VMware ESX host monitoring

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Exchange Server Administration
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Do you have any tips and tricks for ESX host monitoring? I would like to be alerted when an Exchange server moves from host to host, since they do not always move cleanly. This question was asked during the Microsoft System Center live chat on IT Knowledge Exchange in January 2010.

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Within a VMware ESX Environment, they do not alert you when DRS moves a VM to a different host. You would have to set DRS to manual, or set an exception for the Exchange server. With that said, if you initiate a VMotion, you would then have that logged. You could troll the vCenter Server logs, but that is also difficult. There isn’t an easy way to determine when VMware moves a host around.

You can, within VMM and OpsMgr alert on Live Migration Completed, so if the VM was running on Hyper-V, you can monitor the logs to alert on when a Live Migration happens. You may be able to do this if using our PRO tips to manage the movement of ESX Server VMs as well.

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  • Rocketgirl
    There is a free product from Veeam. Its called Veeam Monitor Free Edition. You can easily set up e-mail notifications or SNMP traps for important events such as a given number of running VMs is exceeded, a specific event is generated by vCenter, etc and host hardware status changes which is what you are after I believe. There are many other features to this like monitoring performance, storage and hardware, Correlation of event and performance data, Advanced alerting and flexible alarms with modeling, Capacity planning and trend analysis, Virtual infrastructure performance analysis and Business-centric monitoring. Good for a free product and vSphere ready as well.
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  • Denny Cherry
    The VMware logs are stored in a SQL Server or Oracle database. You could query that database looking for the event and trigger an alert based on when that row is added to the database.
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