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Hi,

I have this home lab which I d like to monitor.
What to monitor? Esxi, some vm s on a Windows domain, a sonicwall firewall, 2 switches, a laptop, network usage, cpu, ram. Possibility of mailalerts and a web dashboard. Also monitoring via app on iphone would be nice.

I tried zabbix and oppsview. Please comment on your prefered vm appliance monitoring or monitoring in this case.
I m looking for something pkain and simple to setup.
J.
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by:Alex Green
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You could check out some of the Nagios monitoring applications.
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by:janhoedt
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No nagios, to much effort for a simple lab. Btw, opsview is nagios based.
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vCenter Operations Manager, a breeze to setup in 15 minutes. (this is just for VMware).

http://www.vmware.com/uk/products/vcenter-operations-manager/

We also use PRTG (http://www.paessler.com/prtg) and SolarWinds - http://www.solarwinds.com.
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by:Abhilash
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Check the VeeamOne toold. it has no restrictions on the number of hosts, gives reporting and also has a dashboard
http://www.veeam.com/virtual-server-management-one-free.html
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by:janhoedt
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Thanks but indeed Veeam is indeed only for VMWare, SolarWinds and PRT are paying.
I guess I have to stick with Zabbix.
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by:Abhilash
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Veeam is for both VMware and HyperV.
But you really can't expect a free tool to monitor your lab end to end with all the server,storage and network components included.
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by:janhoedt
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Zabbix can.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for janhoedt's comment #a39835238

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Comments have been provided by Experts, in response to:-

Please comment on your prefered vm appliance monitoring or monitoring in this case.

I m looking for something pkain and simple to setup.

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suribaba801 earned 250 total points
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Best free monitoring tool, simple and easy to setup :
ServersCheck Monitoring Software. By default it runs in the freeware mode. It isn't time limited.

You can purchase a commercial license to check more servers then i think 20 and to get commercial support too.

This tool can send email and I think they even have a IOS app for your iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/servercheck/id418287795?mt=8

Please assign points if OK for you.

best regards,
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by:janhoedt
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I don t find any software to download for servercheck, there is no vm appliance either.
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by:suribaba801
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I dont understand why you assigned points to Andrew where you accepted my post ???
anyways here is the download link :

http://www.serverscheck.com/monitoring_software/download.asp

enjoy !
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