Configuring PATROL for VMware vSphere

This page provides information about configuring VMware vSphere and creating and removing vCenter connection.

After you install PATROL for VMware vSphere, you must create a connection between it and VMware vCenter. Using the PATROL for VMware vSphere on host dialog box, you can create or remove vCenter connections. In addition to the existing option of using vCenter to monitor ESX hosts, ESX 3.5 and later is supported. This feature is useful if you do not have vCenter installed; you can still collect ESX 3.5 and later host data through the KM.

Note

If you connect to the same ESX 3.5 and later host through vCenter and directly through the host, you will collect redundant data. Be sure to choose one option or the other when collecting data from ESX 3.5 and later hosts.

Creating a vCenter connection

This section contains information about adding a vCenter or an ESX server for monitoring using the PATROL console.

To create a vCenter connection

  1. In the PATROLMainMap tree, right-click the VMware vSpherenode and select KM Commands = >Configure Service URL.
  2. In the PATROL for VMware vSphere on host dialog box, in the Host text box, enter the host name or IP address of the vCenter to which you want to connect.
  3. In the Port text box, enter the port number for the vCenter.
    See Troubleshooting port number issuesfor more information about port settings in vCenter.

    Note

    By default, the vCenter port number appears in the Port text box. Do not modify the default port number, unless the port number that you are using for vCenter is different from the default. For vCenter version 4.0 or later, the default port number is 443.

  4. In the Username and Password text boxes, enter the user name and password required to connect to the vCenter.
  5. In the Filter Clusters text box, specify one of the following and select Include or Excludeto include or exclude the clusters from the inventory:
    • A pipe-separated (|-separated) list of clusters that you want to include or exclude from inventory
    • A regular expression to filter clusters that you want to include or exclude from inventory

      Note

      If you enter a regular expression to include or exclude a cluster, all the hosts and virtual machines under that cluster are included or excluded from the inventory.

  6. In the Filter Hosts text box, specify one of the following and select Include or Excludeto include or exclude the ESX or ESXi servers from the inventory:
    • A pipe-separated (|-separated) list of ESX or ESXi servers that you want to include or exclude from inventory
    • A regular expression to filter ESX or ESXi servers that you want to include or exclude from inventory

      Note

      • If you specify a pipe-separated (|-separated) list of ESX or ESXi server names, those names must be fully qualified domain names of the ESX or ESXi servers.
      • If you enter a regular expression to include or exclude an ESX or ESXi server, all the virtual machines under that ESX or ESXi server are included or excluded from the inventory.
  7. In the Filter VMs text box, specify one of the following and select Include or Excludeto include or exclude the virtual machines from the inventory:
    • A pipe-separated (|-separated) list of virtual machines that you want to include or exclude from inventory
    • A regular expression to filter virtual machines that you want to include or exclude from inventory
  8. Select Add.
  9. To save the vCenter connection settings, click Apply.
    The vCenter connection appears in the Select vCenter/ESX Server to remove list.

Removing a vCenter connection

Use the following task to remove a vCenter or an ESX server from monitoring on the PATROL console.

To remove a vCenter connection

  1. Right-click the VMware vSpherenode, and select Configure Service URL.
  2. In the PATROL for VMware vSphere on host dialog box, from the Select vCenter/ESX Server to Remove list, select the vCenter or ESX server to be removed.
  3. Select Remove.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. In the Confirm Removal dialog box, click Apply to remove the vCenter or ESX server connection.
    The vCenter or ESX server connection is removed from the Select vCenter/ESX Server to Remove list.
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