Jadwal Bus Karawaci 2018

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Red Hat Openshift Container Platform v3.6 and Cisco ACI APIC Controller Integration

Cisco has published latest version of Cisco ACI and Red Hat Openshift Container Platform (OCP) 3.6 integration in below link :


But in this post, I want to share what task have to be done at Openshift installation progress.  Please note that :

  1. Segment 192.168.12.xx kubeapi_vlan will not exist before we run : acc-provision -f openshift-3.6 -c aci-provisions-config.yaml -o aci-provisions.yaml -a -u admin -p password
  2. Before installation, we will use 192.168.11.xx to configure Hosts and to connect to CISCO APIC controller, and after we run steps number 1, we will use kubeapi_vlan as the primary interface with default gateway to this interface

Cisco LAB OCP – ACI in ABC Company

Hosts :

ocp-bastion IN A

ocp-master1 IN A

ocp-master2 IN A

ocp-master3 IN A

ocp-infra1 IN A

ocp-infra2 IN A

ocp-infra3 IN A

ocp-worker1 IN A

ocp-worker2 IN A

ocp-worker3 IN A

*.app.dev.abc IN A


***Configure DNS

[root@ocp-bastion ~]# cat /etc/named.conf


// named.conf


// Provided by Red Hat bind package to configure the ISC BIND named(8) DNS

// server as a caching only nameserver (as a localhost DNS resolver only).


// See /usr/share/doc/bind*/sample/ for example named configuration files.


// See the BIND Administrator’s Reference Manual (ARM) for details about the

// configuration located in /usr/share/doc/bind-{version}/Bv9ARM.html

options {

listen-on port 53 {; };

listen-on-v6 port 53 { ::1; };

directory “/var/named”;

dump-file “/var/named/data/cache_dump.db”;

statistics-file “/var/named/data/named_stats.txt”;

memstatistics-file “/var/named/data/named_mem_stats.txt”;

allow-query { localhost;; };


– If you are building an AUTHORITATIVE DNS server, do NOT enable recursion.

– If you are building a RECURSIVE (caching) DNS server, you need to enable


– If your recursive DNS server has a public IP address, you MUST enable access

control to limit queries to your legitimate users. Failing to do so will

cause your server to become part of large scale DNS amplification

attacks. Implementing BCP38 within your network would greatly

reduce such attack surface


recursion yes;

dnssec-enable no;

dnssec-validation no;

//dnssec-lookaside auto;

// is my Public DNS server

forwarders {; };

/* Path to ISC DLV key */

bindkeys-file “/etc/named.iscdlv.key”;

managed-keys-directory “/var/named/dynamic”;

pid-file “/run/named/named.pid”;

session-keyfile “/run/named/session.key”;


logging {

channel default_debug {

file “data/named.run”;

severity dynamic;



zone “.” IN {

type hint;

file “named.ca”;


zone “dev.abc” IN {

type master;

file “forward.abc”;

allow-update { none; };


zone “12.168.192.in-addr.arpa” IN {

type master;

file “reverse.abc”;

allow-update { none; };


include “/etc/named.rfc1912.zones”;

include “/etc/named.root.key”;


[root@ocp-bastion byo]# cat /var/named/forward.abc

$TTL 86400

@ IN SOA ocp-bastion.dev.abc. root.dev.abc. (

2011071001 ;Serial

3600 ;Refresh

1800 ;Retry

604800 ;Expire

86400 ;Minimum TTL


@ IN NS ocp-bastion.dev.abc.

ocp-bastion IN A

ocp-master1 IN A

ocp-master2 IN A

ocp-master3 IN A

ocp-infra1 IN A

ocp-infra2 IN A

ocp-infra3 IN A

ocp-worker1 IN A

ocp-worker2 IN A

ocp-worker3 IN A

*.app.dev.abc IN A


[root@ocp-bastion byo]# cat /var/named/reverse.abc

$TTL 86400

@ IN SOA ocp-bastion.dev.abc. root.dev.abc. (

2011071001 ;Serial

3600 ;Refresh

1800 ;Retry

604800 ;Expire

86400 ;Minimum TTL


@ IN NS ocpbastion.dev.abc.

