of disk drives and storage arrays. Storage Xtravirt Download
UBERAlign A tool for VMware Virtual Machine alignment and Space Reclamation Storage Nick Weaver Download
vDisk Informer vDisk Informer demonstrates which virtual disks have potentially wasted space on them and which virtual disks are misaligned causing a performance impact. Storage Ricky El-Qasem Download
Gnome Partition Editor GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions. Storage Open Source Download
SDelete SDelete is a command line utility that allows you to delete one or more files and/or directories, or to cleanse the free space on a logical disk. It can also Zero free space which is good for virtual disk optimization. Storage Microsoft Download
HD Speed Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. Storage SteelBytes Download
HDD Low Level Format Tool This freeware Low Level Format utility will erase, Low-Level Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive with any size of up to 281 474 976 710 655 bytes. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Storage HDDGURU Download
USB Image Tool USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick. Storage Alexander Beug Download
Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter A plug-in for VMware’s vCenter management console which enables the VMware administrator to quickly obtain context-sensitive information about the HP storage in their VMware environment. Storage HP Download
View Auditing Portal View Auditing Portal is a new web portal that serves as an extension to Horizon View Administrator. VDI VMware Labs Download
ViewDbChk The ViewDbChk tool allows administrators to scan for, and fix provisioning errors that can not be addressed using View Administrator. VDI VMware Labs Download
VMware View for iPad VMware View Client for iPad makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your iPad with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN). VDI VMware Download
VMware OS Optimization Tool The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. VDI VMware Labs Download
OpenFiler A network storage operating system, fronted by a web based management user interface. VSA Open Source Download
FreeNAS An embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD VSA Open Source Download
Celerra UBER v3.2 A free EMC based virtual storage appliance. VSA Nick Weaver Download
StarWind Free Edition StarWind Free is an iSCSI Target that converts any Windows server into a SAN. VSA StarWind Software Download
SvSAN for VMware Provides a single shared data store on your existing servers disk or other direct attached storage device. VSA StorMagic Download
NSS Virtual Appliance Lite A pre-built, pre-configured, and ready-to-run software application packaged with an operating system in a virtual machine for the SMB and ROBO. VSA FalconStor Download
UBER VNX (NFS) v1 A free EMC based virtual storage appliance. VSA Nick Weaver Download

*Source : http://vsphere-land.com/vinfo/free-tools

Linux Performance Monitoring Tools

Command Line Tools

Top

Top
This is a small tool which is pre-installed on many unix systems. When you want an overview of all the processes or threads running in the system: top is a good tool. Order processes on different criteria – the default of which is CPU.

htop

Top
Htop is essentially an enhanced version of top. It’s easier to sort by processes. It’s visually easier to understand and has built in commands for common things you would like to do. Plus it’s fully interactive.

atop

Atop monitors all processes much like top and htop, unlike top and htop however it has daily logging of the processes for long-term analysis. It also shows resource consumption by all processes. It will also highlight resources that have reached a critical load.

apachetop

Apachetop monitors the overall performance of your apache webserver. It’s largely based on mytop. It displays current number of reads, writes and the overall number of requests processed.

ftptop

ftptop gives you basic information of all the current ftp connections to your server such as the total amount of sessions, how many are uploading and downloading and who the client is.

mytop

Top
mytop is a neat tool for monitoring threads and performance of mysql. It gives you a live look into the database and what queries it’s processing in real time.

powertop

Top
powertop helps you diagnose issues that has to do with power consumption and power management. It can also help you experiment with power management settings to achieve the most efficient settings for your server. You switch tabs with the tab key.

iotop

Top
iotop checks the I/O usage information and gives you a top-like interface to that. It displays columns on read and write and each row represents a process. It also displays the percentage of time the process spent while swapping in and while waiting on I/O.

Desktop Monitoring

ntopng

Top
ntopng is the next generation of ntop and the tool provides a graphical user interface via the browser for network monitoring. It can do stuff such as: geolocate hosts, get network traffic and show ip traffic distribution and analyze it.

iftop

Top
iftop is similar to top, but instead of mainly checking for cpu usage it listens to network traffic on selected network interfaces and displays a table of current usage. It can be handy for answering questions such as “Why on earth is my internet connection so slow?!”.

jnettop

Top
jnettop visualises network traffic in much the same way as iftop does. It also supports customizable text output and a machine-friendly mode to support further analysis.

bandwidthd

Top
BandwidthD tracks usage of TCP/IP network subnets and visualises that in the browser by building a html page with graphs in png. There is a database driven system that supports searching, filtering, multiple sensors and custom reports.

EtherApe

EtherApe displays network traffic graphically, the more talkative the bigger the node. It either captures live traffic or can read it from a tcpdump. The displayed can also be refined using a network filter with pcap syntax.

ethtool

Top
ethtool is used for displaying and modifying some parameters of the network interface controllers. It can also be used to diagnose Ethernet devices and get more statistics from the devices.

NetHogs

Top
NetHogs breaks down network traffic per protocol or per subnet. It then groups by process. So if there’s a surge in network traffic you can fire up NetHogs and see which process is causing it.

iptraf

Top
iptraf gathers a variety of metrics such as TCP connection packet and byte count, interface statistics and activity indicators, TCP/UDP traffic breakdowns and station packet and byte counts.

ngrep

Top
ngrep is grep but for the network layer. It’s pcap aware and will allow to specify extended regular or hexadecimal expressions to match against packets of .

MRTG

Top
MRTG was orginally developed to monitor router traffic, but now it’s able to monitor other network related things as well. It typically collects every five minutes and then generates a html page. It also has the capability of sending warning emails.

bmon

Top
Bmon monitors and helps you debug networks. It captures network related statistics and presents it in human friendly way. You can also interact with bmon through curses or through scripting.

traceroute

Top
Traceroute is a built-in tool for displaying the route and measuring the delay of packets across a network.

IPTState

IPTState allows you to watch where traffic that crosses your iptables is going and then sort that by different criteria as you please. The tool also allows you to delete states from the table.

darkstat

Top
Darkstat captures network traffic and calculates statistics about usage. The reports are served over a simple HTTP server and gives you a nice graphical user interface of the graphs.

vnStat

Top
vnStat is a network traffic monitor that uses statistics provided by the kernel which ensures light use of system resources. The gathered statistics persists through system reboots. It has color options for the artistic sysadmins.

netstat

Top
Netstat is a built-in tool that displays TCP network connections, routing tables and a number of network interfaces. It’s used to find problems in the network.

ss

Instead of using netstat, it’s however preferable to use ss. The ss command is capable of showing more information than netstat and is actually faster. If you want a summary statistics you can use the command ss -s.

nmap

Top
Nmap allows you to scan your server for open ports or detect which OS is being used. But you could also use this for SQL injection vulnerabilities, network discovery and other means related to penetration testing.

MTR


MTR combines the functionality of traceroute and the ping tool into a single network diagnostic tool. When using the tool it will limit the number hops individual packets has to travel while also listening to their expiry. It then repeats this every second.

tcpdump


tcpdump will output a description of the contents of the packet it just captured which matches the expression that you provided in the command. You can also save the this data for further analysis.

Justniffer


Justniffer is a tcp packet sniffer. You can choose whether you would like to collect low-level data or high-level data with this sniffer. It also allows you to generate logs in customizable way. You could for instance mimic the access log that apache has.

Infrastructure Monitoring

Server Density


Our server monitoring tool! It has a web interface that allows you to set alerts and view graphs for all system and network metrics. You can also set up monitoring of websites whether they are up or down. Server Density allows you to set permissions for users and you can extend your monitoring with our plugin infrastructure or api. The service already supports Nagios plugins.

OpenNMS


OpenNMS has four main functional areas: event management and notifications; discovery and provisioning; service monitoring and data collection. It’s designed to be customizable to work in a variety of network environments.

SysUsage


SysUsage monitors your system continuously via Sar and other system commands. It also allows notifications to alarm you once a threshold is reached. SysUsage itself can be run from a centralized place where all the collected statistics are also being stored. It has a web interface where you can view all the stats.

brainypdm


brainypdm is a data management and monitoring tool that has the capability to gather data from nagios or another generic source to make graphs. It’s cross-platform, has custom graphs and is web based.

PCP


PCP has the capability of collating metrics from multiple hosts and does so efficiently. It also has a plugin framework so you can make it collect specific metrics that is important to you. You can access graph data through either a web interface or a GUI. Good for monitoring large systems.

KDE system guard


This tool is both a system monitor and task manager. You can view server metrics from several machines through the worksheet and if a process needs to be killed or if you need to start a process it can be done within KDE system guard.

Munin


Munin is both a network and a system monitoring tool which offers alerts for when metrics go beyond a given threshold. It uses RRDtool to create the graphs and it has web interface to display these graphs. Its emphasis is on plug and play capabilities with a number of plugins available.

Nagios


Nagios is system and network monitoring tool that helps you monitor monitor your many servers. It has support for alerting for when things go wrong. It also has many plugins written for the platform.

Zenoss


Zenoss provides a web interface that allows you to monitor all system and network metrics. Moreover it discovers network resources and changes in network configurations. It has alerts for you to take action on and it supports the Nagios plugins.

Cacti


(And one for luck!) Cacti is network graphing solution that uses the RRDtool data storage. It allows a user to poll services at predetermined intervals and graph the result. Cacti can be extended to monitor a source of your choice through shell scripts.

Zabbix

Zabbix Monitoring
Zabbix is an open source infrastructure monitoring solution. It can use most databases out there to store the monitoring statistics. The Core is written in C and has a frontend in PHP. If you don’t like installing an agent, Zabbix might be an option for you.

nmon


nmon either outputs the data on screen or saves it in a comma separated file. You can display CPU, memory, network, filesystems, top processes. The data can also be added to a RRD database for further analysis.

conky


Conky monitors a plethora of different OS stats. It has support for IMAP and POP3 and even support for many popular music players! For the handy person you could extend it with your own scripts or programs using Lua.

