VMware Related Tools

Free Tools

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

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


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/