This is a list of tools I use or have used and found useful. They are in no certain order and are listed not only for my own benefit but anyone else looking for some useful tools.

VMware Tools

  • Acronis vmProtect: provides full integration to the VMware vCenter for backups, restores, and replications (Not free!)
  • Altaro VM Backup: easy to use backup solution for both VMware and Hyper-V environments.
  • RVTools: displays information and health about your virtual machines and ESX hosts
  • vCheck Report: provides a daily email health report of your environment.
  • Veeam Backup Suite: Free 2 socket Veeam Backup Management Suite for VMware or Hyper-V for your home or work lab for vExperts, VCP, or VCI.
  • VisualEsxtop: an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop.
  • VM Advanced ISO: Free Tools for Advanced Tasks

VMware Horizon View

  • PCoIP Log Viewer: collects and PCoIP server log files and real time WMI counters to provide visual PCoIP performance metrics.
  • Quest Workspace Desktop Optimizer: Although optimized for Quest vWorkspace environments, the Quest vWorkspace Desktop Optimizer will work just as well in Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View environments.
  • VDI Calculator: calculator for planning both Horizon View and XenDesktop deployments.
  • VMware OS Optimization: helps optimize Windows 7 desktops for use with VMware Horizon View.

Visio Stencils

  • Bluehost: An incredibly easy way to get a new a website up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress blog install.
  • CCleaner: cleans computer or VM off all system, browser, and other temp files, etc.
  • DBAN: Darik’s boot and nuke, securely delete all content on a hard drive.
  • Defraggler: Better defrag tool than windows, for those that still use spinning disks. (Don’t run defrag on a SSD!)
  • GreenShot: is an open source light-weight screenshot software tool.
  • Ninite: automatically downloads and installs selected apps. Add to Windows scheduler to keep updated.
  • mRemoteNG: great tool which provides multi-protocol, remote connections manager.
  • Rufus: Easily create bootable USB flash drives using ISO’s.
  • TreeSize: Show disk usage per folder.

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