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Foglight for Hyper-V 5.7.3 - User and Reference Guide

About Foglight for Hyper-V Agent administration Performance monitoring with the Hyper-V Environment dashboard Performance investigation with the Hyper-V Explorer Foglight for Hyper-V alarms Appendix: Hyper-V Agent error codes

Agents view commands

The Agents view shows a list of existing agent instances and a set of agent management commands at the top of the list. Use it to verify that your agents are collecting data from the monitored environment.

The following commands are available:

Add: Starts a workflow for creating new agent instances. For more information, see Configuring monitoring agents.
Refresh: Refreshes the list of agent instances and their states.
Activate: Activates one or more selected agent instances. Activating an agent instance starts the agent process on the machine on which the agent is installed.
Deactivate: Deactivates one or more selected agent instances. Deactivating an agent stops the agent process on the machine on which the agent is installed.
Start Data Collection: Starts the data collection for one or more selected agent instances. Starting an agent’s data collection causes the agent to begin monitoring the Hyper-V server and to send the collected metrics back to the Management Server.
Stop Data Collection: Stops the data collection for one or more selected agent instances. Stopping an agent’s data collection causes the agent to stop monitoring the Hyper-V server.
Edit Properties: Starts a workflow for editing the properties of one or more selected agent instances. Each agent comes with a set of properties that it uses to configure its correct running state. For more information, see Configuring agent properties.
Remove: Deletes the selected agent instance.
Update Agent: Updates the agent package to the latest version. For more information, see the Installing and Configuring Foglight for Storage Management Guide.
Figure 2. Edit Tab Manager dialog box

To perform any of the available commands, select one or more check boxes in the left-most column and click the appropriate button. For example, to start an agent’s data collection, select the check box in the agent row and click Start Data Collection.

Agent tabs

The Agents area contains three tabs: Hyper-V Agents, SCVMM Agents, and SOFS Agents. Each tab displays a list of the existing Hyper-V, SCVMM, or SOFS Agent instances and shows their status. Use it to verify if your agents are collecting data from the monitored environment.

Figure 3. Agents view

Active. Indicates if the Hyper-V Agent process is running.
Agent Name. The name of the Hyper-V Agent instance.
Agent Version. Indicates if the agent is running the latest version of the agent package (), or it needs to be updated ().
Alarms. The total numbers of Warning, Critical, and Fatal alarms.
Data Collection. Indicates if the Hyper-V Agent is collecting data from the monitored environment.
Download Log. Allows you to download the agent log file.
Edit Properties. Allows you to edit the agent’s properties.
Foglight Agent Manager Host. The name of the machine on which the Foglight™ Agent Manager and the Hyper-V Agent process are running.
Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Agents tab only). The name of the monitored Hyper-V® server.
SCVMM Server (SCVMM Agents tab only). The name of the monitored Hyper-V Virtual Machine Manager.
SOFS Server (SOFS Agents tab only). The name of the monitored SOFS server.

Configuring monitoring agents

Foglight for Hyper-V uses the Hyper-V, SCVMM, and SOFS agents to collect information about your virtual environment:

Hyper-V Agents collect information from monitored Hyper-V servers. A Hyper-V server is a physical component required to begin building a virtual infrastructure. Hyper-V servers provide hypervisor-based architecture for controlling and managing resources for the virtual machines that run on it.
SCVMM Agents collect information from Virtual Machine Managers (VMM). A VMM allows you to manage host, networking, and storage resources when creating and deploying virtual machines to virtual clouds.
SOFS Agents collect information from monitored SOFS servers. A SOFS server is a Windows Server cluster with some form of shared storage. SOFS servers provide highly available file-based storage for applications and general use.

When Hyper-V, SCVMM, and SOFS agent packages are successfully deployed, you can create agent instances, activate them, and start their data collection. To perform these steps in a single operation for one or more monitored hosts, use the Agents area on the Administration tab.

When you add an agent instance, the agent process is created on the Agent Manager host. Activating the agent instance starts that agent process. When you start an agent’s data collection, the agent process starts collecting data from the monitored host and to sends it to Foglight for Hyper-V.

