vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring

Learn how to monitor operations in vSphere, one of the most critical virtualization platforms today. You'll discover how to configure vSphere alarms, what metrics to monitor, and even how to deploy and use vRealize Operations Manager.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 50m
Table of contents
Introduction
Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines
Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
Configure and Manage vRealize Log Insight
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
2h 50m
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 6.5 Foundations: Perform Basic Monitoring, you’ll learn how to monitor many aspects of VMware vSphere. First, you’ll explore 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 Log Insight, and how you can use it to monitor and troubleshoot your 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 say 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 t them if something is 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.

Configure and Manage vRealize Log Insight
VMware centralized log management tool is vRealize Log Insight. In this module you'll learn what it is, how to deploy it, how to configure it, and use it to help you troubleshoot vSphere and other enterprise data center problems. More specifically let's talk about what you'll learn. We'll kick it off with explaining what vRealize Log Insight is and how it helps you. From there we'll identify use cases for vRealize Log Insight. I'll show you how to download and deploy vRealize Log Insight. I'll walk you through the configuration of Log Insight. We'll discuss availability and scalability for vRNI. We'll use vRealize Log Insight Logs to identify and troubleshoot problems in our infrastructure. And then we'll discuss Content Packs that are available with vRealize Log Insight. I'll show you how you would configure agents, create alerts, create snapshots, build a query, create and edit charts, clone, rename, and delete dashboards. And finally we'll discuss appropriate sizing for vRealize Log Insight. As you can tell we've got a lot to cover. Let's get started learning about vRealize Log Insight.