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WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR VIRTUALIZATION MANAGER (UPDATED August 3, 2020)

The release of Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 2020.2 added new features and functionally.  Check out the following link to see what was included in the most current release.

 

Virtualization Manager 2020.2 Release Notes

 

You ask, we listen. Many of the top features being worked on in VMAN today are generated through your feedback, your participation in our user sessions and your votes in our Virtualization Manager Feature Requests forums.

  • Chargeback - Calculate costs of physical infrastructure associated with virtualization resources at the host and cluster level.
  • Enhancements to Nutanix support - Bundled registration

Give Us Feedback

We are actively refining the VMAN roadmap to solve your problems. Participate in user sessions for THWACK points and personalized input into the future of VMAN.

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I love the idea of grabbing the vCenter events.  That means that the vCore teams can continue to manage with vCenter and their tools but we can align on the enterprise event management standards for getting those events into incidents.

+1000 for Orion Global Search too

It'd be nice to see Orion automatically manage new VMs as they are detected within a vCenter.  It's a pain going to look for details on a failed machine and seeing it wasn't ever truly managed within Orion.

Amen and amen.  Or at least have an alert that would trigger an action to notify us of new VMs that met a certain criteria.  (ie in a certain cluster, matching a certain name, etc.) 

It would be nice if you also have a VMOTION alert from the SolarWinds Orion web console.

Thanks for the input guys. Dont forget, you can add feature requests in the Virtualization Manager Feature Requests‌ thread. This helps get vigilance from the other users in the community. The more votes, the more attention drawn.

Will there be any plans for a Release Candidate? Would be happy to test the new features and provide feedback.

Thanks,

Jake

chrispaap‌ will post a blog for any RCs that are released. Stay tuned.

Are we going to add functionality to the Nutanix setups?  The vendor gave the monitoring UnDP, but what about any API with the consoles?

Hey, while we are messing around with VMan, can we get a certificate management tool embedded into the GUII code.  Something like what Dell does on their OOB iDRAC boards menus or what PaloAlto and InfoBlox do for tools on their appliances.  Even ProofPoint makes it easy for their virtual appliances.   I am totally sick on monkeying around with TomCat and CentOS on these things.  You can do so much better, especially as you move to a Tier 1 company.  If have to have seen at least some of these by now to understand how primitive your setup is.  We are long past the time where system security is not being done because it is so fraught with effort to accomplish.  Make it super easy and then more people will do it the proper way.

I would really love to see VMAN support some type of Azure monitoring.  I have submitted a Feature Request HERE for this.

If this support existed it would be an easy sell to have management buy a lot more VMAN licenses.   

Oh chrispaap​, you are such a tease.  Global search...teehee!

Now adding vSphere vSAN, Cloud monitoring (does that mean AWS & Azure??) and VMware vCenter events is absolutely drool-worthy.  And I am very curious on how we can make the VMAN appliances go away -- or at least become less relevant.

Joshua

Yes, Cloud Monitoring does in fact refer to AWS & Azure and the road map for VMAN moving forward is to make the option to have full VMAN functionality including polling in Orion (aka VIM) without the appliance. 

We have looked at Orion and unfortunately the lack of Xenserver support is a deal breaker for us and our customers. Our consensus was that Orion is a good product in every other sense. We want an integrated monitoring solution that fits our infrastructure.

We are still looking.....

Based on my experience, you shouldn't have to hold your breath a whole lot longer.  If XenServer support is listed, I expect you'll see something either formalizing it or indicating it has been dropped in the not too distance future.

My hard-earned (Canadian) dollars are on it will be formalized and announced in an upcoming release!

at this point xenserver would be huge, considering about 80% of xenserver right now in solarwinds is basically sam templates.

The lack of xen server support is a very huge problem for us!

when will it be implemented?

Does the statement above about 'Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (KVM) support' mean that it could potentially also include Nutanix AHV support seeing as that is based on KVM?

I have a script today run via scheduled task that pulls guest VMs from VMan's integration and checks to see if their IPs are managed in NPM. If not, it gets added to a scheduled discovery with import defined.

If I can do that much via scripting their API, this can't be a hard request to implement, and it would be a nice addition.

That sounds like the most awesomest script!  Did you do that in PowerShell?

Absolutely, PowerShell. Its part of a bigger script that also checks IPAM and CMDB additions that would be too specific for others, but I can break it out if anyone cares to use it. Mostly its the API samples plus knowing where data is in a SWIS query, not really very fancy but its effective.

