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In our company we do not have licensed ESXi. I am having 10 ESXi server and using Vsphere to connect each and every machine.

Whenever i am giving machine to users i store few information in excel like follows

IP_Address |VMName |GivenTo| Os| Host-credential|

In my Vsphere shortcut properties i have written a command

"C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\VpxClient.exe" -s <IPAddress> -u <rootusername> -p <Password>

Then i would add a hyperlink to that shortcut. Though this mechanism helps me to maintain my machines better. Still i think i can reach best.

Have you used any best practice to maintain multiple free ESXi server and keep tracking of users? Please share with me. I can adapt few.

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  1. Buy vCenter. It's worth it.
  2. Using PowerCLI you can connect to multiple ESXi hosts at the same time using the connect-viserver cmdlet (you might be asked if you want to enable this the first time). Then you can run queries across all the ESXi hosts.
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