Veeam have just released an update to their popular VMware ESX monitoring utility, Monitor for VMware. This 4.0 release has the distinction of being compatible with VMware’s new vSphere product. Version 4.0 also has the following new features (taken from the Veeam Monitor 4.0 What’s New Guide):
Veeam Monitor 4.0 introduces full storage monitoring capabilities including disk space, disk issues and datastore monitoring. The latter allows for viewing datastore load information aggregated from disk utilization statistics of all VMs and hosts using the specific datastore. This allows you to see the actual cumulative load on a particular datastore, and set up an alarm that fires off
when a datastore load is above the specified threshold. Datastore I/O monitoring is a unique Veeam Monitor feature not available from other VMware monitoring applications.
Veeam Monitor 4.0 can now monitor hardware sensor information through CIM/SMASH. This allows the VMware monitoring team to track physical hardware status (including ventilation, enclosure, power and other subsystem status) directly in Veeam Monitor. This eliminates the need for service-console-based hardware monitoring agents, which are not supported on ESXi servers. Alarms can also be used to send automatic e-mail notification or SNMP trap for legacy SNMP monitoring framework; or to perform custom actions when hardware status changes.
Process Monitoring & Management
Veeam Monitor 4.0 provides the ability to drill down into individual Windows or Linux OS VMs to monitor the true performance metrics of running processes from inside a VM without having to open the VM console. Whether you run virtual server or VDI workloads, this capability allows you to easily find out how many resources a specific application is consuming, and even terminate some of the processes or restart some of the services as needed. This functionality is also supported for ESX and vCenter servers, allowing you to quickly fix unresponsive servers by shutting down misbehaving processes.
You can now automate the creation of periodic trend and capacity analysis reports. Multiple advanced options are available to help with automatic publishing of these reports to a file share, SharePoint library, or any other system via custom script options. Additionally, a new VM Uptime report has been added to allow tracking whether a specific VM meets its SLA levels.
Based on feedback from large customers, performance of the data collector has been tuned to be able to reliably collect data from larger environments. Scalability improvements will be especially noticeable when Veeam Monitor is connected to vCenter 4.0. The Veeam Monitor client has also been improved to generate performance charts significantly faster.
Veeam Monitor 4.0 for VMware comes in both a free and full commercial version. With the full version offering “additional enterprise-oriented features including access to performance history, trend analysis and capacity planning, unlimited alarms and alarm modelling, and drill-down into a VM”.
So if you haven’t used Veeam Monitor 4.0 before or are running the older version it’d be time well spent to head on over to Veeam’s website here and download a copy.