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Score 8 out of 10
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Building a consolidated view of the infrastructure that supports your virtualized environment is hard. App owners blame the OS. The OS admins blame the DBAs. The DBAs always blame storage. Everyone blames the network team. And, when all else fails, they blame virtualization. VMAN stitches together a consolidated view of your environment and let's you do it without investing in additional tools from VMware. Using the SolarWinds Orion authentication, you can even give non-admin users views and access to your environment through a single interface.
  • Beautiful inventory of the guests and hosts running in a cluster, and how they are organized in your environment
  • Own other SolarWinds modules like SRM, APM, etc? AppStack puts everything in a single, lineage view.
  • Automates tasks for non-admins and/or run teams -- vMotion? Yep. Shutdown a VM? Sure.
  • Latest version integrates beautifully with Orion. No more running virtual appliances. Everything is built on the Orion framework!
  • Want to build alert? The Orion alerting engine is easy to use, intuitive, and supports SQL, SWQL, and drag/drop alert logic definition.
  • VMware is the platform that gets top billing. HyperV is supported, but is a 2nd class citizen
  • We encountered duplicate instances of VMware hosts. It was a pain to clean up
  • Credential manager hasn't been updated since -- forever. Investigating authentication issues/managed host issues is an exercise in futility.
Virtualization obfuscates a portion of your infrastructure. Virtualization admins have to know virtualization, Windows/Linux OSes, storage, networking, etc. Virtualization Manager helps break down those barriers of entry to new admins and gives visibility, reporting, and alerting capacity to experienced admins.

Regardless of the size of your environment, from a single cluster with a few hosts, to multiple virtual data centers, housing dozens and dozens of clusters, with thousands of VMs, VMAN can scale to give the insight needed. It did for us!
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Score 8 out of 10
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We had a member of the team on long term medical leave and we needed something that could help other members of the team monitor the VMWare infrastructure. This was the best option that we could afford. We found it fairly easy to configure and we tied it into the rest of our SolarWinds environment.
  • Overall view of hosts, VMs and Storage
  • Monitoring
  • Multi platform
  • It can be a little slow
  • Alerts could be more comprehensive
Our long-time virtual infrastructure manager had to go on medical leave and we were not sure if it would be short or long term. This tool allowed us to manage the short term while preparing for long term options.
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January 30, 2019

