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Do you use Virtualization Manager? We need your help ASAP!

Community Manager

We are currently looking for users of Virtualization Manager to help us gather some vital, real world information from your Vman database. This data is being used for our development team to do testing with the recommendations engine. In exchange for your help, we will send you a $25 Amazon gift card and 1,000 thwack points.  Below is a breakout of what information we are looking to capture and how to export this data.

What information are we looking to gather from these database tables?

  • Virtual environment topology/hierarchy (relationships between VMs and Hosts, VMs and datastores, etc.)
  • Basic information about their VMs, Hosts, Clusters, Datastores, Datacenters, VCenters (such as CPU/memory usage and assignment, storage capacity, free space, number of network interfaces, etc.)
  • Historical statistics over last 30 days for VMs, Hosts, Clusters, Datastores
  • Data may contain IP addresses, MAC addresses and hostnames of VMs and Hosts in the environment
  • We do not collect any node data
  • We do not collect any credentials, passwords and/or certificates

How can I grab this data?

  1. Save the file to the VIM installation folder (by default: c:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\VIM\)
  2. Start Orion Diagnostics tool
  3. Uncheck everything except VIM Data Gatherer (not entirely necessary, but it will significantly decrease size of the output package)
  4. Click on the Start button and choose location where the output archive should be stored
  5. Once the tool is done exporting, upload the archive to <insert upload location>

Thank you in advance for your help! The gift card and points will be sent and applied to your thwack account within a few days of receiving your information.


Well, I navigated to <insert upload location> and my browser barked at me.

Sorry, I couldn't resist...

Glad to help - just let me know where to upload the data and I'll do so.

Level 15

DanielleH‌ I'm in, where is the upload location?  

Level 15

Also, what file am i saving again?   I can easily run the diagnostic, but you mentioned save the file to the VIM installation folder.  

Since there's no 'VIM Data Gatherer' diagnostic category in my Diagnostics tool, my thought is perhaps there's a separate executable that we may need to use.

Level 10

file is ready to upload.... <insert upload location>

Level 14

Ready and willing.  (And probably a good time since something is broken with the correlation engine on our instance right now away)

Level 10

I believe we just need to wait and be patient until the rest of the information is added. The announcement was probably made to get people ready for it. Either that or DanielleH‌‌ accidentally hit the submit button on a draft

Community Manager
Community Manager

You are correct, this slipped out of draft mode but I'm keeping it up since all of you are so generous to help out!  We are working on figuring out where we need you to upload this data, hang tight.

Level 12

Hi, can't you use the SW  Help Desk's LeapFile upload system?

Level 15

Did we ever get the upload figured out?

Level 10

Will be glad to assist.

Level 8

‌Hi, what sort of type you looking for? There are more than one version in mssql into vm.  While import , install the database may turn out in different result from vm host.

Level 8

Glad to provide data, but I need to know where to upload it to.

Level 15

I don't know, i have yet to upload anything myself.