Some useful virtualization related tools

During my work and forum searching i found out below tools are more valuable for virtualization server admins and whoever interested in this technology.

1. VHD TOOL – Really cool piece of software which allows you to create VHD files very fast plus do repair on VHD files when things go wrong. It has many features and you can find the other users comments and how this tool save their life.

2. The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool – If you are managing a virtual environment then you should have virtual server templates power down for sometime and maybe even production servers you created for R&D. when you bring them online due to lack of critical patches you introduce new security breach condition to your network.

So here we have the answer from Microsoft itself for the issue, Microsoft’s Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool. Currently in Version 2.1, this solution accelerator integrates System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) with Windows Server Update Services or ConfigMgr patching infrastructure to automatically wake up dormant virtual machines, trigger a software-update cycle, shut down VMs and return them to a library.

3. StarWind V2V Converter – There are lot of tools to do the P2V, V2V and Microsoft also itself has software under SCVMM. But this software is is free of cost and do convert VMware and Citrix virtual images. StarWind company is very familiar for most of us as a provider of free ISCSI target software ( . (Personally I prefer that piece of software)

4. HYPER-V  Performance monitoring – Virtualization is all about performance management and resource management for most of us. But one key issue is monitoring each virtula pc performance with given Microsoft tools are painful. Sometimes there are time we don’t get the accurate details real-time (though not relevant all the time 🙂 )

Anyway I found out Tim Managan’s HyperV_Mon is more useful on this job. This tool lines up the performance metrics across multiple virtual machines to provide a graphical representation of performance. The result is a single view of everything you need to keep tabs on a virtual environment.

PS: You’ll find more tools on the given web link above on his web site.

There will be more tools out apart from which I found useful and shared over here. I gladly welcome if others find more useful tools and share the information with the community.

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