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Features Available in VMAN 2019.4 on Orion

The release of Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 2019.4 added new features and functionally.  Check out the following link to see what was included in the most current release.


Virtualization Manager 2019.4 Release Notes

Features/Functionality included in Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 2019.4

Starting with VMAN 8.0, the legacy appliance is no longer a requirement for VMAN, as it was in prior versions. This post will identify what features are available on a VMAN 2019.4 Orion only install, as the appliance is now deprecated. Consult this document on how to retire the appliance and migrate to using VMAN Orion for all of the new features that are listed below.

If you'd like to see what these features look like before changing your monitoring environment, explore the interactive demo.


Feature Description Benefit for VMAN on Orion
VMAN Polling on Orion (Single Platform)

In VMAN 8.0, and higher, the dependency on the appliance for virtualization monitoring has been removed. VMAN is now fully installed with the Orion Installer and is part of the Orion Platform. 

In addition to simplifying the install and maintenance requirements, VMAN functionality is extended by providing Orion only features such as Recommendations, PerfStack™, AppStack™, Orion Maps, AWS and Azure monitoring. Data provided by VMAN Orion is far more extensive than the standard high-level virtualization metrics collected by Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and Server & Application Monitor (SAM).


Orion Platform features such as High Availability are also available.

Free Additional Polling Engine (APE)

The Additional Polling Engine (APE) provides large installs the ability to scale out VMAN installs by distributing VMAN polling away from the main poller to one or multiple APEs.  This functionality is included at no additional cost to VMAN customers, and is the Orion successor to the federated pollers used by the appliance. As a note, federated polling functionality only supports VMAN appliance polling and the VMAN APE only support VMAN Orion Polling.

The VMAN APE benefits from the new Orion Installer which allows for easier upgrades and less management of the APE.


See our sizing guide for recommendations as you consider how to scale out your environment

All Active Virtualization Alert Dashboard

Provides an out-of-the-box single dashboard that provides hypervisor specific alerts with technical meaning and importance explained.  Critical alerts always ”bubble – up” to the top to highlight what is important. Useful for new admins and virtualization experts alike for identifying issues in your virtual infrastructure soon after install with no additional configuration necessary.



Provides easy to use and familiar Orion interface with drill down for explanation why alert was triggered.



VMAN Alerting & Reporting

All out-of-the-box alerts and reports migrated to Orion web-based alerting and reporting.



Ease of use has drastically improved over the original appliance.  The intuitive web-based reporting and alerting of Orion make it simple to use an out-of-the-box alert/report or create your own custom version.



VM Sprawl

Complete coverage for VM Sprawl includes Rightsizing, Orphaned Files, Zombie VMs, Stale VMs, Idle VMs, snapshot usage, co-stop, and powered off VMs.



Although similar to functionality found on the appliance, VM Sprawl on Orion adds additional functionality by selecting an action that allows for the immediate resolution to sprawl issues.

Actions that can be performed:

  • Add/remove CPU & Memory for over-allocated, under-allocated, & co-stop
  • Delete stale/over-sized snapshots
  • Power off idle VMs
  • Delete powered off VMs
  • Delete orphaned VMDKs





Performance Analysis - PerfStack | SolarWinds

Provides historical resource consumption of disparate selected metrics across multiple SolarWinds products. As a result, all performance data can be visualized over time to identify the root cause.



  • Not available on the appliance
    • Compare metrics from VMAN, SRM, NPM, SAM, WPM, DPA, NCM, & NTA
    • Links from VM & Host Details that populate the PerfStack™ palette
    • Zoom into PerfStack charts to view more detail for the selected time period
    • Data Explorer, Alert visualization improvements
      • Export PerfStack data to Excel
    • Alert visualization improvements
      • Each individual alert start/end time is now visualized separately in PerfStack
      • Existing aggregate alert visualization against an object is retained
    • Easier to share PerfStack dashboards with the new ‘Share’ button.
    • PerfStack 2.0 - Real-Time Polling


AppStack automatically gathers information about objects in your environment, as well as their respective relationships, and display them. Some relationships, such as groups and dependencies can be defined by the user.



  • Not available on the appliance.
    • Allows for quick troubleshooting across the full infrastructure stack.
Orion Maps

Contextual intelligent mapping that does not require any configuration reflects the state of your environment and the relationships between entities.