Glances


Glances monitors your system and aims to present a maximum amount of information in a minimum amount of space. It has the capability to function in a client/server mode as well as monitoring remotely. It also has a web interface.

saidar


Saidar is a very small tool that gives you basic information about your system resources. It displays a full screen of the standard system resources. The emphasis for saidar is being as simple as possible.

RRDtool


RRDtool is a tool developed to handle round-robin databases or RRD. RRD aims to handle time-series data like CPU load, temperatures etc. This tool provides a way to extract RRD data in a graphical format.

monit


Monit has the capability of sending you alerts as well as restarting services if they run into trouble. It’s possible to perform any type of check you could write a script for with monit and it has a web user interface to ease your eyes.

Linux process explorer

linux-process-monitor
Linux process explorer is akin to the activity monitor for OSX or the windows equivalent. It aims to be more usable than top or ps. You can view each process and see how much memory usage or CPU it uses.

df


df is an abbreviation for disk free and is pre-installed program in all unix systems used to display the amount of available disk space for filesystems which the user have access to.

discus


Discus is similar to df however it aims to improve df by making it prettier using fancy features as colors, graphs and smart formatting of numbers.

xosview


xosview is a classic system monitoring tool and it gives you a simple overview of all the different parts of the including IRQ.

Dstat


Dstat aims to be a replacement for vmstat, iostat, netstat and ifstat. It allows you to view all of your system resources in real-time. The data can then be exported into csv. Most importantly dstat allows for plugins and could thus be extended into areas not yet known to mankind.

Net-SNMP

SNMP is the protocol ‘simple network management protocol’ and the Net-SNMP tool suite helps you collect accurate information about your servers using this protocol.

incron

Incron allows you to monitor a directory tree and then take action on those changes. If you wanted to copy files to directory ‘b’ once new files appeared in directory ‘a’ that’s exactly what incron does.

monitorix

Monitorix is lightweight system monitoring tool. It helps you monitor a single machine and gives you a wealth of metrics. It also has a built-in HTTP server to view graphs and a reporting mechanism of all metrics.

vmstat


vmstat or virtual memory statistics is a small built-in tool that monitors and displays a summary about the memory in the machine.

uptime

This small command that quickly gives you information about how long the machine has been running, how many users currently are logged on and the system load average for the past 1, 5 and 15 minutes.

mpstat


mpstat is a built-in tool that monitors cpu usage. The most common command is using mpstat -P ALL which gives you the usage of all the cores. You can also get an interval update of the CPU usage.

pmap


pmap is a built-in tool that reports the memory map of a process. You can use this command to find out causes of memory bottlenecks.

ps


The ps command will give you an overview of all the current processes. You can easily select all processes using the command ps -A

sar


sar is a part of the sysstat package and helps you to collect, report and save different system metrics. With different commands it will give you CPU, memory and I/O usage among other things.

collectl


Similar to sar collectl collects performance metrics for your machine. By default it shows cpu, network and disk stats but it collects a lot more. The difference to sar is collectl is able to deal with times below 1 second, it can be fed into a plotting tool directly and collectl monitors processes more extensively.

iostat


iostat is also part of the sysstat package. This command is used for monitoring system input/output. The reports themselves can be used to change system configurations to better balance input/output load between hard drives in your machine.

free


This is a built-in command that displays the total amount of free and used physical memory on your machine. It also displays the buffers used by the kernel at that given moment.

/Proc file system


The proc file system gives you a peek into kernel statistics. From these statistics you can get detailed information about the different hardware devices on your machine. Take a look at the full list of the proc file statistics

GKrellM

GKrellm is a gui application that monitor the status of your hardware such CPU, main memory, hard disks, network interfaces and many other things. It can also monitor and launch a mail reader of your choice.

Gnome system monitor


Gnome system monitor is a basic system monitoring tool that has features looking at process dependencies from a tree view, kill or renice processes and graphs of all server metrics.

Log Monitoring Tools

GoAccess


GoAccess is a real-time web log analyzer which analyzes the access log from either apache, nginx or amazon cloudfront. It’s also possible to output the data into HTML, JSON or CSV. It will give you general statistics, top visitors, 404s, geolocation and many other things.

Logwatch

Logwatch is a log analysis system. It parses through your system’s logs and creates a report analyzing the areas that you specify. It can give you daily reports with short digests of the activities taking place on your machine.

Swatch


Much like Logwatch Swatch also monitors your logs, but instead of giving reports it watches for regular expression and notifies you via mail or the console when there is a match. It could be used for intruder detection for example.

MultiTail


MultiTail helps you monitor logfiles in multiple windows. You can merge two or more of these logfiles into one. It will also use colors to display the logfiles for easier reading with the help of regular expressions.

Network Monitoring

acct or psacct

acct or psacct (depending on if you use apt-get or yum) allows you to monitor all the commands a users executes inside the system including CPU and memory time. Once installed you get that summary with the command ‘sa’.

whowatch

Similar to acct this tool monitors users on your system and allows you to see in real time what commands and processes they are using. It gives you a tree structure of all the processes and so you can see exactly what’s happening.

strace


strace is used to diagnose, debug and monitor interactions between processes. The most common thing to do is making strace print a list of system calls made by the program which is useful if the program does not behave as expected.

DTrace


DTrace is the big brother of strace. It dynamically patches live running instructions with instrumentation code. This allows you to do in-depth performance analysis and troubleshooting. However, it’s not for the weak of heart as there is a 1200 book written on the topic.

webmin


Webmin is a web-based system administration tool. It removes the need to manually edit unix configuration files and lets you manage the system remotely if need be. It has a couple of monitoring modules that you can attach to it.

stat


Stat is a built-in tool for displaying status information of files and file systems. It will give you information such as when the file was modified, accessed or changed.

ifconfig


ifconfig is a built-in tool used to configure the network interfaces. Behind the scenes network monitor tools use ifconfig to set it into promiscuous mode to capture all packets. You can do it yourself with ifconfig eth0 promisc and return to normal mode with `ifconfig eth0 -promisc`.

ulimit


ulimit is a built-in tool that monitors system resources and keeps a limit so any of the monitored resources don’t go overboard. For instance making a fork bomb where a properly configured ulimit is in place would be totally fine.

cpulimit

CPUlimit is a small tool that monitors and then limits the CPU usage of a process. It’s particularly useful to make batch jobs not eat up too many CPU cycles.

lshw


lshw is a small built-in tool extract detailed information about the hardware configuration of the machine. It can output everything from CPU version and speed to mainboard configuration.

w

W is a built-in command that displays information about the users currently using the machine and their processes.

lsof


lsof is a built-in tool that gives you a list of all open files and network connections. From there you can narrow it down to files opened by processes, based on the process name, by a specific user or perhaps kill all processes that belongs to a specific user.

Thanks for your suggestions. It’s an oversight on our part that we’ll have to go back trough and renumber all the headings. In light of that, here’s a short section at the end for some of the Linux monitoring tools recommended by you:

collectd

Collectd is a Unix daemon that collects all your monitoring statistics. It uses a modular design and plugins to fill in any niche monitoring. This way collectd stays as lightweight and customizable as possible.

Observium

Observium is an auto-discovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems. Observium focuses on providing a beautiful and powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.

Nload

It’s a command line tool that monitors network throughput. It’s neat because it visualizes the in and and outgoing traffic using two graphs and some additional useful data like total amount of transferred data. You can install it with

yum install nload

or

sudo apt-get install nload

SmokePing

SmokePing keeps track of the network latencies of your network and it visualises them too. There are a wide range of latency measurement plugins developed for SmokePing. If a GUI is important to you it’s there is an ongoing development to make that happen.

MobaXterm

If you’re working in windows environment day in and day out. You may feel limited by the terminal Windows provides. MobaXterm comes to the rescue and allows you to use many of the terminal commands commonly found in Linux. Which will help you tremendously in your monitoring needs!

Shinken monitoring

Shinken is a monitoring framework which is a total rewrite of Nagios in python. It aims to enhance flexibility and managing a large environment. While still keeping all your nagios configuration and plugins.

*Source : https://blog.serverdensity.com/80-linux-monitoring-tools-know/

Windows Performance Monitoring Tools

 

Included with Windows

Task Manager

Everybody knows Windows Task Manager. But do you know how to use it to its full potential? Typically, you’d monitor CPU and memory usage, but you can go much further. In fact, you can monitor any Windows performance counter. This application is pre-installed on all Windows servers. Want to know more about monitoring CPU resources with Task Manager? Check out this article.


Task Manager

Resource Monitor

It allows you to monitor CPU, Memory, Disk and Network usage. It offers high level I/O monitoring (it includes per process information) in a similar fashion to iotop. If you are troubleshooting your system with Resource Monitor, you should check out this troubleshooting guide.

Resource Monitor

Performance Monitor

This is the standard Windows monitoring tool for standalone servers, also known as: perfmon.exe or perfmon.msc. It’s great for those times when you need more than what Task Manager has on offer. Performance Monitor helps you monitor any performance counter with historical data. The basics are covered in this article.

Performance Monitor

Reliability Monitor

Included with Windows 7 onwards. You can launch Reliability Monitor from Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center. This hidden gem reports on problems and tracks any change in your system, things like installing or updating apps, for example. Read more about Reliability Monitor here.

Reliability Monitor

Microsoft SysInternals

SysInternals is a comprehensive set of tools for Windows administrators. It’s a must have tool. You can download it from the Microsoft website for free.  Process Monitor is great in keeping an eye on your file system and registry activity.

SysInternals Process Monitor

SCOM (part of Microsoft System Center)

System Center is a complete suite of tools that help you manage, deploy, control, monitor and tune Microsoft software (Windows, IIS, SQLServer, Exchange, et cetera). It now supports Microsoft Azure too. System Center Operations Manager is the component that provides the monitoring. Alas, MSC is not free.

System Center

Nagios Tools

Nagios

Nagios has been the most popular infrastructure monitoring tool for several years now (for Linux and Windows alike). If you are considering Nagios for Windows, you should check out NSClient++.

