Installation Guide

Installation guide for OpsLogix VMware Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager

Installation guide

Before importing the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack, please read the license agreement carefully attached in the installation folder.

Software prerequisites

  • The OpsLogix VMware Management Pack requires Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, 2012 R2, 2016, 180x or 2019.

  • The OpsLogix VMware Management Pack makes use of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. It is required that Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is installed on all SCOM Management Server and Gateway Servers that are resource pool members in the resource pool used for VMware monitoring.

VMware compatibility

The OpsLogix Management Pack for VMware supports the following VMware versions:

  • VMware vCenter 5.0 or Higher
  • VMware ESXi Host 5.0 or Higher
  • VMware ESX Host 5.0 or Higher

Monitoring architecture

The VMware Management Pack is designed to monitor VMware environments using a vCenter connection or a direct ESX(i) host connection. In order to monitor the VMware environment, the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack makes use of an Operations Manager Resource Pool. This pool contains one or more management/gateway servers that will act as a monitoring proxy to gather the VMware monitor data and pass monitoring information to Operations Manager. A resource pool member can only be a SCOM management server or SCOM gateway server. For the best results, add 2 or more members to a pool. By doing this you will get fail-safe and load balancing functionalities. If one of the pool members goes down the others will take over and by default, the load is spread over the available members.

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  1. If a Firewall is used it has to be configured to establish the VMWare SDK Service Connection
  2. Connection is configured in the Opslogix VMWare configuration dashboard using a VMWare HTTPS URL identifier.

Please note that Operations Manager will install the vCenter/vSphere Access components automatically on all the SCOM pool members. If there are any previous vCenter/vSphere components installed this can conflict with correct functioning the VMware Management pack.

Configuration

The steps below show the process of installing and configuring the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack in your SCOM environment.

  1. Import the Management Packs
  2. Add the license key
  3. Add the monitoring Pool
  4. Setting up the VMware monitoring account
  5. Add the VCenter or ESXi connection(s)
  6. Assign a License to the Hosts

Importing the management packs

Before importing the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack make sure that the following files are available:

  • OpsLogix.BaseLibrary.mp
    Contains the root folders in the SCOM console
  • OpsLogix IMP – Licensing Dashboard Vx.x.x.x.mpb
    Contains the generic licensing dashboard
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Base Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the discovery of the VMware components
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Monitoring Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the monitoring of the VMware components
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Hardware Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the discovery and monitoring of physical hardware components
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Templates Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the Alert templates to map / add custom vCenter alert monitors
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Dashboards Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the various dashboards
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Reporting Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the special VMware reports
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMWare Monitoring Groups Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the group definition for more addon counter collection
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMWare Collector Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the special OpsLogix VMware collector
  • OpsLogix IMP – Generic Reports Management Pack.mpb
    Contains the Top10 and Matrix reports
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Configuration Dashboard Management Pack
    Contains the VMware configuration dashboard

Optional:

  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware AddOn vCenter Alert Monitoring Management Pack.mpb
    Contains vCenter default alerts to be mapped to SCOM monitors
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Capacity Analysis Management Pack
    Contains cluster (over)commitment monitoring
  • OpsLogix IMP – VMware Guest Monitoring Management Pack
    Contains Virtual machine Guest OS state and Disk usage monitoring

The version number displayed as “V.x.x.x.x” will change through every release or may not be listed.

To import the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack complete the following steps

  1. Navigate to the Administration section of the Operations Manager Console
  2. Right-click Management Packs -> Import Management Packs… -> Add -> Add from Disk
  3. Browse to the location where you unpacked the OpsLogix VMWare Management Pack
  4. Click Open -> Import -> Add from Disk
  5. Import the .mp , .mpb or .xml Management Pack files from the software package as shown above.

After importing the VMware Management Pack, depending on your SCOM environment, it takes about 15 minutes (or considerably longer if your SCOM environment is under heavy load) for all the components to deploy.

Adding the license key

This section explains how to add the OpsLogix VMware license key.

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  1. Obtain a valid license key by contacting sales@opslogix.com or fill in the contact form on www.opslogix.com
  2. Navigate to Monitoring -> OpsLogix -> OpsLogix License Dashboard (Step 1 and 2 in the in picture).
  3. Click the Add license button Dashboard (Step 3 and 4 in the picture).
  4. Paste the license key in the Add License dialog and make sure that you did not paste any preceding or trailing spaces or carriage returns. If you are importing multiple licenses, copy and paste all the licenses sent by OpsLogix (in the license) file without any preceding or trailing spaces or carriage returns. See step 5 in the picture.
  5. Click the Import License(s) button (Step 6 in the picture).

Add the monitoring pool

A resource pool enables the VMware Management Pack to offer high availability monitoring when using more than one System Center Operations Manager Management Server. The VMware MP provides a resource pool called “OpsLogix Resource Pool for VMware Management Pack” that contains all Management Servers by default. You can change the members or create a new resource pool by following the procedures in the next chapter.

Change the members of the resource pool

To change the members of the resource pool “OpsLogix Resource Pool for VMware Management Pack” follow the steps below

  1. In the Administration section of the SCOM console navigate to Administration -> Resource Pools and right-click OpsLogix Resource Pool for VMWare Management Pack. Select Manual Membership.
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  2. Click Yes on the Manual Membership popup box.
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  3. Add or remove the Management Servers on which you would like the Management Pack to be able to run. Note: All Management Servers in the OpsLogix Resource Pool for VMWare Management Pack must be able to connect to the vCenter server in your VMware environment for the management pack to function correctly.
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  4. Complete the OpsLogix Resource Pool for VMWare Management Pack Properties wizard.

Please note: If you add new members to a resource pool that was already monitoring a VMware connection you will have to do a “Check Connection” again to automatically deploy the OpsLogix Collector. See chapter 7.5

 

Creating a new resource pool

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To create a new custom resource pool, follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to an Operations Manager Management Server with a user account that has administrator permissions in Operations Manager and open the Operations Console and navigate to the Administrator Pane. See Step 1 in the picture.
  2. Select the Resource Pools folder. See Step 2 in the picture.
  3. Now select: Create a new Resource Pool. See Step 3 in the picture.
  4. Add the members that you want to let act as the VMware monitoring proxy. See Step 4, 5 in the picture.
  5. Save the resource pool. See step 6 in the picture.

Continue to the configuration of the VMware Management Pack