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Foglight for vCloud Director 7.1.0 - User Guide

Getting Started Setting Up Monitoring Agents Investigating Resource Consumption Levels Investigating Object Dependencies Reference

Getting Started

Foglight® for vCloud Director allows you monitor virtual vCloud Director infrastructure. Foglight for vCloud Director alerts you about infrastructure problems as soon as they develop, enabling you to resolved issues proactively before end users are affected. Early intervention ensures consistent application performance at established service levels. Foglight for VMware monitors the health of your virtual system by tracking resource consumption such as CPU, network, and memory consumption for individual clusters, servers, and virtual machines in your integrated environment.

Before you Begin

Introducing the vCloud Directory Infrastructure

VMware® vCloud Director® supplies an innovative mechanism for organizing access to a Web console to various members of an organization. It manages the use of organizational resources, virtual applications, and machines. Foglight® for vCloud Director accommodates environments of all sizes, that leverage the vCloud Director platform by analyzing the virtual environment and providing a knowledgeable and interactive view of its components.

A vCloud Director environment consists of objects that lend their resources to virtual clouds that can be accessed through Web-based and programmatic interfaces. This model allows users to manage and monitor the resources allocated to the system, to create and provision organizations, and to set policies and preferences that determine the end-users’ capability of using the available virtual applications and resources.

Foglight for VMware focuses on the following main components of the monitored virtual infrastructure:

Provider vDCs. A provider vDC combines the CPU, memory, and storage resources of the associated resource pools and datastores.
Org vDCs. An organization vDC is a part of a provider vDC, encapsulating the CPU, memory, and storage resources, that are available to an organization.
Organizations. An organization is a collection of users, groups, and resources that are available to users.
Virtual Machines. A virtual machine resides on an ESX host. Virtual machines share many of the characteristics of physical systems (like storage and network interaction), but they do not have direct access to the hardware that is used to process their information. Each virtual machine runs on a guest operating system, for example, MS Windows XP, and is allocated access to a specific set of the server’s resources, which includes the number of processors and the amount of memory it can leverage.
vSphere Resources. vSphere resources represent the underlying vSphere resources provided by the associated datastores, ESX hosts, resource pools, and virtual centers.

Setting Up Monitoring Agents

Foglight for vCloud Director relies on vCloud Director Agents to collect data from the monitored system. When you install Foglight for VMware, you need to create monitoring agents to collect performance information from your environment.

If the vCloud Director® servers that you want to monitor belong to a vCloud server group, and you have connection information for at least one vCloud server in that group, use the vCloud Discovery Wizard to configure monitoring of the desired vCloud server.

If you want to create a new vCloud server group and have the connection information for the vCloud server that you want to monitor, simply create a new vCloud Director Agent instance using the Create vCloud Agent wizard.

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