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Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise Edition 8.9 - Getting Started Guide

Before you get started

The section below provides getting started tips on common elements in the browser interface and describes features that can affect how you see data in the monitoring dashboards.

Insufficient roles

This section applies only to Foglight systems.

The appearance of the Welcome page and the range of dashboards you can access from this page vary depending on your user role. If you have Administrator-level permissions, you can access advanced dashboards and configuration workflows. See the Administration and Configuration Guide. Users with the Operator role (but not the Administrator role) have permission to access a smaller set of dashboards.

If you are a user with an assigned role or role combination that does not provide sufficient privileges to do anything useful in Foglight, a warning page appears.

Contact your Foglight Security Administrator to have additional roles assigned to your account or to request that a different home page be configured for you.

Working in a current or a diagnostic time range

These getting started tips help you understand whether you are working in a real time range or a diagnostic time range and how to switch from one to the other.

By default, the time range at the top of a dashboard is in real time. When the dashboard’s time range is in real time, the icon and the word Now appear in the time range display.

Hovering over the real time range icon displays a message that identifies the time range as real and informs you how to freeze the time range.

If you drill down on an alarm, Foglight disconnects from real time and enters a diagnostic time range. The diagnostic time range spans the same length of time as the current time range did prior to the drill down.

Within a diagnostic time range, Foglight typically sets three quarters of this span to occur prior to the alarm being fired and one quarter to occur after. For example, if the current time range spans four hours, when you drill down on an alarm, the diagnostic time range also covers a four-hour interval, from three hours prior to when the alarm fired to one hour after it fired (as shown in the following image).

In some cases, the alarm might occur close enough to the current moment that the last quarter of the diagnostic time range would cover a span of time that is in the future. If that is the case, Foglight sets the diagnostic time range to end at the current moment (shown as Now in the time range display).

When you are working in a diagnostic time range, no new data is displayed in the views on the dashboard. A frozen time range icon in the time range display indicates that you have frozen the time range and entered a diagnostic time range.

Hovering over the icon displays a message that identifies the time range as frozen and informs you how to switch to real time.

Until you unfreeze the time range, all drilldowns and navigation to views that use the global time range are frozen in this diagnostic time range.

Unfreezing the time range causes it to revert to the last monitoring time range that you used. For more information on current and diagnostic time ranges, see “Time range” in the Foglight User Help.

Foglight for Virtualization Environment Overview

This section provides an introduction to the Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, Environment Overview dashboard. When you log into Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition for the first time, the Environment Overview dashboard > Overview tab is displayed.

The Overview tab shows the overall status of your virtual environment, and highlights various objects that need further exploration. You can select to view all or specific domains in your virtual environment, by clicking the All, VMware, Hyper-V, or OpenStack button, respectively, located on the top right corner of the tab. The Overview tab includes the following views:

Overall Environment Summary. Provides a summary of your virtual environment.
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.
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.
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.
Machine Connectivity. Shows the connectivity state of machines protected and replicated on the monitored Rapid Recovery core. It also shows connectivity for data on recovery points-only machine.
Top 6 Repositories with Least Days Remaining. Shows the top six repositories with the least days remaining on the monitored Rapid Recovery core. Drill down into the server names, to navigate to the Protection > Repositories Capacity Planning dashboard.
Unprotected Machines.Shows the amount of unprotected machines. Drill down into the unprotected machines, to navigate to the Protection > Protected Status dashboard.
Core Servers. Lists the monitored Rapid Recovery Core Servers. Drill down into the server names, to navigate to the Protection > Rapid Recovery Infrastructure dashboard.

The Environment Overview dashboard also includes a Health tab, which allows you to review the health of your virtual environment. This tab includes the following views:

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.
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.
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.
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.

The Environment Overview dashboard also includes an Investigate tab, which provides a quick way to investigate the resource efficiency in your environment and to optimize VMs with incorrect resource allocations, as necessary. The Investigate tab includes the VMware and Hyper-V tabs, with the following views:

Resource Efficiency. Provides a list of suggestions for making your virtual environment more efficient, for each type of virtual object (CPU, Memory, and Storage). Clicking the Optimize links opens the Optimizer Main View dashboard, which allows you to optimize your environment, as necessary.
Highest Impact Changes. Provides an overview of changes with the highest impact on your environment.
VMs with the Highest CPU Utilization. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing the highest CPU utilization. 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 the highest memory utilization. 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 the highest network transfer rate. 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 the highest storage utilization. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.
Resource Efficiency. Provides a list of suggestions for making your virtual environment more efficient, for each type of virtual object (CPU and Memory). Clicking the Optimize links opens the Optimizer Main View dashboard, which allows you to optimize your environment, as necessary.
VMs with the Highest CPU Utilization. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing the highest CPU utilization. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.
VMs with the Most Memory Load. Provides a list of virtual machines experiencing the highest memory utilization. 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 the highest network transfer rate. 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 the highest storage utilization. Clicking a virtual object to drill down and investigate the issues in more details.

The Environment Overview dashboard also includes a Protect tab, which allows you to review the of your virtual environment. This tab includes the following views:

Core Servers. Lists the monitored Rapid Recovery Core Servers. Drill down into the server names, to navigate to the Protection > Rapid Recovery Infrastructure dashboard.
Machine Connectivity. Shows the connectivity state of machines protected and replicated on the monitored Rapid Recovery core. It also shows connectivity for data on recovery points-only machine.
Trouble Monitor. Shows job activity, connections with the license portal, and transfer activity to detect early on the monitored Rapid Recovery core. The time range is configurable, defaulting to last 24 hours. Click this view to navigate to the Protection > Events > Journal dashboard.
Top 8 Repositories with Least Days Remaining. Shows the top eight repositories with the least days remaining on the monitored Rapid Recovery core. Drill down into the server names, to navigate to the Protection > Repositories Capacity Planning dashboard.
Transfer Job per Machine. This table shows, by protected machine of which the latest transfer job is failed, the number of successful and failed transfer jobs in the specified time range. There is no data displayed if all transfer jobs are successful. Click this view to navigate to the Protection > Events > Tasks dashboard.
Transfer Job. Shows all snapshot data transfers (including base images and incremental snapshots) that completed in the specified time range. The time range is configurable, defaulting to last 24 hours. Click this view to navigate to the Protection > Events > Tasks dashboard.

The Environment Overview dashboard also includes a Getting Started & Administration tab, which allows you to perform the following activities:

Monitor a new virtual domain. Depending on the virtual technology that you want to monitor, select one of the following options:
Connect to a VMware Virtual Center. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of a VMware Performance agent.
Connect to Hyper-V servers. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of one Hyper-V agent or more Hyper-V agents of all servers (for target environment by batch).
Connect to an OpenStack server. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of an OpenStack agent.
Connect to OpenManage Essentials. Launches a wizard to start the creation and configuration of an OpenManage Essentials (OME) 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. Allows you to manage the licenses for components installed with Foglight or Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition, but not enabled.
Activate XenDesktop trial license. Activates the 40-day trial version of Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. For more information, see the Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp documentation.
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 Foglight Administration and Configuration Guide.

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