vSphere 6 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring

Learn how to monitor operations in vSphere, one of the most critical virtualization platforms today. You'll find out out how to configure vSphere alarms, what metrics to monitor, and even how to deploy and use vRealize Operations Manager.
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(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
2h 41m
Table of contents
Introduction
Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines
Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
Install, Configure, and Manage vCenter Operations Manager
Description
Course info
Rating
(18)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
2h 41m
Description

So many enterprises virtualize their most critical applications with vSphere. VMware vSphere is a powerful and advanced virtualization platform for the modern datacenter, but it still requires a knowledgeable administrator to monitor and configure it in order to prevent and solve problems. In this course, vSphere 6 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring, you'll learn how to monitor many aspects of VMware vSphere. First, you'll learn how to monitor tasks and events, keep track of metrics with performance charts, configure SNMP and STMP and more! Next, you'll move onto creating and administering vCenter server alarms. Finally, you'll learn how to install and configure vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS), how it uses badges, and how you can use it to monitor vSphere's infrastructure. By the end of this course, you'll be able to perform many monitoring functions as an administrator within vSphere.

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines
So let's jump right into Monitoring ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines in VMware vSphere. This is by far the largest module in this course. Check out this list of topics. We'll kick it off by describing how tasks and events are viewed in vCenter Server. After that I'll help you to identify critical performance metrics. We'll explain common memory metrics, CPU metrics, network metrics, and storage metrics. From there we'll compare and contrast the Advanced and Overview charts before we configure SNMP for vCenter Server, configure Active Directory and SMTP settings for vCenter Server. After that we'll cover vCenter Server logging options. You're probably thinking that's it, but wait there is more. In this module, we'll also be covering how to create a log bundle, how to create, edit, and delete a scheduled task, how to configure, view, print, and export Resource Maps, how to stop, start, and verify vCenter Server services, as well as ESXi host agents. We'll configure vCenter Server timeouts. We'll discuss vCenter Server connections, how to create an Advanced chart, how to determine host performance using the Guest Performance Monitor. And then finally, yes, this is the last lesson in this module, if you were given specific performance data, how would you identify the affected vSphere resources? It goes without saying we have a lot to cover in this module, so let's kick it off, let's get started. I hope you enjoy it.

Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
Every vSphere administrator needs to know what's going on in their infrastructure, and they need to have an alarm or an alert sent to them if something's not going as it should. In this module, we'll be covering how to create and administer vCenter Server alarms. That's the purpose of these alarms. There are numerous default vCenter Server alarms to help you be aware of things that are happening that probably shouldn't be happening. And then of course you can also create your own vCenter Server alarms and configure the alarm actions or how you want to be notified by vCenter. We'll kick it off by covering the default vCenter Server utilization alarms and then the default connectivity alarms. We'll list out possible actions for these types of alarms, and then I'll show you how to create both a utilization and a connectivity alarm. From there we'll configure alarm triggers, we'll configure alarm actions, and then we'll wrap up this module by ensuring that you're able to identify affected vSphere resources based on different alarm triggers. As you can see, we've got a lot to cover, so with that let's get started.

Install, Configure, and Manage vCenter Operations Manager
You can monitor your vSphere infrastructure from the command line, you can do it with VMware vCenter, or you can use third-party tools, but VMware recommends their high-level management tool for VMware vSphere, and that is vCenter Operations Manager, which has now been renamed vRealize Operations Manager. Originally, it was nicknamed vCOps, or v-COps, and now it's been nicknamed vROps, or I guess you could say vrops. In this module, I'll show you the fundamentals of installing, configuring, and doing some basic vSphere management with vCenter Operations Manager. Here's what we'll cover. We'll differentiate the major and minor vCOps badges. Those badges tell you what's going on in your vSphere infrastructure. I'll explain the vCOps architecture, show you how to deploy and configure the vCOps appliance. We'll discuss the upgrade of vCOps, and then cover the metrics used by the major and minor vCOps badges. I'll give you a quick overview of what it's like to monitor your vSphere infrastructure with vCOps, and then we'll go through a quick scenario where if you're given an alarm, how can you use vCOps to identify the affected resource. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.