101 Free VMware Tools

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101 Free VMware Tools

If you’re used to working with VMware products, you probably found yourself needing one or more tools to help you complete a specific task. Whether it’s a PowerCLI script to bolster your automation platform, a monitoring and analytical tool for renewed insight or perhaps SAN emulation software for shared storage datastores, surely, you will find something that suits your needs in the following list of 101 free VMware tools we put together.

You can download most of the tools and utilities straight away by clicking the product name or download link. In some cases, you’ll need to fill in a registration form and reply to an activation link before downloading.

This article will be periodically updated to ensure all links work and point to the latest versions. That said, it’s a long list so if you spot anything amiss, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update it immediately!

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The free VMware tools selected for this blog have been organized into different categories. Note that some tools are “highlighted”, meaning they are among the most popular and useful in the category.


It doesn’t come as a surprise that we will start this list of free VMware tools with the “Backup” category where you will find resources for a healthy backup environment.

Highlight: Altaro VM Backup Altaro VM Backup is a fast, affordable, high-performance backup solution, specifically developed for small and mid-market businesses. We’ve cut the waste and hassle to give you an agile, streamlined solution that is easy to implement, feature-rich, with outstanding support as part of the package. It also comes as free VMware appliances to backup up to 2 VMs per host at no cost.
VMware vSphere Replication VMware’s hypervisor-based, asynchronous replication solution for vSphere virtual machines. The software is bundled in free VMware appliances and handles the heavy lifting when copying VMs to the recovery site. It fully integrates with VMware vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. Note that SRM, which is the DR orchestration solution is paid and sold separately.
The backup bible You will find everything you need to know about planning, deploying and maintaining a secure and reliable backup and disaster recovery strategy in this free ebook.