@ IN PTR dev.abc.

ocp-bastion IN A

ocp-master1 IN A

ocp-master2 IN A

ocp-master3 IN A

ocp-infra1 IN A

ocp-infra2 IN A

ocp-infra3 IN A

ocp-worker1 IN A

ocp-worker2 IN A

ocp-worker3 IN A

20 IN PTR ocp-bastion.dev.abc.

21 IN PTR ocp-master1.dev.abc.

22 IN PTR ocp-master2.dev.abc.

23 IN PTR ocp-master3.dev.abc.

24 IN PTR ocp-infra1.dev.abc.

25 IN PTR ocp-infra2.dev.abc.

26 IN PTR ocp-infra3.dev.abc.

27 IN PTR ocp-worker1.dev.abc.

28 IN PTR ocp-worker2.dev.abc.

29 IN PTR ocp-worker3.dev.abc.


# Management network interface (not connected to ACI)

[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens192














# Interface connected to ACI

[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens224







# ACI Infra VLAN

[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens224.3000






[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-ens224.3000 dev ens224.3000

# Node Vlan

[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens224.3011










[root@ocp-master2 ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-ens192 via dev ens192


# Create new DHCP-client file for infra vlan

# vi /etc/dhcp/dhclient-ens224.3000.conf

send dhcp-client-identifier 01:<mac-address of infra VLAN interface>;

request subnet-mask, domain-name, domain-name-servers, host-name;

send host-name <server-host-name>;

option rfc3442-classless-static-routes code 121 = array of unsigned integer 8;

option ms-classless-static-routes code 249 = array of unsigned integer 8;

option wpad code 252 = string;

also request rfc3442-classless-static-routes;

also request ms-classless-static-routes;

also request static-routes;

also request wpad;

also request ntp-servers;


# Sample acc-provision-config.yaml

[root@ocp-master1 ~]# cat aci-containers-config.yaml


# Configuration for ACI Fabric



system_id: MABC_DEV_OPENSHIFT # Every opflex cluster must have a distict ID

apic_hosts: # List of APIC hosts to connect for APIC API


vmm_domain: # Kubernetes container domain configuration

encap_type: vxlan # Encap mode: vxlan or vlan

mcast_range: # Every opflex VMM must use a distinct range



nested_inside: # Include if nested inside a VMM

type: vmware # Specify the VMM vendor (supported: vmware)

name: VDSMABCDEVOPS # Specify the name of the VMM domain

# The following resources must already exist on the APIC,

# they are used, but not created by the provisioning tool.

aep: MABC_DEV_VMWARE_AEP # The AEP for ports/VPCs used by this cluster

vrf: # This VRF used to create all kubernetes EPs


tenant: common # This can be system-id or common


name: MABC_DEV_ASA_DEVOPS_L3OUT # Used to provision external IPs


– MABC_DEV_DEVOPS_NET # Used for external contracts


# Networks used by Kubernetes



node_subnet: # Subnet to use for nodes

pod_subnet: # Subnet to use for Kubernetes Pods

extern_dynamic: # Subnet to use for dynamic external IPs

extern_static: # Subnet to use for static external IPs

node_svc_subnet: # Subnet to use for service graph

kubeapi_vlan: 3011 # The VLAN used by the physdom for nodes

service_vlan: 3012 # The VLAN used by LoadBalancer services

infra_vlan: 3000 # The VLAN used by ACI infra


# Configuration for container registry

# Update if a custom container registry has been setup



image_prefix: noiro # e.g: registry.example.com/noiro

# image_pull_secret: secret_name # (if needed)


***Installation steps :

– Prepare master,worker,infra as normal OCP installation

– Set 2 interfaces in each hosts, 1 for management, 1 for 2 vlan interface

– Install Cisco acc-provision package

– Edit aci-provision-config.yaml

– Run acc-provision

acc-provision -f openshift-3.6 -c aci-provisions-config.yaml -o aci-provisions.yaml -a -u admin -p password

