Get the most of your VMware alarms with Veeam ONE

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Monitoring data center performance is an essential part of every IT administrator’s job that shouldn’t be overlooked. There are many avenues you can go down when looking at a tool to help monitor performance, but with Veeam, you can do this with Veeam ONE. Veeam ONE has many capabilities, but one of the most important features is the alarm it triggers when part of your virtual environment isn’t working as it should. Pre-built alarms included in Veeam ONE keep IT administrators up-to-date on the operations and issues occurring in their environment in real-time. With over 200 pre-built alarms included in Veeam ONE, users can identify, troubleshoot and react to any issue that may affect critical applications and business operations. Predefined alarms monitor VMware vSphere and vCloud Director, Microsoft Hyper-V, Veeam Cloud Connect and any internal Veeam ONE issues.

Data collection in Veeam ONE occurs immediately after connecting to your virtual center, ESXi hosts, Hyper-V hosts or Veeam Backup & Replication servers. Alarms are based on a set of best practices used to benchmark in comparison with your environment and trigger an alarm when metrics are not aligned. Once an alarm is triggered, users will see details and information in the Veeam ONE console. Some alarms can be resolved manually when triggered and others can be resolved automatically. It is important to note you can modify alarms to fit your business. This includes editing rules, assigning alarms to different objects or creating actions for when certain alarms fire off. Actions created include receiving an email alert on the issue or instructing Veeam ONE to run a script once an alarm is triggered. Within the alarm settings, users can change thresholds or aggregation allowing you to tailor the alarms to fit your business.

Veeam ONE Alarm Settings

Fig. 1: Alarm settings

The Alarm settings wizard is shown above. This wizard allows you to adjust the alarm, add different rules to the alarm, enable actions to happen once the alarm has been triggered and allow users to add custom notes on how to resolve the alarm in the knowledge base section. With simple changes, you can set the alarm criteria to be customized for certain servers without affecting other counters in Veeam ONE.

VMware vSphere alarms

There are many Veeam ONE built-in alarms that detect issues in VMware vSphere infrastructure components. The alarms included alert on everything from the vCenter Server, to clusters and hosts, and all the way down to datastores and virtual machines. Veeam ONE will also look at vCloud Director vApps, organization and more.

Veeam ONE Monitor View of Alarms

Fig. 2: Monitor view of alarms

An important alarm that Veeam ONE will trigger is Host connection failure. As the name states, this alarm monitors VMware vCenter Server API for events indicating that a host is disconnected. Similarly, alarms such as Host available memory will inform you when the host is low on memory or Host CPU usage when CPU usage has exceeded the defined threshold. As mentioned previously, there are alarms to detect issues with virtual machines. Some of these include Orphaned VM backup snapshot, High Memory Usage and Heartbeat missing. Along with an alarm to detect high memory usage on the host, there is a High balloon memory utilization alarm notifying you if there is an increased consumption of the VMware Tools memory controller, also known as the “balloon driver,” within a VM.

Alarms also detect if there are VMs in your environment that have no backups/replicas. This can help ensure that you are meeting SLAs and will be notified if your backup/replica are not meeting defined recovery point objectives (RPOs).

A notable alarm included in Veeam ONE is the Possible ransomware activity alarm, which detects if there is any suspicious activity occurring on the VM. These alarms — plus much more — will provide visibility into your data center to ensure Availability for your business.

Veeam ONE Ransomware Alarm

Fig. 3: Ransomware alarm details

Veeam Backup & Replication alarms

There are many alarms to help detect issues within your virtual infrastructure, but there are also alarms for your data protection operations. Alarms are configured to warn about events or issues that can cause data loss or prevent Veeam Backup & Replication from working properly. Alarms detect connectivity issues, state of Veeam Backup & Replication components, failing jobs or jobs finishing with warnings, any configuration issues, long running jobs plus much more. Veeam ONE can even detect if your backup repository is running out of free space, which is shown with the Backup Repository Free Space alarm.

Veeam Backup & Replication Monitoring

Fig. 4: Veeam Backup & Replication monitoring

Conclusion

Alarms identify if something isn’t working properly in your environment, allowing you to quickly resolve and troubleshoot the issue. Veeam ONE provides visibility into the data center to ensure healthy operations for your business. This blog post describes just some of the alarms included in Veeam ONE, but there are many more to help ensure your data center is operating as it should. Veeam ONE is a great tool to utilize in your business, not only for the alarms, but also provides monitoring, reporting and business view categorization.

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Get the most of your VMware alarms with Veeam ONE

How to benefit from Veeam ONE: Monitoring, performance optimization, reporting and more!

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Complete visibility within the data center is essential to keeping businesses available 24.7.365. Visibility into the data center allows IT administrators to properly utilize resources, be proactive in troubleshooting issues and run reports on their environment. Veeam allows businesses to remain proactive in monitoring and managing their environment through Veeam ONE. If you haven’t heard about it, you are truly missing out, as it works not only for your Veeam-powered data protection operations, but for entire VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments as well. Veeam ONE helps to optimize the performance, configuration and utilization of virtual resources while providing visibility to fix issues before any operational impact. This blog post will highlight some of the amazing features included in Veeam ONE and how you can utilize them for your business.

