51 Top Free Tools for VMware Administrators

On this post, you will see one of the best selections of free tools which will come in handy for your day to day work.  Below are top 53 free tools, a VMware administrator needs in his toolkit.  The below list has different set of tools includes infrastructure, Horizon view, Monitoring, Storage, Automation, Backup, Inventory tools and etc, Ther is no application in a particular order,:

Hope you will find this helpful.

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Sl No Tool Name  Description Developed by Version Download Link
1 VMware Communities (VMTN) My Fav tool, one-stop solution for all your VMware technical questions. VMware Click Here
2 VMware vSphere Client Its very important for all the VMware Administrator VMware All Versions Click Here
3 VMware Power Cli Most popular command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell for vsphere administration. VMware 6.5 Click Here
4 VMWARE OS OPTIMIZATION TOOL The VMware OS Optimization Tool 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. VMware B1084 Click Here
5 VIEW CLIENT RESIZER The View Client Resizer is a utility that resizes VMware Horizon Client for Windows desktop to a specific resolution. VMware v1.0 Click Here
6 VMware View Events Database The VMware View Events Database is used to record all the events that happen in a View environment.This utility allows administrators to easily apply very detailed filtering to the data and export it to a .CSV file. You can filter on time range, event severity, event source, session type (application or desktop), usernames and event types. VMware 1.6 Click Here
7 VISUALESXTOP VisualEsxtop is an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more advanced features. VMware v1.0 Click Here
8 HCIBENCH HCIBench stands for “Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benchmark”. It’s essentially an automation wrapper around the popular and proven VDbench open source benchmark tool that makes it easier to automate testing across an HCI cluster. VMware 1.6.0 Click Here
9 Endpoint Backup using Vembu ImageBackup Vembu ImageBackup offers comprehensive Backup and Disaster Recovery solution for Windows Desktops and Laptops at FREE of cost. It backs up entire system image or individual volumes of Windows Desktops and Laptops. Vembu 3.6.0 Click Here
10 Vembu Universal Explorer Vembu Universal Explorer supports recovery of the following applications from Image Backups: MS Exchange Server, MS SQL Server, MS SharePoint Server and MS Active Directory. Vembu 3.6.0 Click Here
11 StacksWare Provides real-time application use and licensing analytics. Download trial for 15 days StacksWare Click Here
12 RVTools RVTools is a windows.NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts Robware 3.8.6 Click Here
13 Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Veeam® Endpoint Backup™ FREE provides a simple solution for backing up Windows-based desktops and laptops. With Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, you can easily back up your PC to an external hard drive, NAS (network-attached storage) share or a Veeam Backup & Replication™ repository. And if your system crashes, hard drive fails, or a file gets corrupted or accidentally deleted, you can recover what you need in minutes Veem 1.5 Click Here
14 Veeam Backup Free Edition Veeam® Backup Free Edition is a must-have FREE tool for the ad-hoc virtual machine (VM) backup, restore and management in VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. With no agents to deploy, powerful recovery options and VeeamZIP™, you get flexibility in options and a reliable solution for important VMs. Veem 9.5 Click Here
15 Veeam FastSCP Veeam FastSCP can copy files over 6 times faster than WinSCP and other SCP-based tools as it uses full network capacity. The Veeam FastSCP engine also features traffic compression and empty block removal for best file copy performance. Veem 3.0.3 Click Here
16 AD ACL Scanner A tool with GUI used to create reports of access control lists (DACLs) and system access control lists (SACLs) in Active Directory. Its completely written in PowerShell. codeplex 4.7.2 Click Here
17 TCPView TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. Microsoft 3.05 Click Here
18 Virtual Health Monitor Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments. Turbonomic Click Here
19 NTFS Permissions Explorer Using this tool you can quickly visualize the user and group permissions of a local or remote folder or drive in a hierarchical format to help identify problems. eprints Click Here
20 Process Monitor Process Monitor allows you to monitor activity related to processes, threads, DLLs, the registry and file system in real-time. Microsoft 3.31 Click Here
21 PsTools Tools is a suite of tools that help to administer windows based systems.This helps to display, execute and kill processes remotely, retrieve system and logon information, and control account passwords and services Microsoft Click Here
22 Wireshark It is a network protocol analyzer and capture utility. It provides for in-depth inspection of hundreds of protocols and runs on multiple platforms. wireshark 2.2.4 Click Here