– After provision, copy dhclient-ens224.conf file to /etc/dhcp/ and restart network service

– Network access should have primary gateway to ACI node_subnet gateway, not to management gateway

– Run Openshift Installation, and after installation, Nodes will not in Ready status

– Run oc apply -f aci-containers.yaml ( make sure all node can pull image from docker.io )

– After run, all nodes should be ready

***Installation notes

– Set the DNS record for all nodes to the kubeapi_vlan (in this lab vlan 3011, 192.168.12.xx IPs), so when the installation is running, etcd will detect 192.168.12.xx IPs, not ens192 IP

– before run oc apply -f aci-containers.yaml, make sure that all nodes has label, app = true

– Have to edit svc before expose : Spec – type: LoadBalancer

– Notes in ansible hosts file :

– add option :

openshift_master_ingress_ip_network_cidr: ( go to extern_dynamic IP)

openshift_use_openshift_sdn: false

os_sdn_network_plugin_name: cni

Findings :

1. Minimum Pods IP that aci-controller needs is 128 IP, and it will be automatically assigned, so Pod Network Subnet should at least /21 for abc case (9 nodes)

2. Deploy aci-containers.yaml need access to *.docker.io and *.github.com

3. Add iptables UDP Port 8472

4. MTU should be 1600

5. Before run oc apply -f aci-containers.yaml, make sure that all nodes has label, app = true

6. Have to edit svc before expose : Spec – type: LoadBalancer

7. Have to allow UDP and TCP port 53 to all Nodes in iptables


How to Configure Remote Execution in Red Hat Satellite 6 Server

Remote Execution SSH Satellite

Remote execution uses SSH connections secured with key authentication from the capsule to the hosts. By default, the capsule loads the SSH key from /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh/id_rsa_foreman_proxy. The SSH keys are created automatically when installing a capsule.

To enable remote execution, the capsule’s public SSH key needs to be copied to the hosts.

Use one of the following methods to copy the SSH key to the hosts:

Method 1: Install the public key automatically during provisioning of hosts:

Include a remote_execution_ssh_keys snippet in your Kickstart templates:

<%= snippet ‘remote_execution_ssh_keys’ %>

You can see this snippet in the Satellite Kickstart Default template under Hosts → Provisioning templates

Method 2: Use the Satellite 6 API to distribute the public key from a capsule to hosts that are already installed (like your host1.example.com):

Make sure host1.example.com is running in RHEV

Look up the IP address in Satellite, it should be

Log in to host1.example.com via SSH using the IP address.

Run this command:

curl https://satellite6.example.com:9090/ssh/pubkey >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Method 3: Copy the key directly from the capsule (your Satellite in this case) to the host:

ssh-copy-id -i /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh/id_rsa_foreman_proxy.pub root@<IP address>

How to Install and Configure Red Hat Satellite Server 6

Preparation :
Define foreman-initial-organization
Define foreman-initial-location
Define which repo needs to be synced (is there any custom content)
Define for dns, dhcp, tftp server (will it be managed by Satellite??)
Define Satellite server’s SSL Certificate
Define Life Cycle Environment
Define the location, P/V, of satellite and capsule
Define Hardening Guide

Install Satellite server :
Action :
*enable firewall rules for satellites
*Mount Iso image, run ./Install_packages
*answer file /etc/foreman-installer/scenarios.d/satellite-answers.yaml
satellite-installer –scenario satellite \
–foreman-initial-organization “initial_organization_name” \
–foreman-initial-location “initial_location_name” \
–foreman-admin-username admin-username \
–foreman-admin-password admin-password \
–foreman-proxy-dns-managed=false \

*Register satellite server (capsule server) to satellite server
rpm -Uvh /var/www/html/pub/katello-ca-consumer-latest.noarch.rpm
subscription-manager register –org=ExampleCompany \

