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Your new VM Examiner - SolarWinds Virtualization ManagerWe currently have SolarWinds Virtualization Manager deployed in our organization, in conjunction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor. We use Virtualization Manager to monitor our VM environment, which consists of 35 ESXi Hosts and 575 running VMs. It helps to identify any issues with hosts of VM servers, that are not normally visible in VMWare. We are able to identify any over or under provisioned VM servers, and add/remove resources as needed.,Dashboards - The dashboards for SolarWinds Virtualization Manager allow for customization, and can be designed to show only the information needed. Virtual Appliance - SolarWinds Virtualization Manager offers an appliance installation option, making it simple to install and deploy. Reports - The reports SolarWinds Virtualization Manager offers (both the pre-canned and custom) are the reason we continue to use this. We can easily generate or create custom reports, that we can provide to our internal 'clients' for Charge-back or to management when it comes to purchases of new hardware.,Licensing - Licensing is sold in blocks of sockets, so if you are over a current block by just 1 socket, you will need to buy the license of the next block of sockets. Integration/Uptime - Works well with the dashboard along with SAM, but sometimes the VM dialog boxes go blank, and the SolarWinds appliance server needs a reboot. Small Toolset - It is more for reporting, as it's function outside of VMWARE/Hyper-V are limited. You cannot deploy VMs from a template from the VM interface.,7,SolarWinds Virtualization Manager has helped to identify VM resource sprawl and gives recommendation, saving and cost on purchasing unnecessary hardware. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager has helped to identify HIGH usage VMs, helping to start dialog with the application and business users of the VMs on standing up additional VMs to spread the workload.,VMware vSphere with Operations ManagementSolarWinds Virtualization Manager helps buisness go forwardSolarWinds Virtualization Manager is used by the enterprise IT [department] to manage the VMWare environment daily. Its 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.,10,This product will pay for itself. It's expensive to license but then pays for it self when you see it work every day.,vSphere,SolarWinds Log & Event Manager, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer,2,1,Overview of Virtual Infrastructure Recommendations for changes to environment Planning and forecasting,Sprawl, keeping it controlled Capacity planning for future proofing the network,Budgeting for future years Hardware justification automation of recommendation processes,10,No,Product Features Prior Experience with the Product Existing Relationship with the Vendor,I don't know that o would change anything. I would still have chosen it since it is the best thing on the market.,No,10,No,Case in point, I could not see the recommendations and they were able to resolve it. The process took several days but they technicians never stopped working on it. Each day we would work together to resolve the issue. this sometimes meant that we found other things needing fixed too and they were.,Recommendations Sprawl Capacity Planning,Reporting Storage,No,10Virtualization Manger - Centralized relief to a virtualization firestormWe use SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) to provide key monitoring and metrics for our organization as well as for several of our customers. We provide industrial operational technology and traditional IT services to many of our customers, who often lack the technical knowledge to deeply monitor their environment. In the last three years, the amount of virtualization in the industrial arena has started to grow exponentially, and VMAN has given us a needed tool to be able provide the in-depth monitoring and trouble-shooting our customers are requesting. Since we also provide equipment leases, it is imperative that we be able to monitor across not only our our own servers, but customers as well. VMAN, combined with several other components of SolarWinds has given us that capability. In several cases, VMAN has allowed us to show up at our customers door with replacement hardware in hand without their even knowing they had a problem.,Near effortless addition of all VMs on a cluster. Simply add the information for the vCenter server, and all VMs automatically populate in SolarWinds. In large environments, this is a huge timesaver! Snapshot management is a power feature of VMAN. VMAN identifies phantom snapshots, large snapshots and old snapshots. Considering that snapshots shouldn't hang around too long, it is still too easy to make one and forget about it. VMAN makes it easy to locate these snapshots for removal. Rightsizing VMs. VMAN analyzes VMs for CPU, memory and disk usage, and reports and provides tools to quickly identify undersized or over-sized VMs. The ability to create alerts and alarms within Solarwinds is very well developed. You can generate highly complex conditional alerts.,VMAN's Integration with the main SolarWinds Orion console could be better. Not all functionality is well integrated through Orion. The VMAN console is available as an embedded website via the Virtualization tab, but going to a website is not the same as integrating the functionality. Syncing between Orion and VMAN seems to break somewhat often. Navigation in the VMAN console needs to be improved. It is not always easy or quick to find what you are looking for. Time Travel (besides hating the name) is a cool concept - that you can select an item, and 'travel back through time' to look at what was going on across the whole environment at a point in time. But I think it fails to deliver its full potential. Although you can click and stroll through time, there is no way that it will automatically find events. I'd like to see some search functionality that would allow it to travel back in time to find events, rather