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VMAN installation overview

Updated: 6-1-2017 | VMAN Installation Guide

Supported Version: VMAN 7.2/VIM 7.1 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
  • Integrated with an existing Orion Platform
  • Evaluation installation

Stand-alone installation

For a stand-alone installation of Server & Application Monitor, you will install VMAN and the stand-alone Orion Platform (also called Virtual Infrastructure Monitor) on a dedicated server. This installation also requires a dedicated server for the Orion SQL database to store monitored data, configurations, and more.

  1. Deploy the VMAN appliance to a VM
  2. (optional) Install federated collectors in VMAN
  3. Prepare the Orion SQL database for VMAN stand-alone
  4. Install the Orion Platform and VIM

You must integrate the VMAN appliance with an Orion Platform (using VIM) to gain access to all VMAN features, including Recommendations.

This installation assumes you have not installed any other SolarWinds Orion Platform products on the target server.

With this installation, you need to activate the primary license on the VMAN appliance and secondary license on the Orion server. For activation information, see Activate the VMAN license.


Integrated with an existing Orion Platform

Server & Application Monitor supports an integrated installation into an existing Orion Platform. For this installation, you install the VMAN appliance on a VM, install Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM) onto the existing Orion server, and integrate VMAN into the Orion Platform. As part of this installation, verify if installed products need to be upgraded prior to installing the new product. If your environment uses SolarWinds High Availability, follow the additional instructions as part of the installation.

  1. Deploy the VMAN appliance to a VM
  2. (optional) Install federated collectors in VMAN
  3. Install the Orion Platform and VIM

With this installation, you only need to activate the primary license on the VMAN appliance. You will also select the existing Orion SQL database in your environment. For activation information, see Activate the VMAN license.


Evaluation installation

Server & Application Monitor 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, 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 installation, evaluation
  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version> - Full install, evaluation, and SQL Express
  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version> - Additional poller installs
  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version> - Additional web server installs
  • SolarWinds-VIM-<version> - Full evaluation including VMAN appliance and VIM

The VMAN product includes the appliance deployed on a VM and the integration with the Orion Web Console. Each zip file includes the following files:

  • VMAN-Appliance-Install-1st.ova: deploys the VMAN appliance. Run this file first when deploying the VMAN appliance to Hyper-V or vSphere servers. A Hyper-V zip file is also available for those servers.
  • VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe: installs the Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM) for a standalone Orion Platform. If you do not have an existing Orion Platform, VIM provides all Orion and additional VMAN features through the Orion Web Console.


Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM)

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 specific VMAN additions, 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.



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