Install Capsule server :
firewall-cmd –permanent –add-port=”53/udp” –add-port=”53/tcp” –add-port=”67/udp” –add-port=”69/udp” –add-port=”80/tcp” –add-port=”443/tcp” –add-port=”5647/tcp” –add-port=”8000/tcp” –add-port=”8140/tcp” –add-port=”8443/tcp” –add-port=”9090/tcp”
rpm -Uvh http://satellite.example.com/pub/katello-ca-consumer-latest.noarch.rpm
subscription-manager register –org organization_name
subscription-manager attach –pool=Red_Hat_Satellite_Capsule_Pool_Id
subscription-manager repos –enable rhel-7-server-rpms –enable rhel-7-server-satellite-capsule-6.2-rpm –enable rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms –enable rhel-7-server-extras-rpms
yum install satellite-capsule
capsule-certs-generate –capsule-fqdn “mycapsule.example.com” –certs-tar “~/mycapsule.example.com-certs.tar” (run from satellite server, don’t forget to copy command under the result)
satellite-installer –scenario capsule –capsule-parent-fqdn “satellite.example.com” –foreman-proxy-register-in-foreman “true” –foreman-proxy-foreman-base-url ”

Configure Satellite Server :
1. Create Satellite Organization
2. Attach subs to current Satellite Organization
3. Download Manifest File
4. Upload Manifest file to Satellite server from Content > Red Hat Subscription
5. Enable products that want to be synced in RPMS
6. Create Life Cycle Environment
7. Create Content View
8. Publish and Promote content view to desired Environment
9. Sync Life Cycle Environment to Capsule via CLI – hammer capsule content add-lifecycle-environment –id ?, and hammer capsule content sync
10. Create Compute Source from RHEV, VMware, KVM or Bare Metal
11. Import SCAP Content
12. Download puppet module foreman_scap_clients, and upload to Satellite
13. Import Classes after upload puppet module to Satellite
14. Puppet environment will be created automatically
15. If you want provision, you have define the DHCP IP in the beginning, set DNS forwarders and enable TFTP. When create subnet it should import from capsule, not created

*Apply Custom Certificate to Satellite and Capsule
1. Create new certificate key : openssl genrsa -out /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem 4096

2. Create new Certificate Signing Request for each Satellite and Capsule Hostname :
openssl req -new \
-key /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem \
-out /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_csr.pem

3. Check the Certificate Validity :
katello-certs-check \
-c /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert.pem \ 1
-k /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem \ 2
-r /root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_csr.pem \ 3
-b /root/sat_cert/ca_cert_bundle.pem

4. Run the satellite installer to apply the new Certificate to Satellite Server :
To install the Satellite main server with the custom certificates, run:

satellite-installer –scenario satellite \
–certs-server-cert “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert.pem” \
–certs-server-cert-req “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_csr.pem” \
–certs-server-key “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem” \
–certs-server-ca-cert “/root/sat_cert/ca_cert_bundle.pem”

To update the certificates on a currently running Satellite installation, run:

satellite-installer –scenario satellite \
–certs-server-cert “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert.pem” \
–certs-server-cert-req “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_csr.pem” \
–certs-server-key “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem” \
–certs-server-ca-cert “/root/sat_cert/ca_cert_bundle.pem” \
–certs-update-server –certs-update-server-ca

5. Generate new certificate for capsule, do this per each capsule (match the hostname and the certificate)

capsule-certs-generate –capsule-fqdn “” \
–certs-tar “/root/certs.tar” \
–server-cert “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert.pem” \
–server-cert-req “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_csr.pem” \
–server-key “/root/sat_cert/satellite_cert_key.pem” \
–server-ca-cert “/root/sat_cert/ca_cert_bundle.pem” \

6. Apply the new tar file to the Capsule :
satellite-installer –scenario capsule \
–capsule-parent-fqdn “capsule.example.com”\




My Trip to KL-Penang-Genting-Khao Yai-Bangkok

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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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


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.

Desktop Monitoring


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 ss -s.


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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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

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 ps -A


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

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.

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’.


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 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 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++.



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.



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.



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

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


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.



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.


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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 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.

Total Network Monitor


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.

ELM Enterprise Manager


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


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.


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.


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 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.


Network Monitoring

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

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 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.

Proc Net Monitor


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 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/

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)

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)


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)


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)


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/