VMAN is the Man

Score 8 out of 10
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Virtualization Manager is being used by the IT department to manage and monitor our relatively large, global VMware environment. We have issues with virtual machines being over provisoned, snapshots not consolidated or removed, VMware tools not kept up to date, hardware issues with ESXi hosts. Virtualization Manager was purchased after a successful POC to cover the entire estate and reduce the aforementioned problems.
  • The volume of data available from Virtualization Manager out of the box is huge. We were shocked at the amount of issues we had that Virtualization Manager highlighted within the first few days.
  • The ability to add additional widgets into seperate screens giving valuable VM and host insight.
  • The recommending/reporting element is fantastic and we use it daily to keep track of whats changing in our VM environment.
  • We did have issues during the setup, with successfully connecting to some of our hosts and vCenters and we found support were just sending us back to articles we had already read, it was also taking long periods before getting a response. The issue is still ongoing, in fact.
Virtualization Manager is well suited to any enterprise organisation where the VM sprawl is getting out of hand or if you have hosts in different locations with different staff managing the inventory. It gives control back to you and a deep dive into whats actually happening on the hosts.
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Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is used by the IT systems engineer. This tool enabled us to monitor all the virtual servers in the environment. It works across different platforms like VMware and Hyper-V. The system helped to detect virtual server problems before they occur and perform proactive maintenance. SolarWinds VMAN has advanced reporting capabilities and a customizable dashboard. We used this application to forecast the virtual environment growth and accordingly estimate annual budget.
  • I created custom dashboards, to view the different elements of the virtual environment. For example, you can view the number of online VMs and those off, or disconnected. You can also choose to see the status of every virtual cluster, the storage disk usage on every VM, the RAM usage, CPU usage.
  • I used this application to see the growth of virtual memory in each cluster and accordingly do forecasting for future growth. A capacity planner included in this application would help in doing accurate estimations and setting a future upgrade budget.
  • Another powerful tool was the customized reports, where i could generate reports on any element of the VM or cluster. Reports can be exported to Excel or PDF and are very useful for sharing information with colleagues and management.
  • Alerts can be customized. For example, you can set a rule to get an email alert if any virtual server RAM usage exceeds 85% and send a text message if RAM usage exceeds 90% for more than 10 minutes.
  • Generating a new license key upon renewal and then installing the new key is not a straightforward process. I think license renewal should be handled using easier methods
  • Solarwinds VMAN is a VM itself, so in case the cluster or ESX/host where it resides fails, there won't be a way to get alerted.
  • There account managers are really annoying, every year they start calling and sending emails 3 month before renewal.
  • It is perfectly suited for environments with 100+ virtual servers. It is essential in environments with several clusters and 500+ virtual servers.
  • It would be optimal for hybrid environments with Hyper-V and VMware.
  • It can be expensive for small businesses.
  • It is not recommended in case most of the environment is on physical servers or cloud platforms
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Score 8 out of 10
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This is vital to our full stack monitoring solution. Spanning global datacentres and branch offices SW VM provides full coverage of our virtual estate. It's main benefit is resource both in human and technical sense. As an engineer allowing me to diagnose and resolve outages in a significantly quicker timeframe. Benefitting both end users for internal systems but also our customers.

Its in depth coverage also allows us to identify wasteful resources and maximise our efficiency bringing real savings to infrastructure on premise costs.
  • In depth VM and Host coverage, particularly metrics such as CPU ready time, no more calculations working out % based on ms latency - its all available at glance of a chart.
  • Coverage of both SAN and VM environments compliments eachother really well allowing us to diagnose any bottle necks within 15 minutes compared to an hour prior to using SW VM.
  • Custom dashboards allows all our engineers to customise their NOC views allowing the umbrella departments to quicker respond or be able to proactively work with other departments to avoid downtime.
  • AWS coverage, not had major chance to research but seems to lack native compatibility for AWS specific services - such as ECS / Cloudfront metrics etc.
  • Some container technologies such as Docker, again not had much time to research but upon first investigations doesn't seem as native to implement monitoring compared to say VMware.
  • AD deep dive monitoring - replication times etc.
It would appear more mature with regards to on premise workloads in comparison to cloud workloads - but I would like to imagine this is all being handled in the roadmap.

Also as per previous point with regards to container workloads. Not sure if agent of some form is being developed we could include in container images relatively easily?

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December 22, 2018

Virtualization Manager

Score 8 out of 10
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It is used to monitor our Vmware environment. It gives a clear view of the overall status of our 350+ virtualized servers allow us to see when we need to add more capacity of CPU, storage or IO.
  • It helps us determine where problems are and helps us determine what is a good cloud candidate.
  • Better performance.
It works good in a large environment.
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Score 10 out of 10
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As the Founder of Silverback Systems Services Ltd, an IT consultancy specialising in providing professional services to both end users and resellers of SolarWinds products, I find myself working with many different businesses who have a need to monitor their virtualisation infrastructure. Virtualisation Manager, or VMAN for short, is the best-in-class, vendor agnostic, tool which does that job in spades. Whether an organisation uses VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or a combination of both, VMAN provides all the details an organisation could want on their hypervisor estate. When integrated with other Orion modules, such as Server and Application Manager (SAM) and Network Performance Monitor (NPM), you get visibility across the whole estate, using Orion's AppStack™ environment views. In my experience, once a business takes up an evaluation of VMAN, they quickly find it a key part of their infrastructure team's toolset.
  • VMAN's powerful sprawl analyses allows businesses to see where their hypervisor estate can be made more efficient. Coupled with powerful capacity management, the efficiency gains allow the product to quickly start returning on it's investment, allowing businesses to do more with what they already have.
  • The recommendations provided by VNMAN allows administrators to schedule changes in compute, storage assignment, and host/guest balance. These changes can be automated to take place on a schedule to suit, with VMAN making the changes at the appropriate time, allowing businesses to potentially save on expensive out of hours administration.
  • It's not only on-premise! With VMAN you can monitor your cloud-based guests on Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.
  • Whilst VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V are the two big hitters in the hypervisor estate, VMAN lacks support for other popular solutions, such as Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM.
If you have on premise hypervisors, and they happen to be running vSphere or Hyper-V, you should look at picking up VMAN. It really is that simple. The insight it gives into your virtual infrastructure is far too important to ignore. Check out the free online demo via oriondemo.solarwinds.com, and click on "Dashboards>Virtualization" to see what you are missing out on.
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Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is used by the enterprise IT [department] to manage the VMWare environment daily. It gives deep insight beyond what vSphere can and also ties back to storage and hardware giving me a single pane of glass view.

