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Foglight for VMware 5.8 - User and Reference Guide

Using Foglight for VMware
Introducing the virtual infrastructure Navigation basics Interacting with Foglight for VMware VMware Performance Agent configuration
VMware Alarms views VMware Explorer views VMware Modeler views VMware VirtualCenter views VMware Environment views Other views
Agent Rules Cluster Rules Datacenter Rules Datastore Rules Resource Pool Rules ESX Server Rules VirtualCenter Rules Virtual Machine Rules VMW Stale Data Management Rule Virtual Switch Rules
Appendix: Alarm Messages Appendix: Metrics


Foglight® for VMware ships with predefined views to help you monitor your application server environment. This provides quick reference information about each view.

Foglight for VMware displays monitoring data in views that group, format, and display data. The main types are described below.

Dashboards are top-level views that do not receive data from other views. Dashboards usually contain a number of lower-level views. The dashboards supplied with Foglight for VMware, as well as those created by users, are available in the navigation panel.

Lower-level views in Foglight for VMware can be added to dashboards or can be accessed by drilling down from a dashboard. They receive and display data directly from the Foglight for VMware Management Server or from other views. Some views filter or select data that appears in other views in the same dashboard. Some are tree views with expandable nodes for selecting servers, applications, or data.

Foglight for VMware ships with several dashboards that allow you to monitor and configure your virtual environment. Each of these dashboards contains a number of views. This section describes these views in more detail. For more information about the VMware dashboards, see Interacting with Foglight for VMware.

Foglight for VMware includes the following groups of views:

VMware Alarms views

The VMware Alarms dashboard contains the following views:

Alarms Overview

The Alarms Overview provides a quick and easy way for you to view Foglight for VMware alarms grouped by object type and severity level. You can use this Overview to monitor alarms and to identify the sources of problems within the virtual infrastructure. If you click any of the alarm counts for a particular object type, a popup displaying just the alarms for that object type appears.

Figure 59. Alarms Overview

For more information about the VMware Alarms dashboard on which this view appears, see Exploring VMware alarms .

The Alarms Overview appears at the top of this dashboard.
Alarm counts. The total counts of alarms associated with the various components, broken down by alarm types (Normal, Warning, Critical, Fatal).
Drill down on any alarm count. Displays the Alarms dialog box that shows a list of all alarms associated with the selected component type.

Alarms List view

Each alarm row in the Alarms List contains an object icon that identifies the source of the alarm, an alarm icon that indicates the severity of the alarm, the time when the alarm occurred, and the text of the alarm. The columns are sortable so that alarms can be listed in order by source, severity, time, or message. Simply click a column heading to sort the table by that column.

Figure 60. Alarms List view

If you click an alarm’s severity icon, a popup for acknowledging or clearing that alarm is displayed. The popup provides a lot of pertinent information about the alarm, such as the rule of origin for the alarm, the history of the alarm, and all of the notes attached to the alarm. If you click the message or any other column in the row, you are provided with a popup menu. From the popup menu, you can choose to view a VMware Explorer dashboard for the corresponding object.

For more information about managing alarms with the Foglight for VMware browser interface, see the Foglight for VMware User Guide.

The Alarms List view takes up the majority of that dashboard.
Alarm Message. An explanation about why the alarm occurred.
Object indicator. Indicates if the alarm is related to a virtual center , datacenter , cluster , ESX host , resource pool , virtual machine , datastore , agent , or logical drive .
Rule Name. The name of the rule that triggered the alarm.
Severity. Indicates the alarm severity: Warning, Critical, or Fatal.
Time. The time at which the alarm was generated.

Drill down on:

Alarm Message, Object indicator, Rule Name, or Time. For server and virtual machine objects, the Select Drilldown dwell appears.
From here, selecting VMware Explorer shows the selected server or virtual machine in the VMware Explorer, with the Summary tab open. Selecting Quick View shows the selected component in the Quick-View.
Severity. Displays the Alarm dialog box, showing additional information about the alarm. For more information about alarms in Foglight, see the Foglight User Help.
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