SolarWinds Releases Free VM Management Tool
VM Console is SolarWinds' second community-driven data center virtualization tool to be offered free of charge. VM Console and the previous offering, VM Monitor, can be used through the same dashboard.Data center management software maker SolarWinds Aug. 25 released a freely downloadable virtualization management tool for IT managers that enables automatic shutdown, restarting and usage tracking of virtual machines. VM Console is SolarWinds' second community-driven data center virtualization tool to be offered free of charge. VM Monitor, SolarWinds' first such offering, and VM Console can be used through the same real-time desktop dashboard.
"IT professionals can use VM Console to bring a frozen or otherwise unresponsive virtual machine back to life," SolarWinds Vice President of Technology Josh Stephens said.
VM Console enables IT managers to "bounce" VMs, track up/down status, take a snapshot to compare the VM before and after it's bounced, and restart VMs without needing to log into VMware vCenter or vSphere, SolarWinds said.