Free Tools for VMware and Hyper-V

    Today we want to talk about 5 useful freeware utilities that will be useful in the daily work of the administrator of virtual environments VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. All these tools were developed by Veeam, whose products focus on the tasks of backup, reporting and operational monitoring of virtualization systems based on VMware and Hyper-V. Today we talk about:

    • Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V
    • Veeam ONE Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V
    • Veeam Extended Generic Report Library for Microsoft System Center
    • Veeam Stencils for VMware and Hyper-V
    • Veeam Management Pack for VMware

    So let's get started:

    1. Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

    With the free version of Veeam Backup, you can quickly:
    • Back up, archive or copy virtual machines without having to shut them down or pause their work.
    • Recover data from virtual machine backups.
    • Transfer and manage virtual machines and files.

    The product provides the following features:
    • VeeamZIP : the ability to quickly back up VMs on demand to work, archive or transfer VMs.
    • Instant File Recovery (IFLR) : Restore individual guest OS files directly from an image backup. IFLR eliminates the need to restore the entire virtual machine if you need only a few guest files. You simply browse the guest file system directly in the backup and select the files and folders that need to be restored.
    • File Manager : easy file management of virtual machines and hosts:
      • Overview : Browse virtual machine and host files in a familiar graphical interface similar to Windows Explorer.
      • Copying between hosts : for example, copying virtual machines and templates between data stores.
      • Copying between host and Windows / Linux : for example, delivering ISO files to VMware hosts.
    • Quick Migration for VMware: Transfer a running virtual machine to any host or storage โ€” even if you are not using clusters or shared storage, and vMotion is not available in your vSphere edition.

    2. Veeam ONE Free Edition for VMware and Hyper-V

    Veeam ONE is a product for round-the-clock monitoring of the virtual environment in real time, optimizing the use of resources, documenting and creating reports for management. The free version of Veeam ONE provides all the same basic features as the full version, including full data collection, support for simultaneous work of multiple users, dashboards and the use of Microsoft SQL Server database. The free version does not impose restrictions on the number of hosts and virtual machines, the number of users, or the size of the data archive. Limitations of freeware mainly relate to advanced features in the field of reporting, setting up complex notifications, and specific dashboards.

    3. Veeam Extended Generic Report Library for Microsoft System Center

    Report Library (GRL) allows you to analyze the state and performance of infrastructure objects - both for the physical and virtual environments. It contains features not provided in the standard Microsoft System Center report library. Veeam's extensive report library includes reports such as:
    • Alert Statistics Report - analysis of statistics of alert alerts in two modes - by rules / monitors and by objects.
    • Generic Performance Top (Bottom) N Report - a visual representation of infrastructure objects, instances, or both, for a selected performance indicator.
    • Performance Report - a visual representation of the values โ€‹โ€‹of performance indicators in charts and tables.
    • Performance Details Report - Trending with detailed performance data.


    4. Veeam Stencils for VMware and Hyper-V for Visio

    A set of Microsoft Visio graphic elements for creating detailed diagrams on a virtual infrastructure. The set includes the following elements:
    • ESX and Hyper-V hosts
    • Data center
    • SCVMM Servers
    • local and network storage
    • logical unit numbers (LUNs)
    • virtual machines with their status
    • network interface cards (NICs)
    • network, etc.

    Report example:
    A set of Visio elements was originally created for the Veeam ONE product, which allows, in particular, building reports in the Visio diagram format.

    5. Veeam Management Pack for VMware

    The free 10-socket Veeam Management Pack (Veeam MP) is designed for IT administrators who already use the Microsoft System Center in their work, but who do not yet use the full version of the Veeam MP product. Veeam MP is specifically designed to monitor VMware virtual environments using System Center. The solution allows you to maintain uniformity of administrative policies and rules for System Center and monitor the state of the entire infrastructure using the Operations Manager console. Veeam MP avoids the cost of acquiring, deploying, exploring, and supporting any additional monitoring platform and leverages the existing platform.

    PS If the capabilities of the described products were not enough for you, with a complete list of productsfor VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments, see the Veeam website . We hope that our products can help you in your work!

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