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Install federated collectors in VMAN

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Updated: 6-1-2017 | VMAN Installation Guide

This is an optional step for your VMAN installation. For customers with medium to large environments, SolarWinds recommends using federated collectors. For details, see the deployment information in VMAN system requirements and deployments.

SolarWinds recommends using federated collectors when monitoring 10,000 VMs or more.

The federated collector serves as a proxy and splits data collection tasks between remote servers. All collected configuration and performance data is communicated back to VMAN.

  • A single SolarWinds Virtualization Manager data collector might not have enough computing resources to collect data from large virtual environments with thousands of VMs. If you experience slow performance due to collection, consider deploying a federated collector.
  • It is more efficient to collect data from distant vCenters by using a federated collector in that location and having the collector periodically connect to Virtualization Manager with the collected data.
  • If you use WANs, consider deploying a federated collector.

Prior to installing, check the port requirements for federated collectors.

  Step Description
File:Success_Center/New_Articles/VMAN_Install/0090-Install_with_High_Availability_in_VMAN/checkbox_11x11.gif 1. Download the zip from the Customer Portal

Log in to the Customer Portal and download the Virtualization Manager installation file.

File:Success_Center/New_Articles/VMAN_Install/0090-Install_with_High_Availability_in_VMAN/checkbox_11x11.gif 2. Extract the installation
  1. Extract the contents of the archive file.
  2. In the VMware client, deploy the new federated collector appliance from the OVF template the same way you deploy a VMAN appliance.
File:Success_Center/New_Articles/VMAN_Install/0090-Install_with_High_Availability_in_VMAN/checkbox_11x11.gif 3. Configure the collector
  1. Open the console for the federated collector, and start the virtual appliance.

    Configure the network settings the same way you configure a SolarWinds Virtualization Manager server.

  2. Log in to the administration website of the collector (https://ip_Address:5480) with the user admin and the password admin.
  3. Click SolarWinds Data Collector, and in the Collector Timezone field, select the time zone of the main SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.

    Do not set this to the time zone of the collector.

  4. Specify the host name of the collector.
  5. In the Collector Display Name field, enter a unique identifier.
  6. In the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Server Address field, enter the host name or IP address of VMAN.
  7. Click Configure Now.

The federated collector is ready to accept data source collection assignments from SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.

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