- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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.
Slow in some scenarios.
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Highlighting over provisioned servers
- Basic summary of VM environment (Total VM's, status of VM's, and any critical alerts).
- Suggest recommendations about CPU or memory usage.
- Displays a clean and simple interface for the admin to look at.
- Perhaps more integration on apply recommendations from the console.
- Provide more of an insight as to where a storage performance issue is at.
- 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.
- 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)
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
If you're working with a small environment it may be more costly than the value provides. It really shines with larger environments.
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.
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?
- Capacity planning in storage.
- Recommendations to improve environments.
- Separate VMWare and Hyper V specific tools.
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.
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.
We're using the product for a consolidated view of our VMware and Hyper-V environments in the UK. We integrate VMAN into our current Orion solution for detailed information on our servers and storage. We also make use of out of the box alerts and recommendations to maintain the platforms.
- Detailed server / storage information and performance statistics.
- Recommendations, particularly on right sizing.
- Single pane of glass for virtualized environments.
- Dashboard widgets - Sorting lists by column headings is not available in all views.
- Hyper-V needs more attention in general. But being able to group servers by Clouds, Host Groups, Replication status, Mainenence mode, host status etc. need to be added.
- Capacity management could do with the ability to report on entire enviroment and not just a single cluster.
- Hyper-V Recommendations – Memory – There should be a clear distinction between static and dynamic RAM. And actions should not mention or perform reboot if dynamic and not required.
- Easy to setup - you just need to give it credentials in order to discover your environment, and has many pre-programmed views which give you granular detail
- Intuitive - fairly easy to play with and understand everything, however when needed there is very good documentation and support
- Automation - you can set VMan to increase/decrease resources to VMs, based on their historical workload, and also move them to different hosts based on alerts from the rest of the Orion suite
- Cost - it is fairly expensive, but has more features than comparable products
- Cloud Support - would be nice to have the same granularity with Azure/AWS based VMs
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Scorecard Summary
About SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is an intuitive tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization.
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.
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