vKernel stepping up its game: 2 more free tools added to vOPS Server Explorer

vKernel has not been sitting still during the holiday season!
Instead they’ve been busy making the free version of vOPS Server Explorer even better. The struggle for absolute dominance in the ever growing market of Virtual Environment Management continues..

What’s the buzz?
vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 freeware suite adds two new utilities, Storage Explorer and Change Explorer, plus adds improvements to Environment Explorer. So there are now a total of five utilities in the vOPS free VM tool. Using the same analytics and advisory engine from the paid vOPS Server Standard product, all five of these utilities provide virtual administrators with a rapid assessment of the state of their environment. Since the free version uses the same software as the premium edition, all you need to do is add a license key to receive all the functionality without needing to reinstall everything.

So what’s new and what does it do?

Storage Explorer:
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Storage Explorer provides extensive storage performance and capacity views across datastores and VMs Identifies critical datastore issues such as overcommitment, low capacity, high latency, VMFS version mismatch
Identifies critical VM issues such as low available disk space, high latency and throughput.
Allows user to sort on any metric to find specific issues relevant to them.

Brief demo of Storage Explorer:


Next up: Change Explorer

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Change Explorer lists all changes that occurred to datacenters, clusters, resource pools, hosts, datastores and VMs within the last seven days with associated risk impact.
Allows user to filter on object name, user and type to find specific changes.
Number of changes are also represented graphically over time to be able to see when they are occurring.

Brief demo of Change Explorer:

Noteworthy tidbits:
– The Storage Explorer shows information from the last 24 hours
– The free version of Change Explorer show the changes from the last 7 days
– The paid version also adds (scheduled) reversion of changes your
PFY-colleague implemented while you where out drinking
– I asked vKernel what the minimum amount of VM’s should be before an appliance like vOPS Server Explorer comes into view. The answer is: around 50 and up. So VM admins with 49 VM’s: you know what you have to do!
– The bare minimum system requirements for vOPS Server Explorer are:
2 CPU’s 4 GB of RAM and about 64GB of storage

Are you still here..?
GO! vOPS Server Explorer 6.3 is available for download NOW :
For those admins who like to read before they dive in, the installation guide can be found here.

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TAGS: vKernel, vOPS Server Explorer, Change Explorer, Storage Explorer

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