Hi folks, I wanted to bring your attention to a VMware virtual appliance. This appliance is called VIMA, VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant. It is a virtual appliance running Red Hat Enterprise Linux from which you can run scripts and agents from.
There are many cool scripts out there that you can run from VIMA, especially some of the cool scripts from William Lam. Many scripts out there use VIMA as a launching pad.
To install and configure VIMA, just launch your VMware client and follow the simple instructions posted here.
After a while the import will finish and you will now have a new virtual machine. At this point you can boot it up and set the IP address for the VIMA box. After you have done that you can mount an NFS share if you need one by modifying the /etc/fstab file just like you normally would in Red Hat Linux.
In future blogs I will write about some of the cool things you can do from within VIMA.