Monitoring VMWare ESX using OpsMgr

Monitoring VMWare ESX with SCOM isn’t a hard thing, however getting correct and relivent information in a clean and easy way can be. This guide I have compiled with VMWare should provide the mechanics of setting up monitoring between VMWare ESX and SCOM.

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Options for adding more detials to SNMP Alerts

As many of you who use SNMP may be finding that all the Alerts come in with the IP Address. In a large environment this can be an issue and as this is the mechanism in which they are added to the SCOM Database there is no way around this directly. However…

You have 2 options to make this a little easier.

1st you can enter the DeviceName in the Alert Description:

$Target/Property[Type=”MicrosoftSystemCenterNetworkDeviceLibrary6050000!Microsoft.SystemCenter.NetworkDevice”]/Name$

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2nd you can use the custom fields if you have the option. Alert Generated Rule will allow for Custom Field editing.

Again add: $Target/Property[Type=”MicrosoftSystemCenterNetworkDeviceLibrary6050000!Microsoft.SystemCenter.NetworkDevice”]/Name$ to the particular Custom Field.

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Of course this is provided you have setup the SNMP setting on the device with the correct name you refer to that device.

This is what you will see in your Alerts: (I have blanked out the detail due to confidentiality)

Alert View:
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Alert Description:
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 Custom Field:
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Hope this makes your life a little easier :)

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