I'd love to see some PS goodness.

I pulled the meaty parts out. This gets it discovered and added, other clean up happens later. Most of it is the discovery (which I was wrong, I add and remove a discovery, not add to an existing) and just feed the unmanaged IPs into the XML. You will want to provide love the to credentials section too, I trimmed it down from my specific list to just the first one.

Add-PSSnapin SwisSnapin

$OrionPrimaryPollingEngine = "<YourServer>"

$OrionUser = '<YourAccount>'

$OrionPass = "<YourPass>"

$query_VM_IPs = 'SELECT GuestDNSName, IPAddress FROM Orion.VIM.VirtualMachines Where IPAddress is not NULL'

$query_Managed_IPs = 'SELECT IPAddress FROM Orion.NodeIPAddresses'

$swis = Connect-Swis $OrionPrimaryPollingEngine -UserName $OrionUser -Password $OrionPass

$VM_IPs = Get-SwisData $swis $query_VM_IPs

$Orion_Managed_IPs = Get-SwisData $swis $query_Managed_IPs

$bulkIPList = @()

foreach ($VM in $VM_IPs) {

[string]$IP = $VM.IPAddress

if ($Orion_Managed_IPs -NotContains $IP) {

Write-Host $VM.GuestDNSName $IP

$bulkIPList += '<IPAddress><Address>{0}</Address></IPAddress>' -f ($IP)

}

}

$CorePluginConfigurationContext = ([xml]"

<CorePluginConfigurationContext xmlns='http://schemas.solarwinds.com/2012/Orion/Core' xmlns:i='http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance'>

    <BulkList>

        <IpAddress>

            <Address>10.199.2.5</Address>

        </IpAddress>

    </BulkList>

    $bulkIPList

    <Credentials>

        <SharedCredentialInfo>

            <CredentialID>1</CredentialID>

        <Order>1</Order>

        </SharedCredentialInfo>

    </Credentials>

    <WmiRetriesCount>1</WmiRetriesCount>

    <WmiRetryIntervalMiliseconds>1000</WmiRetryIntervalMiliseconds>

</CorePluginConfigurationContext>

").DocumentElement

$CorePluginConfiguration = Invoke-SwisVerb $swis Orion.Discovery CreateCorePluginConfiguration @($CorePluginConfigurationContext)

$EngineID = 1

$DeleteProfileAfterDiscoveryCompletes = "true"

$StartDiscoveryContext = ([xml]"

<StartDiscoveryContext xmlns='http://schemas.solarwinds.com/2012/Orion/Core' xmlns:i='http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance'>

    <Name>Script Discovery $([DateTime]::Now)</Name>

    <EngineId>1</EngineId>

    <JobTimeoutSeconds>3600</JobTimeoutSeconds>

    <SearchTimeoutMiliseconds>2000</SearchTimeoutMiliseconds>

    <SnmpTimeoutMiliseconds>2000</SnmpTimeoutMiliseconds>

    <SnmpRetries>1</SnmpRetries>

    <RepeatIntervalMiliseconds>1500</RepeatIntervalMiliseconds>

    <SnmpPort>161</SnmpPort>

    <HopCount>0</HopCount>

    <PreferredSnmpVersion>SNMP2c</PreferredSnmpVersion>

    <DisableIcmp>false</DisableIcmp>

    <AllowDuplicateNodes>false</AllowDuplicateNodes>

    <IsAutoImport>true</IsAutoImport>

    <IsHidden>$DeleteProfileAfterDiscoveryCompletes</IsHidden>

    <PluginConfigurations>

        <PluginConfiguration>

            <PluginConfigurationItem>$($CorePluginConfiguration.InnerXml)</PluginConfigurationItem>

            <PluginConfigurationItem>$($InterfacesPluginConfiguration.InnerXml)</PluginConfigurationItem>

        </PluginConfiguration>

    </PluginConfigurations>

</StartDiscoveryContext>

").DocumentElement

$DiscoveryProfileID = (Invoke-SwisVerb $swis Orion.Discovery StartDiscovery @($StartDiscoveryContext)).InnerText

do

{

Start-Sleep -Seconds 1

$Status = Get-SwisData $swis "SELECT Status FROM Orion.DiscoveryProfiles WHERE ProfileID = @profileId" @{ profileId = $DiscoveryProfileID }

}

while ($Status -eq 1)

$Result = Get-SwisData $swis "SELECT Result, ResultDescription, ErrorMessage, BatchID FROM Orion.DiscoveryLogs WHERE ProfileID = @profileId" @{ profileId = $DiscoveryProfileID }

Any news on the support for KVMs?

