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Foglight Resource Optimizer 5.8 - User Guide (for VMware Environments)

Get started with Foglight Resource Optimizer

This guide provides instructions and information about using Foglight® Resource Optimizer to optimize CPU, memory, and network consumption, and project storage requirements in virtualized environments. This guide is intended for IT managers who want to monitor and optimize virtualized environments by using the waste-finding and right-sizing functionality that this product provides.

Virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming the industry standard in IT infrastructures. IT managers find themselves with hundreds, if not thousands of VMs or physical machine hosts in their infrastructures. VMs can be added quickly, making it necessary to plan for the addition of virtual machines to the physical machines that host them. This situation can be a challenge for administrators. IT managers lack the required tools to accurately optimize CPU, memory, and network consumption, or project storage requirements. Monitoring virtual machine environments with Foglight Resource Optimizer simplifies the optimization process, providing waste-finding and right-sizing functionality for virtualized environments.

This section introduces you to Foglight Resource Optimizer environment, and provides you with essential foundational information.

For detailed information about the Foglight™ for Hyper-V and how it monitors Microsoft® Hyper-V® environments, see the Foglight for Hyper-V User and Reference Guide.

For more information, review the following topics:

Installation requirements

Foglight Resource Optimizer comes installed on Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition and can be installed on a Foglight Management Server.

For more information about installing Foglight Resource Optimizer, and for details about system requirements and version compatibility, see the Foglight Resource Optimizer Release Notes.

Credentials required for optimization

Foglight Resource Optimizer provides recommendations for changes in the Hyper-V® environment to make more efficient use of resources. As a prerequisite, a Hyper-V® agent must be part of the local Administrators group.

Data collection

The Optimizer dashboard automatically displays the virtual machine hosts (Hyper-V® target machines) that Foglight or Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition monitors, for which resource optimization recommendations are provided. No further setup is required.

Each Federated Child should be configured to monitor its own unique environment. There should be no overlap between the monitored environments, such that no two Federated Children are monitoring the same nodes (VM, Server, Datastore, etc.). Incorrect configuration results in topology churn on the Foglight Federation Master.

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