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VMware vSphere ๐Ÿ”—

Description ๐Ÿ”—

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector provides this integration as the vsphere monitor type using the Smart Agent Receiver.

Use this integration to collect metrics from vSphere through the vSphere API. You can install this integration on the same server used by vSphere if itโ€™s running on Linux or Windows.

This integration is available on Kubernetes, Linux, and Windows.

Requirements ๐Ÿ”—

This monitor uses VMwareโ€™s govmomi SDK, which officially supports vCenter 6.5, 6.7, and 7.0. While this monitor might work with vCenter 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0, these versions are not officially supported.

Note

When you add a custom role, donโ€™t assign any privileges to it. The role is created as a read-only role with three system-defined privileges: System.Anonymous, System.View, and System.Read. For more information, see the vSphere official documentation on user roles.

Benefits ๐Ÿ”—

After you configure the integration, you can access these features:

  • View metrics. You can create your own custom dashboards, and most monitors provide built-in dashboards as well. For information about dashboards, see View dashboards in Observability Cloud.

  • View a data-driven visualization of the physical servers, virtual machines, AWS instances, and other resources in your environment that are visible to Infrastructure Monitoring. For information about navigators, see Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring navigators.

  • Access the Metric Finder and search for metrics sent by the monitor. For information, see Use the Metric Finder.

Installation ๐Ÿ”—

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Deploy the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform:

  2. Configure the monitor, as described in the Configuration section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration ๐Ÿ”—

This monitor type is available in the Smart Agent Receiver, which is part of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. You can use existing Smart Agent monitors as OpenTelemetry Collector metric receivers with the Smart Agent Receiver.

This monitor type requires a properly configured environment on your system in which youโ€™ve installed a functional Smart Agent release bundle. The Collector provides this bundle in the installation paths for x86_64/amd64.

To activate this monitor type in the Collector, add the following lines to your configuration (YAML) file:

Note

Provide a vsphere monitor entry in your Collector or Smart Agent (deprecated) configuration. Use the appropriate form for your agent type.

Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector ๐Ÿ”—

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following to your agent configuration:

receivers:
  smartagent/vsphere:
    type: vsphere
    ...  # Additional config

To complete the monitor activation, you must also include the smartagent/vsphere receiver item in a metrics pipeline. To do this, add the receiver item to the service > pipelines > metrics > receivers section of your configuration file. For example:

service:
  pipelines:
    metrics:
      receivers: [smartagent/vsphere]

Smart Agent ๐Ÿ”—

To activate this monitor in the Smart Agent, add the following to your agent configuration:

monitors:  # All monitor config goes under this key
  - type: vsphere
    ...  # Additional config

The following is an exampleย vsphereย Smart Agent monitor configuration:

monitors:
  - type: vsphere
    host: "172.16.248.140"
    username: "administrator@vsphere.local"
    password: "S3cr3t"
    insecureSkipVerify: true

See Install and configure the SignalFx Smart Agent for an autogenerated example of a YAML configuration file, with default values where applicable.

Configuration settings ๐Ÿ”—

The following table shows the configuration options for the vsphere monitor:

Option

Required

Type

Description

host

No

string

Hostname or IP address of the vSphere instance. For example, 127.0.0.1.

port

No

integer

Port of the vSphere instance. The default value is 0)

username

No

string

vSphere username.

password

No

string

vSphere password.

insecureSkipVerify

No

bool

Controls whether a client verifies the serverโ€™s certificate chain and host name. The default value is false.

inventoryRefreshInterval

No

integer

Controls how often to reload the inventory and inventory metrics. The default value is 60s.

perfBatchSize

No

integer

Controls the maximum number of inventory objects to be queried for performance data per request. Set this value to 0 to request performance data for all inventory objects at a time. The default value is 10.

tlsCACertPath

No

string

Path to the CA certificate file.

tlsClientCertificatePath

No

string

Path to the client certificate. Both tlsClientKeyPath and tlsClientCertificatePath must be present. The files must contain PEM encoded data.

tlsClientKeyPath

No

string

Path to the keyfile.

To report metrics for a vSphere deployment, this monitor logs into a vCenter Server and retrieves data about the deployment and real time performance data on a regular interval. When the monitor first runs, it logs in to the vCenter Server and traverses the inventory, gathering and caching all of the hosts and virtual machines and their available metrics.

After the initial sweep, the monitor queries the vCenter for performance data and metrics. This query runs every 20 seconds, which is the interval at which the vCenter makes real time performance data available. As a result, regardless of the intervalSeconds value in the agent configuration, this monitor runs every 20 seconds.

The monitor also refreshes, at a configurable interval, the cache of hosts, virtual machines, and metrics. By default, this refresh takes place every 60 seconds; however, this interval can be changed by updating the configuration field InventoryRefreshInterval.

Example ๐Ÿ”—

See the following configuration example:

receivers:
  smartagent/vsphere:
    type: vsphere
    host: hostname
    username: user
    password: pass
    insecureSkipVerify: true
exporters:
  signalfx:
    access_token: abc123
    realm: us2
service:
  pipelines:
    metrics:
      receivers:
        - smartagent/vsphere
      exporters:
        - signalfx

Metrics ๐Ÿ”—

The following metrics are available for this integration:

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