than having to know what date/time/device you are looking for.,8,We installed Solarwinds and VMAN at a customer site. They initially were not sold that it was a product that would be of any practice use. Two weeks later, they had an issue with one of their ESX hosts. The tech had spent hours trying to find out the issue, and finally called us. Enter VMAN. Less than 2 minutes later, I was showing the customer the problem though VMAN. Not only did this win the customer over, but they have now become one of VMANs biggest advocates to their peers in the industry. Solarwinds is expensive, and the VMAN license costs are not trivial. Licenses are sold per socket (processor). For us, the start up costs for SolarWinds still have negative ROI. Our business model is heavily customer driven, and as we add customers, we expect positive ROI in a year to two. Solarwinds has increased our staff efficiency. We now rely on Solarwinds, and VMAN as a key piece of it, to provide critical alerting as the primary means to identity problems. VMAN provides a fairly rapid means to sort through a complex mesh of data. Coupled with reporting and graphs available through VMAN, it lets us control our environment rather than the other way around. When there is a problem, we no longer spends hours or more trying to isolate it. Usually we can identify root cause withing minutes.,,Nagios, VMware vCenter Server, OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter,8,4,Proactive support of multiple customer locations for lease based installations. Alerting of error and warning conditions Capacity analysis and performance analysis both internally and for customers.,VPN based monitoring of customer locations on a 24X7 basis VMAN has allowed us to notify customers of problems before they know that there is a problem. This has included showing up at the door with replacement hardware before there was an outage.,VMAN provides a capacity planning tools that we will be able to use as customer environments grow. VMAN will become an integrated part of documenting our SLAs with customers,10,Yes,Product Features Product Reputation Prior Experience with the Product Analyst Reports,I wouldn't change it. The ability to do a 30 day eval of VMAN and the SolarWinds suite made it easy to 'kick the tires". Because implementation was fairly quick and straight forward, we didn't have to burn a lot of time with setup and configuration. THhs was particularly true of the VMAN module.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,There seemed to be a single right order for installing the solarwinds modules. VMAN itself was easy - deploy an OVF. Nevertheless, keep backups along the way, or you might find yourself starting all over again We realized the need for more than just the need for SQL Express. We were able to complete the implementation, but had to order, install and migrate data to SQL-Standard not long after we were operations Alert Storms were a nightmare originally. Too many things alerting by default. It took a while to stem the tide of alerts from things we really didn't need alerted on.,9,7,No,I don't yet have a single instance when I would say that SolarWinds Support went above and beyond, but they have always been polite, courteous and helpful. Several calls have been regarding specialized implementation, and SolarWinds has always been helpful in trying to resolve unusual issues with how we monitor industrial IT equipment.,My favorite function is using VMAN to locate old/large/phantom snapshots. Much more convenient than vCenter!!! VMAN integrated easily with Solarwinds Orion console. 95% of what I need I get from the VMAN Orion integration. Reporting in VMAN is second to none. I have not found anything yet that there wasn't a report already created for.,Navigation screens are often cluttered and inconsistent. There is a mixture of tabs, buttons, links and icons of which the location changes from screen to screen. Some consistency and redesign is needed. Graphing in VMAN needs improvement. Graphs have an unpolished look, and generally are sized too large to fit on a screen. Integration with Solarwinds Orion does not include all VMAN functionality. This is too bad, because the presentation of data in Orion is much richer than in VMAN.,No,8The right tool for the right priceWe needed a tool to tell us what was going on with our vSphere environment beyond what vCenter was telling us. There are just 2 of us that manage 40 ESXi hosts 1000 virtual machines and we needed some additional insight. I have some daily & weekly reports sent to my inbox to help keep tabs on things like available disk space and newly created VMs.,The various screens are fully customizable to what is important to you is right there. There are plenty of canned reports that can be customized and scheduled For the price virtualization manager does a great job.,Setup takes some planning. There are 2 components to Virtualization Manager. First there is an appliance to deploy. Then a Windows server is needed to run the Solar Winds Orion engine. So there are 2 systems to keep updated and apply license keys to.,8,The reporting capability has alerted us to some potential problems so we could address them before they became major issues. The tools has allowed to to tune resources and show developers that over provisioning CPU and/or RAM are not in our best interest.,,AppAssure, Netvault BackupA quick glance is all it takesWe use it in our IT department for quick access dashboards that show the various health statuses and information of our VMs.,Shows obvious graphical status of what's going on right now Emailed alerts Fantastic drilldown Seamless incorporation into the Orion framework Great community,Less system overhead Less redundancy with other Orion packages Create a singular VM hierarchy that removes the legacy Orion server mishmash,8,Less down time Faster return to functional status Better warnings as to when hardware should be upgraded (no surprises),,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
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April 16, 2018

