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  • Tool: Citrix PVSDataTools 1.2.2

    Citrix announced the release of a tool from the Citrix Provisioning Server Escalation team, Citrix PVSDataTools 1.2.2 This looks like it may be another solid tool for assistance with Citrix PVS troubleshooting. There are two tools included in this set. One to gather the data and one to analyze the results.

    • PVSDataCollector 
    • PVSDataParser

    The PVSDataCollector collects the following information from the PVS Server:

    • System Information
    • Windows Event Logs
    • TCP and UDP Port Information
    • PVS Logs (Entire Directory)
    • PVS Configuration Files
    • PVS Data (that is farm, server, collection, device, disk, site and store information)

    The PVSDataParser is used to view the following data collected from the PVSDataCollector:

    • System Information
    • TCP and UDP Port Information
    • PVS Logs
    • Basic PVS Overview

    The PVSDataParser does not parse Windows Event Logs and dump files. Manual parsing is required for data of this type.


  • Fling: VMware tools:Lctree

    VMware Labs presents its latest Fling Lctree .

    Lctree is a tool designed for the visualization of linked clone VM trees created by VMware vCloud Director. Linked clone is a feature available in vSphere that creates a clone of a VM from a snapshot point. The new VM’s disks are not full copies of the source disks, but instead, are delta disks which point back to the snapshot’s disks. This feature is widely used in vCloud Director.


    • Tree generation is fast compared to solutions using data fetched from vCenter/ESX server
    • Hierarchical tree view
    • Node properties & separate disk chain view
    • Refresh & Search option
    • Traditional tree view in separate tabs
    • Relocate order of virtual machines in a tree

    Download the Lctree Fling!
    Thank you,
    VMware Labs Team

  • RVTools 3.3 Released

    RVTools is one of my favorite VMware community tools that every VMware admin should be using. Today version 3.3 has been released. I have been using this tool for many years and it has saved me from disaster many times.

    RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance or ESX Server 5 RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

    This Application Supports:

    •  ESX Server 3.5
    • VirtualCenter 2.5
    • ESX Server 3i
    • ESX Server 4i
    • VirtualCenter 4.0
    • ESX 4.0
    • VirtualCenter 4.1
    • ESX 4.1
    • VirtualCenter 5.0
    • VirtualCenter Appliance
    • ESX 5

    Changes in 3.3

    • GetWebResponse timeout value changed from 5 minutes to 10 minutes (for very big environments)
    • New tabpage with HBA information
    • On vDatastore tab the definition of the Provisioned MB and In Use MB columnswas confusing! This is changed now.
    • RVToolsSendMail accepts now multiple recipients (semicolon is used as separator)
    • Folder information of VMs and Templates are now visible on vInfo tabpage
    • Bugfix: data in comboboxes on filter form are now sorted
    • Bugfix: Problem with api version 2.5.0 solved
    • Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vCPU tab.
    • Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vDatastore tab.

    Links –
    Offical Site
    Download RVTools