By Mark Pinskey Sr. Product Marketing Manager – Automated Network Management
Editor’s note: HP Software recently announced the launch of six free network utilities. This series of blog posts provides short overviews of how each tool can help you manage your network.
Closely monitoring the virtual sprawl that’s now common in corporate networks can be a time-consuming and complex task. Depending on what tool you use, it can be challenging to discern how virtualized entities are inter-related.
The HP VM Reporter is designed to improve the presentation of related data and help you save time by providing quick access to a complete inventory of virtualized network devices that are managed by a specified VMware vCenter Server. VM Reporter also reports on the relationships between the inventory items, as well as the most recent events associated with each entity.
What it does The VMware Reporter tool provides a single interface for reporting on Datacenters, ESX Hosts, Virtual Machines, Virtual Switches and Distributed Virtual Switches that are managed by a given VMware vCenter Server. In addition to this inventory type of information, the tool details:
Container relationships between the VMware objects
Recent events associated with the VMware objects
The physical network connectivity for ESX Hosts that support CDP
The resulting report is presented as an interactive local web page (Figure 1) that allows users to scroll through results, sort table columns to find information quickly and drill down within a table to view related information.
Working with the tool After downloading and extracting the tool (vm-reporter.zip), open a command prompt/shell and run one of the following commands:
After the command completes, your default browser will launch and open the vm-reporter.html interactive local web page that resides in the same directory as the vm-reporter.bat script.
By clicking on a cell that corresponds to a related entity, a new tab opens along the bottom of the report with related details. For example, selecting a row from the HostSystem table (Figure 2) presents a list of related Virtual Machines.
A user can then drill down further for information on an ESX host from the VirtualMachine table (Figure 3), for example, or select a row in the DistributedVirtualSwitch table, or view Event details by selecting a row.
The tool also features several other optional parameters to the scripts, including:
-debug — prints results to the screen
-http — indicates http as the protocol to use to communicate with the vCenter host
-https — indicates https as the protocol to use to communicate with the vCenter host (this is the default)
-port — indicates which port to use (it defaults to 80 for http and 443 for https)
Download the tool If you manage VMware on your network, this tool can help—and it is completely free. Download the VMware Reporter tool and five other free Network Management Center administration utilities.
To read other posts about how these free tools work, check out the Business Service Management blog and be sure to watch for our next post, which will look at the Device Configuration Inspector. This tool display the current configuration of a network device in a familiar local editor for easy searching, saving, and printing, as well as highlighting the configuration differences between two network devices.