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VMware

The VMware integration allows you to collect metrics from your VMware clusters (if vCenter is being utilized), hosts, and datastores. FortiMonitor can perform automatic discovery and monitoring of these components within your VMware deployment. 

Make sure that you have the latest version of the OnSight vCollector. To check your OnSight’s version, see Manage and configure your OnSight vCollector.

Control panel configuration 

To start monitoring your VMware instances, perform the following steps:

VMware user account creation

Before configuring the VMware integration in the control panel, create a read-only user for FortiMonitor in your VMware management tool, for example, vCenter Server Appliance. Use these credentials to set up your VMware integration.

  1. From the main navigation header, click Add. The Infrastructure and Resource Catalog is displayed.

  2. Select VMware from the Infrastructure section of the catalog. If you do not see this option, please contact our support team to have it enabled.

  3. Connect your VMware environment to FortiMonitor by entering your VMware connection information.


    The fields are described in the following table: 

Field

Description

OnSight Collector

Select an OnSight vCollector instance to use as a monitoring location for this integration.

VMware Username

The username of your FortiMonitor VMware user account.

VMware Password

The password of your FortiMonitor VMware user account.

IP Address

The IP address or host name of your VMware vCenter.

Port

The port of your VMware Center (Usually Port 443).

Import Name

Enter the name to be associated with this integration.

4. Select Finish Installation.

After installation, and every 15 minutes from there on, all of your VMware instances will be automatically discovered and imported to FortiMonitor. All decommissioned instances will be removed from FortiMonitor as well. You can see all the discovered instances in the instance tree.

Instance Tree 

If you open the instance tree on the left side of the control panel, you will see that your VMware resources are nested under a grouped named after your VMware vCenter instance.

Infrastructure Map and Dashboards 

VMware instances will appear in the Infrastructure Maps and Dashboards similar to any other monitored instance.

Supported metrics

Host metrics

The following table describes all of the supported host metrics for VMware.

Metric

Unit

Description

CPU Usage

Percentage

The total CPU resources utilized by the host in percent.

Wait

milliseconds

The CPU wait time in milliseconds.

CPU Usage: Total

Percentage

The aggregate value of the CPU resources used by all of the cores in the host.

Average read requests per second

Coun

The average number of read requests per second.

Average write requests per second 

Count

The average number of write requests per second.

Disk Usage

KBps

The average of the data read and written for all of the disks in the host.

Physical device read latency

milliseconds

The physical device read latency in milliseconds.

Physical device write latency

milliseconds

The physical device write latency in milliseconds.

Read rate

KBps

The read rate in kilobytes per second.

Write rate

KBps

The write rate in kilobytes per second.

Active

KB

The amount of memory actively used.

Heap free

KB

The amount of free space in the heap.

Host consumed %

Percentage

The average memory consumed by the host in kilobytes.

Data receive rate: Total

KBps

The aggregate value of the data received rate in kilobytes per second.

Data receive rate

KBps

Data received rate in kilobytes per second.

Data transmit rate: Total

KBps

The aggregate value of the data transmission rate in kilobytes per second.

Data transmit rate

KBps

Data transmission rate in kilobytes per second.

Cluster metrics

The following table describes all of the supported cluster metrics for VMware. 

Metric

Unit

Description

CPU Usage: Total

Percentage

The total CPU resources utilized by the cluster in percent. 

Host Consumed

Percentage

Amount of host memory consumed by the virtual machine for guest memory.

VM guest reboot count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest has rebooted in a specified period.

VM guest shutdown count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest has shut down in a specified period.

VM guest standby count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest was on standby in a specified period.

VM power off count

Count

The total number of times a VM has powered off in a specified period.

VM power on count

Count

The total number of times a VM has powered on in a specified period.

VM reset count

Count

The total number of times a VM has reset in a specified period.

VM suspend count

Count

The total number of times a VM was suspended in a specified period.

Datastore metrics

The following table describes all of the supported datastore metrics for VMware. 

Metric

Unit

Description

Average read requests per second

Count

The average number of read commands issued per second to the datastore during the collection interval.

Average write requests per second

Count

Average number of write commands issued per second to the datastore during the collection interval.

Space actually used

GB

Total disk space used on all datastores visible to this object.

VMware Credentials page

The VMware Credentials page allows you to add, edit, or delete VMware credentials in FortiMonitor.

To access the VMware Credentials page, select Settings > VMware Settings from the main navigation header.

