VMWare ESX Hardware Health monitor for Labtech

On August 22, 2016, in Projects, Raves, Scripting, by Cubert aka (Cube Dweller)

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Plugins4LabTech has created a new plugin that will monitor the CIM data announced by the hardware running VMWare ESX software. We can report on any hardware that follows CIM standards and makes it’s hardware statuses known to VMWare. This simple to use plugin deploys in just minutes and can be setup by anyone with little or no  knowledge of LabTech functions and processes. If you want to see in action the easiest ESX Hardware Health Monitor available for LabTech then have a peek at our video on our YouTube Channel.

 

Never be in the dark again over hardware health!

 

Get alerts and tickets when hardware failures are detected. Using the monitor agent supplied with the plugin get quick responses to failures and warnings directly from VMWare. When alarms happen get emails, tickets and messaging alerting you to the failure that is taking place on the hardware.

Plugins4LabTech’s VMWare Health Monitor plugin for Labtech uses an agent to talk to VMware ESX hosts and retrieves the CIM data for the hardware the ESX host is running on. The plugin processes this data and stores it in LabTech’s database to be used in the views and alarms the plugin issues when failures are seen. You will see data on your RAID arrays and SCSI controllers, Power Supplies failures and system overheats. If the hardware is reporting it to VMWare we can see it.

 

Main ESX Health Monitor Console

The main view lets you see all the ESX hosts under management sorted by Client. In this view you are able to turn on and off the collection of data, set the interval of how often the data is collected and enable alerting for any seen failures.

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ESX Health Monitor Client Console Tab

The Client Console tab is where you would add and delete the ESX Hosts you want to monitor. You are able to force the update of ESX CIM data by selecting to rescan ESX hosts and you can view the full CIM data list of any ESX Host.

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ESX Health Monitor CIM Data

The CIM Data view shows all the collected CIM data on a given ESX host. If any data is in a state not considered ok then those lines will be represented with warning and alarming icons. You will also get the hardware manufactures data back and in the case of Dell that is the Hardware type and Service Tag.

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ESX Health Monitor Internal Agent

Under the main view you can select to enable alerts. When you do this agent is created in the internal monitors of LabTech. You can use this monitor to email, ticket, alert or message anyone when failures are picked up.

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A simple plugin all self contained and easy to deploy.  Just a few clicks to configure and you have data. So easy to use anyone can setup and have it working in just a few minutes.

 

The plugin is currently with the Squid Squad getting a final review before we release the new plugin. Follow our release notes at http://support.plugins4labtech.com

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5 Responses to “VMWare ESX Hardware Health monitor for Labtech”

  1. Thanks, guys! Is this a replacement for your previous ESXi plugin, or is this ESX-only?

  2. Cubert says:

    It handles ESX4.1 ESXi-6

    Yes, it is a new and improved remake of the original. What has changed is it is now fully self contained. You install the DLL to LT server and that is it. The plugin does the rest for you. No more groups, no more scripts imports, no more supporting files to manage just install and add hosts.

    We also fixed many things that were just broken in the original. We just released build 4.0.0.15 to the Squad last night which has added several new features to what we had already released to the squad. So this guy is really shaping up to be a leader in VMWare management for Labtech.

    Very cool stuff.

  3. Cubert says:

    Ops.. looks like it removed the “Through” part.. That’s ESX4 through ESXi 6

  4. Tim says:

    Hi Cubert, this looks awesome! I was wondering if you’re going to keep this as a free plugin (like previous versions)? Or will this be trial/paid only? Either way, looking for to taking this for a test drive.

  5. brett says:

    How do you get the alerting setup? We have alerting enabled in the main view and the internal monitor was created. We can not get it to actually alert us though.

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