A Guided Install of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Management Pack for VMware (Part Two)

by bluemedora_editor on December 15, 2015

The Blue Medora Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware provides fully integrated continuous monitoring of VMware-based virtualization environments. This blog provides a visual guide for implementing the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for VMware vSphere environments from Blue Medora. The information provided in this blog series is intended to supplement, not replace, the online User Guide available on the Blue Medora support portal. The environment used in this walkthrough is Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, version 12.1.0.5.0.

This blog is the second part of a series of blogs on the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware. Part one guided you through the installation of the plugin. In part two, we will be covering initial target discovery and promoting VMware targets.

After successfully deploying the plug-in to both the Oracle Management Server and the selected Oracle Management Agent, we will now deploy the VMware Home target manually. If these steps have not been performed, please refer to Part One of this blog series or the Installation Guide.

From the EM12c Web UI, navigate to Setup -> Add Target -> Add Targets Manually.

Select Add Non-Host Targets by Specifying Target Monitoring Properties. From the Target Type drop-down menu, select VMware Home. Specify the Monitoring Agent that we deployed the plug-in in previous steps and click Add Manually.[vc_single_image image=”5239″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

Specify monitoring properties for the VMware vSphere target type:

  • Target Name: Name of the VMware vSphere target type instance. Note: this value will be used later for discovery of additional target types, and will be used to build the target names of the additional target types.
  • vCenter Username: Service or user account with necessary privileges to connect to the VMware vSphere API.
  • vCenter Password: Password for the user enter for vSphere Username.
  • EULA (Yes/No): Agree to the End User License Agreement.
  • License: Enter the license key provided by Blue Medora.
  • vSphere Hostname: Hostname of the VMware vSphere server that is hosting the web services SDK.
  • vCenter SDK Port: Port on the vSphere host that the web services SDK is listening. Default is port 443. Please note that this is not the same port as the Web User Interface.

 

For more information on the specific permissions needed for the vCenter Username refer to this Blue Medora support article.

After entering the required values for configuration select Test Connection. If all values are accurate and accessible, the Test Connection will conclude in a passing result.

After the Test Connection has been fully validated, click OK to finish the target addition.

Now that the VMware Home target has been added, allow a few minutes for the plugin to perform the first collection cycle. Navigate to the VMware Home target by selecting Targets -> All Targets and clicking on the Target as named in the previous configuration steps.[vc_single_image image=”5241″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

The VMware Home page should appear with a summary of the VMware environment.[vc_single_image image=”5242″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]Now that we have a VMware Home target online, we can begin discovering VMware vSphere-related targets.

From the EM12c Web UI, navigate to Setup -> Add Target -> Configure Auto Discovery.

The Configure Auto Discovery screen will appear. Click on the Targets on Hosts tab.

From the Targets and Hosts tab on the Setup Discovery page, highlight the Agent Host Name used in target discovery and click Discovery Modules to configure.[vc_single_image image=”5243″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

The Configure discover modules and parameters on this host screen will appear. Click the checkbox next to vSphere Discovery Module to enable target discovery for module on host. Click OK to save the configuration change.[vc_single_image image=”5244″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

You will be returned to the Setup Discovery page. Highlight the Agent and click Discover Now. Click Yes to proceed with the Discovery. A dialog box will appear to notify when the discovery is completed.

Close the Discovery Completed Successfully dialog box. Click the Discovered Targets Value for the Host you’ve been configuring the plugin on.[vc_single_image image=”5245″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

The Auto Discovery Results screen will appear. If Discovery has been configured and executed successfully, you should see a list of VMware vSphere targets in the list of Non-Host Targets.[vc_single_image image=”5246″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]Now that we have successfully discovered the VMware targets, we will begin the promoting the newly discovered target.

There are a variety of VMware vSphere-related Target Types discovered by the plug-in including VMware Home, Datacenter, Clusters, Hypervisors, Datastores, and Virtual Machines. It is required to highlight each target separately or highlight multiple targets of the same Target Type. Make your selection and click Promote.

Close the Confirmation dialogue box and return to the Auto Discovery Results screen and repeat this process until all of the vSphere Target Types and Targets that you want discovered in EM12c have been promoted.

Once you have promoted all your VMware target types, the Installation, Discovery, and Promotion process is complete. After an initial start-up time of approximately 10-15 minutes, you will be able to navigate to the VMware targets and view the data. Navigate to Targets -> All Targets. You should see the vSphere targets you promoted in previous steps.[vc_single_image image=”5247″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]

To confirm that everything that the entire Deployment, Install, Discovery, and Promotion process has been successful, click any of the vSphere Targets and verify that data is returning.[vc_single_image image=”5248″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”]This concludes the final part of the blog series on the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plugin for VMware. To enable Virtual Machine management functionality, refer to the additional configuration steps detailed in the Installation Guide. Installation assistance and access to documentation can be found on the Blue Medora Support Portal. For pricing or licensing information please contact us.

Thank you for following along during this guided install, and enjoy monitoring VMware resources information from the comfort of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control.

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