Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part VII – Dashboards at a Glance in the Veeam ONE Reporter

Greetings friends, today we are going to see in detail, how the Backup Infrastructure Administrators do not get their fingers caught in the resources, and how to create reports that help them understand which environment is busiest.

Veeam ONE Reporter - Dashboards give you a deep insight into your environment

You know that I have a certain passion for Dashboards, I have told you many times how to use other products to visualize your information in a simple and fast way.In this series about Veeam ONE we have seen many important points about how to monitor your VMware vSphere and Veeam environment, and today comes the day to see the Dashboards in detail.To access Veeam ONE Reporter from any modern browser, you can go to https://YOURVONEFQDN:1239 and enter your credentials:In an environment with vSphere together with Veeam Backup & Replication we'll find nine default Dashboards, we'll see some more if we had Hyper-V too:We'll see them one by one in this interesting blog post.

1- Veeam Backup and Replication - Quick visualization about our Veeam Backup & Replication environment

The first Dashboard is one of the most interesting in my opinion, since it shows us very important information about our Veeam environment, among this very useful information, we find the backup window that the jobs are taking, besides seeing if all the jobs have been executed correctly, the section called Jobs Status, also shows us the status of the components of the Infrastructure.We will be able to see the total number of protected VMs, VMs with Backups, replicated VMs, restore points, size of the Full Backup and the incremental ones, besides knowing the total size of the VMs source, very important to know. You can also see the duration of each job in time, and the space consumed in each repository.

2- VMware Trends - Quick visualization of consumption trends in our vSphere environment

In this Dashboard, we will be able to observe the trends of consumption by different resources, for example, the trend of consumption of CPU by cluster per day, or RAM memory, and storage, besides seeing the growth in the number of VMs, and the uptime in %:

3- VMware Alarms - Quick overview of VMware vSphere alerts

In this Dashboard, we can observe the alarms generated in VMware on the different resources, besides seeing them by warning or error, and per day, very interesting without a doubt to see the resources "more affected" by alarms in the three inferior panels. I have to check without any doubt those VMs with 51 warnings and 38 in the other one:

4- VMware Host and Clusters - Quick visualization on the components that consume more resources

This Dashboard is one of the easiest to consume, since with a simple glance it will show us the busiest resources of our vSphere environment, such as the TOP Hosts, VMs, and Datastores, in addition, it shows us the always interesting CPU Ready in our Cluster:

5- Veeam Datastores - Quick overview of our vSphere storage

This Dashboard will help us to understand the state of our Infrastructure at a storage level, not only the most consumed space per datastore but also the VMs and how their different partitions or mount points grow, the latency per datastore, the consumption of IOPS, if there are VMs with Snapshots and of course the latency when writing to the datastore:

6- VMware VMs - Quick visualization of the consumption of our VMs in vSphere

This view is very useful to control the whole environment, especially the VMs, which are the last passenger in this virtualization train. This dashboard shows us the CPU and RAM consumption by VMs, as well as networking, read and write latency and of course by IOPS, very useful to do troubleshooting:

7- VMware Infrastructure - Quick visualization about our Infrastructure in vSphere in a logical way

In this Dashboard we will be able to know the logical total number that we have of each resource of our datacenter, very useful to make fast inventories of our environment, without losing time or opening giant Excels:

8- VMware Capacity Planning - A Look into the Future from a VMware vSphere Perspective

This Dashboard will give us the opportunity to have a look to the future and how our resources can grow depending on if we talk about Datastore, how many VMs we can add, etc:

9- Veeam ONE Heatmap - Quick visualization of how busy our Veeam Backup & Replication environment is

One of the best bird's eye views we have is the one called HEATMAP, which can be found in Veeam ONE Reports, in the Dashboards section. With a simple glance we can see that it is in amber or red, besides being able to see it by each component of the Infrastructure:For example, here I have expanded all my Proxies, to check with surprise that they are all in green, which means that we don't have any node more loaded than another one. In this view, I have expanded a Proxy, where we can see the exact load level for each hour, with the concurrent jobs it has, and the name of them, and also I have expanded a Repository to check that sometimes it is starting to be used a little more because the color differs from green:I leave you the list of all the articles that correspond to this interesting series about Veeam ONE as our monitoring and reporting system:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part VI – Troubleshooting Veeam Backup and Replication using Veeam ONE Monitor

Greetings friends, today we are going to see in detail, how the Backup Infrastructure Administrators do not get their fingers caught in the resources, and how to create reports that help them understand which environment is busiest.

Veeam ONE Heatmap - A quick look at how busy our environment is

One of the best bird's eye views we have is the one called HEATMAP, which can be found in Veeam ONE Reports, in the Dashboards section. With a simple glance we can see that it is in amber or red, besides being able to see it by each component of the Infrastructure:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part V – Troubleshooting vSphere using Veeam ONE Monitor

Greetings friends, we have seen in previous posts the installation of VeeamONE, the basic configuration of a VMware and Veeam environment. Today we are going to go a step further and see the daily use that can be given to VeeamONE.

Troubleshooting of environment alarms

We are going to use Veeam ONE Monitor Client for all this lab, the first thing we will do is log in, and depending on the privileges we have we will be able to see more or fewer resources, in my case with Administrator permissions, I see everything, like the All-Seeing eye, then we can see at a glance all the alerts for each type of element, Hosts, Datastores and Virtual Machines:If for example, I click in any of the alerts, we can see the history of the element, also I like very much that Veeam ONE includes detailed information of the problem, in this case, it is ballooning in the VM, that means that we have a RAM memory problem: Or for example, this is another case, this time a Host alert, it is an attempt to access by root through SSH, with wrong username and password: When solving the incidence, I recommend you to introduce a brief comment so that when we generate reports, we can see all these comments: This way we could see all the alarms of the element that I have selected, in this case esxi-zlon-000: Also, of course, I recommend you to create a report of the incidences, so that we can make a pursuit of the incidences per day, and see the tendencies:

Virtual Machine Troubleshooting

Let's now see how we can do troubleshooting of a VM, something very common and that usually, we will have to do, I think in this case I will use a Linux VM at 100% CPU:We'll be able to see that the CPU consumption alert has been triggered as well:From the CPU tab, we will be able to see when the VM has started with this CPU alert, which is recent:We see that we have a tab called Processes, this is connected through SSH automatically by the port that we indicate, and it will show us in a very simple way the processes, its RAM and CPU consumption, fantastic!We could now kill the processes from here, in case the user had privileges, if on the contrary, he didn't have privileges over those processes, we can directly invoke PuttY, first we would have to have it configured in Veeam ONE Client:And from the VM menu, we can hit Remote Management - Connect to VM:And from the putty, we can elevate to root, and from there kill the processes that we don't need, or that are new and malicious for example:If we wanted to open the VMware console terminal, we could also, with just a right button, and Open Console:From this VMware console, if we had privileges, we could add or edit hardware, etc.It's worth mentioning that these two options to connect to a VM are for Microsoft Windows too but it is more obvious I've omitted them in this tutorial.

ESXi Host Troubleshooting

Let's see how to troubleshoot an ESXi host, as we can imagine the errors or warnings are more due to the hardware, for example:We can, of course, take a quick look at the hardware consumption of the ESXi:Going tab by tab will give us a much more refined visibility of each resource, in this case, the CPU, which has had a peak due to that rebellious VM we have debugged before: At memory level, the same, we can play with the chart views if we want a more detailed look of what is happening and what value of the memory is in worse state or has more consumption, latency, etc: In the Datastore part, is where things get interesting, we can make a very detailed debug about the performance and performance of our datastores, going through latency, against lower, better: We can go to the Storage Path to give a more granular look at the resource consumption by each HBA: As in the Storage Adaper tab, we can see all the storage adapters and organize by those that have more latency, etc: Finally, we can go to Hardware to check values such as ESXi servers temperature, voltage, and in general all critical values of the system and its environment: With all this debugging of the ESXi, let's move on to debugging

Troubleshooting by Datastore

At the Datastore level, the truth is that there are not many options beyond the most important ones, such as this look at the disk used in the Datastore:As well as the Disk I/O tab, which is where we can play with the graph and order by VM, or many more values that we can stack, very interesting:I leave you the list of all the articles that correspond to this interesting series about Veeam ONE as our monitoring and reporting system:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part III – Adding a VMware vSphere Infrastructure to Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, I have been telling you the first steps with Veeam ONE in previous posts, today I come to show you how to connect to our vSphere environment so that Veeam ONE can collect from there all the metrics of the VMs, Hosts, Clusters, etc. This process is not intrusive and does not affect VMs, hosts or vCenter.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part II – Download and Install Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, we continue with the fantastic series on Veeam ONE, where we will see step by step to deploy monitoring, reporting, and capacity planning system. Today we have the most basic, the download and installation of Veeam ONE.

Veeam ONE ISO download

It should be noted that Veeam is part of Veeam Availability Suite, which is a bundle that includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE, and which is usually much cheaper than buying Veeam ONE separately.Today we are going to download the ISO of Veeam ONE, to do so, we will go to the official website of Veeam ONE and click on Download Free Trial:

Looking for the perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XX (Monitoring SSL Certificates x.509)

Greetings friends, during these last years we have seen how to monitor all kinds of services with Grafana, InfluxDB, and Telegraf, such as VMware vSphere, Linux, Windows, Veeam and more. Today I bring you one of these entries that are extremely useful and simple at the same time.I'm talking about how to monitor your SSL certificates, yours or any manufacturer's, URLs, etc. So that we can avoid failure like the one Microsoft had just a few days ago when an SSL certificate expired due to being a leap year.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: Veeam ONE – Part I – Introduction to Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, today we start another series on monitoring vSphere and Veeam environments, in this case, we will use a corporate tool such as Veeam ONE. In this series, we are going to see from less to more, covering from the basics, to the most advanced, with scenarios that we can find day by day.I hope you like the series, you have the menu at the end of the series, which will help you move to the chapter that you find most interesting.

Veeam ONE at a glance

Veeam® ONE is part of the Veeam Availability Suite, providing complete visibility into our entire IT environment, including Veeam-protected physical or cloud workloads. With support for Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Agents, as well as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, Veeam ONE offers deep and intelligent monitoring, reporting and automation through interactive tools, so we can be alerted and resolve potential problems before they impact production. Veeam ONE features including:
  • 24×7 real-time monitoring, reporting, alerting and management of backup and virtual environments: Notification to users of availability and performance issues to avoid downtime, meet service level agreements and maintain compliance. Assess the performance of the backup infrastructure to ensure that existing configurations comply with resource management and configuration tracking best practices
  • Capacity planning and forecasting: We can forecast resource use and utilization trends with what-if models and monitor resource over-commitment for backups and virtual infrastructure
  • Chargeback and Billing: We will be able to get full visibility of IT costs of computing, storage, and backup repository resources
  • Business Categorizations: We will be able to analyze, monitor and assign alarms to mission-critical applications running on virtual machines, regardless of their location, to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and ensure compliance.
  • Intelligent diagnostics and automation: We can leverage advanced data intelligence that can identify and help resolve errors in infrastructure and software configurations with automated and proactive problem resolution. Further, improve response times through pre-defined and automated resolution of common backup and virtual infrastructure issues with self-correcting remedial actions.

VMware: How to achieve a perfect metric collection interval with Telegraf, InfluxDB and Grafana

Greetings friends, I have told you in the past how to monitor your VMware environment using InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana, and according to Grafana's dashboard, you are using it with about 4300 people in your Datacenters. All this is great, and I thank you very much for all the support and that so many people have the solution deployed.Now, I have read for a long time that in some cases you were having incidents when monitoring the datastores in a correct way, which generated that the Dashboard will not display correctly, creating a lot of frustration, but this entry will ensure you have everything configured correctly.

vSphere vCenter - real-time metrics

VMware collects information every 20 seconds from the ESXi and stores this information in vCenter RAM. This makes it really easy and fast to access this information by telegraph or any other information collector. All this information is stored only for one hour in the vCenter, in the diagram we would be number 3, accessing directly to the Performance Manager:

Veeam: Whiteboard Veeam Live Recording Backup strategies: Pros and cons

Greetings friends, a few weeks back I had the pleasure to co-present another Whiteboarding live-session with Alex Fraser (Senior Systems Engineer UKI).The session which you can watch for free, and without any registration, if you do a little scrolling, covers how having a data backup and recovery plan is important to the overall success of your business. And what you need is to choose the strategy, that allows you to consider features of your infrastructure, meet RTO and RPO requirements, allows you to reduce operational costs during backup.