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Requirements to monitor your virtual environment

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The SysObjectID on monitored devices must be also accessible from the Orion server.

Requirements to monitor Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and ESX Servers

Requirement

Description

SNMP

SNMP must be enabled on all ESXi and ESX servers. For more information, consult your ESX or ESXi server vendor documentation.

Virtualization software

ESXi and ESX Server version 4.1 or later

VMware vSphere version 4.1 or later

Microsoft Hyper-V Server versions 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2

VMware tools

VMware Tools must be installed on all virtual machines you want to monitor.

If your virtual machines are on monitored ESXi and ESX servers, VMware Tools are not a requirement but provide access to additional information, such as IP addresses.

For more information about requirements, see VIM Minimum Requirements in the SolarWinds Virtual Manager documentation.

The following methods are used to monitor VMware ESX Servers and their component features.

Features

4

4i

5i

6.0

Datacenter

VMware API

ESX cluster

VMware API

Virtual Center

VMware API

Detection as ESX server

VMware API

Volumes

SNMP

N/A

SNMP

Interfaces

SNMP

SNMP (partial)

SNMP

CPU

VMware API

Memory

VMware API

Total CPU
(ESX details view)

VMware API

Total memory
(ESX details view)

VMware API

Network traffic utilization

(ESX details view)

VMware API

Guest VM list
(ESX details view)

VMware API

The following requirements for monitoring Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and ESX Servers.

Requirement Description
SNMP SNMP must be enabled on all ESXi and ESX servers. For more information, consult your ESX or ESXi server vendor documentation.
Virtualization software

ESXi and ESX Server version 4.1 or later

VMware vSphere version 4.1 or later, including 6.5

Microsoft Hyper-V Server versions 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

VMware tools

VMware Tools must be installed on all virtual machines you want to monitor.

If your virtual machines are on monitored ESXi and ESX servers, VMware Tools are not a requirement but provide access to additional information, such as IP addresses.

The following methods are used by SAM to monitor VMware ESX Servers and their component features.

Features 4 4i 5i 6.0
Datacenter VMware API
ESX cluster VMware API
Virtual Center VMware API
Detection as ESX server VMware API
Volumes SNMP N/A SNMP
Interfaces SNMP SNMP (partial) SNMP
CPU VMware API
Memory VMware API
Total CPU (ESX details view) VMware API
Total memory (ESX details view) VMware API
Network traffic utilization (ESX details view) VMware API
Guest VM list (ESX details view) VMware API

Configure the SolarWinds Orion server to use the correct syslog port

By default, SolarWinds Syslog Service listens for syslog messages on port 514 (UDP). If your devices use a different port for sending syslog messages, consider reconfiguring the port on devices, or change the port on which the service listens.

  1. Log in to the Orion Web Console as an administrator.
  2. Go to Advanced Configuration settings. Copy /Admin/AdvancedConfiguration/Global.aspx, and paste it into your browser address bar, after /Orion.

    The address in the address bar should look as follows:

    <your product server>/Orion/Admin/AdvancedConfiguration/Global.aspx

  3. On the Global tab, scroll down to SyslogService.SyslogSettings, and enter the UDP port number in the UDPListenPort entry.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Restart the syslog service from the notification bar or the Orion Service Manager.
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