Good guide on setting up a windows server template.
Great tutorial on setting up vCMA for remote access via the VMware iPad application!
This is a very nice post from Eric Siebert from his BLOG http://searchvmware.techtarget.com. Helped me a lot and might help you.
After considering the security implications of managing a VMware infrastructure with an iPad, it’s time to install vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) and connect it to the vSphere Client for iPad.
First, download the most recent copy of vCMA from the VMware Labs website. It’s available as either an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) file that can be imported into vCenter Server, or as a ZIP file with the virtual machine (VM) already deployed, which you can copy to a host and register. The OVF file is easier to install, so l will cover that method.
Download the OVF version to your workstation. It contains a small .ovf file and a 300 MB system.vmdk file.
Unzip the file…
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The free version of esxi only allows you to view 1 hour of data through the vsphere tool.
To enable further historical stats simply amend the configuration file located within /etc/vmware/hostd directory. Amend the historical stats figure from false to true.
<!-- Enable historical stats collection --> <historicalStatsEnabled> true </historicalStatsEnabled>
To add SNMP to free esxi 5.0 do the below.
Log onto esxi CLI
Make the following amendments detailed below
<config> <snmpSettings> <communities>public</communities> <enable>true</enable> <port>161</port> <targets>YOURSERVERIPHERE@161 public</targets> </snmpSettings>
The server should now be available to be polled via snmp.