VMware Environment Inventory & Reporting Tool

Automatically inventory and document your VMware environment with our reporting tool XIA Configuration.
  • Compare items to expose incorrect configuration.
  • VMware vCenter, vSphere and ESX supported.
The change tracking feature makes XIA Configuration a powerful tool for monitoring change within VMware environments.

All of XIA Configuration's features are supported when documenting VMware including version control, production of professional documentation, reporting, PowerShell support, item comparison and XML output.

VMware Documentation Example

View a document generated by XIA Configuration of a VMware environment from a fictitious company Contoso Travel:

VMware environment documentation sample generated by XIA Configuration (click to open)
VMware environment documentation sample generated by XIA Configuration (click to open)

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

XIA Configuration documents the following versions of vCenter and ESX:

  • vCenter

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

  • 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)

Demonstration Video

Watch our VMware inventory and reporting tool gather inventory data, export it to PDF and run reports:

A demonstration video of our VMware inventory and reporting tool XIA Configuration

To see an overview video, visit the XIA Configuration product page. To see all the tutorials, visit our YouTube channel.

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.

  • 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).

XIA Configuration creates an inventory of 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.

XIA Configuration documents 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.

XIA Configuration inventories 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 capability page.

XIA Configuration audits 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

Find out more about the distributed switch capability >

VMware Hosts

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

XIA Configuration documents 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

Find out more about the VMware host capability >

VMware Resource Pools

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

XIA Configuration creates VMware documentation with the following information about resource pools:

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 Inventory

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

XIA Configuration creates an inventory with the following virtual machine information:

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
VMware virtual machine settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

Find out more about the VMware virtual machine capability >

Automatically Scan and Detect VMware Systems

XIA Configuration automatically detects vCenter installations on Windows machines which, in turn, can be detected automatically by scanning Active Directory.
VMware systems can also be scanned manually with a list scan task which includes a range of options such as optional components and custom credentials.
Screenshot of VMware scan settings in the XIA Configuration Client
Screenshot of VMware scan settings in the XIA Configuration Client

Relationship Map

XIA Configuration generates 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

Use XIA Configuration as a VMware reporting tool with the built-in VMware reports.
Create your own custom reports to access the full range of data collected by XIA Configuration.

For example, find out detailed information about all your virtual machines:

Screenshot of the virtual machines detailed summary report output in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of the virtual machines detailed summary report output in the XIA Configuration web interface

Or, run a report on your VMware hosts firewall rules:

Screenshot of the VMware hosts firewall rules summary report output in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of the VMware hosts firewall rules summary report output in the XIA Configuration web interface

Export to CSV

Export your report to CSV and open it in Microsoft Excel for further analysis:

Virtual Machines Detailed Summary report viewed in Excel
Virtual machines detailed summary report output viewed in Excel

Find out more about the reporting feature >

Compare Items

Compare items to see differences or compare two versions of the same item to see changes.

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.

Screenshot showing VMware configuration on a mobile device

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