Nagios

Cacti

Typically used together with Nagios, Cactiis a graphing solution built with RRDTool. RRDTool offers data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods and user management features.

Cacti

Shinken

Works best on larger environments. Shinken is a monitoring framework, and an attempt to address some of Nagios’ shortcomings. It was re-written in Python for more flexibility.

Shinken

Icinga

This is the most popular Nagios fork. Icinga improves on its scalability and also offers a full REST API. It is usually deployed alongside graphing systems, like Graphene or Grafana and storage systems like Graphite or InfluxDB.

Icinga

OpsView

Opsview was built on top of Nagios to provide a complete monitoring platform. The open source option has been discontinued, and OpsView is now a paid-for product.

OpsView

Op5

Op5 is another open source attempt to provide a complete monitoring platform around Nagios. It provides alerting, graphing, storage and data collection.

OP5

Open Source Alternatives

Zabbix

Zabbix is the obvious open source alternative to Nagios. It offers alerting, graphing, storage and collection, all in one product.

Zabbix

Munin

Like Cacti, Munin is built on top of RRDTool. It won’t scale to hundreds of servers easily, it doesn’t offer many features, but you can get up and running quickly and easily. It’s a good option if your monitoring requirements are pretty basic.

Munin

Zenoss

This is a Zenoss monitoring platform build with Python Zope. It now has OpenTSDBas its storage backend. Zenoss offers extensive support for network monitoring and works equally great with Linux and Windows servers.

Zenoss

Observium

Observium is a network focused monitoring platform. It supports Linux and Windows servers, alike.

Observium

Centreon

Centreon is a comprehensive monitoring platform. They are now transitioning from MySQL and RRDTool, to ElasticSearch and InfluxDB.

Centreon

Ganglia

Ganglia is a scalable and distributed monitoring system, used in high-performance computing systems such as clusters and grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters.

Ganglia

Pandora FMS

Pandora FMS is a monitoring software for IT infrastructure management. It includes network equipment, Windows and Unix servers, virtual infrastructure and a whole host of different kinds of applications.

Pandora FMS

NetXMS

This is a unified monitoring platform for network devices, Windows, and Linux servers. NetXMS is a Java application with a desktop UI (rather than a web UI).

NetXMS

OpenNMS

OpenNMS is a complete monitoring platform. Unlike Nagios, it supports SNMP, WMI and JMX, out of the box (Nagios requires 3rd party tools).

OpenNMS

HypericHQ

VMware vRealize Hyperic is now a component of VMware vRealize Operations. It monitors operating systems, middleware and applications running on physical, virtual and cloud environments. Open source development still takes place on GitHub.

HypericHQ

Bosun

Bosun is an open-source, monitoring and alerting system built by the folks at Stack Exchange. It features an expressive domain-specific language for evaluating alerts and creating detailed notifications. Bosun is written in Go, and uses OpenTSDB, Graphite, and ElasticSearch as backends.

Bosun

Sensu

Sensu is an open source alerting system and it’s similar to Nagios. It requires 3rd party software for long term storage and graphing. They have a Windows agent too.

Sensu

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Commercial Tools

Those commercial tools are usually deployed as on-premise monitoring servers.

SSC Serv

SSC Serv is the commercial collectd agent for Windows. It was created by folks behind collectd.

KS-HostMonitor

KS-HostMonitor offers multiple remote checking methods, flexible actions, logs analyzer, SNMP and WMI support, together with reports. It offers both Windows and Web clients.

HostMonitor

Total Network Monitor

Total Network Monitor is a commercial network monitoring software. It offers performance graphs, alerting, actions and logs.

Total Network Monitor

PRTG

PRTG monitors network availability and usage. It uses SNMP, packet sniffing, WMI, Netflow and various other protocols. It can also monitor remote Windows and Linux servers. It’s available in both freeware and commercial editions.

PRTG

GroundWork

GroundWork combines proprietary and open source software (Icinga, Grafana, Logstash, OpenTSDB, et cetera). It offers availability, performance and event monitoring, and it provides multi-context views of your infrastructure.

GroundWork

WhatsUpGold

WhatsUpGold is a well known network, server and application monitoring tool, made by Ipswitch. It offers management capabilities and configuration management.

WhatsUpGold

Idera

Idera Uptime Infrastructure Monitor is a multi-platform server monitoring solution. It supports multiple OS and virtualization technologies. It also offers server performance and availability alerts together with customizable dashboards.

Idera

PowerAdmin

PowerAdmin is a commercial monitoring solution for Windows and Linux. It offers SNMP, logs and services. Also comes with built-in remote access.

PowerAdmin

ELM Enterprise Manager

ELM Enterprise Manager is a performance monitoring and alerting software licensed from TNT Software. It provides events and log monitoring, in addition to compliance reports.

ELM Enterprise Manager

EventsEntry

EventsEntry is a server and network device monitoring software with compliance reporting capabilities.

EventsEntry

Veeam ONE

Veeam ONE is a monitoring and management control center for Windows Server Hyper-V.

Veeam ONE

CA Unified Infrastructure Management (formerly CA Nimsoft Monitor, Unicenter)

CA Windows server monitoring analyzes the performance and availability of Windows server resources.

CA Nimsoft

HP Operations Manager

OpenView, now part of Operations Manager, is an HP monitoring product for enterprises. It is bundled inside their all-in-one management product.

HP Operations Manager

Dell OpenManage

OpenManage (now Dell Enterprise Systems Management) is an all-in-one management and monitoring product for enterprises.

Dell OpenManage

Halcyon Windows Server Manager

Halcyon Windows Server Manager monitors Windows servers and performs predetermined actions, as required.

Halcyon

Topper Perfmon

Topper Perfmon provides monitoring for the majority of Windows Server versions out there. Amongst other, it monitors processes, services and performance counters. It does this without installing any agent software whatsoever.

Topper

System Monita

System Monita is another monitoring tool with Windows support. Made by Kiwis.

System Monita

BMC Patrol

BMC PATROL and ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM) is an all-in-one enterprise management and monitoring product.

BMC Patrol

Max Management

Now owned by LOGICnow, Max Management is a tool that helps MSPs manage their customers’ IT infrastructure. It not only includes monitoring, but management and support as well.

Max Remote Management

ScienceLogic

ScienceLogic also supports Windows monitoring, both on premise and on the cloud.

ScienceLogic

VeraX

VeraX is a network and application performance monitoring tool by Vera Systems. It can monitor hosts, services and applications alike. It comes with visualization dashboards, events, alerts, and reports.

VeraX

Network Monitoring

While this is not an extensive list, here are the most popular ones:

Ntop

Ntop is an open source tool that captures, records and analyzes your network traffic at the application layer. This app proves useful when you need to know which applications or protocols are eating up your bandwidth.

nTop

NeDi

NeDi performs auto-discovery of your entire network topology and connected devices. It is useful when you need a helicopter-view of your infrastructure, or to locate your network assets. NeDi is an open source tool.

NeDi

The Dude

The Dude network monitor is an application by MikroTik. It automatically scans all devices and plots a layout map of your network. It also provides device monitoring and alerting.

The Dude

BandwidthD

BandwidthD measures bandwidth usage for your subnetworks, and can also display graphs. BandwidthD is open source.

BandwidthD

NagVis

NagVis is an open source visualization addon for Nagios. It monitors the availability of complex IT processes, like a mail system or network infrastructure.

NagVis

Proc Net Monitor

Proc Net Monitor is a free software that helps you monitor and analyze network activity for all running processes on your system, including open ports and active network connections.

Proc Net Monitor

PingPlotter

PingPlotter it’s a visual ping and traceroute with some bells and whistles. You can read more on this review by RouterFreak.

Ping Plotter

Other Tools

The list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a few hardware monitoring options.

IPMIutil

IPMIutil is an easy-to-use IPMI open source server management utility. It monitors: FRU inventory data, SEL firmware log, sensors, watchdog, power control, health, monitoring, et cetera.</>

CollectM

CollectM is a Collectd agent for Windows. After collection, you can send those metrics to any graphing or alerting system that supports the Collectd protocol.

PerfTrap

PerfTrap collects metrics from Windows servers and pushes them to Graphite servers.

WMIagent

If you are a Python fan, WMIagent is a great starting point for getting your WMI data (using Python scripts).

Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool

PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) is a powerful tool that reads performance counters and analyzes them using known thresholds.

PolyMon

PolyMon is an open source system monitoring tool, based on the .NET 2.0 framework and SQL Server 2005. It also sends notifications for trends and alerts.

Cloud Ninja Metering Block

The Cloud Ninja Metering Block is an extensible and reusable software component. In fact, it’s more of a framework than a monitoring tool. It helps software developers track tenant resource usage in multi-tenant settings. It works on Windows Azure.

Enigma

Enigma is a beautiful app that helps you keep an eye on all kind of important metrics (for example: performance, forecasts, feed readers or apps) right from your desktop.

Enigma

Glint Computer Activity Monitor

Glint displays the system status of local or remote Windows servers.

Glint

RealTemp

Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors..

RealTemp

SpeedFan

SpeedFan goes beyond CPU temperature and includes: voltage, fan speed, temperature and other S.M.A.R.T. info.

SpeedFan

OpenHardwareMonitor

OpenHardwareMonitor is an open source, all-in-one, hardware monitoring application.

OpenHardwareMonitor

*source : https://blog.serverdensity.com/windows-monitoring-tools/

VMware Link Collection

Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 5.5 links. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will grow as new links are added.