  • Recommendations. Those are wonderful. You build out your environment based on a set of criteria from a vendor or others, only to find your resources are poorly used. The VMAN product allows you to make adjustments based on its recommendations and it automates the process for you.
  • Pinpoints guests with problems. It provides a graphical and then drills down details to the virtual guests with issues you need to address immediately.
  • Capacity planning and sprawl. VMAN gives you all the tools you need to prvent sprawl and plan for the future.
  • Licensing. One of the most glaring elements to SolarWinds is the way they license. I feel they could improve this a bit. It a easy process just costly.
  • They tell you about orphaned VMDK but don't tell you where it might be used. It says it might be, I feel it should check.
It's integrated with the SolarWinds Orion platform of tools, it has great insight, and works well. It has saved me staff by helping me be more automated and efficient. The automated alerting is very valuable and when combined with the other tools in Orion and offerings from SolarWinds gives you and complete solution for everyday use.
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Score 6 out of 10
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We currently use Virtualization Manager for maintenance and some basic levels of automation. On the maintenance side we use it to clean up old snapshots and send Slack notifications to our channels of impending removal. We just implemented checks for the VMs in vCenter, specifically our DHCP servers, and it will automatically reboot the VM if it detects issues. This also sends Slack notifications and escalates before paging our IT team if the simple reboot doesn't fix the issue.
  • Snapshot Management - It was extremely easy to implement and set up this piece, it is nice to have an automated tool for cleaning up snapshots because this is often forgotten in the day to day.
  • Basic Automation - it has the capability to restart VMs or make additional changes automatically on the fly, although we have only just started using this piece I see potential in its future use.
  • Easy integration - Was very easy to setup, the service account gets access to vcenter and then you login, it only takes a few minutes without a lot of in depth knowledge of either platform.
  • Application Monitoring with Virtualization Manager - It isn't very simple to implement a specific application and tie it to a multitude of servers, you can set it up on a one to one basis but you would have to do it individually per vm.
  • Virtualization Manager & Nodes - Nodes and VMs are treated differently in Solarwinds, even if you add a VM as a node, while it gives you different options for each, there is not a lot of cross over and we find that even when muting VMs/Nodes alerts still go through or get triggered
  • Weird Objects - there are some random objects that have appeared over time in our virtualization manager page, hosts, vms, that don't exist. There doesn't seem to be an easy way of removing them and I dont know where they came from. It is more of an annoyance than an actual issue but it flags false positives
It is great if you need a quick and fast solution, it is more of a Swiss Army Knife of monitoring tools, it does a lot of things, but if you really want to go in depth on something or get a certain amount of details it can be cumbersome. Sometimes the level of effort can be really low but it could also be really high; snapshot management was a big win and was very easy to implement. Management groups of VMs or nodes get more complicated even if it is a fleet of similar VMs that provide the same function, you are limited to the capabilities of Virtualization Manager. It doesn't allow for a lot of automation that we are looking to implement, we are looking to rebuild our VMs on the fly, utilize containerization, etc and this doesn't have enough functionality for this need.
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September 26, 2018

