There have been many new additions and upgrades since I began researching the best free vSphere tools back in 2010. In addition to Xangati and Veeam's tools as well as other products described here, check out these:
- VMturbo Community Edition
- VMware Labs — Features a lot of free vSphere tools, including VMware Guest Console (VGC), Project Onyx and Boomerang. I went into detail on VMware Labs products earlier in 2012.
- Unitrends Enterprise Backup Free Edition
- In an hour-long webinar with Kendrick Coleman, we discussed the best free vSphere tools at VMworld 2010 conferences, and revisited the topic at VMworld 2011. You'll find a comprehensive list of every free tool available for vSphere at KendrickColeman.com.