Monitoring VMware can quickly become a nightmare with an inappropriate monitoring solution. When not automated, the adding and management of VMs in your monitoring is cumbersome. At the same time, without granular filtering capabilities, you can quickly lose track of what's going on. The monitoring also needs to properly capture information from disparate sources so that IT teams can easily identify potential problems and inefficiently used resources in virtualized environments.
With the vSphere virtualization platform, VMware provides a popular solution for deploying virtual machines in data center infrastructures. In addition to the production VMs and the hypervisors, there are usually other software and hardware components that should be monitored. These include, for example, the VMware vCenter Server (or vCenter for short) management software, which usually also runs on a VM, as well as storage and networks.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up scalable VMware monitoring in just a few minutes. Checkmk is particularly well-suited for this purpose, as it facilitates the implementation with several automation mechanisms. It additionally has the ability to combine monitoring data from multiple sources in a meaningful way. For example, in the case of VMware, Checkmk merges information from the main vSphere components (vCenter, ESXi and the VMs) into your monitoring. Checkmk also helps you monitor backup solutions, such as Veeam Backup and Replication.