Veeam Introduces Free System Center 2012 Management Pack 10-Pack for VMware Monitoring

April 16, 2012

Veeam makes great products! I really love their nWorks Management Pack to include VMware metrics into System Center Operations Manager 2007 and 2012. They offer various advantages over the classical approach using only vCenter:

  • Use the advantages of the SCOM datawarehouse to enableĀ data aggregation of VMware metrics. It is finally possible to report about VMware metrics over a period of up to 400-days! (or more if you change the grooming settings in your datawarehouse)
  • Get VM IO metrics even if they reside on NFS NetApp storage. (I’m told by my VMware engineers that this isn’t posible in VCenter)
  • Get advanced alerting possibilities using the standard used by your Operations team: System Center Operations Manager
  • Enable deep integration of the operator’s view from the VMware perspective until the applications running on it.

It really is software you can’t live without if you want to monitor all levels of your datacenter. Example screenshot:

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My fellow VMware engineers also love their Back-up & replication solution! I’m not an expert in that field, so I won’t bother you with these details :).

Veeam just made a big announcement on the Microsoft Management Summit:

FREE 10 sockets of Veeam Management Pack

The Veeam Management Pack 10-Pack – a free VMware monitoring solution exclusively for new Veeam MP customers worldwide who are using Microsoft System Center 2012.

The Veeam Management Pack 10-Pack includes:

  • A free 10-socket license of the Veeam Management Pack for deep VMware monitoring in System Center 2012
  • One full year of maintenance and support

This is great news for a lot of my smaller customers who found the prices of Veeam rather steep. Keep up the great work Veeam!

All info can be found on the following link:
http://www.veeam.com/news/veeam-introduces-free-system-center-2012-management-pack-10-pack-for-vmware-monitoring170.html

Get your free management pack at:
http://www.veeam.com/SC2012


Upgrade Veeam nWorks to version 5.7

April 16, 2012

What do you need?

  • SCOM 2007 R2 or higher of course šŸ™‚
  • The nworks 5.7 installer.
  • An already working nworks 5.6 environment.
  • Your SQL collation settings for SCOM should be SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS. If not, the reports won’t be pushed to the report server.
  • Also, SQL Reporting Server 2008 or higher is recommended.

How to install?

First, start the nworks EMS installer. As always, I am starting the installer from a command prompt with administrative privileges.



Setup is detecting that a previous version of nworks was installed. Click on yes:



Click on next:



Click on I accept and next:



Here you need to enter the path to the converted license file. Contact Veeam to convert your orginal license file to a license file for the new version. Click on next:



Enter the path where you want to install veeam:



Enter the TCP port that will be used to access the nWorks Enterprise Manager. The standard port is 8084:



Enter the credentials for the service account and click on next:



Click on Install:



Click on finish:



Click on logoff en logon again to upgrade the last components. This is needed to update group membership for the logged on user account:



Now start the nworks UI update, of course from a command prompt with administrative privileges:



Click on yes:



Click on next:



Click on I accept and on yes:



Click on next:



Enter the details of the enterprise manager we just installed and click on next:



Enter the tcp port for the WebUI, here left default, and click on next:



Click on Install:



Click on finish:



Now start the nworksVIC installer from a command prompt with administrative privileges:



Click on Yes:



Click on next:



Click on I accept and next:



Enter the path where you want to install the software and click on next:



Enter the details of the enterprise management server we installed earlier:


Enter the details of the service accounts:



Click on Install:



Click on finish:



Import the new management pack. Open the System Center Operations Manager 2007 console with OpsMgr administrator credentials. Navigate to administration => management packs:



Right-click management packs and select Import Management Packsā€¦:



Click on add from disk:



You can select no because all dependencies should already be met:



Select the management pack:



Click on Install:



Now click on close:



To check that the installation went fine, op en the nwoks enterprise manager (on the server you just installed it on):



Log in with credentials with enough rights:



Ensure everything is ok:



Now return to the SCOM console and go to monitoring => nworks Vmware\_Enterprise Manager Dashboard
Select the collectors in the collector state view.



Click on the “Configure OpsMgr agent” task:



Click on run:



This should be it!