SolarWinds VM Monitor

VM Monitor
VM Monitor

SolarWinds free VM Monitor is a desktop tool that continuously monitors a VMware ESX Server and its virtual machines, delivering real-time monitoring of ESX Servers. SolarWinds VM Monitor only supports monitoring of VMware ESX Servers; the tool currently does not support VMware ESXi, since ESXi does not support SNMP queries. SolarWinds VM Monitor makes it easy to:

  • Quickly check the health of your VMware ESX Server by monitoring CPU, memory utilization, number of virtual machines configured and running, and much more
  • View detailed virtual machine health statistics including VM name, guest OS, and VM state, as well as processor, memory, and network usage
  • Leverage best practice thresholds to begin monitoring virtualized servers right out-of-the-box
  • Prevent performance degradation by watching threshold-specific indicators to visually alert you when problems occur

To use VM Monitor, you need to have SNMP enabled in ESX Server (sorry, ESXi server doesn’t yet support sending performance statistics via SNMP, thus, VM Monitor is not compatible with it at this time). To enable SNMP in ESX Server, follow these simple steps:

  • Connect to your server via SSH or go to the server’s console
  • Edit /etc/snmp/snmp.conf and add a community string to the rocommunity value
  • Enable SNMP to start automatically when the server starts with chkconfig snmpd on
  • Either reboot the server (so that the SNMPd will start automatically) or start the SNMP daemon by typing service snmpd start

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