Choosing the Right Virtualization Management Tools

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jul 9, 2010


Monitoring tools, management tools, security tools -- virtualization management tools offer admins features to help ease the management burden for a larger number of servers. This Search Networking article explores some of the core tools available to help better manage a virtual server infrastructure.


After the virtual server infrastructure is deployed, the next step is deciding how to manage it.

"Centralized virtualization management tool selection: Unlike management tool options listed here, centralized (or native) management servers fulfill most requirements if you have a large number of servers. These virtualization management tools offer several advanced features and ease the management burden for a larger number of servers:

"Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This tool is the centralized management server for Hyper-V, SCVMM can also manage VMware ESX (but not at the level of vCenter), and an evaluation version is available.

"VMware vCenter. This tool is the centralized management server for all ESXi and ESX servers that enables the advanced features of vSphere (such as host profiles, Guided Consolidation, Distributed Resource Scheduler, Update Manager and many more). VMware vCenter is available in Foundation and Standard editions, and a 60-day evaluation is available.

"Citrix XenServer Essentials. This virtualization management tool handles XenServer and Hyper-V with a free 30-day evaluation."

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