hugop
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VMware Infrastructure Healthcheck Checklist

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Hi

I want to document a detailed checklist of items to go through when doing VMware infrastructure healthchecks for my customers. I have some usual things that I normally check such as ntp services, snapshot control, firewall, snmp, vSwitches configured properly.... I would like to know what things you guys look out for to achieve a best practice setup.

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Hugo

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elaurs
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Hi,

you might find this one interesting:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/esxhealthscript/

Some of the danish VMUG members has created this one.

Have fun!

Cheers

/Rico

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jayolsen
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Maybe check to see what patches are installed.

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mittim12
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I like to check the redundancy of my vSwitches by unplugging one of the teamed phyiscal NICS and verifying that I maintain connectivity on the one functional NIC.

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esiebert7625
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You might look through some of these to find some good general tips and best practices...

ESX Server 3.0 Tips and Tricks - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/tac9567.pdf

ESX Server 2 Best Practices - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx2_best_practices.pdf

Top 12 ways to Improve Guest Server Performance under VMware ESX Server - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/mdc9700.pdf

Performance Tuning for VI3 - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/tac9872.pdf

Performance Tuning Best Practices for ESX Server 3 - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi_performance_tuning.pdf

Vmware Infrastructure 3 Security Hardening - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_security_hardening_wp.pdf

VI3 Securing and Monitoring - http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2006/labs2006/vmworld.06.lab05-SECURITY-MANUAL-APPENDIX.pdf

elaurs
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Hi,

you might find this one interesting:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/esxhealthscript/

Some of the danish VMUG members has created this one.

Have fun!

Cheers

/Rico

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hugop
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That's a very nice script.

Obviously, using it as a first point of reference to work from is a good idea. Then it is possible to make the best practice changes based on the information provided.

Thanks very much guys.

Hugo

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depping
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I also use it almost daily and it's a very cool script.

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thedafa
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Hi,

I am one of the contributors to the ESX Healthscript from the danish VMUG.

Just wanted to say - If anyone have input for improving the script, you are very welcome to make suggestions at the sourceforge forum:

http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=687179

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Danni

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