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There don't seem to be videos on adding ESXi hosts to Solarwinds for monitoring.  Also are there any recommendations as to what to monitor for ESXi 6.5?  Any KB articles on grouping ESXi hosts and creating alerts?

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A video would probably only be half a minute long as adding an ESXi host only takes a few clicks: Add a vCenter, HyperV host, or standalone ESX host for monitoring in VMAN - SolarWinds Worldwide, LL...

What the software allows you to do then and how you make the best use out of it can be found in this handy guide: https://support.solarwinds.com/@api/deki/files/32048/VMAN-Administrator-Guide.pdf?revision=18

Best regards,

Steffen

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A video would probably only be half a minute long as adding an ESXi host only takes a few clicks: Add a vCenter, HyperV host, or standalone ESX host for monitoring in VMAN - SolarWinds Worldwide, LL...

What the software allows you to do then and how you make the best use out of it can be found in this handy guide: https://support.solarwinds.com/@api/deki/files/32048/VMAN-Administrator-Guide.pdf?revision=18

Best regards,

Steffen

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Hello,

The interesting thing is that i see some servers, but they don't show as managed.

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Hi Jaime,

When you add a vCenter it will show you the hosts that belong to it. However in order to get the full features of VMAN you will have to mark those hosts as being managed by VMAN/Orion. Could you check whether that is the case for you?

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Hello Steffen,

Thank you so much for your help.  I was able to get the hosts added as managed nodes.

I notice that VMs also need to be added as managed nodes as once vcenter is discovered along with all the VMs, the VMs are not discovered.  To find things like cpu, memory usage, or disk space, is this possible once the VM is added as a managed node?

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jaime.reyes  wrote:

Hello Steffen,

Thank you so much for your help.  I was able to get the hosts added as managed nodes.

I notice that VMs also need to be added as managed nodes as once vcenter is discovered along with all the VMs, the VMs are not discovered.  To find things like cpu, memory usage, or disk space, is this possible once the VM is added as a managed node?

No, you can see CPU, memory and diskspace for virtual machines. These are items that are available on the virtualization summary page https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/NetPerfMon/NodeDetails.aspx?NetObject=N%3a51&ViewID=39  and are things that are gathered via the VMware provided SDK.

But you would want to add the virtual machine as a node if you're looking for things like asset inventory https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/NetPerfMon/NodeDetails.aspx?NetObject=N%3a51&ViewID=118  or quality of experience https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/NetPerfMon/NodeDetails.aspx?NetObject=N%3a51&ViewID=66  or other features tied to the node. You can refer to our node details page in the online demo for a quick reference https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/NetPerfMon/NodeDetails.aspx?NetObject=N%3a51&ViewID=2  which correlate other collection methods such as wmi or snmp etc.

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Hello Steffen,

Thank you for your response.  Yes, this is the case.  Once the host is added it will be managed as a node.  So what is the difference of managing using VMAN vs managing as a node?  Or should both be used?  I would assume that 2 licenses would be consumed?  Once a host is added and is managed, alerts won't be emailed correct? 

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license won't be affected as "SolarWinds VMAN is licensed by Physical CPU Sockets on your VMWare or HyperV Hosts."
When you add your VMware vCenter it would be one node that we manage. However we see that on this vCenter there would be 2 ESXi hosts behind it. They would be shown to you but they would not be considered as managed by VMAN as you did not add them yourself yet. So you can either go to the "setting" page where you enter the IP address and specify the polling method (SNMP, WMI, agent ...) to add the desired node - or you could just click the "manage node" as seen in the picture as a direct hassle free link.
Hope this makes a bit more sense now.

Should you be an existing customer you can make use of the customer portal where you'll find trainings and can get in contact with the Tech Support. When you are not a customer of VMAN yet, then I recommend reaching out to one of SolarWinds Sales Reps for a discussion on the phone / Webex.