Today while taking a break from writing some project related IP, I kicked over to my home lab rebuild that was pretty much stalled in lieu of the other things I have running around these days. While I was waiting for some things to update I decided to take a look at one of the free tools the folks over at SolarWinds have called VM Monitor. Now I have always been a fan of both their free tools as well as some of their full versions. In the next month or so I may be kicking the tires on more of them just to see what they have these days.
This little gem is actually perfect for me in my home lab since I only have a single physical ESX host. The tool is very easy to set up and I actually had nothing on the ESXi 5.0 host to configure. It gives you some instant real-time data of all the Virtual Machines running on the selected host. Seeing as I only have one host running, this is a perfect tool for me to keep an eye on them without hitting the host or firing up vCenter Server. So how do you set this thing up? Easy as 1….2….3
Step #1 – Download the Tool
Step #2 – Configure for the ESX server
Step #3 – Look at the details of your Virtual Machines
What you get is a really nice graphical view directly from your windows workstation of the real-time stats of the Virtual Machines on the host. This little guy is so easy to set up and get running you should give it a try if you have not yet. This tool has been out for a while, but is still pretty cool to use. I will be downloading some of their other tools as well to see how they work with vSphere and vCloud Director once the lab is re-built.