Review: "Your new VM Examiner - SolarWinds Virtualization Manager"

Score 7 out of 10
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We currently have SolarWinds Virtualization Manager deployed in our organization, in conjunction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor. We use Virtualization Manager to monitor our VM environment, which consists of 35 ESXi Hosts and 575 running VMs. It helps to identify any issues with hosts of VM servers, that are not normally visible in VMWare. We are able to identify any over or under provisioned VM servers, and add/remove resources as needed.
  • Dashboards - The dashboards for SolarWinds Virtualization Manager allow for customization, and can be designed to show only the information needed.
  • Virtual Appliance - SolarWinds Virtualization Manager offers an appliance installation option, making it simple to install and deploy.
  • Reports - The reports SolarWinds Virtualization Manager offers (both the pre-canned and custom) are the reason we continue to use this. We can easily generate or create custom reports, that we can provide to our internal 'clients' for Charge-back or to management when it comes to purchases of new hardware.
  • Licensing - Licensing is sold in blocks of sockets, so if you are over a current block by just 1 socket, you will need to buy the license of the next block of sockets.
  • Integration/Uptime - Works well with the dashboard along with SAM, but sometimes the VM dialog boxes go blank, and the SolarWinds appliance server needs a reboot.
  • Small Toolset - It is more for reporting, as it's function outside of VMWARE/Hyper-V are limited. You cannot deploy VMs from a template from the VM interface.
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is well suited for organizations that need further insight into their virtual environments and want a single-pane dashboard to present this information. It does well at giving recommendations for resource reduction, as well as alerts when certain thresholds are met or exceeded. The reporting function offers many useful and recommended reports out of the box.
Read Ron Zermeno's full review
April 16, 2018

Review: "SolarWinds Virtualization Manager helps buisness go forward"

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. Its 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.
Read Jeremy Mayfield's full review
February 09, 2016

