SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Reviews

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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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Score 6 out of 10
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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.
  • Alerts.
  • 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.
Well suited to VMware, less so to Hyper-V at present.
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Score 8 out of 10
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VMan is being used within our department to monitor and manage the multiple virtual environments that we have. It is an easy way to see what the health of the environment is, and if there are any potential issues arising which need attention.
  • 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
It is great if you have at least 4 hosts - at this level is where you start needing insights around your environment which this provides. It scales quite nicely and allows you to view high-level through to low-level detail, so using it to explain issues or business needs is easy.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Everyone in the department has access to SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) but I am the primary stakeholder and use it to get info from my vCenter environment. It slightly assists in placing VMs on the various hosts and attempts to show where resources can be reclaimed.
  • I like that I can delete snapshots from the Orion console
  • I like that I can get info/alerts on virtual guests that are not even added to Orion yet as long as the host is part of the vCenter I am monitoring
  • Like a single pain of glass where I can see all my metrics
  • The reporting needs a ton of work!!! RVTOOLS does and reports on everything in vCenter. I want all the info from the vCenter to be able to report on....like annotations.
  • I need cost analysis for moving my workload into AWS and Azure, ASAP!!!
VMAN is a decent product but needs some work. I guess if you have nothing else, VMAN would work in a pinch.
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Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is being used across the enterprise. This includes all remote locations. We monitor resources in order to make decisions on upgrades and keep an eye on performance issues.
  • Monitors resources and makes recommendations on changes and upgrades.
  • Predicts when resources will become constrained.
  • Reports on underutilized resources so that they can be allocated elsewhere.
  • Sometimes VM seems to over report on issues. An example would be that we have allocated memory to the VMs to a point at the monitored threshold. Instead of it understanding that was allocated and basing memory utilization on the host based on its available memory (for the host OS), it reports warnings that it is low on memory resources. This should be an option.
  • The View ID for the NOC view changes when a change is made to the view. This makes keeping a NOC display computer difficult to manage as you have to update the URL on to get the updated NOC view.

I feel it is very well suited for companies with distributed servers as well as large numbers of VMs and VM Hosts.

I don't see a big value in a company with on a few servers.

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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 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is being used as a monitoring platform for our VMware infrastructure.
It's used for real time monitoring, as well as a historical and alerting platform.
  • Management of VM Assets
  • Potential Virtualization Issues
  • Virtualization Alerts
  • More dynamic layout of dashboards and greater customization.
  • More detailed reports
  • More at glance dashboards
Multiple VM platforms in same environment. Multiple types of hosts and VMs.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We use it for our department to monitor the basic layer of our virtualization environment which happens be VMware.
  • 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.
If you are looking to gather basic information about the VM environment but are not looking for any detail or ways to apply fixes then this would be a good product.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Its used by the Infrastructure team to monitor the infrastructure gear like computing servers, network devices.
  • Monitoring the computing servers to get the health check and proactive alerts helps a lot in troubleshooting issues.
  • It's a one stop shop tool.
  • It really does magic with CISCO devices because it has very good compatibility with them.
  • It could be better if SolarWinds could do something with the grouping, dependencies and alerting part.
I have more experience with the NPM and it really suits my requirements by providing various functionalities like configuration management, log server, providing very good metrics, and widgets that are cool and very helpful for doing analysis of a particular node.
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Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager has been utilized since we started having a large percentage of our servers move from physical to virtual. It helps us manage the servers and get important statistics from them. A lot of our server team also use it for troubleshooting and capacity planning.
  • The capacity planning tools have been very helpful to see where we stand, and to prepare for new workloads and growth
  • The virtualization alerts are pretty helpful in responding to issues and assisting with troubleshooting
  • The Virtualization manager tools are a nice way for our IT managers to see everything at a glance, and get some detailed information
  • I would like more options of things that can be displayed or tracked on the dashboard
  • The reports are a little clunky or confusing to setup, especially custom reports
  • Overall it does what we need, I really don't use it as much as other staff here
It provides a good deal of information in a relatively concise format, which allows for easier management and a quick view of the entire infrastructure
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Score 10 out of 10
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It's being used to help manage our growing VMWare environment, and for getting more out of our hosts with less costs in our data center.
  • Helps manage our VMWare environment.
  • Helped us consolidate our infrastructure.
  • We need less people to manage our environment now that we have implemented Virtual Environment Optimization.
  • Better patch/update cycle.
  • More online help.
It is especially helpful with junior admins.
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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

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