VMware

The VMware integration allows you to collect metrics from your VMware clusters (if vCenter is being utilized), hosts, and datastores. FortiMonitor can perform automatic discovery and monitoring of these components within your VMware deployment. 

Make sure that you have the latest version of the OnSight vCollector. To check your OnSight’s version, see Manage and configure your OnSight vCollector.

Control panel configuration 

To start monitoring your VMware instances, perform the following steps:

VMware user account creation

Before configuring the VMware integration in the control panel, create a read-only user for FortiMonitor in your VMware management tool, for example, vCenter Server Appliance. Use these credentials to set up your VMware integration.

  1. From the main navigation header, click Add. The Infrastructure and Resource Catalog is displayed.

  2. Select VMware from the Infrastructure section of the catalog. If you do not see this option, please contact our support team to have it enabled.

  3. Connect your VMware environment to FortiMonitor by entering your VMware connection information.


    The fields are described in the following table: 

Field

Description

OnSight Collector

Select an OnSight vCollector instance to use as a monitoring location for this integration.

VMware Username

The username of your FortiMonitor VMware user account.

VMware Password

The password of your FortiMonitor VMware user account.

IP Address

The IP address or host name of your VMware vCenter.

Port

The port of your VMware Center (Usually Port 443).

Import Name

Enter the name to be associated with this integration.

4. Select Finish Installation.

After installation, and every 15 minutes from there on, all of your VMware instances will be automatically discovered and imported to FortiMonitor. All decommissioned instances will be removed from FortiMonitor as well. You can see all the discovered instances in the instance tree.

Instance Tree 

If you open the instance tree on the left side of the control panel, you will see that your VMware resources are nested under a grouped named after your VMware vCenter instance.

Infrastructure Map and Dashboards 

VMware instances will appear in the Infrastructure Maps and Dashboards similar to any other monitored instance.

Supported metrics

Host metrics

The following table describes all of the supported host metrics for VMware.

Metric

Unit

Description

CPU Usage

Percentage

The total CPU resources utilized by the host in percent.

Wait

milliseconds

The CPU wait time in milliseconds.

CPU Usage: Total

Percentage

The aggregate value of the CPU resources used by all of the cores in the host.

Average read requests per second

Coun

The average number of read requests per second.

Average write requests per second 

Count

The average number of write requests per second.

Disk Usage

KBps

The average of the data read and written for all of the disks in the host.

Physical device read latency

milliseconds

The physical device read latency in milliseconds.

Physical device write latency

milliseconds

The physical device write latency in milliseconds.

Read rate

KBps

The read rate in kilobytes per second.

Write rate

KBps

The write rate in kilobytes per second.

Active

KB

The amount of memory actively used.

Heap free

KB

The amount of free space in the heap.

Host consumed %

Percentage

The average memory consumed by the host in kilobytes.

Data receive rate: Total

KBps

The aggregate value of the data received rate in kilobytes per second.

Data receive rate

KBps

Data received rate in kilobytes per second.

Data transmit rate: Total

KBps

The aggregate value of the data transmission rate in kilobytes per second.

Data transmit rate

KBps

Data transmission rate in kilobytes per second.

Cluster metrics

The following table describes all of the supported cluster metrics for VMware. 

Metric

Unit

Description

CPU Usage: Total

Percentage

The total CPU resources utilized by the cluster in percent. 

Host Consumed

Percentage

Amount of host memory consumed by the virtual machine for guest memory.

VM guest reboot count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest has rebooted in a specified period.

VM guest shutdown count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest has shut down in a specified period.

VM guest standby count

Count

The total number of times a VM guest was on standby in a specified period.

VM power off count

Count

The total number of times a VM has powered off in a specified period.

VM power on count

Count

The total number of times a VM has powered on in a specified period.

VM reset count

Count

The total number of times a VM has reset in a specified period.

VM suspend count

Count

The total number of times a VM was suspended in a specified period.

Datastore metrics

The following table describes all of the supported datastore metrics for VMware. 

Metric

Unit

Description

Average read requests per second

Count

The average number of read commands issued per second to the datastore during the collection interval.

Average write requests per second

Count

Average number of write commands issued per second to the datastore during the collection interval.

Space actually used

GB

Total disk space used on all datastores visible to this object.

VMware Credentials page

The VMware Credentials page allows you to add, edit, or delete VMware credentials in FortiMonitor.

To access the VMware Credentials page, select Settings > VMware Settings from the main navigation header.