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.
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
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.
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: