Setting up Operations Manager for Nutanix

Nutanix has a management pack available for several monitoring solutions such as Solarwinds, Nagios and of course Operations Manager, which allows us to monitor hardware / DSF / hypervisor directly into Operations Manager. Now combining this with the service management capabilities that Operations Manager has is a killer combo. Now the setup is pretty simple when run from a management server

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After the management packs are installed, new monitoring panes should appear within the console.

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Now the management pack uses a combination of SNMP and the REST API, first of we can configure the SNMP properties for the management pack, which can be done in PRISM under settings // SNMP

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From there we need to enable SNMP, set up a v3 user profile which OpsMgr will use to authenticate and encrypt traffic.

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And lastly define transport rule which is UDP on port 161.

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Next we can run a discovery wizard from within Operations Manager to search for the CVM machines.

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Next we need to add each device and create a specific SNMP user that we can use to contact the Nutanix CVM.

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Eventually that devices will appear under the discovered devices pane, which means that we can contact the devices using SNMP.

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If we now head back to the monitoring pane we can see that the devices appear healthy.

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Next is to add monitoring to the cluster. This uses the REST API to communicate with the cluster IP.

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Now we should add both a PRISM account and an IPMI account (Note that I have excluded the IPMI part since I had some minor issues with the IPMI connection on my nodes at the time)

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Eventually the nodes will appear in the monitoring pane we can extract out performance information from the cluster as well.

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If we go into health explorer of a CVM we can see all the different monitoring objects it checks.

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Note: If you upgrade NOS you might/should need to rerun the cluster monitoring wizard again.

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