Cheapest way to do SNMP monitoring with VMware ESXi 4?

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We are comfortable with installing Dell OpenManage on VMware ESX 4 and getting SNMP monitoring setup.

We have been testing SNMP monitoring with VMware ESXi 4 and have gotten the Dell VIB installed and have it configured to the point where it is sending out the SNMP to a a trap server. The problem that we have run into is that it wants us to license it which means spending money.

So I guess my question is are you able to do SNMP monitoring of ESXi 4 without paying anything? If not what is the cheapest option to achieve SNMP monitoring of the host?
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Top Expert 2009

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Try enabling via rcli refer to http://salawank.performance-weaver.com/?p=66

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We're using the Zenoss virtual appliance.  It is easy to install, full featured, and after 6 months I'll say it is reliable.  Oh and the best part - FREE.

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I did run across that article, while it would work it is circumventing the licensing requirements which I don't want to do. I would like to properly license it as cheap as possible to allow for SNMP monitoring.
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Top Expert 2008
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$500 purchase vSphere Essentials, it will give you vCenter which you can install on an XP workstation.  It will also give you 3 licenses for ESX/ESXi and with vCenter you can do proactive reporting via SNMP/email.  It will also give you 1 year support which is worth $500 by itself if you are in a jam
Top Expert 2009

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As you aware..its the limitation so no choice but to purchase the license...cant expect much from free thingy
As Paul said...vmware tech support is crucial if you are stucked
Unless you just want basic monitoring the host is up/down, script can be alternative solution and no snmp is required

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We are going to go with Essentials Plus for the sole reason that production support is not offered with Essentials which we want to have.
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Essentials Plus is nice, I believe it has VDR (VMware Data Recovery)which means that you can do vmware centric backups.

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