VMware vSphere 5.5 Product Feature Interactive Walkthroughs – (VMware)
VMware Compatibility Guide (VMware)
VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes (VMware)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Release Notes (VMware)

VMware What’s New Links

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware Tech Paper)

Documentation Links

vSphere 5.5 Product Documentation — PDF and E-book Formats (vmware.com)
vSphere 5.5 Configuration Maximums (vmware.com)
vSphere Installation and Setup (vmware.com)
vSphere Upgrade (vmware.com)
vSphere vCenter Server and Host Management (vmware.com)
vSphere Virtual Machine Administration (vmware.com)
vSphere Host Profiles (vmware.com)
vSphere Networking (vmware.com)
vSphere Storage (vmware.com)
vSphere Security (vmware.com)
vSphere Resource Management (vmware.com)
vSphere Availability (vmware.com)
vSphere Monitoring and Performance (vmware.com)
vSphere Single Host Management (vmware.com)
vSphere Troubleshooting (vmware.com)

Download Links

Main vSphere 5.5 download (vmware.com)
ESXi 5.5.0 (vmware.com)
vCenter Server 5.5.0 (vmware.com)
vSphere Replication 5.5 (vmware.com)
vSphere Data Protection 5.5.1 (vmware.com)
vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.0 (vmware.com)
Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Ethernet Module for vSphere 5.5.0 (vmware.com)
vCloud Networking and Security 5.5.0 (vmware.com)
vCenter Operations Manager Foundation 5.7.2 (vmware.com)
vSphere Big Data Extensions 1.0 (vmware.com)
vSphere App HA 1.0.0 (vmware.com)
vSphere Management Assistant 5.5 (vMA) (vmware.com)
vSphere PowerCLI 5.5 (vmware.com)
vSphere CLI 5.5 (vmware.com)

ESXi Links

ESXi 5.5 Free Version – no more hard limit 32GB of RAM (ESX Virtualization)
Watch out with Hardware Version 10 in VMware ESXi 5.5! (Ivobeerens.nl)
Back To Basics: Managing VMware ESXi 5.5 Direct User Interface (DCUI) (Mike Laverick)
The vSphere Hypervisor 5.5-Web Client-HW Version 10-dilemma (running-system.com)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Physical Host Maximums (TechHead)
ESXi 5.5 introduces a new Native Device Driver Architecture Part 1 (Virtually Ghetto)
ESXi 5.5 introduces a new Native Device Driver Architecture Part 2 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to run Nested ESXi on top of a VSAN datastore? (Virtually Ghetto)
w00t! VMware Tools for Nested ESXi! (Virtually Ghetto)
Why is Promiscuous Mode & Forged Transmits required for Nested ESXi? (Virtually Ghetto)
The Good and the Bad of the new Native Driver Architecture in ESXi 5.5 (VMware Front Experience)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 1 – The New Hotness in ESXi 5.5 (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCenter Server and ESXi (WoodITWork)

General Links

The Monster VM didn’t get any smarter in vSphere 5.5 but it got a whole lot fatter (vSphere-land)
Configuration maximums that changed between vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 (vSphere-land)
No vMSC certification for vSphere 5.5 yet (vSphere-land)
Top 5 big & little enhancements in vSphere 5.5 (vSphere-land)
vSphere 5.5 – what I like from what’s new (Definit)
VMware Releases vSphere 5.5 – What’s New? (Jason Nash’s Blog)
vSphere 5.5 First Impressions (M80ARM)
VMworld 2013: VMware Announces vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Suite 5.5 (Petri)
Top 5 Features of VMware vSphere 5.5 (Petri)
vSphere 5.5: vSphere Ruby Console (Punching Clouds)
Read the vSphere 5.5 Release Notes!! (Technodrone)
What is new in VMware vSphere 5.5 (UP2V)
An overview of all VMworld 2013 announcements (UP2V)
vSphere 5.5 What’s New at VMworld 2013, NSX, SDDC, VSAN, vFlash (vClouds)
vSphere 5.5 My Top 10 New Features (vClouds)
vSphere 5.5 and VMworld Updates (Virtualised Reality)
What’s New in vSphere 5.5: Configs, The Web Client, vSANs (Virtualization Review)
Top 10 Most Important Features in vSphere 5.5 (Virtualization Software)
Whats new in vSphere 5.5 (Virtualize Tips)
VMTN Communities Roundtable Podcast – ESXi 5.5 What’s New? (VMTN Podcast)
A Summary of What’s New in vSphere 5.5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Platform-Quick Reference (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 2 – Pushing For A Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: Introduction (WoodITWork)
vSphere 5.5: platform scalability (Yellow Bricks)

HA & DRS

VMware vSphere 5.5 Application High Availability – AppHA (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere App HA – Closer… But Not Yet (Technodrone)
An introduction to VMware AppHA (UP2V)
vSphere 5.5 Application HA, Advanced App Monitoring explained (vClouds)
A vSphere 5.5 Gem: Application High Availability (Virtualization Review)
High Availability in vSphere 5.5 Series – VMware vSphere App HA (Virtualization Software)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vSphere App HA (WoodITWork)
What’s new in vSphere 5.5 for DRS? (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.5 nuggets: High Availability Enhancement (Yellow Bricks)

Installing & Upgrading

vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 1: Introduction (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 2: SSO Reborn (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 3: Upgrading vCenter (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 4: ESXi 5.5 Upgrade (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 5: SSL Deep Dive (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 6: Certificate Template (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 7: Install SSO (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 8: Online SSL Minting (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 9: Offline SSL Minting (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 10: Replace SSO Certs (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 11: Install Web Client (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 12: Configure SSO (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 13: Install Inventory Svc (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 14: Create Databases (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 15: Install vCenter (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 16: vCenter SSL (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 17: Install VUM (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 18: VUM SSL & Misc. Config (Derek Seaman)
Installation of ESXi 5.5 in VMware Workstation (ESX Virtualization)
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (vCSA) – Installation and Configuration Video (ESX Virtualization)
VCSA 5.5 Installation and configuration – Part 2 (ESX Virtualization)
Installing and upgrading to ESXi 5.5 – Best practices and tips (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5.5 Host Upgrade using vSphere Update Manager (VUM) (Everything Should Be Virtual)
Back To Basics: Install VMware ESX 5.5 (Mike Laverick)
[Lab Post] Installing vCenter Server 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 (mtellin.com)
Upgrade to vSphere 5.5? Take care about your backup software! (running-system.com)
Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 1 (SOSTech)
Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 2 (SOSTech)
Install and configure Orchestrator 5.5 (SOSTech)
Notes on Upgrading the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 to 5.5 (The Lone Sysadmin)
How to Upgrade the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (The Virtual Way)
Quick Tip: Using the CLI to upgrade to a specific VM virtual hardware version in vSphere 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to upgrade to vSphere 5.5 (VMGuru.nl)
How to update your standalone host to ESXi 5.5 – beware of missing drivers and do NOT upgrade virtual hardware! (VMware Front Experience)
Update sequence for vSphere 5.5 and its compatible VMware products (2057795) (VMware KB Article)
Installing vCenter Server 5.5 best practices (VMwareKB TV)
Installing or upgrading ESXi 5.5 best practices (VMwareKB TV)
Installing VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer (VMwareKB TV)
Installing VMware vSphere 5.5 on a Windows platform using the Simple Install method (VMwareKB TV)
vCenter Server 5.5 – Simple vs Custom Installations (VMware vSphere Blog)
Upgrading vSphere vCenter Appliance 5.1 to 5.5 (vNinja)
Quick and Dirty ESXi 5.5 Upgrade (vNinja)

Knowledgebase Articles

vSphere 5.5 is here! – KBs you need to know about (VMware Support Insider Blog)

ESXi

Methods of installing ESXi 5.5 (2052439)
Methods for upgrading to ESXi 5.5 (2058352)
Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.5 best practices (2052329)

General

Update sequence for vSphere 5.5 and its compatible VMware products (2057795)
Processor support discontinued in vSphere 5.5 (2057614)
MSCS support enhancements in vSphere 5.5 (2052238)
Additional SR-IOV support in vSphere 5.5 (2058280)
Required ports for vCenter Server 5.5 (2051575)
Hardware features available with virtual machine compatibility settings (2051652)
Hardware and software requirements for running AMD and NVIDIA GPUs in vSphere 5.5 (2058778)

Storage

Support for virtual machine disks larger than 2 TB in vSphere 5.5 (2058287)
PDL AutoRemove feature in vSphere 5.5 (2059622)

vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication 5.1 may automatically upgrade to vSphere Replication 5.5 (2060190)

vFlash

Virtual Flash feature in vSphere 5.5 (2058983)
vSphere 5.5 Virtual Flash FAQ (2057157)
Setting up a Virtual Flash resource in vSphere 5.5 (2051647)
Disabling Virtual Flash in vSphere 5.5 (2051642)

vSAN

vSphere 5.5 Virtual SAN requirements (2058424)

vCenter Server

Methods for installing vCenter Server 5.5 (2053142)
Methods of upgrading to vCenter Server 5.5 (2053130)
Installing vCenter Server 5.5 best practices (2052334)
vCenter Server not listed in the inventory after installing or upgrading to vSphere 5.5 (2059528)
Configuring CA signed SSL certificates for vCenter Single Sign-On in vSphere 5.5 (2058519)
Creating and using a Service Principal Account in vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 (2058298)
Reconfiguring the load balancer after upgrading a vCenter Single Sign-On High Availability deployment to version 5.5 (2058838)
VMware vCenter Server 5.x fails to start after upgrading Single Sign-On configuration from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 (2058080)

Web/vSphere Client

Installing the vSphere 5.5 Web Client on a Microsoft Windows platform (2058262)
Logging in to vCenter Server 5.5 using vSphere Web Client or vSphere Client takes a long time (2058827)
Logging into the vSphere Web Client 5.5 fails with the error: Provided credentials are not valid. (2058796)
vSphere Client and vSphere PowerCLI might fail to connect to vCenter Server 5.5 due to a Handshake failure (2049143)
Cannot drag and drop virtual machines across hosts using the vSphere Web Client 5.5 (2059828)

Update Manager

Installing vSphere Update Manager 5.5 on a Microsoft Windows platform (2058410)
Upgrading to vSphere Update Manager 5.5 on a Microsoft Windows platform (2058423)
Upgrading VMware vSphere Update Manager from 5.0 or 5.1 to 5.5 fails with the error: Error 25113 (2059567)

