Free-Cool Recommended vTools

This is a list of free tools you can use to design, deploy, and optimize your virtual environments:

1. RVTools


Windows application which uses the VI SDK to display information about virtual environments like VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, multipath info, license info and health checks.

Use Cases

  • VMware vSphere detailed inventory
  • Sizing for VMware vSphere growth / migration
  • VMware vSphere health / consistency check

Documentation and Download

Official Rob de Veij webpage

2. esxtop


VMware esxtop allows monitoring and collection of data for all system resources: CPU, memory, disk and network.

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Use Cases

  • VMware vSphere Performance troubleshooting

Documentation and Download

VMware documentation is not updated, but you can find a really useful guide in Yellow Bricks by Duncan

3. VMware OS Optimization Tool


It helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.

Use Cases

  • VMware Horizon View desktop templates
  • VMware vSphere server templates

Documentation and Download

Official VMware Flings:

4. The Restore Point Simulator


Web tool that helps to optimize Veeam Backup & Replication design. It estimates repository  size according configuration parameters (Style, Used Size, Retention Points, Change Rate, Data left after reduction, Interval,Time Growth Simulation) and incremental specific parameters (Synthetic, Active Full Weekly, Active Full Monthly).

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Use Cases

  • Designing / optimizing Veeam Backup & Replication backup jobs

Documentation and Download

Timothy Dewin tool:

5. Wolfram|Alpha


It introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers, not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.

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Use Cases

  • Data units conversion
  • Data transfer time estimation (Data Copy and Replica Copy)
  • Too many more cases

Documentation and Download

Official Wolfram|Alpha webpage:

6. Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE


It provides a simple solution for backing up Windows-based desktops and laptops. It can back up a PC to an external hard drive, NAS share or a Veeam Backup & Replication repository. If the system crashes, hard drive fails, or a file gets corrupted or accidentally deleted, Endpoint can recover it in minutes.

Use Cases

  • Physical PC backup as a VMs backup complement

Documentation and Download

Official Veeam webpage:


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