Virtualization Manager 6.0 introduced integration with NPM and SAM, exposing VMan data in native Orion resources, allowing you to navigate from Application to VM to Host to Datastore/Cluster Shared Volume without leaving the Orion interface. However, the integration did not allow you to leverage all of Orion goodness on the virtualization data - but the team has been hard at work to make that a reality. To try it out, please fill out this short survey, Enough of introductory chit-chat, lets get down to the fun stuff - features!!!
Baseline Thresholds for Virtual Machines
In the last release of Server & Application Monitor, we introduced baselines and we are happy to announce the feature has been expanded to Virtualization data as well. When monitoring VMs (both Hyper-V and VMware), you'll be able to leverage your historical data to automatically build your warning and critical threshholds (note that host baselines will be available in future betas). Simply click edit node and scroll down to the Alerting Thresholds and choose Override Orion General Thresholds and click Use Dynamic Baseline Data and it will automatically set your thresholds based on the analysis of historical data. .
If you want to see or adjust how your baseline is calculated, simply click the Latest Baseline Details to see more information about the calculation.
To maximize the usefulness of the integration of Virtualization Manager with SAM and NPM, users need to keep the configuration of both products in sync or confusing data and linkage gaps occur Keeping the configuration in sync is painful and tedious and many of you encountered this problem as your environment grew or changed. Also, the product didn't notify you that there was a synchronization problem, so you would find you were missing the data right when you needed it.
The synchronization wizard takes the Virtualization Manager "datasources" (vCenter, standalone ESX, and Hyper-V Hosts) and credentials and maps them to SAM/NPM, displaying discrepancies and then allowing you to pick and choose which pieces of the virtual environment you want to synchronize. Best of all, when the products are out of sync, you get a notification with a link to the synchronization wizard so you can quickly fix it.
You can get to the integration wizard two ways:
- The integration wizard will automatically start when you first configure integration.
- The Run Synchronization Wizard link (Settings > Virtualization Settings in Virtualization Manager Integration section)
- When SAM or NPM detect a configuration difference between the two products, it will prompt you to run the notification wizard in the notification banner.
Virtualization Manager collects information about every VM in the environments you are monitoring. In the current integration with SAM/NPM, you have to manage each VM (node) in order to see the data. We've changed that so that you will see the data for every monitored VM regardless if they are Managed in SAM/NPM. These will look like regular nodes but with just two subviews (Virtualization and Storage). We've made it easy to add them as a node if you want to... but you are no longer required to.
More to come...
To try out the beta, please fill out this short survey, Stay tuned for more information on Orion based alerting, RBAC (Role Base Access Control), and more metrics!