VMware ESX and ESXi host monitoring.

We have some HP DL380's G5 and G6 and will be getting a new G7 soon. We are running ESX 4.1 now but will be moving to ESXi 5.x soon. We have had a few drive failures and did not know until we saw the light on the drive.

Does Insight Manager work with both ESX and ESXi? If so what are some goo resources to see how to set it up with ESX and ESXi.

I am looking for a step by step on how to install this on both ESX and ESXi.

Although vCenter monitors the health of a server it will not detect an array member going off line only if the whole array goes off line.
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RickEpnetAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The first question, is which version of VMware ESXi did you download?

from VMware or HP?

If you downloaded and installed from VMware, it's likely you'll be missing the OEM CIM providers, which additionally manage the health of the server, If a RAID cionfiguration fails, even battery failure, or charge, vCenter will alert and email.

HP Systems Insight Manager does work with ESX and ESXi, providing you use the HP OEM version of ESXi, if you want to manage ESX, all you need to do is install the HP Agents on ESX, HP Agents are only for ESX, not ESXi.

So, future, download ESXi 5.0 from HP, not VMware.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
other options if you do not fancy HP Systems Insight Manager, which can be a project in itself, to get correctly installed and monitoring is Nagios - http://www.nagios.org/
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
We have not downloaded ESXi yet. I am aware of the VMware downloads from HP I did not realize that is why you should download them. Thanks that helps.

How do we install the Agents on ESX and does it require a restart of the Host?
Once we install the Agents on ESX how do we use Insight manager to monitor the hosts?

Regarding Nagios please explain how Nagios can monitor the Drives in an HP array on an ESX host please. We would be interested in this since we are using Nagios already.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can add the OEM CIM providers to a VMware ESXi version downloaded from VMware, but it's much easier just to install the HP version.

Download the Agents from HP here for DL380 G5/G6 for ESX 4.x.

Installation:
Login as the system administrator (i.e., root), download the HP Insight Management Agents package to a directory on the hard drive. Navigate to that directory and unpack the contents of the package by typing:

    tar -zxvf hpmgmt-8.6.0a-vmware4x.tgz

This will create two new directories (./hpmgmt and ./hpmgmt/860a) under the current directory. Navigate to the ./hpmgmt/860 directory and view the README file for installation instructions.

It is required that the virtual machines (VM) on the ESX host be in either powered off or suspend state due to the installation/uninstallation scripts will put the ESX host into maintenance mode to be able to install/uninstall the agents.


If during installation/uninstallation, there is the detection of an active VM (i.e., the state of the VM  is not either suspend or power off), a message is posted to the screen and the installation/uninstallation will terminate. The user must determine what to do with the detected VM. Once the user has either moved the VM off the ESX host or placed the VM in powered off or suspend state. the user can go ahead and execute the  installation/uninstallation of the Management Agents.

It does not require a restart if the HOST, but I WOULD NOT APPLY to any production machine without, entering maintenace mode, and ensuring VMs are off, or vMotioned to another host. Standard Best Practices apply.

You would need to install HP Systems Insight Manager and add the hosts to Insight Manager, you will also need to ensure, that when answering the questions to installing Agents SNMP traps are sent to the HP Systems Insight Manager .

After installing Agents, set the trap destination to your Nagios server to recieve alerts.
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
Is there any Nagios plugins for ESX 4.1?

Not ESXi

Thanks!!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The same should work.
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