RVTools for VMware vSphere – one of the cool freeware apps out there. RVTools utility has been around for a while. Many times blogged and re-blogged about RVTools on this website, but since this tool brings that tremendous value, it’s time for me to do it again, since recently it’s been updated to the version 3.4.
Get it from www.robware.net
The tool is distributed as a single MSI package, which is very lightweight. This tool connects to your vCenter or ESX/ESXi host and provides you with many tabs with detailed informations from your virtual infrastructure.
RVTools supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance and ESX 5.
RVTools – What has been added or improved in this version?
- Overall performance improvements and better end user experience
- VI SDK reference changed from 4.0 to 5.0
- Added reference to Log4net (Apache Logging Framework) for debugging purpose
- Fixed a SSO problem
- CSV export trailing separator removed to fix PowerShell read problem
- On vDisk tabpage new fields: Eagerly Scrub and Write Through
- On vHost tabpage new field: vRAM = total amount of virtual RAM allocated to all running VMs
On vHost tabpage new fields: Used memory by VMs, Swapped memory by VMs and Ballooned memory by VMs
Bugfix: Snapshot size was displayed as zero when smaller than 1 MB
Added a new preferences screen. Here you can disable / enable some performance killers. By default they are disabled.
You can get there by going to Edit > preferences.
Here is a screenshot from my lab, connected with two instances of RVTools, each one of them to different vCenter server. You can click to enlarge.