I randomly ran into this site called Robware.net. It was a simple software to download and use but the information it gives is amazing.

I am sure you had times and days where you wanted quick information without having to login to the client and without wanting to dig around. Well RVTOOLS is your answer.

From the site,

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5, VirtualCenter 5.1 and ESX Server 5.1. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

A quick snapshot from the site –



Its worth the download and try! And best of all its free!

A recent update also has a change log listed below.

Version 3.5 (March, 2013)

  • On vInfo tabpage new field: Resource pool
  • On vInfo tabpage new field: Consolidation needed.
  • On vCPU tabpage new field: Number of cores per socket
  • New tabpage with resource pool information
  • On vNetwork tabpage new column: Switch name
  • On vNetwork tabpage new column: Starts Connected
  • On vTools tabpage new column: required version
  • On vHost tabpage new columns: custom fields
  • On vDisk tabpage new columns: raw disk information
  • Improved error handling for SSO login problems
  • Bug fix: Invalid snapshot size fixed
  • Bug fix: All datetime fields now use the local time zone
  • Bug fix: data not refreshed after changing filter

You can download it here. Enjoy and let us know how you like it.


  1. 3rd-Party RVTools for VMware Updated to Version 1.1 VCP, Rob de Veij has recently uptaedd his RVTools, a small .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display the version of the installed VMware tools. It also shows if the tools are upgradeable. The button Upgrade VMware Tools starts an Up

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