Networking

Enhanced LACP Support on a vSphere 5.5 Distributed Switch (2051826)
Differences in LACP support in vSphere Distributed Switch 5.5 and 5.1 (2051316)
Limitations of LACP in vSphere 5.5 (2051307)

Latency Sensitive Apps

VMware vSphere 5.5 Low Latency Applications Enhancements (ESX Virtualization)
Latency Sensitive Applications on vSphere 5.5 – Deployment and Best practices (ESX Virtualization)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Latency-Sensitivity Feature (TheSaffaGeek)
Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)

Licensing Links

VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging (VMware.com)
What is new in VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 (UP2V)
Changes to VMware’s vCloud Suite 5.5 (Viktorious.nl)
VMWorld 2013: Understanding vCloud And vSphere Editions (Virtualization Software)
How to Get Your vSphere 5.5 Licenses (VMware.com)
License key requirements for new version of VMware products (VMware KB article)

Networking Links

VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking New Features (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5.5 – Changes on the Network Side (Jason Nash’s Blog)
VMworld 2013: What’s new in vSphere5.5: Networking (Mike Laverick)
Much awaited LACP enhancement – vSphere 5.5 (Stretch Cloud)
LACP Primer – vSphere 5.5 (Stretch Cloud)
Upgrading ESXi host to vSphere 5.5 with Cisco Nexus 1000V (Tom Fojta’s Blog)
Configuring LACP Support in vSphere 5 5 (VMwareTechPubs video)
Enhanced LACP Support in vSphere Distributed Switches (VMwareTechPubs video)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 9 – Networking and VDS Razzle Dazzle (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCloud Networking & Security (WoodITWork)

NSX Links

VMware NSX Product Walkthrough (VMware.com)
VMware NSX and the SDDC Revolution (digirati.me)
Video: VMware NSX 6.0 for vSphere – 01 Deploying the NSX Virtual Appliance (Hypervizor)
Video: VMware NSX 6.0 for vSphere – 02 Deploying the NSX Controllers (Hypervizor)
Video: VMware NSX 6.0 for vSphere – 03 Preparing Hosts and Configuring Unicast VXLAN (Hypervizor)
Video: VMware NSX 6.0 for vSphere – 04 Configuring a Logical Switch (Hypervizor)
Diagram: VMware NSX 6.0 for vSphere – System Architecture (Hypervizor)
Traffic Filtering and DSCP Marking in vDS 5.5 (Stretch Cloud)
VMware NSX Conversations (The Virtualization Practice)
The Perfect Storm – My thoughts on the VMware NSX launch (Think Cloud)
Introducing VMware NSX – The Platform For Network Virtualization (VMware Network Virtualization Blog)
VMware NSX Partners: Best-in-Class Services For Virtual Networks (VMware Network Virtualization Blog)
VMware NSX Virtualizes the Network to Transform Network Operations (VMware Network Virtualization Blog)
Seven reasons VMware NSX, Cisco UCS and Nexus are orders of magnitude more awesome together (VMware Network Virtualization Blog)
VMworld 2013: NET5847 – NSX: Introducing the World to VMware NSX (VMworld TV)
VMworld 2013: SEC5893 – Changing the Economics of Firewall Services in the Software-Defined Center – VMware NSX Distributed Firewall (VMworld TV)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 8 – Network Virtualization with NSX (Wahl Network)

Operations Management

Announcing vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 – Increasing Performance and Availability for Your Business Critical Applications (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New in VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5? (VMware Data Sheet)

Performance

vSphere 5.5 Record Breaking Network Performance (Long White Clouds)
Greenplum Database Performance on VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance of vSphere Flash Read Cache in VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
SEsparse in VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
IPv6 performance improvements in vSphere 5.5 (VMware Vroom! Blog)
vSphere Replication 5.5 Performance Findings (VMware Vroom! Blog)
VDI Benchmarking Using View Planner on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware Vroom! Blog)
A few cautionary notes about replication performance (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Host Power Management (HPM) saves more power and improves performance (VMware Vroom! Blog)

Power Management

vSphere 5.5 Host Power Management (UP2V)
Host Power Management in VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)

Release Notes

VMware vSphere 5.5 Release Notes (vmware.com)

Scripting Links

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5: Management APIs (Double Cloud)
VM Storage Policy APIs aka Storage Profile APIs will be available in vSphere 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
Exploring the vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) APIs Part 1 (Virtually Ghetto)
Exploring the vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) APIs Part 2 (Virtually Ghetto)
Exploring the vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFRC) APIs Part 3 (Virtually Ghetto)
Automate the migration from Virtual Standard Switch to vSphere Distributed Switch using PowerCLI 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to automate vFRC configurations using the command-line in ESXi (Virtually Ghetto)
How to add the missing ESXi 5.0 drivers to the ESXi 5.5 installation ISO (VMware Front Experience)
PowerCLI 5.5 What’s New-Overview (VMware PowerCLI Blog)

Security

vSphere Security: Understanding ESXi 5.x Lockdown Mode (Definit)
vSphere 5.5 Hardening Guide – Public Draft Beta released (VMware Community)
Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 1 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 2 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 3 (VMware vSphere Blog)
Virtual Appliances getting more secure with vSphere 5.5 – Part 4 (VMware vSphere Blog)

SRM/vSphere Replication

Do *NOT* Install vSphere Replication 5.5 onto your 5.1 environment yet! (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMworld 2013: What’s new in vSphere Replication 5.5 (Mike Laverick)
vCenter Replication 5.5 appliance install (SOSTech)
What is new in vSphere Replication 5.5 (UP2V)
What is new in VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.5 (UP2V)
VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 249 – SRM 5.5 What’s New? (VMware Podcast)
VMware vSphere Replication 5.5 Overview (VMware Tech Paper)
VMworld 2013: BCO5129 – Protection for All – vSphere Replication & SRM Technical Update (VMworld TV)
What’s New With vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager 5.5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 6 – Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vSphere Replication (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager (WoodITWork)

Storage Links

vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements Part 1: 62TB VMDK (Cormac Hogan)
Hot-Extending Large VMDKs in vSphere 5.5 (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 5.5 Storage Profiles Are Now Storage Policies (Everything Should Be Virtual)
vSphere 5.5 Jumbo VMDK Deep Dive (Long White Clouds)
vSphere 5.5 Windows Failover Clustering Support (Long White Clouds)
VMworld 2013: What’s new in vSphere 5.5: Storage (Mike Laverick)
vSphere 5.5 UNMAP Deep Dive (VMware vEvangelist)
64TB VMDKs? Yes we can. (VM Today)
VMware’s Strategy for Software-Defined Storage (VMware CTO Blog)
What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Storage (VMware vSphere Blog)
Comparing VMware VSA & VMware Virtual SAN (VMware vSphere Blog)
VMworld 2013: STO5715-S – Software-defined Storage – The Next Phase in the Evolution of Enterprise Storage (VMworld TV)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 3 – Lions, Tigers, and 62TB VMDKs (Wahl Network)
vSphere 5.5 nuggets: changes to disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.5 nuggets: Change Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding per device! (Yellow Bricks)

vCenter Orchestrator

What is new in VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 (UP2V)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCenter Orchestrator (WoodITWork)

vCenter Server Links

How-to backup and restore VCSA 5.5 internal database (ESX Virtualization)
How to change the default password policies in vSphere 5.5 (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5.5 – Using vCenter Server Appliance (Everything Should Be Virtual)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 deployment tips and tricks (ivobeerens.nl)
VMworld 2013: What’s New in vCenter 5.5 (Mike Laverick)
vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 – some basic information (running-system.com)
Upgrading to vSphere 5.5 and using default self-signed certificates? Read this first! (Viktorious.nl)
VMware vCenter Server 5.5: Installable vs Appliance (Virtual To The Core)
Administrator password expiration in new VCSA 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
vPostgres Database Backup in vCSA 5.5 (vNinja)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCenter Server and ESXi (WoodITWork)
Drag and drop vMotion not working with the 5.5 Web Client? (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere 5.5 nuggets: vCenter Server Appliance limitations lifted! (Yellow Bricks)

vCenter Server Single Sign-On

The Trouble With SSL Certificates and Upgrading to VMware SSO 5.5 (Long White Clouds)
Single Sign-On (SSO) Improvements in vSphere 5.5 (Petri)
Issues with authentication when running vSphere 5.5 with AD and SSO server on Windows Server 2012 (Shogan.tech)
What is new in VMware Single Sign-On 2.0 (UP2V)
A Look At vCenter 5.5 SSO RC Installation (VMware vEvangelist)
Allow me to introduce you to vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 Not Recognizing Nested Active Directory Groups (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCenter Single Sign-On “Cannot parse group information” Error (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 – Backwards Compatible? (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 7 – Single Sign On Completely Redesigned (Wahl Network)
Using Active Directory Integrated Windows Authentication with SSO 5.5 (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCenter Server SSO (WoodITWork)

vCloud Director

VMworld 2013: What’s New in vCloud Director 5.5 (Mike Laverick)
Fast Provisioning Enhancement in vCloud Director 5.5 (Tom Fojta’s Blog)
What is new in VMware vCloud Director 5.5 (UP2V)
VMware vCloud Director 5.5 new features (Virtual-blog)
Reports of vCloud Director’s death exaggerated (VMware ReThink IT Blog)
What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
A Summary of What’s New in vCloud Director 5.5 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vCloud Director Convergence and Transition Plan – What’s the Scoop? (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: vCloud Director (WoodITWork)

vCloud Hybrid Service

How To Use VPN to Connect Multiple vCHS Clouds (Chris Colotti)
How To Move Workloads Between vCHS Virtual Private and Dedicated Clouds (Chris Colotti)
Understanding vCHS Resource Management – Virtual Private Cloud (Chris Colotti)
An introduction to VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (UP2V)
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service: Now Available to All U.S. Customers (VMware vCloud Blog)
Introducing The New vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace (VMware vCloud Blog)
What Can I Run On vCloud Hybrid Service? (VMware vCloud Blog)
Introducing vCloud Hybrid Service at VMworld 2013 (VMworld TV)
vCloud Hybrid Service Demo at the VMware Booth, VMworld 2013 (VMworld TV)
vCloud Hybrid Service Overview Video (VMworld TV)
VMworld 2013: PHC5605-S – Everything You Want to Know About vCloud Hybrid Service – But Were Afraid to Ask (VMworld TV)

