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VMware Flings Site with new Fling – ESX System Analyzer

If you need to migrate ESX to ESXi some tools can be handy. Oh there are tools for that? Yes, they call them Flings… -:). Can be found at http://labs.vmware.com/flings

The tool analyzes your existing ESX environment and shows you basically what needs to be done before you launch the migration. The tool is a virtual appliance that’s why the download is 1.6 Gigs…. -:)

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:

  • Hardware compatibility with ESXi
  • VMs registered on the ESX host, as well as VMs located on the host’s local disk
  • Modifications to the Service Console
    • RPMs which have been added or removed
    • Files which have been added
    • Users and cronjobs which have been added

This tool also provides summary information for the whole existing environment

  • Version of VMware Tools and Virtual Hardware for all VMs
  • Version of Filesystem for all datastores

By having this information, administrators can determine what tasks need to be done prior to the migration. Examples include:

  • Relocate VMs from local datastores to shared datastores
  • Make note of what agent software has been added to the host and obtain the equivalent agentless version
  • Replace cronjobs with equivalent remote scripts written with PowerCLI or vCLI

VMware Flings - ESX System Analyzer - another must have tool

Make sure you visit the fling site here and use this fling against your environment:

http://labs.vmware.com/flings/esx-system-analyzer

Enjoy… -:)

 

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