Top 10 Free vSphere ESX Tools and Utilities by

May 19th, 2010 by jason Leave a reply » has compiled a nice list of no-cost VMware vSphere utilities. A grading scale was disclosed to provide a value ranking of the utilities.  Information like this is valuable because I often see questions raised in the virtualization community about low-cost or no-cost ways to do this or that with VMware virtual infrastructure (backup is a frequent request).  I will be the first to admit that lab time is precious. has used their free time to install, test, and summarize each application for the benefit of the community.  Nice job and on behalf of the virtualization community, Thank You!

Speaking of free, has also pointed to a VMTN forum member who stumbled onto a way to use a free ESXi 4.0 license key to permanently license ESX 4.0.  Interesting find there.


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  1. Thanks for the post Jason.

    Here is the ever growing list of over 50 free vSphere tools….