Our VMan

Score 8 out of 10
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We are using Virtualization Manager to get a complete view of our virtualized environment, VMware and HyperV in a single pane. Its use is focused in out IT infrastructure area. One benefit is the integration with other SolarWinds products such as Server Application Monitoring (SAM). This allows us to monitor the entire virtualization structure from performance at the guest level and how it impacts hosts performance.
  • Integration with VMware Virtual Center and Hypervisor hosts. Since we have a mixed virtual infrastructure VMan allows the administrators to quickly identify potential issues and conflicts across our virtual environment, without relying on separate tools for each technology.
  • The integration with other Solarwinds products allows for the ability to drill down into the other modules for a clearer view of detail associated with a process or event.
  • There were some issues migrating from the previous version to the latest version. Screen displays didn't always function as expected.
  • Due to licensing constraints, the ability to easily filter which devices to monitor and which to skip over in order to stay within the license limits.
  • The ability to set thresholds based on the guest or host's role in the virtualized environment. Databases might have a different threshold requirement than web servers.
VMan is best suited in an integrated SolarWinds monitoring environment where its interaction with the other modules increases its versatility. For organizations that are using mixed virtualization solutions, VMan offers a single pane of glass approach to monitoring those environments. If an organization is utilizing a single solution virtualization approach to that vendor's solution, VCenter for example, might suffice.


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Score 10 out of 10
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We utilize SolarWinds Virtualization Manager on a daily basis to monitor 2 sites, 3 Clusters. I utilize virtualization manager along with other tools to ensure that we are proactive rather than reactive. The main dashboard is displayed on a wall monitor to ensure that the team has full visibility to the environment.

The tool tells you if you have VM ware tools out of day, attached media to the virtual machine, data store over allocation, host running low on disk space, VMs rebooted, VM Phantom Snapshot Files, ... the list goes on and on. You have great visibility into resource allocation across the whole environment. CPU Utilization, CPU Ready, Memory Utilization, Data store I/O latency. I can't appreciate this tool enough; you get more out of this tool simply by asking Virtualization manager to discover your environment.

  • Set up and installation is unbelievably easy. Integration to Orion can be done with a point and a click after you have VM up and running.
  • Details across the environment are so very valuable ; they are color coded as to the severity of attention necessary to resolve any issue.
  • Capacity Planning is a must during budget processing and when users come to ask for additional resources to run an unplanned application.
  • I would love the ability to acknowledge that an image of a machine does not require VM Ware tools, therefore it should not trigger a condition to load the tools. We have images of servers and computers used to spin up machines; vm ware tools is loaded after the server or computer is provisioned for production.
  • When integrated with Orion, I would love not to loose my place in Virtualization Manager when I add additional resources to a resource map. Each time I add a resource to the map, I have to add what was previously there ... this is only when you integrate with Orion. Stand Alone, you can add, edit, delete resources to show on a map.
  • I am having a hard time coming up with additional room for improvement, as I do need to upgrade my current version when time permits. This is such a valuable tool that is used every day, multiple times a day!
So very well suited when your environment is totally virtualized. The details continue to push my team attend to the environment. I would hate to think about bringing up a virtual environment without SolarWinds Virtualization Manager. The CPU ready and data store I/O are great gauges to watch during the day and a quick glance or two over the weekend. You can tell if something is out of character right away.
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Score 7 out of 10
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It is great to have auto-monitoring from SolarWind's virtualization tool. We use this tool in our department. It is great if we want quick and fast results and solutions. It provides an accurate status of the system. I also like the way it can be used for monitoring troubleshooting and optimising; it's very simple to use. We use it for cleaning up data.
  • It provides information alerts and allows us to have the accurate status of the system.
  • Helps in problem solving before anything serious can arise.
  • Increases the uptime by optimising the provisions of the resources.
  • Simple to install and easy to use.
  • Gives graphical presentation by showing where the problem is shown.
  • It's a bit expensive.
  • A license is hard to get.
  • Better if it could be allowed to have a lot more automation.
Though it does not allow for a lot of automation, it's very easy to set up and grant access to an account. Very simple to use. For quick and accurate results, it's very unsuitable.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using SVM to monitor our networking devices from their hardware utilization to monitoring business networks critical links, syslog messages, netflow and performace as a whole. Currently SolarWinds is being used by our IT department which has different roles within. The entire platform has been separated for two types of users: Service desk and Infrastructure team.

