A typical virtual environment contains a set of ESX® host and virtual machines. An ESX host can be a part of a cluster, and can have one or more virtual machines associated with it. Other components of a Virtual Center include datacenters, resource pools, vApp, and data stores. You can view the overall state of these components on the VMware Environment dashboard.
Selecting an object or group of objects, such as clusters, servers, or virtual machines, shows additional information about your selection. For example, selecting all ESX hosts identifies the top three consumers of CPU, memory, network, and disk resources and shows the related alarm states. Selecting a specific ESX host shows the CPU, memory, network, and disk usage for the selected ESX host, along with high-level hardware and software configuration.
When you navigate to the VMware Environment dashboard for the first time, the Monitoring tab appears open. This tab provides an overall summary of your virtual environment. Other tabs are also available. This topic describes the Monitoring tab. For information about other tabs, see the following topics:
NOTE: The VMware Environment dashboard is service-based. The VMware service created by Foglight for VMware for a particular vCenter does not contain template virtual machines (VMs). The VMware Explorer dashboard is inventory-based. The VMware Explorer dashboard counts all VMs, including template VMs, for each vCenter. Therefore, the number of VMs for a particular vCenter is different when you view it through the VMware Environment dashboard than the number that appears when you view it through the VMware Explorer dashboard.
The VMware Environment dashboard is made up of the following views: the and . Selecting an object type and its alarm state in the shows the summary information for your selection in the . For reference information about the data appearing on this dashboard, see .
For example, when you select the Normal state on the ESX Hosts tile, the ESX Hosts that are in the Normal state are listed in the ESX Hosts view, and summary information for those ESX Hosts appears in the ESX Hosts Summary view.
In the example below, the ESX Hosts tile is selected. The ESX Hosts view is populated with all monitored ESX Hosts regardless of their alarm state. Summary information for those ESX Hosts appears in the ESX Host Summary view.
From there, clicking a specific object instance on the left shows additional summary information about the selected object. The Inventory view, for example, shows all of the objects related to the selected object, along with their respective alarm state counts. All objects in the object relationship hierarchy, including the selected object, are shown in the Inventory view, so that you see the entire relationship hierarchy for the selected object. Each level in the hierarchy is labeled with the corresponding object type name. When there is only one object at a particular level in the hierarchy, the object name is displayed instead of the object type name.
The next example shows a number of virtual machines that are associated with a selected Virtual Center. Clicking that number shows a popup with the list of virtual machines. You can click any object in the popup list to quickly navigate to the VMware Explorer dashboard, and review detailed information about that particular object.
The Inventory view also provides several alarm state icons with counts. Clicking a state icon or the number below it to view a popup that shows the alarms of that state for the corresponding object type. For example, clicking the Warning state shows a dwell with a list of related objects against which Warning alarms are generated.
The VMware Environment dashboard contains the FAQts tab that you can use to ask questions about your monitored systems and review the answers. In the Categories pane, the FAQts view shows several question categories. Clicking a category shows the questions belonging to that category in the Questions pane. From there, clicking a question shows the answer on the right.
The VMware Explorer allows you to monitor a wide range of elements in your virtual infrastructure. It contains a number of informative views through which you can quickly and easily access detailed information about any of the available components (physical or virtual) within the infrastructure. Its hierarchical interface includes drilldown capabilities that display various performance metrics and alarms within the virtual infrastructure.
NOTE: The VMware Explorer dashboard is inventory-based. The VMware Explorer dashboard counts all virtual machines (VMs), including template VMs, for each vCenter. The Virtual Environment Summary dashboard is service-based. The VMware service created by Foglight® for VMware for a particular vCenter does not contain template VMs. Therefore, the number of VMs for a particular vCenter is different when you view it through the VMware Explorer dashboard than the number that appears when you view it through the Virtual Environment Summary dashboard.
To access this dashboard, from the navigation panel, under Dashboards, click VMware > VMware Explorer. For complete reference about the data appearing on this dashboard, see .
The contains a navigation tree on the Topology tab that represents the various virtual infrastructure objects: Virtual Centers, Datacenters, Clusters, ESX Hosts, Resource Pools, and Virtual Machines. For each individual object or group of objects, a status indicator appears, showing the alarm of highest severity that is outstanding for the that object or objects. For example, there are 25 virtual machines configured for a vCenter. Twenty of the virtual machines have a normal status, three have a warning status, and two have a critical status. In the Topology view, the virtual machines container for that vCenter displays a critical status indicator to show that at least one of the virtual machines associated with the vCenter has an outstanding critical alarm.
