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  • Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

    As with any important environment once will definatley need decent monitoring and reporting and offcourse there are tons of products out there but testing them all is very time consuming.

    I am looking for monitoring and reporting on the following;
    - Data stores
    - Resource Pools
    - Inventory Folders
    - individual VM's
    - ESX hosts
    - Chargeback features.

    Any suggestions ?


    What do you use to monitor your environment ? and what motivated that decission?
    Last edited by dotnerd; 8th March 2010, 15:29.
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  • #2
    Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

    for one of our clients, we created a routine performance check that's performed once every 3 months, where we manually review in depth. This requires some knowledge of what you're reviewing. (that was fun.. i wrote it for an intended audience of engineers and admins, with some experience, then got told to dumb it down so almost anyone could do it. not much point in almost anyone doing it, as they'd be following a book and not understanding.. anyways, i digress)

    There's a script available at yellowbricks.com (i think it is) that will monitor disk space on the vmfs volumes, and even email you. I'm sure I had a more indepth statistics scrpt, but I can't think where it was right now.
    http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/01...-vmfs-volumes/
    also,:
    http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/01...x-healthcheck/

    you may need to customise esx-healthcheck to your needs...



    vCentre should do performance monitoring for you also..

    check this:
    http://communities.vmware.com/thread/144860
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    • #3
      Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

      Thanks for your detailed reply tehcamel.

      I completely forgot to mention that i want to report and implement chargeback on DC, Cluster, Inventory Folder and VM.

      Most of the apps ive seen only do VM and rousourcepools and dont have chargeback. I have set my eyes on VizionCore's vFoglight dude to the severe drilldown of reports and functionality but I cant get it to work properly so I decided to see what else is out there.

      I need reports to be all fancy and full of info as this concerns a very high level customer that wants to know everything
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        Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

        to be honest, i've never heard of chargeback
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        • #5
          Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

          Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
          to be honest, i've never heard of chargeback

          Well heres VMWare's own CB product.

          http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-chargeback/
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          • #6
            Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

            seems like it is what i suspected - a method for charging back the cost of the virtual server to the relevant business unit ?
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            • #7
              Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

              Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
              seems like it is what i suspected - a method for charging back the cost of the virtual server to the relevant business unit ?
              Well, I have to introduce this to further optimize the environment. Once you have somehting of remarkable size you have to crack down on deploy happy admins And offc make sure you reach your ROI targets.
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              • #8
                Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                Hyper 9

                http://www.hyper9.com/

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                • #9
                  Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                  or vFoglight.

                  Mind you - it is not cheap
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                  • #10
                    Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                    Originally posted by Maish View Post
                    or vFoglight.

                    Mind you - it is not cheap
                    Steeper learning curve and resource requirements with vFoglight also.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                      So are you saying that hyper9 is cheaper and easier to use than vFoglight ? Does it even do chargeback ?
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                      • #12
                        Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                        Originally posted by dotnerd View Post
                        So are you saying that hyper9 is cheaper and easier to use than vFoglight ? Does it even do chargeback ?
                        Yes and No respectively.

                        Which one is more powerful and scalable? That's a different question.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Virtual infrastructure monitoring and reporting.

                          Ok,

                          I have had some time to properly evaluate vFoglight and have even had their support assist me on a few queries. I dont really care ho wmuch more expensive vFoglight may be, I'm paying that and some!

                          Excellent product, excellent support!
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