One of the most popular scripts on my site with 26,966 downloads of v5 has been the vCheck script, for those of you who haven’t seen this yet here is a quick summary of this script:
vCheck is a vCenter checking script, the script is designed to run as a scheduled task before you get into the office to present you with key information via an email directly to your inbox in a nice easily readable format.
This script picks on the key known issues and potential issues of the virtual infrastructure and reports it all in one place so all you do in the morning is check your email.
One of they key things about this report is if there is no issue in a particular place you will not receive that section in the email, for example if there are no datastores with less than 5% free space (configurable) then the disk space section will not show in the email, this ensures that you have only the information you need in front of you when you get into the office.
This script is not to be confused with an Audit script, I don’t want to remind you that you have 5 hosts and what there names are and how many CPU’s they have each and every day as you don’t want to read that kind of information unless you need it, this script will only tell you about problem areas with your infrastructure.
So What’s new in 6.0
vCheck 6.0 has been updated to be more community driven and easier to expand, the checks have been removed and put into separate plugins which make it easier for people to contribute. Make sure you check out the plugins page for a list of the plugins and what they check for.
The HTML output has been reformatted to work with newer versions of Outlook. (Lots of previous comments on this!)
A Setup Wizard has been added for easy setup and no more need to reference the vCenter address as a parameter of the script.
As the plugins have been moved out it makes this HTML report framework easy to adapt to other PowerShell enabled products like
- VMware vCD (Already started this one)
- VMware View
- Active Directory
- and more.
Please contact me if your interested to start your own using this template.
A header image has been added to the HTML report to make the report more customizable..
And much much more including lots of speed enhancements.
Lastly I want to add a big thanks to everyone who has ever run this script and continues to use it, I hope you will find this version as useful as the previous versions. Thanks to the Beta testers, I couldn’t have done it without you, you all came up with some great ideas and additions which made it hard for me to finish developing and releasing – I think I have enough for v7 !
And lastly thanks to anyone who writes a plugin themselves and sends it through to me to include on the plugins page. Keep an eye out soon for some information on how you can easily add new plugins and check your current plugins.