monitoring esxi host machine

Currently I have 3 HP DL380 G8 Servers which are my hosts which support my 40 or so guest servers.
If one of my host computers has a problem how can I send an email alert.
As of now , daily I walk to the server room to see if my VMware ESXi 5.5 host servers have any issue's
So, I'm wondering what is available to monitor my virtual environment.
I feel HP should provide a tool for this, or a plugin to VMware.
Or maybe VMware already has something for monitoring the host machines and alerting when there are issues.
Please let me know if you need any further information and any information is greatly appreciated
EkuskowskiAsked:
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
Do you have vcenter, it monitors the hosts and can send alerts.

The hosts themselves should be able to as well.

HP has the iLO board as well which will send alerts

lastly if you don't have one get a good NMS, I like OpManager from ManageEngine.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to plug in at least VMware vCenter Server, which is a management tool, which will manage all your VMs and Hosts, which you can configure, and they it will send email alerts for VMs and Hosts.

http://www.vmware.com/uk/products/vcenter-server

OR...

you can download and install HP Systems Insight Manager

http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/hpsim/dl_windows.html

Which can monitor your hosts health, and there are paid plugins, which can then manage your VMs.

Be warned HP SIM is complicated to get working and install!

There are many free alternatives, which use SNMP (which you will need the licensed version of ESXi, not the free version to use.).

Nagios is a popular FREE monitoring tool.
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
OK, So I have VMware Vcenter, is there an hp plugin for vsphere client. it seems installing HP SIM is complicated and may not be worth my time, if vcenter can provide the level of monitoring that will be needed.
if a powersupply fails on a host, can vcenter send an email alert ? or a hard drive failuere, or memory problem ?
that is what im  looking to do
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MarkieSCommented:
Configure vCentre with your email server details.
Configure your host in vCentre with Alarm Monitoring.

Emails will then be sent if something happens to one of your hosts.  

In combination with a fully meshed SAN storage solution, you can setup automated migration of your Guests to the other hosts, away from the faulty host.
Then work on the faulty host knowing the rest are taking the strain with no downtime.

Beautiful system.

MarkieS
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The question is, did you install the OEM HP version of ESXi which monitors the hardware, if yes if a power supply fails, or disk fails, you will get an email from vCenter Server.
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
When I look under Add Alarm for one of the  host servers - I only have 8 triggers to choose
host console swapin rate
host console swapout rate
host cpu usage
host disk usage
host memory usage
host network usage
host power state
host swap pages write

I'm not sure if HP OEM was used during install, could that be my problem ? is there a way to add more triggers for HP servers at this time ?

We do have a SAN and we are configured for Vmotion with the high availability.  but If I dod not have the alarms and the monitoring. Then I do not think I'm configured for Guests to automatically move when the host has a problem.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, do you have a option Tab - Hardware Status ?

it should show the HP server, health devices it can manage and monitor.
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
Yes, I do have the Hardware Staus Tab, and I do see the staus of everything I would like to alert on.
How do I configure the alerts on these items listed in hardware status ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you see disks ?

if you have VMware HA configured correctly, VMs will restart on host failure.
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MarkieSCommented:
Install  HP OneView and HP Insight Control on your vCentre server to access the alarms you require.
You should have a HP management tab in vCentre
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
I do see the disks and I think the VM's will restart on host failure.  I want to be alerted if a single hard drive fails on a host machine, or if a power supply loses power.

I'll look into HP OneView and HP Insight Control.  Once these are installed, will that give me the HP management tab ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's more complicated than that, HP SIM, is the Dashboard, which monitors and reports on HP servers.
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
I'm going to preface this with I have not done any research yet on the HP tools, but I will today.
In order to use HP Oneview and/or HP Insight control do I need to install HP SIM ?

A colleague also mentioned that they used to use HP Insight and recommended I start with that.

If I install HP Insight control on a physical server can I use it to monitor my ESXi host servers also ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can use HP SIM (Systems Insight Manager) to monitor your hosts hardware.
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EkuskowskiAuthor Commented:
Great Thanks for the information, I am going to use HP SIM for now
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