RVTools 3.6 works with VMware vSphere 6.0

Posted by Paul Braren on Mar 11 2015 (updated on Mar 18 2015) in
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    This application supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5 and ESX 5.5.

    Latest Version: 3.6 | February, 2014
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    This little gem of a piece of freeware is very useful for the home virtualization lab enthusiast. Should you decide to use it, don't forget to consider donating to Robware's Rob Deveij like I just did.

    The VMware API 6 hasn't changed in a way that'd affect tools like the extremely handy and free RVTools. So it's highly likely you'll still be able to make good use of this tool as you prepare your home lab for vSphere 6:

    • looking for orphaned VMDK files you no longer use
    • cleaning up datastores
    • saving off ALL your configuration details, such as networking

    Especially helpful if you are considering doing a completely fresh vSphere 6.0 install, with the new vCSA appliance. You can very quickly see everything you have, sort the various views, and export it all to Excel or CSV.

    Even after you've made the move to vSphere 6.0, there seems to be no issue with continuing to use the tool. This is good! Using the tool is pretty self evident, and I wouldn't want to take away any of your fun in exploring the various tabs.

    As was the case before, you can log in to either the:

    • ESXi host
    • vCenter server
      In my case, I logged RVTools into the vCSA 6.0 appliance, in the very short install/configure video seen below.


    Mar 16 2015 Update

    RVTools 3.7 is now out and ready for download, as the author Rob recently informed me.

    See also RVTools 3.7 is here! - Duncan Epping, Mar 16 2015

    Mar 18 2015 Update


    Note that no mention of ESXi 6.0 / vSphere 6.0 appears on robware.net. Currently, on 3.7, if you log in to vCenter, the inventory is blank, which has been reported to the author. So for now, easily work around this limitation by

    1. sticking with logging in to ESXi 6.0 only
    2. uninstall 3.7, reinstall 3.6
    3. avoiding the upgrade to 3.7