Release: VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant 1.0

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Very silently this week VMware released another free product: the VMware Infrastructure Management Assistant (VIMA) 1.0 (build 124830).

VIMA is a 64-bit virtual machine where VMware administrators can execute scripts and install agents that they would normally try to run on the console operating system (COS).

The VM includes a logging component, an authentication module (vi-fastpass) that supports non-interactive logins, the Remote CLI and the VI Perl Toolkit.
It basically acts as a execution proxy for programs that interact with the virtual infrastructure, saving the COS (where available, think about ESXi) from dangerous installations.

The product is free of charge and available here.