RV Tools

Introduction

RVTools is a VMware utility that connects to a vCenter and gathers a lot of information on virtual machines, ESX hosts and the datacenter. The data collection is fast and the end result can be stored in a Microsoft Excel file. RVTools exports are a great way to perform sizings for hyper-converged solutions based on VxRail or VxRack. However the analysis of RVTool exports of complex environment can be time-consuming, error-prone and cumbersome.

The purpose of graphR is to automatize and simplify the analysis of RVTools exports and to give a visual presentation of the information contained within an Excel file or a comma seperated file.

Instructions

The use of graphR is designed to be simple and should be self-explanatory. Just upload the Excel file (recommended) or the comma seperated file after inserting a title and author name and hit Generate Report. If using the .csv file the tabvInfo.csvshould be uploaded.
The RVTools export should at least contain the following columns:
VM, Powerstate, CPUs, Memory, Network #1, Provisioned MB, In Use MB, Datacenter, Host, OS according to the configuration file

Caution

The Excel file should not be altered in any kind, e. g. by inserting comments, changing column names or inserting new rows manually.
RVTools capture the VMware environment with an impressive level of detail, but solely the VMware environment. If a customer uses native filers in his current classical datacenter these are not going to be captured by the RVTools and will not be represented in the report generated by graphR. Thus native filers should be considered separately when sizing for a hyper-converged solution.

Acknowledgements

Thanks for support:
Ulrich Hlscher, Alexander Kusterer

Feedback

Please provide feedback, new ideas or bugs to stephan.michard@emc.com