This page walks you through the steps required to start basic monitoring of VMware.
Who this guide is for
This guide is designed for new Zabbix users and contains the minimum set of steps required to enable basic monitoring of VMware. If you are looking for deep customization options or require more advanced configuration, see the Virtual machine monitoring section or the Configuration section of Zabbix manual.
Before proceeding with this guide, you need to download and install Zabbix server and Zabbix frontend according to the instructions for your OS.
This guide is based on the following setup:
It is assumed that VMware is already configured. This guide does not cover the configuration of VMware.
To monitor VMware, the vmware collector Zabbix processes need to be enabled. For more information on how VMware monitoring is performed, see Virtual machine monitoring.
1. Open the Zabbix server configuration file.
3. Restart Zabbix server.
Once the vmware collector processes have been started, move on to the next step.
1. Log into Zabbix frontend.
2. Create a host in Zabbix web interface:
3. Click the Add button to create the host. This host will represent your VMware environment.
Congratulations! At this point, Zabbix is already monitoring your VMware environment.
Depending on the configuration of your VMware environment, Zabbix may discover and then create hosts for the discovered entities. Note that the discovery and creation of hosts can also be executed manually, if necessary.
To view created hosts, navigate to the Data collection → Hosts menu section.
To view collected metrics, navigate to the Monitoring → Hosts menu section and click Latest data next to the created "VMware environment" host or one of the hosts that were created for the discovered entities.
This action will open a list of all the latest metrics collected from the selected host.
Note that some items have no data and the Not supported state. This is because Zabbix cannot find valid performance counters on the specific datastore, as it is not enabled in the VMware environment being monitored.
Zabbix can notify you about a problem with your infrastructure using a variety of methods. This guide provides basic configuration steps for sending email alerts.
2. Follow the guide for Receiving a problem notification.
Next time, when Zabbix detects a problem, you should receive an alert via email.