Many of my customers have asked me how they can license and monitor a subset of their entire virtual environment. This process is laid out in KB 1036195. Click that link to open a new window or just read the details below.
Selecting a subset of the vCenter Server inventory to monitor in vCenter Operations Standard 1.0.x or Manager 5.x
To provide access to a cluster:
- Use the vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter Server system that you want to monitor.
- Select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.
- Right-click the cluster and select Add Permission.
- Click Add to identify the user or group to assign a role and click OK.
- In the Assigned Role drop-down menu, select Read-only.
- Select the Propagate to Child Objects check box.
- Click OK to close the Assign Permissions dialog box.
- Select Home > Inventory > Datastores.
- On the Permissions tab for the datastores that are associated with the clusters to monitor, right-click the same user and select Properties.
- Select Read-only as the role and click OK.
- In the vCenter Operations Standard Administration page, assign the user with the Read-only role as the collection user and proceed to register vCenter Operations Standard with the vCenter Server system.
You can follow a similar process to provide access to a datacenter. Granting access to a datacenter provides access to any datastores referenced by hosts within the datacenter. Note that the permission must be applied at the datacenter level and propagated to any child views (such as networking objects), as in the preceding procedure.
One of the best features of vCenter Operations is its ability to create dynamic thresholds. Based on the dynamic thresholds vCenter Operations will determine when your anomaly noise line has been crossed and fire off a ‘Smart Alert’. This saves a lot of time and energy when trying to diagnose application issues in a complex environment. With that being said many of my customers have asked me if they still could set up hard thresholds based on key metrics in their environment. Here is a good step by step guide on how you can do this.
vCenter 5.0 Operations Management Suite is now live on vmware.com!
GA Date: 01/24/2012