I wanted to create a list of free tools that you can use with vSphere. Not just 30-day trial tools, but actually *free* tools. I will be testing out all these applications in the next 2 months in preparation for a Top 5 or 10 blog and presentation at the Kentuckiana Virtualization Users Group meeting May21st
Top 10 Articles from Previous Years
Top 10 Free VMware vSphere Tools and Utilities for 2011
The Top 10 Free vSphere ESX Tools and Utilities post has been released. (2010 Article)
If you want to dive into performance, take a look at VM Advanced ISO. Free Tools for Advanced Tasks
vSphere Utilities & Programs
RVTools - uses the VI SDK 2.5 to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts.
VMVision Manager - A new way to view the virtual machines in your environment
CPUID System Information - shows the VMHost CPU Info by NTPRO
VMware CPU Host Info 2.01 - allow you to read out all CPU information from all your ESX Servers by querying your VC server. It will show what features are available on your CPUs and if they are compatible to vmotion VMs and if FT is supported.
Vizioncore vOptimizer WasteFinder - 3.0 - scans vCenter and can shrink VMDKs to reclaim storage and can also realign VMDKs to 64k on 2 VMs for free.
PHD Virtual Patch Downloader 188.8.131.52 - simplifies the task of downloading patches for various ESX and ESXi versions (including vSphere) by automating the task.
Loadstorm - utility to generate CPU and/or memory load within a virtual machine. Great for testing out DRS
vmClient - a lightweight tool which enables you to control the power of your virtual machines, it’s also capable of presenting the MKS console of your virtual machines (Read More)