Service desk is able to monitor all our devices and would be alerted in a prompt manner if any issues would appear. This is very useful for escalation process within the business in scenarios where critical business services are down. They are restricted to certain uses of the platform though.

Infrastructure team is administrating all of the devices added to the platform, we are actively using SolarWinds API for our internal processes which are expanding rapidly with the ease use of the API.
  • API intergration. Ease to integrate SolarWinds API to internal processes.
  • Syslog alerts are clear and easily read.
  • Ease to add Cisco devices to SVM.
  • Customisation choices.
  • SVM can be slow at times, e.g to view 2000 syslog messages of a device might take up to 30s to load.
  • Poor integration of Meraki devices and wireless data output in general.
Well suited for syslog, netflow data. API integration benefits.

Slow in some scenarios.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds in our IT department to manage our virtual server deployment it helps us with predictions on growth. It also helps us optimize our VMs in our virtual environment across all of our hosts. It also will let us know if there is unused CPU and RAM on specific VMs so we can take resources and apply those to other systems.
  • Recommends migration of VMs across hosts to even out workload
  • Alerts us on unused resources and suggests what can be taken away from which systems
  • Predicts growth so you can plan for expansion
  • some times we get false reports of Zombie VMs but that is not often at all
It is great to use in an environment where you have quite a few virtual machines and more than one host. We use it in our environment with 4 hosts. I would see that it would not be used to its fullest potential if you only have one host machine in your environment.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We have a small group of systems administrators who use VMAN to send email notifications when problems arise with our VMWare Vcenter systems, as well as a quick dashboard that is always displayed giving us a list of potential problems in real-time.
  • Customizable dashboard, giving you only the information you want to see (of course, it's only as useful as the time you put into configuring it.)
  • Customizable email notifications (once again- you have to know what you want to report on, and specify that explicitly.)
  • It also provides capacity management, but this has never been an issue for us, so I haven't really utilized this feature.
  • I would like to see a little more intelligence built into the application. More out of the box reports, notifications and displays that are useful without needing built by the customer. It seems that most Sys Admins are all looking for the same information and notifications- why not have a few build a very useful dashboard, and have that be the default- and then still allow for further customization?
It has a much simpler and easier to use interface than VMWare's product line for monitoring- however, if you're a VMWare shop, and you want to go all VMWare- this could be a redundant product.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We use it in our IT department for quick access from dashboards we currently use with other SolarWinds products. It shows the various health statuses and information of our VMs and centralizes our alerting and troubleshooting across all our virtualization, server hardware, and network switching. It is very useful for capacity planning and creating cases for upgrades/replacements.
  • Gives me useful detail on every object and the ability to drill into more detailed data is great.
  • The ability to predict when resources will become constrained.
  • Emailed alerts that and the ability to customize them.
  • Licensing. Difficult- expensive- constant sales cycle
If you are using other SolarWinds products it integrates well and is easy to learn.
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September 28, 2018

