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VMware ESXi 5.0 and Dell Server/SAN setup, what monitoring software to use

Hi,

I have a small VMware ESXi 5.0 setup with 3 hosts (Dell PowerEdge servers) and 1 SAN (Dell PowerVault MD3000i) and a couple of HP switches and Sonicwalls for routers.

I want to setup the simplest monitoring/alerting system so that we know if there is a hardware/software failure, hard drives going bad, etc.

I know there's the Dell vCenter Plugin but I don't know if that will do email alerts and it will only monitor the Dell hosts, not any third party appliance:
http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/d/virtualization/management-plug-in-for-vmware-vcenter

There's also the new Open Manage Essentials Download which might also do switches but I'm not sure if it will do third party switches, etc.:
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1989.openmanage-essentials.aspx

The main item I'd like to be able to monitor is hard drive and RAID status and be able to configure RAID's remotely. I'm not sure if the above products are the best solution for this, whether I should use both or another product entirely.

Thanks, Jonathan
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OK thanks.

Can it also retrieve management information/SNMP from HP switches, Sonicwalls, etc.
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Do you know if it can be installed on the same server as vCenter or are there known conflicts?
Open Manage is a Dell Management platform. You would need to use a generic SNMP Manager, e.g Orion Solarwinds to manage all SNMP devices.

You can install on vCenter Server.
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Can't OpenMangle monitor the MD3000 and switches? I'm pretty sure you can get HP SIM to monitor it through SNMP even though HP are one of the few server vendors who don't OEM the Engenio SAN. It might even be able to monitor the Dell hosts, it certainly used to be able to monitor them when they ran Windows or Linux without VMware.
I'm a long term Zabbix user. You can monitor anything it's free, it's opensource and you can
run it as an appliance in esxi.

You can also give a shot to SpiceWorks (windows software)
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Thanks for the responses. I was able to get Dell Open Manage Essentials working.

However, when importing the MIBs (using the MIB import tool) for the HP 2510G switch, there's dozens of them. And each MIB file has multiple items and you have to manually assign the severity level to each item.

How would I know which severity level to assign to each of them, its completely arbitrary? I could assign a wrong severity level to an item and when it comes up in the future not be properly notified.

I hope this makes sense. Thanks.

Jonathan
You need to plan and design what Severity Level you require, when assigning MIBs.
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So I guess its just a long manual process of going through each one, one by one and arbitrarily deciding what the severity levels are.

I would think that HP and others would have this predefined so you wouldn't have to decide, yes, a bad ethernet port is severe, etc.

Thanks.
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I see. Well I guess I'll have to go through them one by one. I should be getting back to this in a few days. I'll let you know.