vFlash Read Cache Links

VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache 1.0 FAQ (VMware.com)
VMware vFlash Read Cache (vFRC) configuration steps (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 5.5 – A Look at Flash Read Cache (Jason Nash’s Blog)
Introducing vSphere Flash Read Cache (Punching Clouds)
Nested ESXi 5.5 – Configure Virtual Flash? (SOSTech)
Introduction of VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache (UP2V)
vSphere 5.5 Flash Read Cache (vFRC) (vClouds)
Introducing Flash Read Cache to my lab – HP N36L (viktorious.nl)
Virtual Flash feature in vSphere 5 5 (VMware KB TV)
Performance of vSphere Flash Read Cache in VMware vSphere 5.5 (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere Flash Read Cache – Single and Multiple Host Configuration (VMware TV)
vSphere Flash Read Cache – Configuring a VM to use Virtual Flash Read Cache (VMware TV)
vSphere Flash Read Cache – Interoperability with HA & DRS (VMware TV)
vSphere Flash Read Cache – Interoperability with vMotion (VMware TV)
Can you combine vSphere Host Cache and vFlash on a single SSD? (vNinja)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 5 – vSphere Flash Read Cache (vFlash) (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: VMware Virtual Flash (vFlash) (WoodITWork)
Introduction to vSphere Flash Read Cache aka vFlash (Yellow Bricks)
Frequently asked questions about vSphere Flash Read Cache (Yellow Bricks)
Something to know about vSphere Flash Read Cache (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere Flash Read Cache and esxcli (Yellow Bricks)

Virtual Machine

VMworld 2013: What’s New in vSphere 5.5 – The Virtual Machine – 62TB VMDK (Mike Laverick)
Quick Tip: New Hyper-V guestOS identifier in vSphere 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)

VSAN Links

What’s New in VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware Tech Paper)
VSAN Public Beta Registration (VMware.com)
VSAN Public Beta Program Community Site (VMware.com)
What’s New in VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (Tech paper) (VMware.com)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) Beta Technical FAQ (VMware.com)
Virtual SAN Beta – Introduction (webinar slides) (VMware.com)
vSphere 5.5 Virtual SAN Public Beta Release Notes (VMware.com)
VMware Virtual SAN Datasheet (VMware.com)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) Proof of Concept (POC) Kit (VMware.com)
VSAN Design & Sizing Guide (VMware.com)
VMware VSAN Interactive Product Walkthrough (VMware.com)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Virtual SAN Hosted Beta (Lab Guide) (VMware.com)
VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 251 – VSAN (VMware.com)
VMworld 2013 session – STO5391 – VMware Virtual SAN (VMware TV)
Virtual SAN Beta Webinar – Introduction to VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware TV)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) Beta Webinar – How to Install, Configure & Manage (video) (VMware TV)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) Setup (VMware TV)
How To Monitor Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware TV)
Deploying a Virtual Machine on Virtual SAN (VSAN) (VMware TV)
Changing a VM Storage Policy On-The-Fly with VSAN (VMware TV)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) & VM Availability (VMware TV)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) & vSphere HA Interoperability (VMware TV)
VSAN Part 1 – A first look at VSAN (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 2 – What do you need to get started? (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 3 – It is not a Virtual Storage Appliance (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 4 – Understanding Objects and Components (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 5 – The role of VASA (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 6 – Manual or Automatic Mode (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 7 – Capabilities and VM Storage Policies (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 8 – The role of the SSD (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 9 – Host Failure Scenarios & vSphere HA Interop (Cormac Hogan)
VSAN Part 10 – Changing VM Storage Policy on-the-fly (Cormac Hogan)
VMware VSAN configuration steps with nested ESXi hypervisors (ESX Virtualization)
VMware VSAN Video (ESX Virtualization)
Homelab Thoughts – VSAN (ESX Virtualization)
My completely ridiculous VSAN test (Gabe’s Virtual World)
VMworld 2013: What’s New in 5.5 – vSAN (Mike Laverick)
VMworld 2013: What’s New in VSAN 1.0 (Mike Laverick)
How does VMware VSAN help Horizon View? (My Virtual Cloud)
How is Horizon View configured for VMware VSAN? (My Virtual Cloud)
Why is Content-Based Read Cache (CBRC) so important for Horizon View and VSAN? (My Virtual Cloud)
VSAN Observer (Punching Clouds)
vSphere 5.5: Using RVC VSAN Observer Pt1 (Punching Clouds)
vSphere 5.5: Using RVC VSAN Observer Pt2 (Punching Clouds)
VMware’s VSAN in the Home Lab (Sean Crookston)
vSphere 5.5 VSAN, Introducing Your New Storage Vendor VMware (vClouds)
About VSAN capacity and VMDK placement (viktorious.nl)
VMware VSAN – Virtual SAN – How to configure (Virtual-blog)
Configure Disk Redundancy VMware VSAN – Virtual SAN (Virtual-blog)
VMware Virtual SAN Scalability Limits – VSAN (Virtual-blog)
STO5027 VMware Virtual SAN Technical Best Practices (virtualarchitect.nl)
How to quickly setup and test VMware VSAN (Virtual SAN) using Nested ESXi (Virtually Ghetto)
Additional steps required to completely disable VSAN on ESXi host (Virtually Ghetto)
VSAN and Storage Controllers (VMware vSphere Blog)
Virtual SAN & Disk Groups (VMware vSphere Blog)
Three Hosts, two VSAN Datastores! (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 5.5 Availability and VSAN Public Beta (vNinja.net)
vSphere 5.5 Improvements Part 4 – Virtual SAN (VSAN) (Wahl Network)
In Which I Muse Over VMware’s Virtual SAN Architecture (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vCloud Suite 5.5: Virtual SAN (VSAN) (WoodITWork)
Introduction to VMware vSphere Virtual SAN (Yellow Bricks)
Frequently asked questions about Virtual SAN / VSAN (Yellow Bricks)
Virtual SAN news flash pt 1 (Yellow Bricks)
Testing vSphere Virtual SAN in your virtual lab with vSphere 5.5 (Yellow Bricks)
How do you know where an object is located with Virtual SAN? (Yellow Bricks)
How VSAN handles a disk or host failure (Yellow Bricks)
Virtual SAN and Data Locality/Gravity (Yellow Bricks)
Isolation / Partition scenario with VSAN cluster, how is this handled? (Yellow Bricks)
Initialized disks to be used by VSAN task completed successfully, but no disks added? (Yellow Bricks)
I created a folder on my VSAN datastore, but how do I delete it? (Yellow Bricks)
Be careful when defining a VM storage policy for VSAN (Yellow Bricks)
Designing your hardware for Virtual SAN (Yellow Bricks)
Pretty pictures Friday, the VSAN edition… (Yellow Bricks)
How to configure the Virtual SAN observer for monitoring/troubleshooting (Yellow Bricks)
VMware vSphere Virtual SAN design considerations… (Yellow Bricks)
Virtual SAN and Network IO Control (Yellow Bricks)
vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Virtual SAN, can I do it? (Yellow Bricks)
4 is the minimum number of hosts for VSAN if you ask me (Yellow Bricks)

vSphere Data Protection

How to upgrade VDP – from VDP 5 to VDP 5.5.1 (ESX Virtualization)
What is new in VMware vSphere Data Protection (UP2V)
What’s New with vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 5.5 (VMware vSphere Blog)

vSphere Web Client

vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Configure Software iSCSI (blog.shiplett.org)
vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Create Distributed Virtual Switch and Port Groups (blog.shiplett.org)
vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Add Hosts to DVS and Create VMkernel Ports (blog.shiplett.org)
vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Create a New Datastore (blog.shiplett.org)
vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – SSO Configuration (blog.shiplett.org)
vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Licensing (blog.shiplett.org)
Few tips when working with vSphere 5.5 web client – video (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere Web Client 5.5: Drag & Drop cannot be used to start a vMotion (running-system)
My top 5 favorite enhancements to the new vSphere Web Client 5.5 (Virtually Ghetto)
5 Quick tips for the vSphere Web Client (VMwareTechPubs video)
Examining the User Experience in the new vSphere 5.5 Web Client [Video] (Wahl Network)

*thanks to http://vsphere-land.com/

Simple Setup AHCI Compatibility for Windows 7 (McAfee DLP Deployment)

I ran into a situation with a Dell Vostro V131 workstation where the installation of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit needs to be run in AHCI Mode, because of McAfee Endpoint Encryption deployment, which the base requirement is.

So the problem starts after I deploy McAfee Endpoint Encryption 7.0 to one of our client notebook, and start encrypting until the end of workdays.  Tomorrow morning, user powering on the laptop as usual, and face problem. System can’t boot up in the middle of encryption process. After searching in McAfee Knowledge Center, I found that the disk must be in AHCI mode.

Luckily, after much ‘Googling’, I found a procedure that allowed me to install the SATA AHCI drivers without reinstalling Windows 7. Thanks to Windows7Themes.net for having the answer:

  • Basically, change the following registry key to 0:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\services\msahci\Start
  • Restart the computer once (without changing any BIOS settings) and Windows will load default AHCI drivers. You may not notice anything happening, so let Windows sit for a minute or two after reboot to give it enough time to make sure this process happened.
  • Restart the computer again and change the SATA operation to AHCI in BIOS. Save the BIOS settings and when Windows boots again, it should not crash with a blue screen. This time you should notice that Windows is installing new hardware, which includes several SATA AHCI components (similar to what the picture above shows). Windows will probably ask to restart once more.

This whole problem could have been avoided if Windows 7 would have installed the AHCI drivers properly in the first place. Hopefully this will help for your McAfee Deployment.