I've created a Report which uses SWQL to look for all Virtual Servers on the ESX-Hosts which are not monitred.

The WSQL was very short:

select

  vn.name AS VirtualServer, vn.GuestName AS OperatingSystem,vh.HostName AS ESXHost

from

  Orion.VIM.VirtualMachines vn

  join Orion.VIM.Hosts vh on vn.HostID=vh.HostID

where

vn.GuestName not like 'Microsoft Windows 7%'

and

  vn.Nodestatus=0

You may filter other guest-Names which are templates or you filter for specific ESX-Hosts.

A Version of the Report can be found here: Virtual+Servers+not+Monitored.xml

I'd like to see better views of Hyper-V CSV's and the relationship of a VM to Host, Cluster and CSV. Also a way to see which hosts own CSV's

Affinity & anti-infinity policies - slight typo me thinks; anti-Affinity?

Regardless, could you explain what solarwinds VMAN actually does with Affinity vs. vSphere or in conjunction with the  tool?

bump!

Pull in everything RVTOOLS can pull in and let me report against that info please.

If you're interested in Nutanix support, would you be open to a call?

If you're interested in xen server support, could you add a vote to this feature request?  

I'd be interested in knowing how much of your infrastructure is currently utilizing XenServer vs others?

Hi,

we are in Rollout Phase for Centralizing our Branch Offices with XenServer.

At the moment we have 10 XenServer with around 120 Worker VM´s on it, but in the next Year this will increase rapidly!

I have voted on this Request long time ago

It would be very helpful if native XenServer Support would be implemented.

br

I would like to see better / more information under your "Sprawl" category.  I have over 300 VM's and I can not see all of them under the top XX VMs by Overallocated vCPU's.  I would like the ability to report on our entire environment.  It would be nice the see overallocated vCPU and memory with recommendation when you select an individual VM details.  Also it would be nice have the ability to filter out recommendation by of number of CPU required.  I don't want to see CPU Recommendations that want to reduce to 1 cpu. 

I agree....VMAN needs way more reporting!!!!

I'd like to see Hyper-V and VMware dashboards properly segregated and not mixed up in some. i.e. I don't want to see VMware clusters on my "Administrator Hyper-V" Enviroment map, All Alerts etc.

Our infrastructure team have bought VROPs even though we had vman. Really neead a boost in features easy capacity management

This is perfect feedback thank you!

Hi Chris!

What types of features are you looking for in particular? We do have capacity planning in VMAN, but you said a word I'd like to dig into a bit more -"easy" What would you like to see that would make it easier for your team?

RVTOOLS rocks at reporting a ton of info from vcenter....please download it and you will see the power of it.  I want to be able to report on everything that is in vcenter just like RVTOOLS. BTW, rvtools is free

I personally havent done capacity planning before but the Infrastructure team have bought VROPs because of capacity planning. So I assume there are some big differences either for ease of use or out of the box reporting

Also would like a cost analysis for running Azure and AWS using real metrics from production environment.

Been thrown in the deep end I am now doing Capacity Planning!!

Why can I only do the capacity planning report on individual clusters and not the vcentres.

Management will not be interested in looking over each cluster.

The advertisement for capacity planning on the solarwinds site suggests to buy solarwinds but everything built in to do capacity planning is on a per node, per interface.

The management want capacity planning on Servers,network, storage etc. not for each device.

pulling what hair i have left out

cfizz34  wrote:

RVTOOLS rocks at reporting a ton of info from vcenter....please download it and you will see the power of it.  I want to be able to report on everything that is in vcenter just like RVTOOLS. BTW, rvtools is free

Thanks for the note about RVTOOLS, what I'm mostly curious about is what are the common scenarios or problems you're using RVTOOLs to solve? Could you give me your top 3 items you're using it to look at the data?

dodo123  wrote:

Been thrown in the deep end I am now doing Capacity Planning!!

Why can I only do the capacity planning report on individual clusters and not the vcentres.

Management will not be interested in looking over each cluster.

The advertisement for capacity planning on the solarwinds site suggests to buy solarwinds but everything built in to do capacity planning is on a per node, per interface.

