Discover Virtual Infrastructure through vCenter

This section is common to all the editions of IT360 - Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition (Probes only) and MSP Edition (Probes only).

IT360 can discover your entire VMware virtual infrastructure through the vCenter server and provide dependency mapping of its components. The ‘VMware Virtual Infrastructure Group’ allows you to quickly discover all your virtual resources and model them the same way they are configured in the vCenter server. The VMware infrastructure will be automatically categorized into components such as Datacenter, Cluster, ESX/ESXi hosts, VMs, etc. Once you discover the virtual infrastructure, you can easily track the availability, health and performance metrics of its various components.

Steps to Create a vCenter Server

Follow the steps given below to create a VMware Virtual Infrastructure group:

  1. Login to IT360 console with the Username and Password of an Admin user.

  2. Click the Admin tab in the header pane.

  3. Click Discover/Add under Discovery.

  4. Choose the option Add from the Discover/Add type dropdown and select the Application radio button.

  5. In the Add New Monitor wizard displayed, click vCenter under Virtualization (see this screenshot). In the Add Monitor wizard displayed, do the following:

  6. Provide a Display Name for the monitor.

  7. Hostname / IP address should be the server, in which the vCenter server is running.

  8. Port should be HTTPS, at which the vSphere web service is running. The default port is 443.

  9. Username and Password should be the credentials of any vCenter user with admin privileges.

  10. Specify the  Polling interval in minutes. (The time interval to monitor the different parameters configured for a Monitor)

  11. Now, Associate the above Monitor Instances to a Business Service. i.e. choose the Business Service, to which you want to associate the vCenter server, from the combo box. If no Business Service is found, Create one by clicking the Create New Business Service link.

  12. Click Fetch ESX Hosts button to start the virtual infrastructure discovery.

Once you have added the vCenter server, IT360 will auto-discover all the ESX/ESXi, Datacenters, Clusters in the inventory of the server, as shown below:

In order to monitor ESX/ESXi discovered through vCenter Server, you need to provide credentials of individual ESX servers discovered.

For more information on the performance metrics provided by the VMware virtual infrastructure monitor, refer here.


See Also:
VMware vCenter Servers

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