Windows 7 SP1 installation fails with error code c0000034

When applying SP1 for windows 7 there is a specific error that can happen during reboot. If you get this error “Fatal Error C0000034 Applying Update Operation 282 of…”, follow the steps below to fix the SP1 installation

1. Reboot your computer while it’s starting up.

2. When your computer starts up again, choose the option “Launch Startup Repair”

If you do not have this module installed in the OS, you’ll need a Win7 install disc that is the same architecture (i.e. 32 or 64-bit) as the OS installed. Just boot to the CD and go from there.

3. When the Startup repair starts, click cancel.

4. After you click cancel it will show a box. Click “Don’t Send”, then click the link “View advanced options for recovery and support”

5. In the new window click Command Prompt at the bottom.

6. In Command Prompt type this and press enter: %windir%\system32\notepad.exe

7. Notepad will open. In notepad go to File–>Open.

8. Change the type of files notepad views from .txt to All Files

9. Now in Notepad, go to C:\Windows\winsxs\ (or whichever drive Windows is installed on)

10. In that folder, find pending.xml and make a copy of it

Just copy and paste it in the same folder, this is just in case something happens to the original so you don’t lose it.

11. Now open the original pending.xml

It will usually take a while to load because it’s a huge file.

12. Press CNTRL+F and search for the following exactly: 0000000000000000.cdf-ms

That’s sixteen (16) zeroes 😉

13. Delete the following text (yours may be a little different):

<Checkpoint/> <DeleteFile path=”\SystemRoot\WinSxS\FileMaps\_0000000000000000.cdf-ms”/> <MoveFile source=”\SystemRoot\WinSxS\Temp\PendingRenames\e56db1db48d4cb0199440000b01de419._0000000000000000.cdf-ms” destination=”\SystemRoot\WinSxS\FileMa\_0000000000000000.cdf-ms”/>

NOTE: Your PC might not have all 3 sections of code (<Checkpoint>, <DeleteFile>, <MoveFile>). Just make sure you delete section “Checkpoint” and whatever other sections have “000000000000000.cdf-ms”. They will be right next to eachother.

14. Save the file, close notepad, close command prompt, restart your computer.

Conclusion

Once your computer starts up, do a normal startup (it may stall for 5-10 minutes at the “starting windows” screen, but leave it going) and the Service Pack will install some more stuff and restart a few times and then everything should be working! For some people, it reverts everything and cancels the service pack installation. For other people, the service pack installation completes. Either result is fine, the computer should be func tioning normally now without any data loss.

Health and Mood

Last week, my mom came to Jakarta with purpose to take medical surgery for her cyst. The cyst diameter about 12 cm, and width about 8 cm. We know about the cyst, after doing some test like pap smear and USG (the CA125 test lest about 3…, i forgot the exact number, but it is still too far to be called cancer). Doctor told us to take surgery immediately after the result came out.  So, my mom and brother arrive in Jakarta at 7:30 AM, and go to one famous hospital in Jakarta. After wait for queue, about 10:30 AM, finally we meet the doctor. He ask us, what is the condition, and do some examination, after that he told us, “Let we think about the worst, that this is not cyst and  suspect this is a cancer. I will schedule for surgery, and we will cut out the complete uterus”.  We really shock after hear that, and we ask about the price, and he say, overall about IDR 50-60 Million in class 1 room.

What i cant accept is that the doctor doesn’t give any alternative to this problem, and directly to surgery. Really, really money oriented. Is this the trend right now? Huff… And then we don’t sign the confirmation letter to do surgery. I call my cousin and he told me, the doctor is really sick. So then he bring us to his well known doctor. After wait about 90 minutes, my mother name is called. The first impression, the doctor is looks like really serious person. Ask this and that, and then she told my mom to the bed, and doing some USG check or whatever is called, i don’t know. Then, suddenly the doctor do some humorous about my mom. She told my mom, always eat something really tasty and have so much money to buy that. bla..bla..bla, and then he back to serious and said, “I will give you the best medicine for cyst, and try to consume that for 2 weeks. After that, you came back here and let’s see the result. The other things is to eat more selective, and try to keep happy, do not think too much“. My mom seems really happy to hear that. Ah, I feel really good, because from the doctor one to doctor two, she looks like very desperate.  After that, I try to search article in internet, the relation about mood and health, I really surprised with what I found. Thats why i really trust this doctor, because of his diagnose.

What I want to share is that mood is really really related with someone healths. When you feel happy, the hormone reacted positive and when you feel sad,worried the hormone reacted negative. For long term, it will be the seeds for cancer or any kind of serious disease. So…..BE HAPPY!!!! 🙂

 

SAP TCode Summary for Costumization

These are little summary of SAP costumization Tcode :

AL01  SAP Alert Monitor
AL02  Database alert monitor
AL03  Operating system alert monitor
AL04  Monitor call distribution
AL05  Monitor current workload
AL06  Performance: Upload/Download
AL07  EarlyWatch Report
AL08  Users Logged On
AL09  Data for database expertise
AL10  Download to Early Watch
AL11  Display SAP Directories
AL12  Display table buffer (Exp. session)
AL13  Display Shared Memory (Expert mode)
AL15  Customize SAPOSCOL destination
AL16  Local Alert Monitor for Operat.Syst.
AL17  Remote Alert Monitor for Operat. Syst.
AL18  Local File System Monitor
AL19  Remote File System Monitor
AL20  EarlyWatch Data Collector List
AL21  ABAP Program analysis
AL22  Dependent objects display
CREF  Cross-reference
BD64
BSVW  Linkage Status Update-Workflow Event
CMOD  Enhancements
DB01  Analyze exclusive lock waits
DB02  Analyze tables and indexes
DB03  Parameter changes in database
DB11  Early Watch Profile Maintenance
DB12  Overview of Backup Logs
DB13  Database administration calendar
DB14  Show SAPDBA Action Logs
DB15  Data Archiving: Database Tables
DB16  DB System Check: Monitor
DB17  DB System Check: Configuration
DMIG  Start Transaction for Data Migration
DB2   Select Database Activities
DB20  DB Cost-Based Optimizer: Tab. Stats
DB21  DB Cost-Based Optimizer: Config.
DB24  Database Operations Monitor
DB26  DB Profile:Monitor and Configuration
DB2J  Manage JCL jobs for OS/390
DBCO  Database Connection Maintenance
FILE  Cross-Client File Names/Paths
NACE  WFMC: Initial Customizing Screen
OAA1  SAP ArchiveLink: Maint.user st.syst
OAA3  SAP ArchiveLink protocols
OAA4  SAP ArchiveLink applic.maintenance
OAAD  ArchiveLink Administration Documents
OAC2  SAP ArchiveLink: Globaldoc. types
OAC5  SAP ArchiveLink: Bar code entry
OACA  SAP ArchiveLink workflow parameters
OAD0  SAP ArchiveLink: Objectlinks
OAD2  SAP ArchiveLink document classes
OAD3  SAP ArchiveLink: Link tables
OAD4  SAP ArchiveLink: Bar code types
OAD5  SAP ArchiveLink: Customizing Wizard
OADR  SAP ArchiveLink: Print list search
OAM1  SAP ArchiveLink: Monitoring
OAOR  SAP ArchiveLink: Storeddocuments
OARE  SAP ArchiveLink:St.syst.return codes
OS01  LAN check with ping
OS03  O/S Parameter changes
OS04  Local System Configuration
OS05  Remote System Cconfiguration
OS06  Local Operating System Activity
OS07  Remote Operating SystemActivity
OSS1  Logon to Online ServiceSystem
OY18  Table history
OY08  Development Class Overview
PFCG  Activity Group
PFUD  Authorization Profile comparison
RLOG  Data migration logging
RZ01  Job Scheduling Monitor
RZ02  Network Graphics for SAP Instances
RZ03  Presentation, Control SAP Instances
RZ04  Maintain SAP Instances
RZ06  Alerts Thresholds Maintenance
RZ08  SAP Alert Monitor
RZ10  Maintenance of profile parameters
RZ11  Profile parameter maintenance
RZ12  Maintain RFC Server Group Assignment
RZ20  CCMS Monitoring
RZ21  Customize CCMS Alert Monitor
SA38  ABAP/4 Reporting
SAD0  Address Management call
SADC  Address: Maint. communication types
SALE  Display ALE Customizing
SAINT Plug-in Installation
SARI  Archive Information System
SAR3  Customizing Archiving
SAR4  Define Archiving Class
SAR5  Assign Archiving Class
SAR6  Archiving Time Generator
SARA  Archive management
SARL  Call of ArchiveLink Monitor
SARP  Reporting (Tree Structure): Execute
SART  Display Reporting Tree
SB01  Business Navigator - Component View
SB02  Business Navigator - Process flow vw
SBAS  Assignments to Process Model Elemts
SC38  Start Report Immediately
SCAT  Computer Aided Test Tool
SCC0  Client Copy
SCC1  Client Copy - Special Selections
SCC2  Client transport
SCC3  Client Copy Log
SCC4  Client administration
SCC5  Client Delete
SCC6  Client Import
SCC7  Client Import – Post Processing
SCC8  Client Export
SCC9  Remote Client Copy
SCCL  Local Client Copy
SCDO  Display Change DocumentObjects
SCMP  View / Table Comparison
SCOM  SAPcomm: Configuration
SCON  SAPconnect - Administration
SCPF  Generate enterprise IMG
SCPR1 Customizing Profiles : Maintenance Tool
SCPR2 Comparing Customizing profiles
SCUA  Central User Administration : Distribution Model Assigment
SCUG  Central User Administration Structure Display
SCUL
SCUM  Central User Administration Field Selection
SCU0  Table Analyses And Comparison
SCU1  Table Comparison - Export to Tape
SCU2  Table Comparison Against Tape
SCU3  Table History
SD11  Data Modeler
SDBE  Explain an SQL Statement
SECR  Audit Information System
SE01  Transport and Correction System
SE02  Environment Analyzer
SE03  Transport Utilities
SE06  Set up Workbench Organizer
SE07  Transport System Status Display
SE09  Workbench Organizer (Initial Screen)
SE10  Customizing Organizer
SE11  Data Dictionary Maintenance
SE12  Data Dictionary Display
SE13  Maintain Technical Settings (Tables)
SE14  Convert Data Dictionary tables on Database Level
SE15  Repository Info System
SE16  Display Table Content
SE17  Generate Table Display
SE30  ABAP Objects Runtime Analysis
SE32  ABAP Text Element Maintenance
SE33  Context Builder
SE35  ABAP/4 Dialog Modules
SE36  Logical databases
SE37  ABAP Function Modules
SE38  ABAP Editor
SE39  Splitscreen Editor: Program Compare
SE40  MP: Standards Maint. and Translation
SE41  Menu Painter
SE43  Maintain Area Menu
SE51  Screen Painter
SE52  Parameterized screenpainter call
SE54  Generate table view
SE55  Internal table view maintenance call
SE56  internal call: display table view
SE57  internal delete table view call
SE61  R/3 Documentation
SE62  Industry Utilities
SE63  Translation: Initial Screen
SE71  SAPscript form
SE72  SAPscript Styles
SE73  SAPscript font maintenance (revised)
SE74  SAPscript format conversion
SE75  SAPscript Settings
SE76  SAPscript: Form Translation
SE77  SAPscript Translation Styles
SE78  SAPscript: Graphics administration
SE80  Object Navigator
SE81  Application Hierarchy
SE82  Application Hierarchy
SE84  R/3 Repository Information System
SE85  ABAP/4 Repository Information System
SE86  ABAP Repository Information System
SE88  Development Coordination Info System
SE89  Maintain Trees in Information System
SE91  Maintain Messages
SE92  New SysLog Msg Maintenance as of 46A
SE93  Maintain Transaction Codes
SE94  Customer enhancement simulation
SE95  Modification Browser
SEPS  SAP Electronic Parcel Service
SERP  Reporting: Change Tree Structure
SEU   Repository Browser
SF01  Client-Specific File Names
SFAW  Field Selection Maintenance
SIAC1 Web Object Administration
SHDB  Record Batch Input
SICK  Installation Check
SIN1  SAPBPT: Inbox
SINA  SAPBPT: Maintain Standard Config.
SLG0  Application Log: ObjectMaintenance
SLIN  ABAP: Extended Program Check
SM01  Lock Transactions
SM02  System Messages
SM04  User Overview
SM12  Display and Delete Locks
SM13  Display Update Records
SM14  Update Program Administration
SM21  System log
SM23  System Log Analysis
SM28  Installation Check
SM29  Model Transfer for Tables
SM30  Call Up View Maintenance
SM31  Table maintenance
SM31_OLD  Old Table Maintenance
SM32  Maintain Table Parameter ID TAB
SM33  Display Table ParameterID TAB
SM34  Viewcluster maintenancecall
SM35  Batch Input Monitoring
SM36  Batch request
SM37  Background job overview
SM38  Queue Maintenance Transaction
SM39  Job analysis
SM49  Execute Logical Commands
SM50  Work Process Overview
SM51  List of SAP Servers
SM54  TXCOM maintenance
SM55  THOST maintenance
SM56  Number Range Buffer
SM58  Asynchronous RFC Error Log
SM59  RFC Destinations (Display/Maintain)
SM60  Borrow/Return Objects
SM61
SM62
SM63  Display/Maintain Operating Mode Sets
SM64  Release of an event
SM65  Background Processing Analysis Tool
SM66  System-wide Work Process Overview
SM67  Job scheduling
SM68  Job administration
SM69  Display/Maintain Logical Commands
SMEN  Dynamic menu
SMGW  Gateway Monitor
SMLG  Maintain Logon Group
SMLI  Language import utility
SMLT  Language transport utility
SMOD  SAP Enhancement Management
SMT1  Trusted Systems (Display <-> Maint.)
SMT2  Trusting systems (Display <->Maint.)
SMW0  SAP Web Repository
SMX   Display Own Jobs
SNRO  Number Range Objects
SO02  SAPoffice: Outbox
SO03  SAPoffice: Private Folders
SO04  SAPoffice: Shared Folders
SO05  SAPoffice: Private Trash
SO06  SAPoffice: Substitutionon/off
SO07  SAPoffice: Resubmission
SO10  SAPscript: Standard Texts
SO12  SAPoffice: User Master
SO13  SAPoffice: Substitute
SO15  SAPoffice: DistributionLists
SO16  SAPoffice: Profile
SO17  SAPoffice: Delete Shared Trash
SO18  SAPoffice: Shared Trash
SO19  SAPoffice: Default Documents
SO21  Maintain PC Work Directory
SO22  SAPoffice: Delete PC Temp. Files
SO23  SAPoffice: DistributionLists
SO24  SAPoffice: Maintenance of default PC
SO28  Maintain SOGR
SO30  SAPoffice: Reorg.
SO31  Reorganization (daily)
SO36  Create Automatic Forwarding
SO38  SAPoffice: Synchr. of Folder Auths.
SO40  SAPoffice: Cust. LayoutSet MAIL
SO41  SAPoffice: Cust. LayoutSet TELEFAX
SO42  SAPoffice: Cust.Layout Set TELEFAX_K
SO43  SAPoffice: Cust.Layout Set TELEFAX_M
SO44  SAPoffice: Cust. LayoutSet TELEX
SO70  Hypertext: Display/Maint. Structure
SO71  Test plan management
SO72  Maintain Hypertext Module
SO73  Import graphic into SAPfind
SO80  SAPfind: Free Text Retrieval Dialog
SO81  SAPfind: Free Text Indexing (Test)
SO82  SAPfind: Free Text Retrieval Batch
SO95  Pregenerated Search Queries - Selec.
SO99  Put Information System
SOA0  ArchiveLink Workflow document types
SOBJ  Attribute Maintenance Objects
SOLE  OLE Applications
SOLI  Load OLE type info
SOPE  Exclude Document Classes
SOTD  SAPoffice: Maintain Object Types
SOY1  SAPoffice: Mass Maint. Users
SOY2  SAPoffice: Statistics data collect.
SOY3  SAPoffice: Statistics Evaluation
SOY4  SAPoffice: Access overview
SOY5  SAPoffice: Inbox overview
SOY6  SAPoffice: Document overview
SOY7  SAPoffice: Folder overview
SOY8  SAPoffice: Mass Archiving
SOY9  SAPoffice: Inbox Reorg.
SOYA  SAPoffice: Change folder owner
SP00  Spool and Relate Area
SP01  Spool Control
SP02  Display output Requests
SP03  Spool: Load Formats
SP11  TemSe Contents
SP12  TemSe Administration
SPAD  Spool Management
SPAM  SAP Patch Manager (SPAM)
SPAU  Display Modified DE Objects
SPCC  Spool Consistency check
SPDD  Display Modified DDIC objects
SPHA  Telephony administration
SPIC  Spool : Installation Check
SPRM  Current Customizing
SPRO  Customizing
SQ01  SAP Query: Maintain queries
SQ02  SAP Query: Maintain funct. areas
SQ03  SAP Query: Maintain user groups
SQ07  SAP Query: Language comparison
SQVI  QuickViewer
SSAA  System Administration Assistant
SSCA  Appointment Diary: Administration
SRZL  CCMS
SSM1  Session Manager generation call
SSM5  Create Activity Group
ST01  System Trace
ST02  Setups/Tune Buffers
ST03  Performance, SAP Statistics, Workload
ST04  Select activity of the databases
ST05  SQL Trace
ST06  Operating System Monitor
ST07  Application monitor
ST08  Network Monitor
ST09  Network Alert Monitor
ST10  Table Call Statistics
ST11  Display Developer Traces
ST12  Application Monitor
ST14  Application Analysis
ST22  ABAP Runtime Error Analysis
ST22  ABAP/4 Runtime Error Analysis
ST62  Create industry short texts
STAT  Local transaction statistics
STMS  Transport Management System
STUN  Performance Monitoring
STW1  Test Workbench: Test catalog
STW2  Test workbench: Test plan
STW3  Test workbench: Test package
STW4  Test Workbench: Edit test package
STW5  C maintenance table TTPLA
STZAC Maintain time zone act.in client
STZAD Disp.time zone activat.in client
SUMM  Global User Manager
SU01  Maintain User
SU01D Display users
SU02  Maintain Authorization Profiles
SU03  Maintain Authorizations
SU05  Maintain Internet Users
SU10  Mass changes to User Master
SU11  Maintain Authorizations
SU12  Mass Changes to User Master Records
SU2   Maintain User Parameter
SU20  Maintain Authorization Fields
SU21  Maintain Authorization Objects
SU22  Auth. object usage in transactions
SU24  Disables Authorization Checks
SU25  Imports SAP Check Indicators defaults
SU26  Adjust Authorization checks
SU30  Total checks in the area of auth.
SU52  Maintain own user parameters
SU53  Display check values
SU54  List for Session Manager
SU56  Analyze User Buffer
SUPC  Profiles for activity groups
SUPF  Integrated User Maintenance
SUPO  Maintain Organization Levels
SUIM  Repository Info System
SWDC  Workflow Definition
SXDA  Data Transfer Workbench
TU02  Display Active Parameters
USMM  Customer measurement

*repost from : http://www.erpgreat.com/basis/useful-sap-system-administration-transactions.htm

Recover Hidden Files By Virus

This is maybe repost, but i think this is important, so I still post it, to make me easy to remember.  I ever face problem, Windows explorer cannot show folders, but files can. When we setup our Windows explorer to view System files, everything is shown. Nah…This is how the virus works. It change the folders attribute to hidden so we can’t see any folders inside the flashdrive, but the size still there. So, to fix it, just change back the folders attribute to normal.

Right click on Command Prompt, run as Administrator, and then do this command :

attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:\*.*

where F:\ is the drive letter of your flashdrive (it can be changed depend on your drive letter).

Done…Everything is back now.