23 Angry IP Scanner A good  IP address and port scanner software Angryip 3.5.1 Click Here
24 Notepad ++ Notepad++ is a powerful text editor that can be used as a substitute for Notepad and is useful for creating scripts, programming, file comparison, etc. Notepad Plus 7.3.1 Click Here
25 Beyond Compare Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders.  By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you’re interested in and ignore those you’re not.  You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records. scootersoftware 4.1.9 Click Here
26 A 3-year IT budget template Keep track of your IT budgets for the next 3 years Turbonomic Click Here
27 SolarWindows VM Monitor View detailed virtual machine health statistics including VM name, guest OS and VM state, as well as processor, memory and network usage. Solarwinds Click Here
28 PHD Virtual Patch Downloader A new freeware solution to simplify patch downloading for various VMware ESX versions. PHD Virtual 6.0.0 Click Here
29 Stellar Phoenix Virtual Machine Data Recovery It helps recover lost and deleted data from VMware (.vmdk), ORACLE (.vdi), and Microsoft (.vhd) virtual image files. stellarinfo Click Here
30 Auto Lab AutoLab is a way to bring up a VMware environment through scripted installs to create test/lab environments labguides 2.6 Click Here
31 vDisk Informer vDisk Informer demonstrates which virtual disks have potentially wasted space on them and which virtual disks are misaligned causing a performance impact. virtualizeplanet 1.2.5 Click Here
32 VM-to-Cloud Calculator VM-to-Cloud Calculator immediately discovers and inventories all VMs running on your network. Select what you want to move and let VM-to-Cloud Calculator estimate your costs and compare them with Amazon EC2®, Windows Azure™, and Rackspace Cloud Servers™. Solarwinds Click Here
33 Document Downloader for VMware Document Downloader for VMware is a handy utility which maintains a local repository of VMware product documentation on your PC, making it an ideal tool for consultants or administrators that require offline access to those resources. xtravirt Click Here
34 Rufus , It allows you to create a bootable USB rufus 2.12 Click Here
35 Visual Traceroute Visual Traceroute will reduce the time it takes you to isolate and identify segment failures or bandwidth bottlenecks within your network. ipswitch Click Here
36 Starwind Virtual SAN StarWind Virtual SAN Free targets those who need a SAN or NAS for their home lab, educational or research purposes. It is free for production use, but comes with a basic restricted set of features, compared to the full VSAN. Star Wind Click Here
37 Starwind V2V Converter It allows the conversion of VMs from one format to another, basically “cloning” them and keeping the original file intact. Star Wind Click Here
38 VMware Workstation Player VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, nd delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating systems and applications in a virtual machine. VMware Click Here
39 svfAlarms A windows utility to allow the export and import of VMware vCenter Alarms. stripeyfish 1.1.2 Click Here
40 vSphere 6 ESXTOP Poster This will be handy for troubleshooting running-system Click Here
41 MTPuTTY TPuTTY (Multi-Tabbed PuTTY) is a small *FREE* utility enabling you to wrap unlimited number of PuTTY applications in one tabbed GUI interface. ttyplus 1.6 Click Here
42 FileZilla A free FTP solution filezilla 3.24 Click Here
43 WinSCP Free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows WinSCP 5.9.3 Click Here
44 Wireshark Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows wireshark 2.2.4 Click Here
45 VCHECK (DAILY REPORT) vCheck is a PowerShell HTML framework script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format. github Click Here
46 vCenter Converter VMware vCenter Converter transforms your Windows- and Linux-based physical machines and third-party image formats to VMware virtual machines. VMware Click Here
47 NAKIVO – Free VM Backup and Replication for Vmware Virtualization-native data protection solution certified by Vmware,I ncludes a license for 2 VMs nakivo Click Here
48 XTRASPHERE Extrasphere is a set of tools for managing VM data in vSphere environments, including VM migration, hot mirroring and encryption scenarios. ⒺXTRASPHERE 2.0.7 Click Here
49 Lightweight VMs for Home lab and Nested lab mikelaverick 2.0 B17 Click Here
50 Open Filer Openfiler is an operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage and block-based storage area network. openfiler Click Here
51 FreeNAS FreeNAS is a free and open-source network-attached storage (NAS) software based on FreeBSD and the OpenZFS file system. FreeNAS 9.1 Click Here
52 vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster A quick reference place to know about vCSA 6.0 VMware Click Here
53 Cross vCenter VM Mobility – CLI CLI is a command line interface (CLI) tool that can be used to migrate or clone a VM from one host to another host managed by a linked or isolated vCenter (VC) instance. It has been built using vSphere Java-based SDK APIs. VMware v1.0 Click Her