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Requirements for monitoring VMs

Installations on VMware Virtual Machines and Microsoft Virtual Servers follow the minimum configuration requirements are met for each virtual machine.

You must maintain your SQL Server database on a separate, physical drive.

Requirement

Description

SNMP

SNMP must be enabled on all ESXi and ESX servers. For more information, consult your ESX or ESXi server vendor documentation.

Virtualization software

ESXi and ESX Server version 4.1 or later

VMware vSphere version 4.1 or later

Microsoft Hyper-V Server versions 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2

VMware tools

VMware Tools must be installed on all virtual machines you want to monitor.

If your virtual machines are on monitored ESXi and ESX servers, VMware Tools are not a requirement but provide access to additional information, such as IP addresses.

For more information about requirements, see VIM Minimum Requirements in the SolarWinds Virtual Manager documentation.

The following methods are used by NPM to monitor VMware ESX Servers and their component features.

Features

4

4i

5i

6.0

Datacenter

VMware API

ESX cluster

VMware API

Virtual Center

VMware API

Detection as ESX server

VMware API

Volumes

SNMP

N/A

SNMP

Interfaces

SNMP

SNMP (partial)

SNMP

CPU

VMware API

Memory

VMware API

Total CPU
(ESX details view)

VMware API

Total memory
(ESX details view)

VMware API

Network traffic utilization

(ESX details view)

VMware API

Guest VM list
(ESX details view)

VMware API