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Foglight 5.9.5 - Getting Started Guide

Part 3: Installing cartridges

Foglight includes two types of cartridges: cartridges that contain Foglight Agent Manager installers and cartridges that contain components for monitoring additional parts of your environment.

On Foglight systems, you must install both types of cartridges before you can deploy agents to the hosts in your environment and begin collecting data.

The Agent Manager and some of the component cartridges are pre-installed when you install Foglight™ for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition; other cartridges must be installed manually. See the Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition Upgrade Guide for details. You must deploy agents to the hosts in your environment in order to collect data.

The Agent Manager cartridges are available in the \Server\FoglightClient-FglAM-<version> directory on your install media. Monitoring cartridges are available in the subdirectories of \Cartridges on your install media.

Install the Agent Manager cartridge (only on Foglight systems), then download the installer for your platform and install the Agent Manager on remote hosts as described in Part 4: Installing and running the Agent Manager. After installing the Agent Manager on remote hosts, you can deploy agents to these remote hosts as described in Part 5: Deploying and creating agents.

NOTE: As described in Part 1: Installing the Management Server, an instance of the Agent Manager is automatically installed with new installations of the Management Server. This embedded Agent Manager instance runs on the Management Server machine. You can deploy agents to this Agent Manager if you want to monitor the machine on which the Management Server runs.

The Agent Manager Adapter cartridge is also installed. If you have Agent Manager instances running on remote hosts and do not want to download Agent Manager installers to additional hosts, you do not need to install the Agent Manager cartridge. The existing instances can connect to the Management Server.

You can install and manage cartridges using the command-line interface or the browser interface. The instructions below assume that you are using the browser interface. See “Managing cartridges” in the Command-Line Reference Guide for command-line instructions.

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Install the cartridge: See “Extending your monitoring reach with Foglight cartridges” in the Administration and Configuration Guide.

Part 4: Installing and running the Agent Manager

You can download the installers from the Components for Download dashboard. If unauthenticated or headless access to the installers is required, you can access a URL for direct download with a browser or file retrieval tool; no login to Foglight is required.

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Download or retrieve the Agent Manager installer: Different ways of obtaining installers (fglam-<version>-<platform>.<bin|exe>) are described below. To identify the name of the installer for your platform, see “Downloading the Agent Manager installer” in the Agent Manager Guide.
Download the installer from the Components for Download dashboard in Foglight to each machine where you want to install the Agent Manager: See “Using the components for download dashboard” in the Installation and Setup Guide for your platform.
Download or retrieve the installer from a URL to each machine where you want to install the Agent Manager: If unauthenticated access to the installers is required, or if you need to download the installers from a headless machine, see “Using the components for download page” in the Installation and Setup Guide for your platform.
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Install the Agent Manager: You can use the installer GUI, the command-line installer, or the silent installer. See “Installing the Agent Manager” in the Agent Manager Guide for your platform.
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Configure the Agent Manager: Some configuration of the Agent Manager can be done during installation. The Agent Manager can also be configured after installation to set items such as:
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Start the Agent Manager: See “Starting or stopping the Agent Manager process” in the Agent Manager Guide or in the Command-Line Reference Guide for information about starting the Agent Manager.

See “Frequently asked questions” in the Foglight Agent Manager Guide if you encounter problems.

Part 5: Deploying and creating agents

In Foglight, agents are packaged within cartridges. You must install the Agent Manager before deploying agents (excluding some agents, such as Java EE Technology Agents) to a host. The steps in this section assume that you are deploying agents to the Agent Manager, have installed the cartridges in which the agents are contained, and have installed and configured the Agent Manager on the target hosts. If you have not, see Part 4: Installing and running the Agent Manager.

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Deploy agent packages and create agent instances: First, agent packages must be deployed to the Agent Manager on the target host. Once you deploy agents, you can create agent instances on that host and then start collecting data. You can perform these steps from the browser interface or the command line:
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Configure agents: Once the agents are deployed, you may need to edit their properties. See “Editing instance-specific agent properties” in the Administration and Configuration Help and the cartridge documentation for more information.
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Manage agents: You can manage agents from the browser interface or the command-line. See “Configuring Foglight agents for host monitoring” and “Suspending alarms and data collection” in the Administration and Configuration Guide and “Managing agents” in the Command-Line Reference Guide.

Starting Points

Foglight offers a wide range of functionality through customizable dashboards. There are multiple starting points and workflows available for users with different roles and needs: administrators in charge of managing Foglight, operational users interested in troubleshooting problems throughout their monitored environment, users focused on monitoring a specific domain or system, or users interested in services management.

When you log in to Foglight, several dashboards are initially selected as starting points and listed under Homes in the navigation panel. This section introduces some of these dashboards.

This section uses terminology specific to the Foglight browser interface; see “Working with dashboards” in the Foglight User Help for more information about these terms.

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