zabbix ?

anyone used this for monitoring hosts and VMs and if so any good??

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We did, but we think that are better solutions.

e.g. Nagios (Open Source and Free).

VMware vCenter Operations Manager or Veeam One is also free the basic edition.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
can you explain why better?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is more support for Nagios for VMware vSphere, Zabbix is just a general monitoring appliance.

Operations Manager is even better because it has access to all the vCenter Server database, for Capacity Planning.

It depends what you requirements are in terms of Monitoring Hosts and Guests ?
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Primarily for emailing/notifying - any server outages, spikes, reporting of resources etc..
we only have essentials though.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vCenter Server can do all that, do you use vCenter Server ?
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
just installed the appliance recently yes.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So, does it not provide all your monitoring needs ?
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
don't think it does.  looking at just monitoring host availability by way of email.
does it provide any reporting?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vCenter Server will send emails if a host is down or disconnected.

What sort of reporting ?

Capacity? Performance ?

vCenter provides lots of performance graphs, you can print or export.

If you want reporting, look at Veeam One for FREE

http://www.veeam.com/virtual-server-management-one-free.html
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
mainly to monitor the hardware in the machine so if a disk fails, psu.
i see i can setup alerts fro resources which i good..
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Look at Veeam One.
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