Health state monitoring

Veeam ONE gives you the tools to monitor your environment from every view with any level of detail. From the Summary tab to the Top Load and Lowest Load dashboards, users gain visibility down to the VM to see, which parts of the infrastructure are handling or consuming the most resources. To start, the VM tab gives you a brief overview of the VMs in your environment and what you have assigned to them in terms of provisioned space, used space, CPU and memory usage, along with how many vCPUs have been assigned to a machine. If you then move onto the Top VMs/Hosts of the Lowest Load tabs you can see the VMs/Hosts that have been using the most or least resources in your environment. These stats come in handy when reassigning resources, as you can assign more resources to the machines that need them and then also check over-provisioned VMs. These stats are also included in some of the reports that Veeam ONE provides, which will be described in detail later in this post.

The alarms that Veeam ONE fires off are a different aspect of monitoring. The pre-built alarms included in the tool allow users to proactively manage environments. Data protection alarms detect the state of the backup jobs and show how many jobs have failed, finished with warning or were successful. Alarms can also detect if jobs exceed backup windows, if the backup repository is running out of free space or notify administrators of connection failures between proxies or WAN accelerators in your environment. Not only does Veeam ONE have alarms specifically for data protection operations, alarms can notify you of errors occurring in vCenter, vCloud Director or Hyper-V.

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Figure 1. The Veeam ONE monitor.

Performance charts

Performance charts within Veeam ONE allow you to analyze aspects of the environment to detect any issues and find the root cause. Consumed resources including CPU, memory, network, datastores and virtual disk performance can easily be seen over days, weeks, months or years. The charts show active, peak and average usage, helping determine how and when resources are being utilized the most. These charts are available for your virtual environment whether you are running VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V, but you can even utilize these charts for your backup infrastructure components. Under the data protection view you can switch between the different charts, allowing you to identify bottlenecks within the backup data flow. You can track performance metrics for physical and virtual backup servers, proxies, repositories, WAN accelerators or Enterprise Manager servers.

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Figure 2. The CPU performance chart included in Veeam ONE.

You can see the minimum, average and maximum CPU per object within your virtual environment in the graph above. In this instance, the chart displays the usage from the past week and is highlighting one of the objects where CPU had increased for a short period and then leveled out. This analyzes CPU performance and allows users to monitor usage and take note of peak times.

Gain at-a-glance dashboards and reports

With all the monitoring capabilities included in Veeam ONE, it is also imperative to recognize the reporting capabilities, because this provides quantifiable data to your business. Veeam ONE doesn’t just provide reports, but also includes dashboards to provide at-a-glance views of the managed Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Each dashboard contains charts, graphs and tables allowing you to focus on critical areas of your managed environment showing alarms, trends and resource utilization. The Veeam Backup & Replication Dashboard is shown below:

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Figure 3. The Veeam Backup & Replication dashboard.

These dashboards can also be customized, which allows users to present the most important aspects of the virtual environment.

Along with the numerous dashboards available, Veeam ONE provides reports to analyze virtual environments before backup software is installed or new strategies are implemented. These reports can estimate VM storage usage and daily change rates of VMs, ensure your virtual infrastructure is configured correctly and help estimate future needs for capacity space, among much more. Reports can identify and detect issues before they can affect off-site backup or disaster recovery (DR) for your business. Infrastructure reports are available for both hypervisors that Veeam supports, allowing users to look at their infrastructure before proceeding with backup operations.

Reporter can also help identify the costs of provisioned VMs for application owners and business units. This can be helpful to see which units are using the most resources and costing your business the most amount of money. With this information, you can use the optimization reports to reassign resources where needed to get the most of what you have. The Oversized & Undersized VMs report will identify VMs that don’t have sufficient CPU, Memory or RAM assigned to them, allowing you to correctly assign and reconfigure VMs to get the best performance. Let’s look at the Oversized VMs report below.

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Figure 4. The Oversized VMs report.

The report shows the total amount of VMs that are oversized, including if they are oversized by CPU or memory. Reading through the report, you can see the average usage and the peak usage including recommendations on resources you can reclaim. The same information is available for memory usage as well.

Along with these reports — to help better utilize resources in your environment — Veeam ONE has Veeam Backup & Replication capacity planning reports to help estimate the amount of space required to store backup files on repositories and help forecast when the amount of space reached its limit. The Capacity Planning for Backup Repositories report helps ensure that there is enough space for your backup data at any point in time, while also calculating the amount of additional space that needs to be provisioned to accommodate necessary restore points. The report estimates this data by looking at historical performance and analyzing performance utilization trends to allow you to rationally plan your resources.

Conclusion

There are many capabilities within Veeam ONE to benefit your business and ensure you remain available 24.7.365. With all the reports, monitoring capabilities and pre-defined alarms, you can stay active in your environment and troubleshoot issues before a problem occurs. The tools included can help estimate and determine storage needs through change rate estimation reports along with capacity planning reports. If you haven’t tried this power in action yet — you should, and you can download a FREE Veeam ONE trial here.

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How to benefit from Veeam ONE: Monitoring, performance optimization, reporting and more!