Virtual server monitoring with PRTG
- Advantages of virtual servers
- Applications connected by virtual environments
- Clustering improves the performance and availability of your servers
- PRTG offers a precise overview of your virtual environment
- Why PRTG is the right tool for virtual server monitoring
- Preconfigured sensors for monitoring virtual servers
- Virtual server sensors in detail
- PRTG works with all big manufacturers
Advantages of virtual servers
Virtual servers are among the most important elements of modern data centers. Virtual servers allow for significant improvements in the area of network performance. They can also optimize the distribution of resources and save money by reducing the need for expensive hardware. With non-virtual environments, sufficient memory and CPU capacity must be allocated to each application manually. With virtual servers, this allocation occurs dynamically. With virtual environments, all the servers and storage units in your network can be seen as one big, powerful computer.
Clustering improves the performance and availability of your servers
Virtualization is the process of creating a virtual version of something like computer hardware. It involves using specialized software to create a virtual or software-created version of a computing resource rather than the actual version of the same resource.
Upon virtualizing your servers, you have the possibility of merging them into clusters. If one server is down, then another computer in the cluster will automatically take over the virtual machines and applications. By consistently avoiding single points of failure, you’ll improve the availability of your servers.
Intelligent load distribution
Clusters are also used to intelligently distribute the network load to several different machines. This is especially important for environments with high performance requirements.
PRTG offers a precise overview of your virtual environment
Reliable network monitoring software is important for ensuring the proper functioning of dynamic memory allocation. PRTG collects and analyzes all vital network data, then displays this data in easy-to-read charts and graphs. As a result, you get a crystal-clear overview of all your network’s activities. Along with important data regarding your virtual environment, you'll get information on bandwidth, traffic, and individual devices such as routers, switches, and printers.
If a virtual server in a cluster goes down, PRTG will send you an alert message at once. You can then take all the necessary steps to prevent more serious problems from arising.
Why PRTG is the right tool for virtual server monitoring
Which virtual machines are running on which computers? How much memory is being used? What is the data transmission rate? PRTG will answer these questions and many more regarding your virtual servers. PRTG lets you create your own custom dashboards, which will allow you to see at a quick glance if your virtual servers are running as planned.
Along with a quick overview, PRTG offers a number of possibilities for taking a closer look. Extensive statistics are available for each measured value. You can, for example, view the average CPU load of the host or the amount of downtime that has occurred during the current year.
Upon request, PRTG will automatically send reports to your colleagues or superiors.
Straightforward capacity planning
PRTG simplifies the capacity planning process. With your virtual server monitor, you can promptly determine if the network’s capacity needs to be increased. You’ll immediately see if your hardware is overloaded and can react quickly – before an overload leads to poor server performance or errors. The charts of PRTG are extremely easy to read, and therefore perfect for convincing higher-ups (who often lack technical know-how) that it’s a good time to upgrade the network. Conclusive data and statistics eliminate the need for long and nerve-racking discussions.
Prompt error notifications
Your virtual servers are the backbone of your IT infrastructure. Malfunctions can not only paralyze business processes, but also lead to losses in sales. For each measurement point, PRTG lets you define a threshold value which, when reached, will immediately trigger an alarm. You can choose to be alerted by email, SMS, or push notification. Thanks to the PRTG alarm system, you’ll usually have time to intervene before errors occur and your coworkers start lining up outside your door. With the PRTG Server Monitoring Tool, you’ll keep downtime to a minimum.
Preconfigured sensors for monitoring virtual servers
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
PRTG comes with preconfigured sensors to allow for fast and easy setup. With just a few clicks, you can add your virtual servers to PRTG and get started with your monitoring. Once your virtual environment is added to PRTG, you'll immediately begin to receive all the key data regarding your hosts, virtual machines, and applications. Neatly arranged dashboards and custom maps ensure you constantly get the information you need.
