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Useful applications for VMware environments

Posted by Xaus Xavier Nadal 12th on May 2013

Today we are going to show several useful applications for VMware, these apps are free and do not require much knowledge to use.

Some of them are quite powerful and as you will see are continuing to substitute existing VMware environments in applications, but in some cases improved by the community. It's amazing what programmers can do with a good base of knowledge and with your imagination.

UBERAlign, IOMETER, and ESXI-customizer

UBERAlign

And finally, the best of 3, UBERAlign is a Windows application by or through an appliance (OVA) allows us to align Vmware vmdk disks of virtual machines with disk array which is mounted and the system vmfs windows for example.

 

2 consists of parts, the client and the virtual machine..

 

In the case of creating vmdk disks using the Virtual Center problem in the vmdk not exist, but instead of mounting windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 assemble an older operating system the vmfs system will not be properly aligned and have the possibility of increasing the disk performance if we use this tool.

 

They say that we can expect to earn between 9 13% and performance in virtual infrastructure.

 

With UBERAlign we can first diagnose whether we have a failure of alignment and then resolve it if you think fit.

 

But this tool goes further, also achieved if we needed reclaim space that we are not using in virtual machines and after transforming discs to thin to have this space on LUN to accommodate more machines, you can see in the following video .

 

http://vimeo.com/31551795

 

Until you takes a snapshot of the virtual machine if there is a problem in the process.

 

If you want to see why it is important to explain the alignment you perfectly in the following link: http://www.blueshiftblog.com/?p=300

 

You can see more advanced information on the following link http://nickapedia.com/2011/11/07/for-advanced-users-uberalign-api-cli-powershell/

IOMETER

The first application we show is Iometer which you can download from the following link: http://www.iometer.org/doc/downloads.htmlThis application is open source and is not only useful for VMware environments, but for environments where we have a SAN, NAS, iSCSI, or even local disks back to store our data, computers or servers, this app serves as you said the word to measure disk IOPs we want, but we can also see the response times and MBs per second and other data.

 

When running the application will allow us to select the disks we want or even access to network drives by 5 top menu icon.

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