VMware releases useful tools named flings. Those tools help not only in daily activities but also simplify migration or upgrade vSphere environment. Some tools are included in later version of VMware product after testing and solving potential problems/bugs during "fling phase" 🙂 In this post I will show my favorite fling tools that I often use.
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Note: A fully supported version of the HTML5 client is released with vSphere 6.5. Above fling can be used only for test purpose, however during deployment there are not required any changes in your environment.
H5 Client Deployment Instructions and Helpful Hints
vSphere HTML5 Web Client website
My favorite vSphere 6.5 features
Overview of vSphere HTML5 Web Client
ESXi Embedded Host Client
If you still do not use this client but you have a correct vSphere version, please follow to https://fqdn_of_ESXi/ui and enjoy 🙂
Introduction to ESXi Embedded Host Client
ESXi Embedded Host Client website
SDDC Discovery Tool
This tool is important for because I'm a Settlersoman - a Settler in the SDDC world 😉 This fling discovers all of the products installed in the environment by recursive probing. Looks similar to vROps SDDC Management Pack.
SDDC Discovery Tool Deployment Instructions
Onyx for the Web Client
If you are a power-shell geek, this fling can be useful. Onyx for the Web Client is a fling that translates actions taken in the vSphere Web Client to PowerCLI.Net code.
Note: Currently it supports only vSphere 6.0.
Onyx for the Web Client Tool website
Onyx for the Web Client Tool Deployment Instructions
VMware vSphere Compatibility Predictor
This Fling was released some days ago. The fling scans all PSCs connected to a single PSC. It will detect the versions of all the vCenter Servers connected to PSCs and all the Solutions connected to vCenter Servers. This fling is useful to check compatibility before upgrading vSphere 5.5 & vSphere 6.0 to vSphere 6.5.
How to prepare for a VMware upgrade?
VMware vSphere Compatibility Predictor website
Cluster Rules Manager (CRM)
At last VMware released (a few days ago - 21th Feb) a tool to simplify migration DRS rules between vCenters. This fling provides some useful features:
- Auditing anti-affinity across VMs in a vCenter Server
- Importing DRS affinity rules from multiple vCenter servers
- Exporting DRS affinity rules to new vCenter from the vCenter for which DRS
Cluster Rules Manager (CRM) website
Cluster Rules Manager (CRM) Deployment Instructions
This fling is similar (or replacement) to VMware I/O Analyzer. IOInsight captures I/O traces from ESXi and generates various aggregated metrics that represent the I/O behavior. A good tool to better tune and size a storage performance and capacity. It is provided as a virtual appliance.
I like using flings and I often check if there are any new versions or just a new tool available on VMware fling website. I showed above the most used flings by me, however you can find another tools useful for VDI or vROps.