The management want capacity planning on Servers,network, storage etc. not for each device.

pulling what hair i have left out

We need to talk. I want to hear all about your capacity planning woes and also what your infrastructure team is up to.

cfizz34  wrote:

Also would like a cost analysis for running Azure and AWS using real metrics form production environment.

We have now launched a free tool for cost analysis for Azure. Check it out here  Cost Calculator for Azure – Free Download | SolarWinds 

yea but that doesn't answer his concern - nice tool for stuff up in Azure but we want to look at our in house solutions and see what it would cost to move all of it or some of it to Azure - think of the Azure migration calculator/assessment

  wrote:

yea but that doesn't answer his concern - nice tool for stuff up in Azure but we want to look at our in house solutions and see what it would cost to move all of it or some of it to Azure - think of the Azure migration calculator/assessment

Makes perfect sense

Centralized upgrades, Windows Device Guard Support and SAML support is now available with the Orion platform 2018.4 which is accompanied with the VMAN 8.3.1 service release.

NPM 12.4 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

Orion Platform 2018.4 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

Orion Installer 2.1 feature: Centralized Upgrades - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

Virtualization Manager 8.3.1 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

  • Centralized Upgrades - upgrade all of your scalability engines with one workflow through the main poller
  • Windows Device Guard Support
  • SAML Authentication Support

Hi, so I think SolarWinds really left out a ton of features when moving from the VMAN Appliance to Orion VMAN.  I'm surprised that similar functionality wasn't brought in to Orion before releasing Orion VMAN in GA form...  The same thing happened when STM was moved into Orion SRM.  Yes, there are some new features of Orion VMAN/Orion SRM that didn't exist in original VMAN/STM, but overwhelmingly users lost features when "upgrading" to the new Orion format...

One really big miss in my opinion is the loss of VMWare folders visibility.  Our VMWare admins use the VMWare folders extensively in our VMWare environment and they've asked me on multiple occasions if we can group/sort/search/alert on virtualization objects based on them.  It kind of feels weird saying "Well, we used to, but they removed that feature in our new "upgraded" version...".  

Yes, I know we can go back to VMAN Appliance but that is going away eventually. I would really like to see this added to Orion VMAN as a top priority since this seems like a pretty critical feature for medium to large sized environments that need to organize their objects into folders to make things easy to manage.  I also know I can create a PowerShell script to do that, but that is a lot of work considering it needs to interface with both the VMWare API and the Orion API to create custom Groups and/or properties.

Since I couldn't really find a feature request for this, I went ahead and created one and linked it below.  Please go vote it up:

xtraspecialj  wrote:

Hi, so I think SolarWinds really left out a ton of features when moving from the VMAN Appliance to Orion VMAN.  I'm surprised that similar functionality wasn't brought in to Orion before releasing Orion VMAN in GA form...  The same thing happened when STM was moved into Orion SRM.  Yes, there are some new features of Orion VMAN/Orion SRM that didn't exist in original VMAN/STM, but overwhelmingly users lost features when "upgrading" to the new Orion format...

One really big miss in my opinion is the loss of VMWare folders visibility.  Our VMWare admins use the VMWare folders extensively in our VMWare environment and they've asked me on multiple occasions if we can group/sort/search/alert on virtualization objects based on them.  It kind of feels weird saying "Well, we used to, but they removed that feature in our new "upgraded" version...".  

Yes, I know we can go back to VMAN Appliance but that is going away eventually. I would really like to see this added to Orion VMAN as a top priority since this seems like a pretty critical feature for medium to large sized environments that need to organize their objects into folders to make things easy to manage.  I also know I can create a PowerShell script to do that, but that is a lot of work considering it needs to interface with both the VMWare API and the Orion API to create custom Groups and/or properties.

Since I couldn't really find a feature request for this, I went ahead and created one and linked it below.  Please go vote it up:

 

I definitely agree VMware folders are an important feature, and I'm giving it a lot of consideration. Could you provide a little more detail about your environment - e.g. what is the largest amount of folders you expect to see on your vcenter? Are the folders created programmatically using an an external api, (so new ones appear) or are they a manual organization?

You mentioned custom Groups and / or custom properties - out of the two which would you prefer to see folders surfaced as?

In VMAN 8.4 we have added support for VMware events Virtualization Manager 8.4 Release Notes - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

This solves use cases such as: ,   &

You can see a deeper dive in our release forum documents:

VMware Event Monitoring Overview

DEAR VMAN: How do I alert for vMotion?

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