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Add VMware

Updated: June 16, 2017

Configuring SRM Profiler to monitor your virtual infrastructure is a two step process.

  • Step 1: SRM Profiler must connect to the VC instance and discover all the ESX hosts it is managing.
  • Step 2: you must select which ESX hosts to monitor. Discovery can take a few minutes in large environments.

For SRM Profiler to reliably collect data from VMs, it is recommended to not exceed 300 VMs per 64 bit SRM Profiler proxy agents and 200 VMs per 32 bit SRM Profiler proxy agents. To accommodate failover situations, allow a margin of safety when calculating your VM per SRM Profiler proxy agent limits. If you are monitoring a cluster with more than 300 VMs, consider assigning agents to monitor specific hosts.


The following items are required before you begin:

  • A SRM Profiler proxy agent located on the same network as the VC instance
  • Login credentials to the VC Instance.

Step 1: Configure a VMware VC instance

  1. Click Settings > Getting Started>Virtualization> Add More, and then provide the appropriate values for the following fields:
  • Select Agent: Select the SRM Profiler proxy agent you want to collector data.
  • Device Display Name: Type a descriptive name for the VMware VC Instance (ex: VMwareVC NY)
  • VMware VC IP Address: Type the IP Address of your Virtual Center management console

You can also configure a VMware VC Instance at any time from the Devices page (Settings > All Devices).

  1. Click Next to continue to the next configuration screen.
  2. Provide the appropriate information about the VMware VC Instance you want to monitor. If you are unsure about a value, do not change the value from the default.
    • Status: Select ON
    • UserName: Virtual Centre login [Do not include Windows domain even if this is a domain account]
    • Password: Virtual Centre password
    • Collect Orphaned VMDK: Select Yes unless you do not need reports on orphan VMDK Files
    • Collect Device Pools: Select Yes
  3. Click Save to save the configuration and push it out to the poller to begin monitoring the VC instance.

Step 2: Assign VMware ESX hosts

After SRM Profiler has discovered your ESX Hosts, you can then assign them to a poller for data collection.

If ESX Hosts are not listed in the Available list after 15 minutes, you may have an authentication problem with vCenter.

Verify your credentials and try again or contact SolarWinds for support. You can always test the authentication yourself from this machine by manually connecting to the vCenter using a web browser: https://<VC IP Address>/ui.

  1. On the Assign ESX Hosts page:
    1. Select the Virtual Centre Instance in the top drop down, you should see ESX Hosts appear.
    2. Select the ESX Hosts you want to monitor.
    3. Select the poller you want to use from the drop-down list .
    4. Click the down arrow button to assign the ESX host to the poller and move them to the selected list below.
  2. Click Save. This pushes the configuration out the selected poller(s) and begin data collection.

A VMware VC Instance appears in the SRM Profiler Devices list. Wait for about 10-15 minutes after completion of the previous step in order to license your ESX Hosts.

Remove VMware ESX hosts

Complete the following procedure to remove ESX Hosts from a poller.

  1. Under Settings in the navigation menu, click Virtualization (Assign ESX Hosts).
  2. On the Assign ESX Hosts page:
    1. Select the ESX Hosts you want to remove and use the up arrow button to move them back to the Available list.
    2. Click Save. A push is scheduled immediately to update the SRM Profiler proxy agent(s) with the changes.

Clusters can also be assigned in the same manner by selecting 'Cluster' instead of 'ESX' in the ESX Host Assignment page.

If after selecting the Assign by 'Cluster' option, the user clicks on the Save button without actually making any changes, then the ESX hosts which are assigned to a different poller will be re-assigned under the cluster poller. If this happens then, you need to re-assign the ESX hosts to its original poller through the 'Assign ESX Hosts' page, by selecting the Assign by 'ESX' option.

VMware vCenter can be defined and assigned to an OS Proxy Agent after an OS Proxy Agent has been installed and registered with the SRM Profiler server. VMware vCenter can discover the ESX Servers connected to Virtual Center.

To create a VMware vCenter, make sure that a SRM Profiler proxy agent is running on the IP Address you want to use to gather data from.



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