Hovering over an object in the , you see a popup that provides a summary of the present state of that object.
Selecting an object or group of objects on either tab of the displays performance details about your selection in the . The takes up the entire display area of the Foglight for VMware browser interface. This view provides significant value to administrators who leverage Foglight for VMware to monitor their virtual infrastructure.
Selecting an object or group of objects on either tab of the displays performance details about your selection in the VMware Explorer Primary view. The VMware Explorer Primary view takes up the entire display area of the Foglight for VMware browser interface. This view provides significant value to administrators who leverage Foglight for VMware to monitor their virtual infrastructure.
Additionally, a collection of navigation tabs appears in this view. These navigation tabs vary from object to object, but generally contain a tab to an object summary (typically the default view), a tab to an object performance overview, and one or more tabs to other relevant information.
The display area changes in appearance and content, depending on the selected object or group of objects. For example, if you select an object type container from the Topology view, the Summary tab displays a consumption graph and a table that are representative of the group of objects within that container.
However, selecting a Resource Pool container from the Topology tab displays a Resource Pools Relationship Tree on the Summary tab. This tree contains every resource pool that belongs to the clusters within the associated vCenter. This is useful if you want to see how those resource pools are laid out, or if you want to take a look at the utilization statistics for each configured resource pool on the vCenter.
If you select an individual resource pool from the Virtual Infrastructure view, the Summary displays summary and utilization information for that resource pool. This is typically the type of information you see on the Summary tab when you select any individual object from the Virtual Infrastructure view.
The metrics and the amount of detail displayed in the display area vary depending on the type of the selected object. For example, in the image below, the tiles indicate that the selected object is the New Datacenter datacenter, and that it is connected to one vCenter, one cluster, two ESX® Hosts, and so on.
The Utilizations view, typically located across the center of the display area tab, provides numerical and graphical representations of utilization metrics associated with the selected object or group of objects. For example, selecting a single resource pool from the and opening the Performance tab in the display area, displays four graphs in the Utilizations view, showing CPU, memory, disk, and network resource utilizations for the selected resource pool.
If you open the VMs tab for that same resource pool, the Utilizations view displays one graph illustrating the percent-used and percent-ready CPU utilization for the virtual machines of the resource pool.
If, however, you select a collection of ESX Hosts from the and you open the Summary tab, an informative graph appears in place of a Utilizations view. Selecting a collection of objects in the always shows a composite view displaying information about all object instances contained in that collection.
In addition to the Utilizations view, one or more Related Objects views may appear at the bottom of the display area. These views take the form of tables and list either the parent or child objects or both (whichever are applicable) of the object being viewed, and provide pertinent details about each one. Their appearance depends on the type and range of objects selected in the .
For example, if you select a single cluster, two Related Objects views appear: one displaying the ESX hosts that belong to their cluster, and another listing the virtual machines running on those hosts. The views also display the performance metrics associated with each list item.
However, when you select a cluster container, the Summary tab shows a Related Objects view that lists all of the clusters in that container and provides pertinent details about each one.
The action panel provides you with easy access to a number of useful actions and tasks. However, it only provides additional Foglight for VMware related actions when you are viewing the VMware Explorer dashboard.
Under the Actions heading, the Run Migration Modeler link takes you to the VMware Modeler dashboard, which provides you with a mechanism for viewing the impact that migrating a virtual machine will have on a target ESX Host.
Under the Actions heading, the View Object IDs link takes you to the Object IDs dialog box. The Object IDs dialog box lists all of the objects in the virtual infrastructure with their type and object ID. The object IDs are the true names of the objects. To produce component-specific thresholds, context is required in the form of the relevant object ID.
To narrow down the list of objects, type a relevant text string in the search field provided and click Search. You can type things like a portion of the object type name (for example, server), a portion of the object name (for example, part of the IP address), or a portion of the object ID. To clear the Search box, click Clear.
For more advanced search options, click Advanced. To narrow down the list to objects of a particular type, type the object type name in the Type box. To find the object by name, type the object name in the Name box. To find the object by ID, type the object ID in the Object ID field.