Archives For VESI

Due to my HQ moving to new premises I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like recently. Now thats all under control I’m playing catchup!

The first post is about a couple of Vizioncore’s free tools, namely vEcoShell and vFoglight Quick View.

With the initial outlay on a virtualised environment the cost for third party tools (not including backup which would be a must have!) can often be seen as a nice to have initially rather than a must have. Which is why i’m a big fan of free products that will assist you with the administration of your virtual environment. Some of these tools are a fully featured free version others offer a limited feature set but with no expiration like demo software. The benefit of a lot of these tools is they will allow you to use them now and if useful, budget for the full version is applicable later.

As any regular readers of my blog or followers on twitter will know I am a big fan of vEcoShell (, the good news is that vEcoShell has now left beta and is still a freeware application. Great thanks must go to Scott Herold (@vmguru) and his team as well as the community for making such a fantastic free product!.

vEcoShell is a freeware application that utilises the power of PowerShell in a graphic user interface to assist administrators manage and report on their virtualised environment.

You don’t need to have any powershell experience or knowledge as everything is presented to you through the GUI, vEcoShell takes care of the powershell code.

With the community being heavily involved in the product some of the best powershell experts in the VMware community have teamed up together to make their own powerpack to help you even further. For more information on the powerpack check out the landing page on Alan Renouf’s blog

With this first GA of the product comes a couple of new features over and above the last beta these include

  • Completely rewritten PowerPack to support VMware PowerCLU 4.0 Update 1 and its ability to manage connections to multiple $viServer objects.
  • Ability to copy and paste code from “PowerShell Code” tab directly into standalone PS1 files (Will still need to Add-PSSnapin and Connect-VIServer for script to function).
  • Ability to copy and paste code snippets from the internet and they will work without needing to add our $managedHost.connection code everywhere.

For the latest information of vEcoShell, blog posts by Scott Herold and to join in with the community visit

vFoglight Quick View

The next free product is vFoglight Quick View, you may already be familiar with Vizioncore’s VMware monitoring product vFoglight ( They have now released a simple cut down version of the product that aims to give you basic monitoring information regarding your virtualised environment. It supports monitoring of 1 vCenter with up to 250 and will give you 6 reports surrounding the health of your environment. An important point to note is that there is no upgrade path between vFoglight Quick view and the fully featured product, so if you are thinking about purchasing vFoglight in the short term you maybe better trialling a vFoglight.

The install process for vFoglight Quickview is very simple and is a point and click operation, it did take a little longer than I expected but when I installed it, it was only in a VMware Fusion VM on my MBP.

Once installed the management console for vFoglight Quick View is accessed by a web browser, this makes it very easy for multiple people to access and for remote access over a VPN etc.

When accessing the console you are presented with a very clear view of the health of your environment, you will see the spinning dials that are a familiar vFoglight view. I have been using the product to monitor my virtual environment for the last week and have been very pleased with the results.

Here is a getting started video put together by Vizioncore

For more information check out the product page and download it at, that’s it for this post but check back for more information about free products as next I will be looking at Veeam’s free offerings.

As I have mentioned numerous times I am a big fan of The VESI and Alan Renouf’s powershell blog, well now Alan has released his powerpack for The VESI which means every VMware admin can have the power of Alan Renouf in their toolkit. Alan has taken his scripts and incorporated them in the VESI powerpack which means they can now be ran simply through the VESI GUI, saving you even more time. Due to current work commitments I haven’t had a lot of time to have a play with the powerpack yet but from the little I have seen it’s fantastic!


More information on The VESI can be found here

and Alan’s powerpack can be found here

If you like what you see and it starts saving you time consider a donation to Alan’s home test environment that will help us all in the long run!

 Share your “Tasks that Suck” is asking for your input on those tedious tasks that you always get stuck doing within your infrastructure. Is it the daily health checks, a global configuration change or checking a setting across multiple hosts. What ever it may be get across to the thread on theVESI forum and share your pain. >> You never know you may find the answer to all your problems in the next version of theVESI.

Snapshot Size Report

September 1, 2009 — 2 Comments

Playing around with the Aplha release of VESI 1.2 I have created a report to show Snapshot size, see below, using the files option and a quick filter I have a snapshot size report, I don’t believe this is a new feature just a new use I have found, I believe this would also help you track down orphaned delta’s. Now to see if I can change the filesize into an easy to read format and maybe graph againt the original VMDK size.


VESI 1.2 Alpha

September 1, 2009 — Leave a comment

As I have blogged many times before I am a big fan of the Virtualization Eco Shell, it enables you to quickly produce reports and automate tasks that would have previously have taken a much longer in the past. It does this by utilising the power of Powershell with a graphical front end. Last week I was lucky enough to get a pre VMworld demo of the latest features being added to the product. Having had very little time to play with it since I will be updating this post regularly with my latest findings of the new release. One of the main additions is the ability to create charts / graphs of the data you have on screen with a few clicks.

For example a handy graph of VM memory allocation within the datacenter

VESI Memory Graph.jpeg

Datastore Usage Chart

DataStore Usage.jpeg

If you are lucky enough to be attending VMworld in San Fransico this week be sure to track down Scott Herold for a full demo.