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VMware:How to check your ESX & VirtualCenter versions

February 20th, 2009 1 comment

ESX Server:
– Login to service console
– Type “vmware –v” – ie. “VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 build-32039”


– Type “esxupdate –l query” to see what updates are installed.


VirtualCenter Server:
– Check VC Server log file with the latest date in C:\WINDOWS\Temp\vpx – ie. “Log for VMware VirtualCenter, pid=4928, version=2.0.1, build=build-40644”
– Optionally local the VI Client on the VirtualCenter server and select Help, then About:

License Server:
– On the License Server, load the Vmware License Server Tools (LMTools) client and select Help, About – ie.
– Optionally, right-click on either lmgrd.exe or lmtools.exe which is usually located in C:\Program Files\Vmware\Vmware License Server\ and select properties, then click on the Version tab and select “File Version”


Virtual Infrastructure Client:
– Load client
– Select Help from the top menu and then About Virtual Infrastructure – ie. “Version 2.5.0 Build 119826” this should match your VC Server:


Vmware Tools (on a VM):
– Right-click on icon inside VM
– Click on About tab – ie. “Version 3.5.0, build-143128” this should match your ESX server version:


Vmware Tools (on a ESX Server):
– Login to service console
– Type “rpm –qa | grep VMware-esx-tools” – ie. “VMware-esx-tools-3.5.0-143128”



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VMware: Purging old data from the database used by VirtualCenter Server (1000125)

February 18th, 2009 1 comment

VirtualCenter Server stores task, event, and performance data in the VirtualCenter database. Over time, data collection results in growth of the database files and a mechanism is needed to shrink these files. Although there is no feature in the product itself to purge or shrink old records from the database, it is possible to do so manually.

There are two variations of this solution, one for each of the supported VirtualCenter database platforms, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

The attached scripts support purging the data from both VirtualCenter 2.0.x and VirtualCenter 2.5.x.

Note: The Oracle version of the scripts are not combined. When you extract the scripts, run the version of the script for the version of VirtualCenter that is in use.

For the solution check the source out.

Source: 1000125