How to effectively monitor VMware using MindArray tools – Guide

Our latest release now supports extensive support for monitoring VMware infrastructure. Now VMware performance can easily be tracked down with MindArray IPM. The performance attributes that can be configured are the following:

  1. CPU
  2. Memory
  3. Data store
  4. Disk I/O
  5. Network
  6. Hardware
  7. Virtual Machine
  8. Events

Integrated VMware monitoring tools checks the performance data and identified trend patterns. If any unexpected pattern is detected an alert and pro-active actions can be set until the attribute resumes to normal state.

To start with monitoring, first you need to create a monitor choosing VMware as the polling credential.

MindArray IPM comes with set of pre-defined templates of all the monitor types. When you create a new monitor for VMware, IPM automatically configures templates for you.

VMware monitoring tools also lets you choose which performance metrics should be enabled and they can have different polling intervals. You have options in polling performance metrics. Such as:

  1. Performance Manager
  2. Configuration Details
  3. Hardware Sensor Details
  4. Availability and Health Monitor

Once polling interval is set, IPM will monitor performance for selected/all performance metrics according to your configuration.

VMware Availability and Health Monitoring

VMware availability monitoring – the server’s today’s availability, aggregating the status and performance of server. With health check feature you can set alarms for, critical and on the verge of exhaustion, resources of the server. This includes:

  1. Memory and CPU utilization
  2. Packet loss details
  3. Response Time
  4. Disk utilization
  5. Network utilization
  6. Power utilization
  7. Energy utilization

The overview of VMware gives a glimpse of consummation of the VMware resources. Such an overview gives an ease to analyze the performance attributes such as CPU, Memory, Network, Data Store, Virtual Machine etc. You can also analyze them in details by navigating to their respective tabs.

VMWare Health and Performance Monitoring

Another vital information is health view. You can drill down each layer of VMware with single click and view health of your Virtual Machines. This gives you the ability to identify the affected components faster. Whenever attribute threshold gets violated IPM automatically sets the severity based on policy configured and executes the pro-active actions if scheduled. Health view also shows the affected SLA and Business Service view containing VMware monitors.

VMWare Health Overview


VMware Performance Monitor

When you run the monitor, it will automatically check what performance counter statuses are available for your VMware ESX/ESXi server. Performance of VMware can be drilled down when the performance of VMs is affected.

You can set a threshold on performance counters. When system receives new data it evaluates the configured threshold and assigns severity based on received value. And you can also schedule actions to execute based on determined severity.

Virtual Machine Configuration

IPM gives you liberty of adding and removing Virtual Machine (VM) instances to monitor according to your requirements. Listing of VMs is showed and user can select the VMs that are to be added for monitoring. Once the VMs are added, the resource utilization for individual VM can be tracked.

VMware Virtual Machine Monitoring

Monitoring Hardware Configuration

Hardware configuration monitoring is crucial part since it keeps Infrastructure working with outstanding productivity. IPM gives you graphical as well as statistical analysis of each hardware resource. It covers:

  1. Fan Sensor Details
  2. Temperature Sensor Details
  3. Battery Details
  4. CPU Details
  5. Memory Details

Alarms can be set for operational status of above sensors. If threshold are breached, system can notify the concerned team.

VMware Hardware Configuration Details

At Glance Report

At glance report is snapshot of overall performance of VMware monitor. Graphical views for various parameters can be viewed at a glance.

  1. Round trip time
  2. Heap memory
  3. Powered virtual machines and Total Virtual machines
  4. Total capacity
  5. VMware Kernel Memory
  6. Memory consumption details

If we review the data collected for a monitor then its at-glance report should look like following. It has more elaborate details about every resource of VMware.

VMware Monitor Report

Additionally, you can also drill-down on each performance counter by clicking on value link. It generates a detailed report on selected counter with information such as: Historical Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Number of alarms generated and row polling data.