VMturbo released a free software (for up to 4 hosts and one cluster) called VMturbo Operations Manager Lite. It’s a “light-weight” version of their flagship VMturbo Operations Manager. You can download an OVA file from their site here, and use this software for free to monitor your environment. In fact the download gets you also a trial license for Operations Manager which after 30 days transforms into a Lite version.
From the e-mail:
Thank you for your interest in VMTurbo Operations Manager Lite. As an extra bonus, your experience will start with a 30-Day Trial of Enterprise Operations Manager.
The installation is simple:
- Download Operations Manager Lite here.
- Deploy the OVA file to your environment and start the VM.
- Check the IP information and connect via web browser (Flash is required).
- The initial username is administrator and the password is vmturbo.
You get a license via e-mail when you register for the download.
Operations Manager will automatically give you the option to downgrade to to Operations Manager Lite – control for one VMware cluster with up to four hosts or Virtual Health Monitor if you prefer.
Here is a screenshot from the lab – the target configuration:
Note that to see some values the engine needs to gather some metrics first. VMturbo says up to 2 hours…. but in the lab with few VMs and few hosts the stats got gathered more quickly than that. The time I started to seen some values was rather in minutes, not hours.
Once logged in, on the right top there is an icon which gives you some first help. You can browse the documentation sets (installed locally on the VM) or download a User Guide in PDF.
The HTML help is quite nice as you can quickly browse through or use the built-in search engine too. You can find the what’s new section as well. It can definitely help you to get started by explaining the basic principles like the Menu bar, tool bar, the flyout panels or To Do lists… It’s definitely the place to start with as the product has some learning curve ….
I reported in the past on VMturbo operations manager 5.3 which brought:
- QoS for Microsoft Exchange Server environments
- DB control in the app layer for MySQL
- Nutanix integration
My detailed post on it can be found here.
But there is another release – 5.4 which is out. You can find the release notes of that version 5.4u1 here.
If you’re upgrading, you don’t need to install the versions “in-between”. The latest release has all the necessary patches…
It’s also possible to configure a domain logons and log in with domain accounts. Information which I found through the FAQ:
To specify an Active Directory server to use for authentication, provide the Active Directory server’s full domain name or IP address, and click “Apply.”
When creating a user account that is managed by Active Directory, you must specify the user name and the Active Directory domain. You can use the following formats for a user name:
- [email protected]
When the user logs in, he or she must use the same format that you specified for the account. For this reason, we suggest that you use the same format for all user accounts that are managed by Active Directory.
VMturbo is one of the larger companies which allows not only monitor, but also maintain the infrastructure in a desired state.
There is that video I like, called the N-Dimensional Problem, on their site which shows how difficult (see impossible) is to handle by hand the tasks of maintaining the best possible performance and efficiency in virtual environments.