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VMware Virtual Machine Inventory and Reporting Tool

Document the configuration of your virtual machines

Inventory your VMware virtual machine configuration and automatically generate technical documentation with XIA Configuration.

Document virtual machine settings, CPU, memory, files, host, snapshots, permissions, guest information, virtual hardware, templates and more.

To see all the VMware settings documented by XIA Configuration, view the VMware environment capability page.
Note: For detailed information about Windows servers, please see the Windows server capability page, and for Unix , please see the Unix server capability page. Screenshot of VMware virtual machine settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware virtual machine settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

Information documented by XIA Configuration

Find out more about the VMware virtual machine information documented by XIA Configuration below:

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Demonstration Video

This video demonstrates the inventory, document generation and reporting features of XIA Configuration:

A demonstration video of the VMware documentation tool XIA Configuration

Virtual Machine Settings

A virtual machine is a software based computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications. The virtual machine is comprised of a set of specification and configuration files and is backed by the physical resources of a host.

Document the following virtual machine settings:

  • Name
  • Managed Object ID
  • Networks
  • UUID
  • Version
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of VMware virtual machine settings
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of VMware virtual machine settings

Virtual Machine Screenshot

XIA Configuration displays a screenshot of your VMware virtual machine including the image resolution:

VMware virtual machine screenshot
VMware virtual machine screenshot

CPU

Inventory the following VMware virtual machine CPU information:

  • CPU Count
  • Cores Per Socket
  • Enable CPU Hot Add
  • Reservation
  • Limit
  • Shares Level
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of virtual machine CPU information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of virtual machine CPU information

Memory

XIA Configuration provides the following information about VMware virtual machine memory:

  • Memory Size
  • Memory Hot Plug
  • Reservation
  • Limit
  • Shares Level
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of virtual machine memory information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of virtual machine memory information

Files

Document the following information about files:

  • Path
  • Configuration Files
  • Log Files
  • Snapshot Files
  • Swap File
  • VMDK Files
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of files information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of files information

Host

To see all the VMware host settings documented by XIA Configuration Server, please view the VMware host capability page.

Within the virtual machine section, XIA Configuration displays the following host information:

  • Name
  • Manufacturer
  • Model
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of host information
XIA Configuration Server PDF output screenshot of host information

Snapshots

Audit the following snapshot information:

  • Name
  • Creation Date
  • Description
  • Quiesced
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of snapshots information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of snapshots information

Permissions

Inventory the following information about permissions:

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of permissions information

Guest Information

Virtual machine guest information includes information about the guest operating system installed on the virtual machine as well as disk volumes and VM tools configuration information.

Run reports on the following information about guests:

  • Guest Name
  • Hostname
  • IP Address
  • Screen Resolution

Guest Disk

  • Disk Path
  • Capacity
  • Free Space
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of guest information
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of guest information

VMware Tools

  • Tools Running Status
  • Version Status
  • Tools Version
  • Synchronize Guest Time with Host
  • Tools Upgrade Policy
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools

VMware Tools Power Controls

  • Power Off Action
  • Power On Action
  • Suspend Action
  • Reset Action
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools power controls
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools power controls

VMware Tools Scripts

  • Run Scripts After Power On
  • Run Scripts After Resume
  • Run Scripts Before Shutdown
  • Run Scripts Before Standby
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools scripts
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest VMware tools scripts

Power Management

  • Standby Action
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest power management
XIA Configuration PDF output screenshot of guest power management

Virtual Hardware

XIA Configuration inventories the following virtual hardware information:

  • Name
  • Device Type
  • Description
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of virtual hardware information
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of virtual hardware information

Example - CD/DVD Drive

Detailed information is documented for each hardware item, for example, here are the settings provided for a CD/DVD drive:

  • Name

Virtual Device Node

  • Controller Name
  • Unit Number

Device Type

  • Device Type
  • Device or ISO Path

Device Connection Status

  • Connected
  • Start Connected
  • Allow Guest Control
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of CD/DVD drive information
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of CD/DVD drive information

Templates

A template is an image of a virtual machine that can be used to create new, identical virtual machines. The image (or golden build) would typically include the operating system, applications and patches required.

Document the following information about templates:

Template Settings

  • Name
  • Managed Object ID
  • Networks
  • UUID
  • Version

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of virtual machine template information
XIA Configuration Server screenshot of virtual machine template information

Interested?

View the sample document or find out more about XIA Configuration.

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