It has been long enough time for us to enjoy our time again since our first honeymoon in Bali. Now our destination will be Malaysia and Bangkok. Our preparation is only for the ticket, haha, even H-1 we still not decide the hotel and itinerary yet, so now we plan to have it one by one night.
1st day ( trip to Penang)
Our flight is from Jakarta CGK to Kuala Lumpur KUL with Air asia QZ 200, 5:30 – 8:30 (malay time). After we arrived at KUL terminal building KLIA 1, then we follow the information board to go to the bus counter that will take us to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), the bus sentral terminal in Kuala Lumpur. Ticket is very cheap, only 11 RM per person and after approx one and a half hour, we arrive at TBS. We go to the bus ticket counter, and reserve 2 seats to Sungai Nibong, Penang Island. Ticket price is 55 RM /person, I still dont get it why it is very expensive, as if I check from online booking, only 38 RM / person. 😦
After 7 hours boring time inside the bus, I finally arrive at Sungai Nibong Terminal. Actually the bus route is TBS – Hentian Duta – Butterworth terminal (penang Land) – Sungai Nibong terminal (penang island). We arrive at 20:30 local time, and waiting for Rapid Penang Bus trip to our hotel in George town. We should be ride the 102 number Bus, and have a short walking to hotel, but no result after waiting about a half of hour. Fortunately, I meet a local girl that has the nearly same destination with us, so we ride taxi and divide the taxi fare by 2 ( taxi fare is 40 RM). At 21:30 we finally arrive at the hotel, and find dinner nearby. Btw, dont forget to eat char kwe teaw in here, it has the best taste. Yummyyy
2nd day ( local tour in Penang Island)
Today, we plan to have rapid bus trip to go the tourism places, but we got new idea to rent a motorbike. I think its really awesome idea, to have a bike in Penang island. After ask few questions to our hotel receptionist, she told me to go to Chulia street (Lebuh Chulia in Penang), there are a lot of bike rental in there. No wasting time, we directly go to there by foot and found 1 store (Stardust Rental and Cafe) that park the rental bike in the front of his store. 1 day rent cost 30 RM, but he tolds us to deposit 100 RM in total, and copy of my passport and driving license. By the way, he also receive Rupiah 🙂 , and he has an Indonesian wife, maybe that’s why he treat us very easy and warm.
After that, I have wonderful day to hang around the Penang Island city by motorbike, even I can drive at toll-like-road in here. I have to drive with high speed, while I got small bike :(( , but honestly its very awesome day.
3rd day (penang to genting highlands)
From last night, I already meet our hotel receptionist to buy bus ticket from Penang to Genting directly, it cost 42 RM per person plus 3 RM from hotel to Komtar tower. Trip start from 8:00 in the morning, then we stop in some places to have lunch in 12:30, 45 km from Genting Highlands, and finally we arrive at Awana Bus station Genting at 14:30. At the Bus station, we purchase bus ticket to KL Sentral schedule at 20:30 (it has every hour trip to KL), so we have 6 hours to hang around Genting. In the same building, there is baggage storage service, and it costs 5 RM/pcs, this is really save us, so we do not bring the bag along way in Genting. Then also in the same building, we can buy cable car ticket from Awana bus station to Resort World Genting for 18 RM/person/1 way, so 36 RM/person for 2 way. The cable car first stop is at Ching Hua Shui temple, we can stop there but dont forget to keep your cable car ticket, because it’s still required when you want to continue your trip with cable car to the Resort World Genting. Ching Hua Shui temple is a really good place to take a picture. Then finally we arrive at Resort World Genting. This is my first time to Genting, and I really curious what will the casino looks like. This place is like a shopping mall, but have several casinos inside it. I am not play in casino so I will skip that part. :). 5 hours later, we take the cable car way back to Awana Bus Station. Different from when we go up while there are a very good view, the fog is everywhere, you will see nothing. After that we go to the baggage storage, to take back our things, and hey, there is a good place to shop for branded things. It’s really cheap price compare to the KL city Mall. Then we go to the ground floor and wait for the bus. The trip from Genting to KL sentral is about 1 and a half hour. I book the closest hotel from KL Sentral Mall.
4th day ( KL and Bangkok)
Our flight to Bangkok Don Mueang airport is 16:25, so we only have few hours to hang around in KL, and we choose KLCC and KL Sentral Mall. We go to KLCC from KL Sentral by MRT, and take some pictures in Petronas Twin Tower, have some foods, then go back to KL Sentral. For tranport to KLIA, we have several options, but we choose the fastest way is by KLIA express train that cost 55 RM/person/trip. It only takes 45 minutes from KL Sentral to KLIA 2. For cheaper options, you can ride MRT to TBS, and then take the bus from TBS to KLIA, but it takes longer and unpredictable time, like traffic jam.
At 18:30, we finally arrive at Don Mueang International Airport. Before go to the immigration, don’t forget to fill the immigration card that has been distributed by aircraft crew. Once we reach the arrival gate, we already plan buy local card, as we will need it to travel in Thailand, because I can’t download offline maps from Google Maps. There are so many people will stop you to buy the tourist sim card in their store, but please read carefully before you buy. I choose the 7 day unlimited internet DTAC provider cost 259 Baht. Believe me, the signal coverage is very good, even when we are in Khao Yai (always got 4G signal). After purchase sim card, we go to exit gate number 6, to take bus to Mo Chit BTS station, it costs 30 Baht/person. There are 2 Mo Chit station, the first one is Mo Chit BTS Station that near to MRT station called Chatuchak Park, and the second one is called Mo Chit 2 or Northern Bus Terminal. After arrive at Mo Chit BTS station, we go to our hotel by foot. It’s really near from the station. We put our baggage in the hotel, and then go to Rot Fai Night Market by MRT, start from Chatuchak Park station and stop at Thailand Cultural Center station. The night market is behind Esplanade shopping mall. It’s very crowded, but very cheap price. The market is open until 1 am.