  • Not available on the appliance
    • Integrated with Recommendations, identify problems and re-mediate from one browser window

The Recommendation Engine ensures VM stability and performance through provided actions:

  • Balance the virtual environment for optimal performance. You can spread the workload over hosts, which optimizes the performance of all virtual machines.
  • Optimize capacity. Virtualization Manager predicts when you will run out of resources on virtualization entities, so you can plan in advance when you have to assign new resources.
  • Predict possible future performance and capacity issues based on past trends.


Actionable Intelligence allows for single-click remediation of active and predicted VM performance and resource allocation.  Recommendations can be individually selected or multi-selected to be run immediately or scheduled to run at a later date and time.








Management Actions

Virtualization Manager provides administrators the ability to take actions on the alerts and metrics reported on within the interface. Administrators have the ability to execute Power management actions (Power Off/On, Reboot, and suspend a VM) & Snapshot Management actions (Take and delete snapshots) without leaving the Virtualization Manager interface.



  • Not available on the appliance
    • Removes the need for granting consumers high level access to the hypervisor
    • These actions can be selected as triggers in custom alerts.



Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring

Monitor and manage your Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure instances from the same console as your on-premises virtualization environment.



  • Not available on the appliance
Capacity Planning

Model capacity trend analysis using current utilization of selected environment resources (resource depletion) and user-defined workloads.





The new and improved capacity planning feature provides a modeling wizard, which is more intuitive and helps the user create various configurations along with test variable growth scenarios.  Administrators are now empowered to generate reports on the fly and provide accurate growth predictions of their virtual infrastructure to the business.



Quickly navigate to a Virtual Machine, Host, Cluster, Datacenter or Datastore that is need of deeper troubleshooting.


VMware vSAN monitoring

Environments are moving to utilize more hyper-converged infrastructures, which in large part utilizes flexible solutions such as VMware vSAN's software defined storage. Utilize the out of the box views and configure alerts to notify when you're running out of capacity.


  • Not available on the appliance
Visibility into Containers

Containers are another great option for virtualization admins to consider for use to host applications. They can exist alongside virtual machines or even be hosted on them. Luckily with VMAN you can now have side by side visibility into your containers on your virtual environments. We support Kubernetes, Docker & Apache Mesos.


  • Not available on the appliance
Near real time event monitoring, correlation, alerting and reporting for VMware events

VMware vSAN health checks, vMotions, user triggered events are all part of the VMware event ecosystem. To track and capture these ephemeral changes, support for events is added to the VMAN product line to allow you to audit events, correlate them to spikes in performance and identify who is changing your virtual environment.


  • Not available on the appliance
Deployment choices

Whether you are looking to deploy on-premises or in the cloud, VMAN on Orion supports your deployment environment of choice.

  • Not available with the appliance


Nutanix Monitoring


With VMAN on Orion, you can now monitor virtual machines and hosts that are managed through Nutanix. This includes:

  • Fully supported Nutanix hardware health monitoring for any host associated with Nutanix clusters and monitored AHV hosts.

  • Fully supported AppStack for monitored Nutanix clusters, hosts, and virtual machines.

  • Support for alerts on the hardware health of your monitored Nutanix clusters and the up/down status of monitored Nutanix entities.



  • Not available with the appliance



Migration to VMAN (Orion) - In Progress

Feature Description
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR VIRTUALIZATION MANAGER (UPDATED June, 2019) We are constantly adding new features and functionality. Subscribe to updates from our WWWO page to see the new feature set that we are actively working on.
Time Travel

On the appliance, this feature was known to provide forensic troubleshooting by showing historical relationship mapping and alert/issue indicators for a selected resource(s) in a configured point in time. The Orion version of this feature is rooted in our new Orion Platform 2018.2 feature: Orion Maps - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support


The version of maps that is included in VMAN 8.3 and higher is tightly integrated with VMAN recommendations, but as Orion maps has a wonderful roadmap of new improvements for the future I will list this as in progress for the foreseeable future.




Migration to VMAN (Orion) - Feature Requests

Feature Description Feature Request
Chargeback Analyze virtual infrastructure consumption and associate the cost to the consumer of those resources.  
Cloud Cost (EC2) The Cloud Cost (EC2) dashboard displays data about the cost of moving your current virtual infrastructure or a part of it to Amazon EC2.



Try out our free download for  Cost Calculator for Azure – Free Download | SolarWinds


You should also address limitations of monitoring virtual machine disk volume space. This was a feature of the appliance-based VMAN and was lost with the conversion to Orion-based VMAN. A KB was created to provide a work-around. Monitoring of virtual volumes should be included in future versions of Orion-based VMAN. What is the plan?

Please see

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