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Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used solely by the IT operations team. We use it primarily to watch for over and under-resourced virtual machines and those that have been shut down for an extended period time.
  • Reporting on resources allocated versus utilized\needed.
  • Memory ballooning and restrictions
  • CPU ready and wait times
  • None at this time
It gives us solid evidence to support removing resources for VMs that have been over allocated saving us costs by not needing to purchase additional computer resources and licensing.
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Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is being used in our organization to help maximize our physical assets in which our virtual platform resides on. It gives us recommendations to either increase or decrease the number of CPUs and memory based on a virtual machine's performance. It also, lets us know when we have "unbalanced" hosts in our ESX cluster. It solves performance issues as well as help us get the maximum benefit from our physical assets.
  • Recommendations - CPU/Memory utilization
  • Storage space monitoring
  • Give us a good "At a glance" picture of our overall virtual network.
  • What-if Scenarios
  • Not really a feature issue, but licensing can get pretty expensive.
  • I really don't find any of the current features difficult to use. It's a relatively simple product.
For us, it's not very well suited for our VDI environment. We use it for our main production (server) environment.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Some of the daily uses are looking for over-allocation of resources. Developers love to ask for the huge amount of RAM and CPU yet by using Virtualization Manager we can prove there was never a need for such a waste of resources.
  • Show over the allocation of resources.
  • Find forgotten snapshots
  • Datastore monitoring.
  • Management. Currently, instead of being a member of a group to use recommendations, a user must be added on his own.
The larger the enterprise the more one will see on their return on investment.
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October 11, 2018

Home for the SysAdmin

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SolarWinds is our go to platform for monitoring all live/dev and test systems. VM is a critical tool in keeping tabs on performance and planning
  • Optimisation of resources used
  • Forward capacity planning
  • Problem resolution
  • Improved graphical displays
  • Analyses of groups of servers
Ensuring you have space to grow is easily monitored with SVM
Highlighting over provisioned servers
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September 27, 2018

Solar style

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The whole of IT uses it in some capacity. This group of tools makes us much more in tune with our vast infrastructure and how any alerting areas can affect other things.
  • Insightful detail on every object and the ability to drill into more detailed data is great.
  • Ability to manage virtually every setting and affect parameters right through the GUI makes it a one stop shopping tool.
  • Alerting on a plethora of aspects and allowing us to customize that to send texts and or change the on-call person for each piece is great.
  • It works well for us!
  • It has a great ROI for us, as we can all be plugged into all aspects of our operations and not have to mess around with 20 other tools to do that.
I need data about all aspects of the VM health and this platform gives it!!
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Score 8 out of 10
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We are a Managed Services Provider, providing Cloud Services to multiple customers. We started using Virtualization Manager to monitor our own servers, and then branched out to monitor our customers' servers as well. This provides an added ROI to our customers, in that we can often locate and remediate a downed server before the customer is even aware of the outage.
  • We like the ease of adding our virtual environment to be managed. After a simple wizard, the Virtualization Manager imports the entire content of the vCenter and starts monitoring it.
  • Once machines have been detected, it's a snap to create alerts based on VM stats
  • Although machines can be added easily, these are seen from the hypervisor side, which means that it's not possible to monitor based on guest stats (Services, etc)
It is very well suited for large environments where a significant number of VMs need to get monitored and/or detailed statistics aren't a requirement. This also holds true in environments where VMs are added and removed on a regular basis. In smaller environments, it may be more effective to add the individual servers as Nodes directly to SolarWinds Orion.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Virtualization manager is used to support core infrastructure. It supports multiple server clusters and provides feedback for both support technicians and NOC users. It helps a smaller number of people keep on top of and manage a large number of servers. We also use it for smaller hosts in locations outside the core as they normally receive little attention. This allows us to monitor our entire virtualization infrastructure from a single pane of glass.

