You may have remembered me talking about Xangati at VMworld 2010 and on my blog before because it's one of the top 10 free tools. Xangati strikes again because they are now releasing an update to their free tool that packs a HUGE punch.
I wrote an article a few months ago called Next Generation Management - The Battle Begins about how 3rd party management products are getting smarter in the way they monitor your vSphere environment. No longer are alerts happening because thresholds are being reached, but smart algorithms are running that know what your environment usually looks like, and it will warn you when things are abnormal. Xangati has done just that and released their Performance Health Engine inside of their free Xangati for ESX product. This is huge step in the development of free tools. The new tool now comes with 3 different pre-populated logins: admin, viadmin, and vdiadmin which all give the UI a different look and feel. Xangati still boasts alot of it's old awesome features such as DVR-like capabilities and reporting. Remember the 10 rule still applies to the free product. You can only examine the top 10 things in every category, but wouldn't that be the norm anyway?
In addition, setup time has been reduced and works like a charm. Please watch the Xangati for ESX install video to get the easy step-by-step. There are going to be 3 different screens you can use to log in. Below is a screenshot of my home lab environment. Note that the "magic number" isn't showing because I haven't let enough historical data gather yet.
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