5th day (Trip to Khao Yai)
We check out from hotel at 7:00, then take a grab taxi to Mo Chit 2 Bus Station. From Bus station, we ask security for bus to Pak Chong, and he point the ticket counter number 22. Bus fare to Pak Chong is 108 Baht/person. The bus is good, have AC, wide seat and leg room. It takes about 3 hours from Mo Chit to Pak Chong. When we arrive at Pak Chong, the bus is not stopping at bus station, but it stops at bus stop in the city. If I see from maps, it’s not so far from bus station, and fortunately, it’s also near the place that we want to rent motorbike to our resort in Khao Yai. We go to the rental provider, then ask for bike to rent, and we got Matic Bike, 300 Baht/day (24 hour), fuel is full, and you have to return it in full condition. They only need your original passport to keep, and they give you the copy of front page from your passport, and after that, ready to rock… Trip from Pak Chong to Khao Yai is very challenging. The highway is full of big truck and passenger cars with high speed, you have to ride carefully in the edge of the left lane. After 45 minutes, we arrive at our Ban Suan Nooi Resort (The Hobbit House), it’s a wonderful place. In the first time, I was think that this place is like real resort that has small road, and surrounded by trees, but this is truly amazing, you are like in a garden from someone’s house then decorated like The Hobbit House. But, really, this place is awesome.
— To be Continued —
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|vLogView||A Windows based application which manages VMware ESX Server log files.||Miscellaneous||Xtravirt||Download|
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|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|
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|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|
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|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|
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|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
Command Line Tools
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a built-in tool for displaying the route and measuring the delay of packets across a network.
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 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 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 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.
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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
(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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a classic system monitoring tool and it gives you a simple overview of all the different parts of the including IRQ.
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.
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 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 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 or virtual memory statistics is a small built-in tool that monitors and displays a summary about the memory in the machine.
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 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 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.
The ps command will give you an overview of all the current processes. You can easily select all processes using the command
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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’.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a built-in command that displays information about the users currently using the machine and their processes.
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 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 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.
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
sudo apt-get install nload
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.
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 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/
Included with Windows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Op5 is another open source attempt to provide a complete monitoring platform around Nagios. It provides alerting, graphing, storage and data collection.
Open Source Alternatives
Zabbix is the obvious open source alternative to Nagios. It offers alerting, graphing, storage and collection, all in one product.
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.
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.
Observium is a network focused monitoring platform. It supports Linux and Windows servers, alike.
Centreon is a comprehensive monitoring platform. They are now transitioning from MySQL and RRDTool, to ElasticSearch and InfluxDB.
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.
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.
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).
OpenNMS is a complete monitoring platform. Unlike Nagios, it supports SNMP, WMI and JMX, out of the box (Nagios requires 3rd party tools).
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.
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.
Those commercial tools are usually deployed as on-premise monitoring servers.
SSC Serv is the commercial collectd agent for Windows. It was created by folks behind collectd.
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.
Total Network Monitor
Total Network Monitor is a commercial network monitoring software. It offers performance graphs, alerting, actions and logs.
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.
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.
WhatsUpGold is a well known network, server and application monitoring tool, made by Ipswitch. It offers management capabilities and configuration management.
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.
PowerAdmin is a commercial monitoring solution for Windows and Linux. It offers SNMP, logs and services. Also comes with built-in remote access.
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.
EventsEntry is a server and network device monitoring software with compliance reporting capabilities.
Veeam ONE is a monitoring and management control center for Windows Server Hyper-V.
CA Unified Infrastructure Management (formerly CA Nimsoft Monitor, Unicenter)
CA Windows server monitoring analyzes the performance and availability of Windows server resources.
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.
OpenManage (now Dell Enterprise Systems Management) is an all-in-one management and monitoring product for enterprises.
Halcyon Windows Server Manager
Halcyon Windows Server Manager monitors Windows servers and performs predetermined actions, as required.
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.
System Monita is another monitoring tool with Windows support. Made by Kiwis.
BMC PATROL and ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM) is an all-in-one enterprise management and monitoring product.
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.
ScienceLogic also supports Windows monitoring, both on premise and on the cloud.
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.
While this is not an extensive list, here are the most popular ones:
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.
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.
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.
BandwidthD measures bandwidth usage for your subnetworks, and can also display graphs. BandwidthD is open source.
NagVis is an open source visualization addon for Nagios. It monitors the availability of complex IT processes, like a mail system or network infrastructure.
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.
The list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a few hardware monitoring options.
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 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 collects metrics from Windows servers and pushes them to Graphite servers.
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 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 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.
Glint Computer Activity Monitor
Glint displays the system status of local or remote Windows servers.
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors..
SpeedFan goes beyond CPU temperature and includes: voltage, fan speed, temperature and other S.M.A.R.T. info.
OpenHardwareMonitor is an open source, all-in-one, hardware monitoring application.
*source : https://blog.serverdensity.com/windows-monitoring-tools/
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
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)
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 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)
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)
vSphere 5.5 is here! – KBs you need to know about (VMware Support Insider Blog)
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)
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)
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)
vSphere 5.5 Virtual SAN requirements (2058424)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
VMware vSphere 5.5 Release Notes (vmware.com)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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
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/
To enable the nested ESXi servers to run 64bit VMs your outer ESXi server needs to pass the
Intel VT or AMD V feature into the VMs. Open a command prompt on your ESXi server,
either through SSH or on the local console, and type the following command :
echo ‘vhv.allow = “TRUE”‘ >> /etc/vmware/config
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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!!!! 🙂