Virtualization manager especially provides us with at-a-glance monitoring of cluster and host loads. With multiple host operating systems and topologies this saves a lot of logging into individual systems to check performance and errors.
  • At-a-glance views of current problems and potential future problems.
  • The recommendations feature is fantastic. This helps us balance loads and look for soon to be problems on multiple devices in a single place. There are very few false positives.
  • Easy to set up and maintain. Out of the box the system connects to major vendors and begins monitoring with minimal hassle. There's no manual set up of agents, monitoring points or set up of the monitoring console.
  • With the SolarWinds Orion support you can easily add virtualization features to NOC screens and servers node pages. Alerts are tied in as well to reduce hassle of multiple alert managers.
  • Server trending could be stronger. A server which sits at the same resource usage day in and day out can be normal operation while Virtualization manager may report it as an issue.
  • Orion in general can be painful to change a node page with the desired screens and widgets
Any time you use virtualized infrastructure with multiple hosts. Especially where you may have multiple vendors. A single place to look for issues and having the capability to drill down into those issues (with other Orion products) can vastly decrease time-to-resolution. The Orion suite allowing for quick set up and able to go as in-depth as the technician would like is a fantastic feature.

If you're working with a small environment it may be more costly than the value provides. It really shines with larger environments.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I use VMAN to monitor VMware and Hyper-V managed services environments for a number of companies. It allows for a great breadth of visibility across all of our virtual hosts that no other module of SolarWinds allows. It is an integral and fundamental part of the monitoring solution that our clients purchase.
  • Capacity planning in storage.
  • Recommendations to improve environments.
  • Separate VMWare and Hyper V specific tools.
It is suited to monitor VM host environments, but without SAM and NPM does not have the specifics to monitor the VMs inside the environments. Not that it should have this, those products handle that very well, but for information's sake, it stops at the generality of Hosts and their needs.
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We are using Solarwinds VMan to monitor our entire virtualisation estate including Hyper-V and VMware.

We use it to address estate capacity, load balancing, alerting and troubleshooting.

  • Capacity planning is excellent for planning ahead for new projects and future expansion.
  • Finding bottlenecks within the estate and quickly rectifying lack of CPU, RAM and storage.
  • Virtualisation recommendations is particularly good for load balancing resources across the estate.
  • Incorporating VMan back into Orion is a step back, we find performance is better having the standalone appliance.
  • Orion occasionally loses configuration of the connection to the VMan appliance.
  • SSL configuration is complicated to enable - gui setup would be preferred.

I find planning ahead using the capacity planning tab one of the most helpful parts of VMan, we often get projects that have not had storage considerations discussed and we have to quickly find available capacity or charge for additional resources to be purchased.

I feel the environment map could be improved along the lines of other type 'network' style maps.

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About SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is an intuitive tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization.

Complete visibility into your environment

Manage both VMware and Microsoft environments - on-premises or in the cloud - with a single tool. VMAN also visualizes how your virtualization connects to application, server, and storage infrastructure for faster troubleshooting.

Clear path to maximize performance

Get insight into the performance, capacity, configuration, and usage of your virtualized infrastructure, including hosts, VMs, clusters and datastores. VMAN delivers recommendations to address active or potential performance issues.

Address virtualization issues efficiently

VMAN can execute a variety of management actions, including power on/off, suspend, reboot a VM, or take and delete snapshots. You can migrate VMs to a different host, and VM disks to a different data store.

Reclaim resources for improved performance

Reclaim virtual resources instantly with VM sprawl alerts and recommendations. VMAN can automatically find idle, stale, and zombie VMs as well as orphaned VMDKs to free up storage space. VMAN can guide you in right-sizing your VMs to recapture CPU and memory resources for further savings.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Features

Has featureHypervisor specific active alerting
Has featureVirtual machine resource planning
Has featureActionable recommendations for remediation of active and predicted VM performance
Has featureVisibility into VM Sprawl reclaims resources
Has featureRemediate issues without having to log in to a hypervisor
Has featureIntuitive dashboards that highlight the most important issues

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Screenshots

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Video

View an overview of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and some of its key features including dashboards, alerts, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and VM sprawl.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Downloadables

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Integrations

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Competitors

Dynatrace, Nutanix, Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo), VMware vROps

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Phone
Email
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Video Tutorials / Webinar

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No