Author Profile - Josh Stephens is the Head Geek and VP of technology at SolarWinds, a leading provider of network management software based in Austin Texas. Josh has extensive experience in network management systems, network engineering, and software development. His 15-plus years of experience in technology include designing and deploying advanced networks and network management systems within organizations including the US Air Force, Sprint, MCI/UUNET, and WalMart. He has received several industry certifications including those from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and HP.
Let’s face it. Virtualization, in all its glory, hasn't made managing IT environments any easier. From tracking the up/down status of VMs, ensuring everything is up and running like it should be to managing credentials so all the VMs are playing together nicely, IT pros are faced with these and other new challenges on a daily basis.
To make matters more time-consuming, you have to log in to VMware vCenter or vSphere every time you need to perform maintenance. I don’t know about you, but tracking down my login info or requesting administrator access only fuels my frustration when I’ve received a call that one of my VMs is running amuck and I need to address the issue quickly.
Managing your virtual environment can be a very tedious process without the right solutions in place. But, never fear, some help has arrived. Keeping an eye on virtual machines has never been easier than with SolarWinds’ latest free tool, VM Console.
You can bring a hung, frozen, or otherwise unresponsive virtual machine back to life. The VM Console provides a real-time, easy-to-use desktop widget to bounce (restart and shutdown) VMs, track up/down status, take a snapshot to compare the VM before and after it’s bounced, and restart VMs all without ever logging into vCenter or vSphere.
Regardless of the size of your company, if you are running VMware, you can utilize this tool to alleviate some of the stress of managing your virtual environments, including:
- Bounce VMs without logging into vCenter or vSphere
- Use vCenter/vSphere credentials to view a top-down hierarchy of the virtual environment
- Track the real-time up/down status of VMs from the desktop without logging into VMware apps
- Take a snapshot of your VM prior to shutdown
- Search VM names or IP addresses
VM Console is the second virtualization management free tool offered by SolarWinds as it joins VM Monitor, which is a simple and easy to use tool that continuously monitors VMware ESK Server and its virtual machines.
Check out the following step-by-step video tutorial to get started now.