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On the navigation panel, under Dashboards, choose Hyper-V > Hyper-V Environment.
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On the Administration tab, under Agents, open the Hyper-V Agents, the SCVMM Agents tab, or the SOFS Agents tab, as required.
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Click Add to launch the Agent Setup wizard.
The Agent Setup wizard appears, showing the Prepare page.
The Agent Setup wizard refreshes, showing the Select Fglam Client page. The page shows a list of all hosts that already have the Agent Manager installed and running, and to which you can deploy the Hyper-V Agent package.
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Hyper-V Agents only. On the Discover or Manual page that appears, you can indicate if you want to manually specify the Hyper-V Server that you want to monitor, or to choose between the servers running in a given domain.
Discover. Select this option if you want to choose from the available Hyper-V Servers running in the desired domain. Click Next and proceed to Step a.
Manual. Select this option if you want to manually specify the name of the Hyper-V Server. Click Next and proceed to Step b.
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Discovering Hyper-V Servers only. On the Enter Domain Credentials page that appears, specify the information needed to search for the running Hyper-V Servers.
Domain: Type the fully qualified name of a domain to search for the Hyper-V Server. For example, myDomain.com.
User: Type the user name to be used by the agent to be used to query Active Directory on the selected domain using the syntax Domain\UserName. For example, myDomain\jsmith.
Password: Type the password associated with the above user name.
The Agent Setup wizard refreshes, showing the Select Servers page. The page shows a list of all Hyper-V servers that you have access to, based on the domain name and user credentials you provided in this step.
The Agent Setup wizard refreshes, showing the Agent Properties page.
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Manually specifying a Hyper-V Server only. On the Manual Agent Properties page that appears, specify the information needed to search for the running Hyper-V servers.
Click Next.
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On the Credential Verification page that appears, review the existing set of credentials. If the wizard determines that the selected Agent Manager has any credentials configured for the host on which the Hyper-V Server is running, they appear listed on this page.
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SCVMM Agents only. On the Input Agent Properties page that appears, type the name of the SCVMM server, and click Next.
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On the Credentials Verification page that appears, select one of the following options:
Do not configure a credential: Select this option if you want to configure the credential for this resource at a later time. Click Next and continue with Step 13.
Add host(s) to a new credential: Select this option if you want to add the host to a new credential. This option is suitable if none of the existing credentials have the connection details needed to access the new host. Click Next and continue with Step 11.
Add host(s) to an existing credential: Select this option if you want to add the host to an existing credential. This option is suitable if an existing credential has the security data needed to access the new host, but you need to edit its resource mappings to include this host. Click Next and continue with Step 12.
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On the Credential Type page that appears, select the credential type from the available options.
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Click Next.
The Credential Properties page appears.
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On the Credential Properties page, type the required properties, and click Next.
The Credential Name and Lockbox page appears.
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On the Credential Name and Lockbox page, provide a name to uniquely identify the credential, and select a lockbox in which you want to keep the credential. A lockbox can be used to group credentials for access and/or security. In smaller Foglight installations, using the default System lockbox should be sufficient.
Click Next.
The Resource Mapping page appears.
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On the Resource Mapping page, indicate which hosts you want to associate with this credential. Click Next.
The Policies page appears.
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Optional—On the Policies page, define one or more policies for this credential. A policy defines the number of times a credential can be used, the number of allowed authentication failures, the time range during which the credential is valid, or the length of time the credential data can be cached on the client. For example, you can specify the number of times the credential can be used, or the time period during which it can be used. For complete information about the available credential policies, see the Administration and Configuration Help.
Click Next.
The Summary page appears.
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On the Credential page that appears, select an existing credential to contain this host.
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Click Next.
The Resource Mapping page appears.
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On the Resource Mapping page, indicate which hosts you want to associate with this credential. You can either select the host that you are about to start monitoring, all monitored hosts, or hosts whose name contains a specific text string.
Click Next.
The Summary page appears.
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On the Summary page that appears, review the information provided about the host and the monitoring agent.
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Click Finish.
Close the dialog box. The Administration tab dashboard refreshes, showing the newly created Hyper-V Agent in the list.
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The Edit Agent Tab Manager dialog box appears, showing the Hyper-V Agent properties on the Agent Properties tab.
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Open the Credentials tab, and review the available credentials.
New credentials. Click New Credential and use the Create Credential Wizard that appears to provide the required information. For more details, see Step 11.
Existing credentials. Click Add to Existing Credential and use the Create Credential Wizard that appears to provide the required information. For more details, see Step 12.
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Click Refresh.
The Active and Data Collection columns show green check marks indicating that the agents are active and collecting data.

Configuring agent properties

The Hyper-V, SCVMM, and SOFS Agents collect data from your virtual infrastructure and sends it to the Management Server. The agents keep track of resource utilization metrics and alerts you when certain pre-defined thresholds are reached.

When an agent connects to Foglight Management Server, it is provided with sets of properties that it uses to configure its correct running state. Each agent is provided with a combination of two types of properties: agent properties and shareable properties.

Default versions of these properties are installed with Foglight for Hyper-V. However, you can edit the default shareable and agent properties, configure agent properties that apply only to a specific agent instance, and create edited clones of shareable properties that are used by a subset of agents of a certain type.

There are two ways to access the Hyper-V, SCVMM, and SOFS Agent properties:

On the Hyper-V Environment dashboard, on the Administration tab, select an agent instance and click Edit Properties (see Configuring monitoring agents ).
NOTE: This method only allows you to edit the Configuration properties, but not the Data Collection Scheduler properties.
On the Agent Status dashboard, select an agent instance and click Edit Properties. This method provides access to the full set of Hyper-V Agent properties, and is described in this topic.

For more information about working with agent properties, see the Administration and Configuration Help.

To modify the Hyper-V/SCVMM/SOFS Agent agent properties using the Agent Status dashboard:
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On the navigation panel, under Dashboards, select Administration > Agents > Agent Status.
The position of the Properties pane depends on the dashboard you used to access agent properties. If you used the Agent Properties dashboard, the Properties pane appears to the right of the Namespace > Type pane in the display area. If you used the Agent Status dashboard, the Properties pane appears across the display area.
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