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XIA Configuration

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Keep track of your vSphere, vCenter, ESX and virtual machine configuration

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VMware Reporting and Inventory Tool

Use the reporting tool XIA Configuration to inventory and document VMware vSphere, vCenter, and standalone ESX hosts. Record the configuration of your VMware environments, report on changes made, and cut support and maintenance costs.

With support for ESX hosts, virtual machines, distributed switches, resource pools, clusters, datastores and more.

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Check compliance, harden security and audit all changes with the change tracking and reporting features.

Utilise features such as version control with change tracking, PDF output, reporting, PowerShell support, item comparison and more.

XIA Configuration has a non-intrusive architecture with agentless data collection.

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Generate VMware reports

View an example report generated by XIA Configuration of a VMware environment from a fictitious company Contoso Travel:

VMware environment documentation example generated by XIA Configuration
VMware environment documentation example generated by XIA Configuration
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This video demonstrates the inventory, reporting and document generation features of XIA Configuration:

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Information documented by XIA Configuration

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

Screenshot of the VMware navigation tree and system information in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of the navigation tree and VMware system information in the XIA Configuration web interface

Supported Platforms

The following versions of vCenter and ESX are supported:

  • vCenter

  • vCenter 6.7
  • vCenter 6.5
  • vCenter 6.0
  • vCenter 5.5
  • vCenter 5.1
  • vCenter 5.0
  • vCenter 4.0
  • vCenter 2.5
  • ESX

  • ESXi 6.7 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 6.5 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 6.0 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 5.5 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 5.1 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 5.0 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 4.0 (stand-alone)
  • ESXi 3.5 (stand-alone)

The vCenter Server Appliance is also supported.

VMware System Information

VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing VMware vSphere environments.

XIA Configuration provides system details and a summary of the virtual machines and hosts within your VMware environment including:

  • Name
  • System Settings
  • Licences
  • Roles
  • Product Name and Version
  • Instance Identifier
  • API Type
  • Build
  • Host Operating System Breakdown
  • Guest Operating System Breakdown
Screenshot of VMware general system information in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot of VMware general system information in a document generated by XIA Configuration

VMware Clusters

A cluster is a group of two or more ESX hosts that provide high availability (using VMware HA) and load balancing (using DRS).

Inventory the following VMware cluster information:

General Settings

  • Name
  • Swap File Location
  • Managed Object ID
  • VMware EVC Mode

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate

VMware HA Settings

  • VMware HA Settings Enabled
  • Admission Control Enabled
  • Host Monitoring
  • Failover Level
  • Response for Host Isolation
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • VM Restart Priority

VMware DRS Settings

  • VMware DRS Settings Enabled
  • Default Behaviour
  • Migration Threshold
  • Default DPM Behaviour
  • DPM Threshold
  • Enable Individual Virtual Machine Automation Levels
Screenshot of VMware cluster details in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware cluster details in the XIA Configuration web interface

VMware Datastores

A datastore is a manageable storage entity used to store virtual machine configuration and disk files or images.

Document the following information about datastores:

General Settings

  • Name, Type and URL
  • Accessible
  • Capacity, Free Space and Percentage Free
  • Maximum File Size and Virtual Disk Size

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate

VMFS Settings

  • Block Size
  • Extents
  • Filesystem Version
  • Solid State Drive
  • UUID
  • VMFS Upgradable

Capability

  • Directory Hierarchy Supported
  • Native Snapshot Supported
  • Thin Provisioning Supported
  • Raw Disk Mappings Supported
  • Flex-SE(SeSparse) Supported
  • Storage IORM Supported

Storage I/O Control

  • Storage I/O Control Enabled
  • Enable Storage I/O statistics collection
  • Exclude I/O statistics from SDRS

Host Connections

  • Host
  • Access Mode
  • Path
Screenshot of datastore settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of datastore settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

VMware Datastore Clusters

A datastore cluster is a collection of datastores with shared resources and a shared management interface.

Run reports on the following datastore cluster information:

General Settings

  • Name
  • Datastore Names
  • Capacity
  • Free Space

Permissions

  • Principal Name
  • Role Name
  • Defined Location (e.g. datacenters)
  • Propagate

vSphere Storage DRS

  • vSphere Storage DRS Enabled
  • Behaviour
  • Enable I/O metric for SDRS recommendations
Screenshot of datastore cluster configuration in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot of datastore cluster configuration in a document generated by XIA Configuration

VMware Distributed Switches

To see all the distributed switch settings documented by XIA Configuration, view the distributed switch page >

Audit the following VMware vSphere distributed switch information:

Screenshot of VMware vSphere distributed switch settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware vSphere distributed switch settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

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VMware Hosts

To see all the VMware host settings documented by XIA Configuration, please view the VMware host page >

Document the following VMware host information:

Screenshot of VMware host information in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware host information in the XIA Configuration web interface

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VMware Resource Pools

A resource pool is used to partition available CPU and memory resources.

Generate VMware documentation with the following resource pool information:

General Settings

  • Name
  • Managed Object ID
  • Permissions
  • Virtual Machines within the pool

CPU and Memory Resource Allocation

  • Limit
  • Reservation
  • Shares and Shares Level
  • Expandable Reservation
Screenshot of resource pool configuration in a document generated by XIA Configuration
Screenshot of resource pool configuration in a document generated by XIA Configuration

VMware Virtual Machines

To see all the virtual machine settings documented by XIA Configuration, view the VMware virtual machine page.

Inventory the following virtual machine information:

Note: For detailed information about Windows servers, please see the Windows Machine page and for Unix , please see the Unix page.

Screenshot of VMware virtual machine settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
VMware virtual machine settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

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VMware Inventory

Automatically detect and scan vCenter installations on Windows machines which, in turn, are automatically detected when scanning Active Directory.

Virtual machines connected to the domain will also be detected, scanned and added to the inventory.

Learn more Screenshot of Active Directory search and detection settings in the XIA Configuration Client
Screenshot of Active Directory search and detection settings in the XIA Configuration Client

Relationship Map

Generate a map showing the relationships between customers, VMware systems, ESX hosts, VMware virtual machines and other items:

Screenshot of a VMware relationship map in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of a VMware relationship map in the XIA Configuration web interface

VMware Reporting

In addition to generating VMware documentation, you can run reports against multiple systems within an environment to check compliance and help IT and business users get the information they need. The reports are web-accessible and include filtering, sorting and exporting.

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Screenshot showing VMware reports in the XIA Configuration web interface

Compare Items and Detect Changes

Compare items to see differences or compare two versions of the same item to see what has changed including the before and after values.

Screenshot showing the comparison of two ESX servers in the same vCenter system
Screenshot showing the comparison of two ESX servers in the same vCenter system

Find out more about the item comparison feature >

Mobile Support

Access your VMware configuration on your mobile device.

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