Introduction

VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software that distributes the work of a given virtual server across multiple physical hosts. VMware also enables each physical host to run multiple virtual server instances.

OpsRamp configuration

Configuration involves:

  1. Creating credentials
  2. Configuring the integration
  3. Adding a discovery profile

Step 1: Create a credential

To create credentials:

  1. From All Clients, select a client.
  2. Go to Setup > Accounts > Clients.
  3. On the client’s Credentials tab, add the credential information.

Prerequisites:

  • Requires read-only access at vCenter for the discovery and monitoring of resources.
  • For ESXi hardware metrics, enable CIM APIs on individual ESXi servers and use the template VMware ESXi Hardware Status for monitoring.
  • The user accounts configured for VMware integration must have privileges to access CIM APIs. Configure CIM and CIM Interaction permissions to access the host hardware metrics. Refer to Host CIM Privileges in the VMware documentation.
  • For vCenter appliance monitoring:
    • Apply SSH credentials to the vCenter server.
    • Users must have the appropriate privilege to execute commands on the vCenter appliance command prompt. For example, the privilege to execute commands such as shell and help api list.

Step 2: Configure the integration

To integrate:

  1. From All Clients, select a client.
  2. Go to Setup > Integrations > Integrations.
  3. From Available Integrations, select Compute > VMware and click Install.
  4. Provide the following:
    • Name
    • IP address
    • Credentials. Select an existing credential or create a new credential.
  5. Click Install.

Step 3: Add a discovery profile

To add a discovery profile:

  1. From the integration, click Add.
  2. Provide the following information:
    • Profile details
      • Profile name
      • Host name
    • Perform actions: Manage Device.
    • Discovery schedule. Based on the settings, discovery is triggered based on the scheduled time. New resources added to the environment are automatically discovered.
  3. From the Discovery Profiles section and click Scan Now for the profile.

What to do next

After a discovery profile is created, you can do the following:

  • View the integration: Go to Infrastructure > Resources.
  • Assign monitoring templates to the resource.
  • Validate that the resource was successfully added to OpsRamp.