This sensor monitors a virtual machine on a Citrix XenServer. It displays CPU and memory usage, the read and write speeds of hard drives, and the network transmission rate of an individual virtual machine.
VMware Host Hardware (WBEM) Sensor
The PRTG VMware Host Hardware (WBEM) Sensor can monitor the performance of ESX/ESXi. It displays the temperature, current power consumption, fan speed, battery voltage, and health status of the host server.
Virtual server sensors in detail
|Citrix XenServer Host||Citrix XenServer Host Sensor|| |
Monitors a Xen host server via HTTP. It can show:
|Citrix XenServer Virtual Machine||Citrix XenServer Virtual Machine Sensor|| |
Monitors a virtual machine on a Xen server via HTTP. It can show:
|Docker Container||Docker Container Status Sensor|| |
Monitors the status of a Docker container. It can show among others.:
|HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array||Enterprise Virtual Array Sensor|| |
Monitors an HP EVA using ssu.exe and can show among others.:
|Hyper-V Cluster||Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume Disk Free Sensor|| |
It can show:
|Hyper-V Host Server||Hyper-V Host Server Sensor|| |
Monitors a Hyper-V cluster shared volume via PowerShell. It can show:
|Hyper-V Virtual Network Adapter||Hyper-V Virtual Network Adapter Sensor|| |
Monitors virtual network adapters running on a Hyper-V host server via WMI or Windows Performance Counters. It can show:
|Hyper-V Virtual Machine||Hyper-V Virtual Machine Sensor|| |
Monitors VM via WMI or Windows Performance Counters. It can show:
|VMware Data Store||VMware Datastore (SOAP) Sensor|| |
Monitors the disk usage of a Vmware data store using SOAP. It can show:
|VMware Host||VMware Host Hardware (WBEM) Sensor|| |
Monitors hardware information of an ESX/ESXi server using WBEM. It can show:
|VMware Host Hardware Status (SOAP) Sensor||Provides a general status overview for the host and shows the total number of items in normal, warning, and alter status.|
|VMware Host Performance (SOAP) Sensor|| |
Monitors a VMware host server using SOAP and can show among others:
|VMware Virtual Machine||VMware Virtual Machine (SOAP) Sensor|| |
Monitors a VM on a VMware host server using SOAP and can show others.:
PRTG makes your job easier
Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.
PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
“The greatest advantage of PRTG? You get to rest easy.“
Steffen Ille, Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany
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PRTG works with all big manufacturers
PRTG lets you monitor the virtual servers of all the major manufacturers. It can monitor the virtual environments of VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix, and Amazon EC2, among others.
Do you want to monitor virtual desktops? See this knowledge base article for more information about virtual desktop monitoring with PRTG.
Due to our technology competence, our leading market position, and our product's compatibility with VMware products we are member of the VMware Technology Alliance Program.
The VMware Ready logo designates PRTG Network Monitor has achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement. This signifies that our software has passed VMware's testing and review process and works effectively with VMware infrastructure.
PRTG features a variety of alert types: E-mail, SMS, Pager, Apps, running an external application, etc. You can specify when and how each person is to be informed about network issues. To do so, you can add contacts and edit, delete, or pause your notifications at any time. The notification system is built into the monitoring software and is available at no extra charge. Because of its integrated quality, configuring the alert feature is done in just a few clicks.
Be alerted quickly
PRTG features a variety of alert types: E-mail, SMS, Pager, Apps, running an external application, etc. You can specify when and how each person is to be informed about network issues. To do so, you can add contacts and edit, delete, or pause your notifications at any time.
The notification system is built into the monitoring software and is available at no extra charge. Because of its integrated quality, configuring the alert feature is done in just a few clicks.
“Hey Dieter, what kind of advice would you give to an administrator who wants to monitor VMware with PRTG?”
“I'd use both our VMware VM sensors as well as vSphere host and environment sensors. If there are problems with the host, then the virtual services are also affected.”
Dieter Loskarn, sensor development for Paessler AG
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- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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