vSphere administrators need several tools to do their jobs effectively and to gain additional insight into the environment. The good news is that many of the tools are available for free and directly from VMware. Whether it is to manipulate virtual machines from the convenience of your iPad, take an inventory snapshot, or script out a number of vSphere items, the tools are there.
All these tools I’ll show are free. But most require VMware vCenter Server, so they can’t usually be leveraged by using only the free ESXi hypervisor.