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Administering and Configuring Foglight

Foglight comes with the following additional built-in roles which control access to the dashboards in Foglight. This Administration and Configuration Guide provides conceptual information about Foglight® administration, and instructions for using the administration dashboards. It contains an overview of the administration features and their location in the browser interface.

This guide is intended for Foglight system administrators who need to administer and configure Foglight.

For more information about specific administration tasks, or additional technical information that further describes Foglight administration features, see the Administration and Configuration Help.

Configuring Foglight for initial use

Foglight® collects data from monitored hosts and builds models with tree-like structures in real time. Foglight administration capabilities allow you to configure the hosts for monitoring, dictate how the data is collected, restrict user access, and build and edit flexible rules to implement your business logic. The type and range of administration steps depends on the complexity of your monitoring needs.

The Foglight browser interface includes a set of dashboards that have administration capabilities. To access them, your user account must belong to a group with the Administration role. Administrators can manipulate agents, rules, derived metrics, registry variables, cartridges, types, and scripts.

In most environments, one of the first things you are prompted to do after installing Foglight and logging in to the browser interface is to install a valid license. Next, you configure email actions, to ensure that Foglight can send email to interested parties when pre-defined thresholds are reached. If you also manage user access, you can create user accounts and assign the appropriate permissions.

Logging in to Foglight

The Foglight® user interface runs inside a web browser. Before you log in, ensure that your Foglight Management Server is up and running, and obtain your user name and password. The default account, foglight/foglight, provides full access to the browser interface.

You can access the browser interface by opening a web browser instance and navigating to the Management Server URL, which uses the following syntax: http://<localhost>:<port>, where localhost and port are the name of the computer and port number on which the Management Server is running. The security settings associated with your user account determine which dashboards you can access.

The first page you see also depends on the edition of Foglight that you are running:

The first time that you log in to Foglight, the Welcome page appears in the display area.

The appearance of the Welcome page depends on your user permissions. If your user account belongs to a group that has the Administrator role, you see the Welcome page with a list of the common administration tasks that you typically perform upon logging in to Foglight.

To access the full Administration dashboard, in the navigation panel, under Homes, click Administration.

The first time that you log in to Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, the Getting Started tab of the Environment Overview page appears in the display area.

To access the Environment Overview dashboard, in the navigation panel, under Homes, click Environment Overview.

Overview

Monitoring. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, for each monitored domain. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.
Overall Environment Summary. Provides a summary of your virtual environment.
Plan. Provides a list of projections about when and what additional resources may be required to support the existing and planned deployments. Click any virtual object to drill down and explore that object in more detail.
Tune. Provides a list of suggestions for making your virtual environment more efficient. Clicking the Fix Now link opens the Optimizer Main View dashboard, which allows you to optimize your environment, as necessary.
Virtual Machine Health. Provides a list of virtual machine with the lowest health score in your environment. To investigate the potential problems affecting the health of a resource, click the virtual machine name or the performance icon.

Health

Hyper-V. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, in your Hyper-V® environment. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.
OpenStack. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, in your OpenStack environment. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.
Storage. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, in your Storage Management environment. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.
vCloud Director. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, in your vCloud environment. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.
VMware. Highlights the alarms that need immediate attention, in your VMware® environment. Drill down into the available links, to review the alarms in more detail.

Investigate

Resource Efficiency. Provides a list of suggestions for making your virtual environment more efficient, for each type of virtual object. Clicking the Optimize or View more details links opens the Optimizer Main View dashboard, which allows you to optimize your environment, as necessary.
Highest Impact Changes (VMware only). Displays the change events of objects and the performance impact to the change objects.
VMs with the Highest CPU Utilization. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing CPU problems. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.
VMs with the Most Memory Utilization. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing memory problems. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.
VMs with the Highest Network Transfer Rate. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing network problems. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.
VMs with the Most Storage Utilization. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing storage problems. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.

Getting Started & Administration

Monitor a new virtual domain. Depending on the virtual technology that you want to monitor, select one of the following options:
Connect to Hyper-V servers. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of a Hyper-V agent.
Connect to an OpenStack server. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of an OpenStack agent.
Connect to a VMware virtual server. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of a VMware Performance agent.
Connect to OpenManage Essentials. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of an OpenManage Essistentials agent.
Monitor SAN Storage. Allows you to monitor the SAN Storage, provided that the Storage Management license trial has been activated.
Start monitoring storage devices. Launches a wizard to start creating Storage Management agents. For more information, see the Foglight for Storage Management User and Reference Guide.
License Management. When you install either Foglight or Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, a 45-day trial version of Foglight™ for Storage Management is also installed, but not enabled.
Activate XenDesktop trial license. Activates the 45-day trial version of Foglight for XenDesktop and XenApp Management.
Activate Storage Management trial license. Activates the 45-day trial version of Foglight for Storage Management. After the trial is activated, you can start creating Storage Management agents using the Start monitoring storage devices link.For more information, see the Foglight for Storage Management User and Reference Guide.
Add a new license. Allows you to quickly access the Manage Licenses dashboard. For more information on licenses, see the Administration and Configuration Guide.

For more information, see the following topics:

Managing Licenses

Foglight® includes a licensing capability that restricts access to only those features that are defined in the license file. A server installation requires a license file that provides access to the server-specific part of the browser interface and the features associated with it.

All Foglight cartridges are license-protected. The base Foglight license covers some cartridges, while others may require an extra license. The cartridges included with the server do not require any additional license. The Foglight Agent Manager and Infrastructure cartridges fall into this category. Some cartridges installed on the server require an extra license.

In a typical installation, you need a license for the Management Server, along with a license for each license-protected cartridge that exists in your monitoring environment. If a cartridge requires a license, install the license on the server immediately after installing or upgrading that cartridge. Foglight allows you to install a license-protected cartridge on the server before installing its license, however it disables the cartridge until a valid cartridge license is installed.

Foglight can limit the number of monitored instances of certain object types according to the restrictions in the associated licenses. When that limit is reached, the server stops creating instances of that type and triggers an alarm with a message indicating the problem. For example:

You can install and manage Foglight licenses using the Manage Licenses dashboard. To access this dashboard, from the Administration dashboard, in the Administer Server column, click Licenses.

When you install Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, Foglight Storage Manager is also installed along with a 30-day trial license. Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition and Storage Manager are licensed separately. You can install a purchased Storage Manager license at any time, either during the 30-day trial, or after the trial period has expired. When the trial license expires, the Storage Manager user interface is disabled. Your access to Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition continues according to your license.

You can install and manage Storage Manager licenses using the Manage Licenses dashboard. To access this dashboard, from the navigation panel, click Dashboards > Administration. In the Administer Server column, click Licenses.

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