Paessler PRTG

Professional all-in-one VMware monitoring software


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    PRTG monitors
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    virtual environments
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    PRTG is preconfigured
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    of VMware
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    PRTG has evolved
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    PRTG monitors CPU load, memory usage, disk speed, and other performance data of your VM







What is VMware monitoring? 

 iVirtualization 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.
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VMware monitoring allows you to keep a constant eye on important application and performance data of your virtual machine (VM). This includes parameters like CPU load, memory usage or downtime. By monitoring VMware you are always up to date with the performance of your virtual machines.

Virtualization is a crucial part of many IT environments and an effective way to reduce expenses while boosting efficiency and flexibility of your business. It allows you to distribute applications and databases over different servers, networks, and locations. To avoid downtimes and ensure a good overall performance, you should monitor your VMware servers and all of your virtual machines.

VMware Monitoring with PRTG allows you to keep track of all parts of your virtual environment - from the host server to the applications running on each VM.


Advantages of a professional virtualization monitoring

Keep track of everything

Keep track of everything

Virtualization is only a good idea if you can keep an eye on CPU load, disk usage, performance, and network utilization of your VM. If there's an issue there, then there will also be an issue with the virtual machines - which means that soon you'll find yourself struggling with compounding problems. With a comprehensive monitoring tool, any potential trouble spots will be visible at all times.


Be informed of issues promptly

Be informed of issues promptly

If too many virtual machines run on one host, this can lead to system overload and performance issues. With PRTG Network Monitor, you can set customized thresholds at 75%, for example. If these thresholds are crossed, PRTG sends a notification by e-mail, SMS, Push or API - whatever you'd like. And so you learn about problems before your clients or coworkers are aware that anything is wrong.

With PRTG, virtual machine management is easy.


Here's what VMware monitoring looks like in PRTG


PRTG: Customizable VMware performance monitoring software


We have been a certified technology partner of VMware for several years. This gives us detailed insight into VMware. Thanks to our specific device templates, we can quickly and easily integrate our PRTG Network Monitor into your infrastructure.

This occurs with the help of our "sensors" - measuring points which monitor particular aspects of a device like CPU load or memory allocation. Using these, PRTG can monitor every detail of your virtual environment. The following sensors are currently available for monitoring VMware:


PRTG makes VMware monitoring easy

 i 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.

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VMware Virtual Machine Sensor

VMware Virtual Machine (SOAP) Sensor

Monitors a virtual machine (VM) on a VMware host server via Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). This sensor displays a single virtual machine's CPU load and memory usage, disk read and write speed, and network transmission speed.

VMware Host Hardware Sensor

VMware Host Hardware (WBEM) Sensor

With the PRTG VMware Host Hardware sensors, you can monitor the performance of an ESX/ESXi server. This sensor displays the host server's temperature, current power consumption, fan rotations per minute (RPM), battery voltage, and health status.

VMware Host Hardware Status Sensor

VMware Host Hardware Status (SOAP) Sensor

The PRTG VMware Host Hardware Status sensor monitors the health of your host system. The sensor displays the total number of objects in "normal," "warning," and "alert," status just as the vSphere client reports.

VMware Datastore Sensor

VMware Datastore (SOAP) Sensor

Use the VMware Datastore sensor to keep an eye on hard drive usage and the status of your data store.

VMWare Host Performance

VMware Host Performance (SOAP) Sensor

The VMware Host Performance (SOAP) sensor monitors a VMware host server using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

Dell EMC Unity VMware Datastore v2 Sensor

Dell EMC Unity VMware Datastore v2 Sensor

The Dell EMC Unity VMware Datastore v2 sensor monitors a VMware datastore on a Dell EMC storage system via the Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interface (API).


Applications consolidated through virtualization








Reliable ESX and VM monitoring


While ESX Host Server sensors only work directly with your VMware ESX 5+ server and its parent devices, you can use the PRTG VMware Virtual Machine (SOAP) sensor in two different ways:

  • To communicate directly with a VMware ESX (i) host server in order to monitor the virtual machines running on it
  • To communicate with a VMware vCenter installation in order to monitor all of the virtual machines being managed by the vCenter server

Monitoring the vCenter server allows you to continue to monitor virtual machines directly even after they change physical hosts with vMotion.

