Managing and Monitoring Compute Resources
Managing VMware Vcenter Server
You can add, delete, edit, sync, and bulk import VMware Vcenter servers and also view the complete inventory of compute resources like data center, cluster, hosts and virtual machines (VMs).
Adding VMware Vcenter Servers
You can manage a Vcenter server by manually adding a Vcenter server.
Before you Begin
You must add Data Center Hypervisor license for collecting the inventory of Vcenter server. For adding Data Center Hypervisor license, see Adding a License to Access Features in Related Topics.
To add a Vcenter Server:
Step 1 Choose Inventory > Compute Devices > Discovery Sources.
Step 2 Click Add Device.
Step 3 Enter the following parameters in the Add Discovery Source page.
- Server—Host Name/IP address of Vcenter.
- Port—443 for HTTPS; 80 for HTTP.
- User Name/Password—Vcenter credentials.
Step 4 (optional) Click Verify Credentials to confirm the Vcenter credentials before adding Vcenter.
Step 5 Click Add.
You can view the inventory collection status of the manually added Vcenter server in the Discovery Sources page. Add the Data Center Vcenter license, if the Virtual Inventory Collection Status shows “No License”.
CSV File Requirements for Importing Vcenter
To use a CSV file to import Vcenter from another source into Prime Infrastructure, you can download a sample template by choosing Inventory > Compute Devices > Discovery Sources, then clicking Bulk Import. Click the link to download a bulk virtual discovery sample template.
For full inventory collection in Prime Infrastructure, you must provide the following values in the CSV file:
- Discovery Source
- Discovery Source Password
- Discovery Source Port
- Discovery Source User Name
Monitoring Performance of Compute Resources
Prime Infrastructure monitors the managed compute resources by periodically polling the devices.
Prime Infrastructure supports periodic polling of a predefined set of key performance indicators (KPIs) related to CPU, memory, disk and network for monitoring the health of the virtual elements. Prime Infrastructure does not poll the VM directly, but it gets the data periodically from the Vcenter via the application programming interfaces (APIs). The default polling interval is 5 minutes. You can change the polling interval as described below.
Setting Polling Interval for Monitoring Compute Resources
To set the polling interval:
Step 1 Choose Administration > Settings > System Settings > Datacenter Settings.
Step 2 Choose the Polling Interval from the drop-down list.
Step 3 Click Save.
Polling can be enabled/disabled on data center, cluster and host. The children of the entity selected for polling would be automatically selected for polling. For example, if polling is enabled on a cluster, then all the hosts and VM belonging to that host would be automatically selected for polling. Click the Start Monitoring button on Data Center, Cluster and Hosts list view in Compute Device screen to enable polling.
If monitoring is enabled from parent (data center or cluster) then it cannot be stopped from child (host or cluster). But you can stop the monitoring enabled from child (host, cluster) by clicking Stop Monitoring from parent (data center, cluster).
To monitor a cluster:
Step 1 Choose Inventory > Device Management > Compute Devices.
Step 2 Click Clusters in the Compute Resources pane.
Step 3 Choose the clusters and click Start Monitoring.