XIA Configuration

VMware Documentation Tool

Automated documentation software to help you keep track of your VMware systems

Save time by using our VMware documentation tool XIA Configuration to automatically document your vSphere, vCenter, and ESX host settings. Record the configuration of your VMware environments, track changes, and cut support and maintenance costs.

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

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

VMware Documentation Example

View an example document generated by XIA Configuration of a VMware system, branded with a fictitious company Contoso Travel:

Example VMware document generated by XIA Configuration
Example VMware document generated by XIA Configuration
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This demonstration video shows some of the features of XIA Configuration:

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Tutorial Video

Learn how to scan and document VMware systems with XIA Configuration:

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VMware settings documented by XIA Configuration

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

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

VMware System Information

XIA Configuration provides system details and a summary of the hosts and guests within your VMware environment.

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  • Name
  • System Settings
  • Licences
  • Roles
  • Product Name and Version
  • Instance Identifier
  • API Type
  • Build
  • Host Operating System Breakdown
  • Guest Operating System Breakdown
VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing VMware vSphere environments.
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

This section contains VMware cluster information.

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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
A cluster is a group of two or more ESX hosts that provide high availability (using VMware HA) and load balancing (using DRS).
Screenshot of VMware cluster details in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of VMware cluster details in the XIA Configuration web interface

VMware Datastores

This section contains datastores information.

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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
A datastore is a manageable storage entity used to store virtual machine configuration and disk files or images.
Screenshot of datastore settings in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot of datastore settings in the XIA Configuration web interface

VMware Datastore Clusters

This section contains datastore clusters information.

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

Use the hyperlinks below to explore the detail of the distributed switch information documented by XIA Configuration:

View VMware Switches
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

VMware Hosts

Use the hyperlinks below to explore the detail of the VMware host information documented by XIA Configuration:

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

VMware Resource Pools

This section contains resource pool information.

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

Use the hyperlinks below to explore the detail of the virtual machine information documented by XIA Configuration:

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

Note: For detailed information about virtual machine configuration, please see the Windows page and the Unix page.

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.

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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

Reporting

In addition to generating full VMware documentation, you can run specific 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 to CSV and PDF.

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Screenshot showing VMware reports in the XIA Configuration web interface
Screenshot showing VMware reports in the XIA Configuration web interface

Track Changes and Compare VMware Systems

Compare VMware systems to see differences or compare two versions of the same VMware system to see changes. For example, compare two different ESX servers.

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

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.

For more information about documenting VMware, please view the administrator's guide.

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