I blogged a while ago about downloading the Virtualisation Eco Shell (VESI), since then I haven’t stopped using it. It now forms one of my tools that is opened as soon as I am dealing with VMware. VESI puts a graphical user interface over the top of the VI Toolkit / PowerCLI and powershell. Allowing you to run queries and get information out of a environment in a matter of seconds. Below is a short list of some of the ways I have used it recently. I plan on doing a more detailed blog post shortly depicting how usefull this free tool is. Big thanks must go to Scott Herold who runs the project, he has been extremly helpful and accommodating with assistance and feature requests.
- Quickly shutdown all VM’s when doing SAN maintainance
- Documentation / Infrastructure Diagrams
- Checking host log files
- Checking for snapshots
- Using the script editior to write, test and debug powershell scripts
- Checking Windows service status / restarting / starting services
- Checking Windows event logs for VMs
Plus lots more.
For more information please visit the website www.thevesi.org