2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 3, 2016 6:29 AM by roffer98

    VMWare - PRTG Monitoring

    phil123456 Lurker

      Hi,

       

      (sorry I wanted to post this in a more general vmware forum area but I could not find the right place for my question)

       

      story short : We have purchased a VMWare hosting service because our departement needs to have hands on admin rights on web servers .. and the IT dept did'nt want to give us these rights to the actual architecture

       

      so now that we got our own vmware hosts, they want us to interface it with their PRTG

      I just saw in the doc that vmware has a lot of ready made tools available to do monitoring/alarms via smtp

       

      the only infos I could find is about

      - monitoring host with PRTG (but is it already in charge of our host provider)

      - monitoring VM's via soap connectors or SNMP, wich implies extra work for my team

       

      so is PRTG not overkill ? is there really a benefit ? (I could have asked this in PRTG forum to, maybe I will)

       

      I think VMWare is mature enough to handle VM monitoring

       

      regards

        • 1. Re: VMWare - PRTG Monitoring
          phil123456 Lurker

          can anybody answer ? please ?

          • 2. Re: VMWare - PRTG Monitoring
            roffer98 Lurker

            Phil -

             

            Sorry for the late reply, but just came across your question, hopefully this is still helpful...

             

            We use PRTG to monitor every aspect of our VMware deployments and the monitoring is critical to keeping the server up and running. If you have critical services that you are providing and can't afford downtime then I suggest you make the time investoment to setup PRTG to track your environment. By hosting the solution you can't monitor much of the backend infrastructure, but hopefully your provider is already doing so and may even give you access to their monitoring for free (especially if they use PRTG like we do)! You can see if a hard drive (predictive) failure is imminent so it can be replaced before an outage takes place, you can monitor scratch drive space on the ESXi host in case you increase RAM and the swap disk is too small, you can especially monitor CPU and RAM utilization/growth over time so you can predict when you will need additional resources. You can look at your network traffic utilization by port or across "conversations" using Netflow. Basically the tool has many uses and will become a critical part of your ability to provide high uptimes. You will find that for the money, PRTG is hard to beat and covers about 90% of what you need.

             

            Regretfully though it still seems to be missing some important but basic items, like monitoring the ESXi host for accurate time. If your ESXi host doesn't have accurate time there are many things that can break in your environment, such as Windows Active Directory synchronization and authentication, which makes services and SQL access fail. Even though it is a small item it has big implications and apparently PRTG does not have an answer for this yet (according to their support folks the SNTP sensor does not work on ESXi hosts). They seem to have these strange deficiencies in their product coverage but there aren't that many and for the money, it's impossible to beat...

             

            Good luck!

            Ron