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vSphere Mobile Client - Free Tool

VMware provides a number of free tools, many are well-established and supported freebies given to the VMware community.  But the company also established something called VMware Labs, a division dedicated to creating free community-driven tools.  The free tools from the lab are called "flings," and they go back as far as 2010.  These projects are created by VMware engineers who have been empowered by the company to get creative by developing cool tools that are not yet part of any official product offering and sharing those tools with VMware's enthusiastic community of users.  Some of these projects may eventually grow up and get added into one of the main product lines as a new feature.

In June, VMware Labs published a new, free utility called vSphere Mobile Client.  This free tool enables administrators to monitor and manage a vSphere infrastructure directly from a mobile device.  For now, it only works with Android devices, but future releases will hopefully offer support for iOS. 

With this mobile tool, you'll be able to check on the current or historical resource consumption and show CPU, Memory, Storage and Network usage counters.  You'll be able to get notifications on long running tasks, and you'll be able to check the currently running tasks.  The tool isn't limited to monitoring.  You'll also be able to interact with your VMs.  You'll be able to change the power state of a VM or restart it.  Another handy feature is being able to locate a VM in your environment via search.

You can also subscribe to any running tasks and receive a notification on your mobile device when the task finishes.

The vSphere Mobile Client also supports push notifications via the vSphere Mobile Notification Service.  In order to enable that functionality, a spring boot powered application runs inside a docker container.  The purpose of the application is to communicate with vCenter servers and provide data to the mobile application (push notifications).

Notable Features

  • VM overview: Review the status of your VMs including state (powered on/off), resource usage and configuration information
  • VM management: Change the power state of a VM or restart it. Locating the virtual machine to operate on can be done through search.
  • Task monitoring: Subscribe to any running task and receive a notification on your mobile device upon task completion, even when your device is in-active or you have another application running on the foreground.
  • Performance charts: Monitor the resource usage of a VM in real time or a day, week, month or year back. Counters include CPU, Memory, Storage and Network.

 

Please remember that this free tool is a "tech preview" release, and as such, it only has a limited subset of the intended functionality.  The team that created it will be releasing updates with new features regularly, but their main task is to gather feedback from you as you use the tool.  So please make sure to leave comments, suggestions and relay bug information.

What are the requirements?

  • Supports mobile devices using Android version 4.4 (KitKat) or newer
  • Supports mobile devices using iOS version 10 or newer
  • No other mobile operating systems are currently supported
  • For Notification Appliance - 2 vCPU, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB storage
  • An existing VC (version 6.0 or newer) installation (VCSA or Windows).
  • Application is tested on the vCenter VCSA 6.5 GA release.
Download from VMware Labs
Published Wednesday, July 03, 2019 7:28 AM by David Marshall
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