vSphere Mobile Watchlist enables secure vSphere infrastructure monitoring and remediation directly from your smartphone. With Watchlist, VMware administrators will be able to log in to a vCenter Server or ESXi host directly and choose virtual machines and hosts from inventory to create targeted views of objects and their properties. Remediate directly from the device with power and management operations, VM console interaction, and delegation of tasks to onsite colleagues with linked relevant Knowledge Base (KB) articles.
vSphere Mobile Watchlist brings the following key capabilities to vSphere administrators on the go:
EASILY CREATE WATCHLISTS:
Search for and select a subset of VMs and hosts from your VMware vCenter Server and/or ESXi inventory to monitor in one or multiple watchlists.
VMs and HOSTS AT A GLANCE:
Review the status of selected Watchlist VMs and hosts from your device including state, configuration details, resource usage, performance charts, health alerts, tasks and events, interact with the VM console and browse related objects.
Alerts are linked to pertinent diagnostic information from the VMware Knowledge Base, as well as articles from the Web.
Remediate problems directly from the device using simple CPU/Memory configuration and snapshot management or by powering on/off, resuming/suspending, connecting/disconnecting, or restarting VMs and/or hosts — or for situations where on-site remediation is required, share alert(s) along with recommended solutions in an email to team members back at the datacenter.
vSphere Mobile Watchlist is compatible with iOS 7 & iOS 8.
Setting up the vSphere Mobile Watchlist is very quick and consists of these easy steps:
If you want to organize the VMs you watch even more, you can add more watchlists.
Once you've created multiple watchlists, you can jump between watchlists at anytime by tapping the '▸' next to the watchlist name at the top of the screen. Here you can also rename and remove existing watchlists as well.
You are unable to connect to a VM Console
Watchlist uses web sockets to communicate with vCenter to provide an interactive console after the initial handshake on the following ports:
vCenter 6 or newer: Port 9443
vCenter 5.5u2 to 6: Port 7343
vCenter 5.5: Port 7331
Make sure that any device on the network path to your server is not blocking these ports.
NOTE: Watchlist for iOS does not currently provide interactive console for VMs when directly connected to an ESXi server.
You see "No peer certificate" and are unable to connect to vCenter or ESX using the default self-signed certificate
Self-signed certificates do not ensure trust when connecting to a remote server. However, if your servers do not use a certificate signed by a trusted certificate authority, you can use Watchlist's Trust On First Use (TOFU) connection policy in the app settings.
iOS modal interactions log you out of your vSphere session when using vSphere Mobile Watchlist
When using iOS, you might find that some system interactions (notification center from the top, control center up from the bottom, the app switcher, etc.) log you out of your vSphere session. This occurs because your vSphere user lacks the 'session.validation' privilege. Your vSphere Administrator should configure your vSphere user so that it uses a role with the session.validation privilege on the vCenter Server objects you wish to access.
Unable to connect and receiving this error: 'A server with the specified hostname could not be found.'
This means that your phone can cannot find the host you're trying to connect to. More than likely, the server you're trying to connect to is on your company's internal network and you'll need to connect to your company's VPN to before you can access it. Depending upon your network configuration and security practices, it may be sufficient for your phone to connect the your company's wifi network. Please consult your network administrator to troubleshoot your specific network configuration issues.