We use VMware for our own environments, every day. This provides us with deep understanding of an administrator's problems and needs with respect to VMware monitoring.


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“I particularly like having breakfast at home and just surveying my domain, and understanding what's working and what isn't.”

Steve Coppin, Oxford University


Trusted by 500,000 users and recognized
by industry analysts as a leader


“Fantastic network and infrastructure monitoring solution that is easy to deploy and easier still to use. Simply the best available.”

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“Software is absolutely perfect, Support is superior. Meets all needs and requirements, this is a must have solution if you are needing any form of monitoring.”

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“The tool excels at its primary focus of being a unified infrastructure management and network monitoring service.”

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Your VMware environment at a glance – even on the go

Set up PRTG in minutes and use it on almost any mobile device.


PRTG comes with all the features you need, plus more your IT infrastructure won't want to live without.



PRTG monitors these vendors and applications in one view!


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PRTG makes your job easier

Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.


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Save effort

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.

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Save time

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.

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Save money

80% of our customers report substantial cost savings with network monitoring. Your costs of licenses will likely pay for themselves within weeks.



5 good reasons to virtualize 




 Tip Sheet The 5 Dos and Don’ts of Network Virtualization

Better utilization

Better utilization

Unvirtualized servers often use less than 20% of the server capacity. This means that administrators can increase their server utilization by up to 80% by virtualizing.

More flexibility

More flexibility

If you need more capacity in the short term, all it takes is a few mouse clicks. This saves time and is significantly more flexible. As a result, you can generally avoid any cumbersome purchasing transactions.

Reduced energy costs

Reduced energy costs

Every kilowatt used generates warmth and thus requires corresponding cooling. This, in turn, creates high energy
costs and the service life of the data center is reduced.

Reduced maintenance costs

Reduced maintenance costs

Server maintenance costs and expenses are also reduced with virtualization. It is possible to reduce the footprint of your hardware, which means you'll also save on space costs.

The new role of the administrator

The new role of the administrator

With a virtualization strategy, administrators show that they act with costs in mind. They use new technology and are among the innovators. With monitoring, they have total control over any potential system failures - and thereby reduce risks.


VMware ready

PRTG is a VMware Certified Technology Partner

Paessler PRTG has achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement due to our technological excellence, leading market position, and superior compatibility with VMware products.

As a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Program, our software has passed VMware's testing and review process and works effectively with VMware infrastructure.

But what does this mean for you? It means we have the expert insight to deliver the best VMware monitoring experience in the world.

In fact, we use VMware for our own environments every day. This gives us a deep understanding of an administrator's problems and needs so we can provide intuitive, easy-to-use VMware monitoring.

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“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”

R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV


Create innovative solutions with Paessler’s partners

Partnering with innovative vendors, Paessler unleashes synergies to create
new and additional benefits for joined customers.

IP Fabric

Combining the broad monitoring feature set of PRTG with IP Fabric’s automated network assurance creates a new level of network visibility and reliability.

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Paessler and Plixer provide a complete solution adding flow and metadata analysis to a powerful network monitoring tool.

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Siemon and Paessler bring together intelligent building technology and advanced monitoring and make your vision of intelligent buildings and data centers become reality.

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Hosted Monitoring: PRTG is also available as hosted monitoring solution (Monitoring as a Service). The cloud based tool is up and running within minutes and offers the full range of preconfigured PRTG sensors. Read more about that here >

Packet LossPRTG analyzes data packets and displays the data packet loss rate. In the event a critical value is exceeded, you’ll automatically receive an alert.

MySQL Monitoring: PRTG lets you keep a constant eye on your MySQL databases. See all important SQL queries at a glance and get prompt notifications in the event of errors.

VMware vRealize vs. PRTG:  Unlike VMware vRealize Operations, PRTG offers monitoring of your virtual machines on different levels and keeps track of your physical servers, server hardware, and much more.



Notification system: 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.




PRTG won't wait to let you know if "VMware is on fire." You define your own thresholds. If these are crossed, you'll receive a corresponding notification. This means you can intervene promptly before clients or coworkers are aware of any problems. 



dieter loskarn

“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


PRTG the multi-tool

PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadmins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
  • 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


Still not convinced?



More than 500,000 sysadmins love PRTG

Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.

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Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.



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