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Free VMware tools for virtualization admins are worth a 'fling'

If you are a VMware virtualization administrator and you haven't been indoctrinated yet into the use of "flings," perhaps it's time you climbed on board. There is a community repository filled with golden nuggets created by VMware-employed developers and engineers -- and yes, they are offered for the low, low price of free.

We've spoken about these free VMware virtualization plug-ins in the past. The are conveniently located within the online VMware Labs, where VMware engineers are empowered to get creative by developing cool and useful tools that are not yet part of any official product by VMware. Flings are shared with VMware's community of users free of charge, but come with no official support by the company as they are experimental and offered under Technical Preview and open source licensing.

Remember, these are plug-in tools meant to fill in the gaps, not production-ready enterprise applications. They include recently launched useful tools such as PXE Manager for vCenter, a management tool designed to support automatic PXE boot (network boot using preboot execution environment) and automatic customization of large numbers of VMware ESXi systems, and vCenter XVP Manager and Converter, a fling to help provide basic virtualization management capabilities for non-vSphere hypervisor platforms, such as Microsoft Hyper-V, from within a vSphere Client.

VMware Labs added two new interesting flings to the list this month -- I/O Analyzer and ESX System Analyzer.

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Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

Published Monday, December 12, 2011 11:44 AM by David Marshall
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