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VMAN installation overview

Updated: 9-13-2017 | VMAN Installation Guide

Supported Version: VMAN 8.0 and earlier

Maintaining a virtual or hybrid environment requires using native tools to review mountains of data. Virtual machines allow companies to exponentially expand and scale environments far cheaper and faster than adding physical systems. The ease of expansions can lead to sprawling environments with numerous clusters and hosts, under or over allocated resources, and difficulties in finding and understanding the metrics needed to manage VMs effectively.

Virtualization Manager provides intensive metrics gathering and data breakdowns into dashboards and details pages so you can easily evaluate environments and react to issues. Use VMAN to manage your sprawling VM virtual and cloud environment through a single console with account management and direct VM tool capabilities.

This guide supports the following installation scenarios:

  • Stand-alone installation
  • Installation in an existing Orion Platform
  • Evaluation installation

For VMAN appliance installations, please see the VMAN 7.2 Installation Guide. This guide provides installation information for VMAN on Orion installs using the Orion Installer.

Stand-alone installation

For a stand-alone installation of Orion Platform, you will install VMAN on a dedicated server. This installation also requires a dedicated Orion server and connect to a dedicated Orion SQL database server to store monitored data, configurations, and more.

  1. VMAN installation pre-flight checklist
  2. Review requirements:
    1. VMAN system requirements and deployments
    2. VMAN port requirements
    3. Account permission requirements for VMAN
    4. Multi-module system guidelines
    5. VMAN licensing information
  3. Prepare the Orion SQL database for VMAN stand-alone
  4. Install Virtualization Manager

With this installation, you need to activate the primary license on the Orion Web Console.

Installation in an existing Orion Platform

Orion Platform supports installation into an existing Orion Platform. For this installation, you install VMAN onto the existing Orion server and use the existing Orion SQL Database. The installation uses the Orion Installer. If your environment uses SolarWinds High Availability, follow the additional instructions as part of the installation.

  1. VMAN installation pre-flight checklist
  2. Review requirements:
    1. VMAN system requirements and deployments
    2. VMAN port requirements
    3. Account permission requirements for VMAN
    4. Multi-module system guidelines
    5. VMAN licensing information
  3. Install Virtualization Manager

With this installation, you only need to activate the primary license on the Orion Web Console.

VMAN architecture

VMAN 8.0 and later architecture has VMAN entirely located on the Orion server.

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For existing customers continuing to use the VMAN appliance, your architecture uses the on-going layout. Be aware, all VMAN specific features are now available through the Orion Web Console. For details on this installation, see the VMAN 7.2 Installation Guide.

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Evaluation installation

Orion Platform supports an evaluation installation with a trial period. This installation is a full installation of VMAN with a 30-day license. To continue with a full product license, contact SolarWinds Sales.

VMAN installation files

To install VMAN 8.0 and later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer.

To install VMAN 7.2 and earlier, you deploy an OVA or HVD file to a virtual system and integrate with an Orion Platform (existing or available by installing the Virtual Infrastructure Monitor).

When you download VMAN from the Customer Portal, you can download the following file options:

  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version>-Full.zip - Full installation, evaluation
  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version>-FullWithSql.zip - Full install, evaluation, and SQL Express

Terminology

Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM)

For VMAN installations using the Appliance. The stand-alone Orion Platform for your VMAN deployment. This product comes with full and evaluation zip files for VMAN and is the second part of your deployment. You should always install VIM, even in an existing Orion Platform. To verify the VIM version, check the version listed in the Orion Web Console footer.

VIM includes all core Orion features and when installed with VMAN provides additional VMAN features, such as Recommendations.

Orion Web Console

The console access for all Orion Platform products. You can access VMAN data and any other installed and integrated Orion Platform data and metrics. Many customers have VMAN integrated with NPM, SAM, SRM, and others. You will need to integrate the VMAN appliance to manage virtual environments, review data, remediate issues. For example, you can review Recommendations and troubleshoot issues with PerfStack, configure alerts, generate reports, and manage virtual resources all through this one console.

Orion Platform

This platform is a series of products and modules that provide a single pane of glass for discovery, monitoring, and troubleshooting your entire environment. As you add additional products, features extend your monitoring options, alerting options, and data for troubleshooting. For VMAN 8.0 and later, the product installs directly onto the Orion server, providing all features through the Orion Web Console.

 

 

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