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Review: "Virtualization Manger - Centralized relief to a virtualization firestorm"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) to provide key monitoring and metrics for our organization as well as for several of our customers. We provide industrial operational technology and traditional IT services to many of our customers, who often lack the technical knowledge to deeply monitor their environment. In the last three years, the amount of virtualization in the industrial arena has started to grow exponentially, and VMAN has given us a needed tool to be able provide the in-depth monitoring and trouble-shooting our customers are requesting. Since we also provide equipment leases, it is imperative that we be able to monitor across not only our our own servers, but customers as well. VMAN, combined with several other components of SolarWinds has given us that capability. In several cases, VMAN has allowed us to show up at our customers door with replacement hardware in hand without their even knowing they had a problem.
  • Near effortless addition of all VMs on a cluster. Simply add the information for the vCenter Server, and all VMs automatically populate in SolarWinds. In large environments, this is a huge timesaver!
  • Snapshot management is a power feature of VMAN. VMAN identifies phantom snapshots, large snapshots and old snapshots. Considering that snapshots shouldn't hang around too long, it is still too easy to make one and forget about it. VMAN makes it easy to locate these snapshots for removal.
  • Rightsizing VMs. VMAN analyzes VMs for CPU, memory and disk usage, and reports and provides tools to quickly identify undersized or over-sized VMs.
  • The ability to create alerts and alarms within Solarwinds is very well developed. You can generate highly complex conditional alerts.
  • VMAN's Integration with the main SolarWinds Orion console could be better. Not all functionality is well integrated through Orion. The VMAN console is available as an embedded website via the Virtualization tab, but going to a website is not the same as integrating the functionality. Syncing between Orion and VMAN seems to break somewhat often.
  • Navigation in the VMAN console needs to be improved. It is not always easy or quick to find what you are looking for.
  • Time Travel (besides hating the name) is a cool concept - that you can select an item, and 'travel back through time' to look at what was going on across the whole environment at a point in time. But I think it fails to deliver its full potential. Although you can click and stroll through time, there is no way that it will automatically find events. I'd like to see some search functionality that would allow it to travel back in time to find events, rather than having to know what date/time/device you are looking for.
There is much functionality that is lost if VMAN is not integrated with other SolarWinds components. Server and Application Manager as well as Network Performance Monitor are two modules that would likely need to be included to get the full benefit out of VMAN. VMAN is particularly well suited for large environments and scattered environments where centralized management plays a key role. VMAN does an excellent job of monitoring multiple different vCenters across multiple locations through a single instance of VMAN. I particularly like the centralized hardware alerting. This has allowed me in minutes to understand the health and issues across multiple data centers spanning hundreds of miles.
Read Steve Jenovai's full review
June 03, 2016

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Review: "The right tool for the right price"

Score 8 out of 10
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We needed a tool to tell us what was going on with our vSphere environment beyond what vCenter was telling us. There are just 2 of us that manage 40 ESXi hosts 1000 virtual machines and we needed some additional insight. I have some daily & weekly reports sent to my inbox to help keep tabs on things like available disk space and newly created VMs.
  • The various screens are fully customizable to what is important to you is right there.
  • There are plenty of canned reports that can be customized and scheduled
  • For the price virtualization manager does a great job.
  • Setup takes some planning. There are 2 components to Virtualization Manager. First there is an appliance to deploy. Then a Windows server is needed to run the Solar Winds Orion engine. So there are 2 systems to keep updated and apply license keys to.
Virtualization Manager is an excellent alternative to some of the more expensive tools out there.
Read Tony Albanese's full review
April 19, 2016

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Review: "A quick glance is all it takes"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use it in our IT department for quick access dashboards that show the various health statuses and information of our VMs.
  • Shows obvious graphical status of what's going on right now
  • Emailed alerts
  • Fantastic drilldown
  • Seamless incorporation into the Orion framework
  • Great community
  • Less system overhead
  • Less redundancy with other Orion packages
  • Create a singular VM hierarchy that removes the legacy Orion server mishmash
Although there is quite a bit of carryover between what I was already getting I think with my SAM module, overall it's still a very valuable package even for small installs. Simple dashboards and alerts can help prevent catastrophic down time if used properly.
Read Eric Moore's full review
May 06, 2016

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Review: "Solarwinds VMAN is a Must Have for Any Virtual Environment!"

Score 8 out of 10
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Our current server infrastructure is about 85% virtualized on a VMWare platform. We use Solarwinds VMAN to monitor and alert us of a variety of things in order to help keep our environment healthy and ready for expansion.
  • VMAN does a great job of breaking down our SAN storage that contains our virtual environment. We can see current usage and forecast future capacity needs.
  • VMAN also allows us to gather some excellent reports on our current virtual environment. We use it to gain insight into our current virtual machines and whether they are over-utilized or under-utilized.
  • Real-time stats are also very helpful in VMAN, allowing us to pinpoint with precision potential issues that could occur in the near future.
  • While the reporting is overall very good, we have wanted to see more granular reporting from VMAN. Specifically, reporting on VM Operating Systems and versioning.
  • There is a feature on VMAN that analyzes cost savings with VMAN. This could be better explained and the prices could be more itemized.
It is probably the best suited in environments that are mostly virtualized. Environments that are less virtualized may find that while VMAN is great to use, it may not be worth it when dealing with a very small number of VMs.
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