VMware ESX/ESXi – Snapshot Age

VMware is a virtualization platform many of our clients use – both VMware ESX and ESXi. VMware allows hardware resources to be utilized better and deploys new servers with much less effort than ever before. With Intelligent Monitoring you will have easy access to all key VMware performance information including information on VMware performance, resource consumption, and snapshots – just to name a few.

In this scenario, some work was performed on a number of virtual Windows Servers quite a while ago. To establish a restore point (in case something went wrong), the VMware administrator took a snapshot of the servers with the intention of keeping the snapshot for a few days. With other priorities on her schedule, she had forgotten about the snapshots.

With Intelligent Monitoring and the TOP 10 Dashboards feature, you could quickly identify the snapshot age making the task easier for the administrator to remote the snapshots and release the disk space. The TOP 10 Dashboards can very quickly draw attention to patterns or issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.

VMware ESX/ESXi – Snapshot Age

 

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VMware ESX/ESXi – Failed Power Supply

Rollup alert

The hardware component VMware Rollup Health State on ESX server is now reporting a status of 3. Status 2 denotes yellow state, while 3 denotes red state.

This started at 2015-09-02 13:05:35 PDT – or 0h 3m ago.

Power supply state

The hardware component Power Supply 2 Power Supply 2 0: Power Supply AC lost – Assert on ESX server is now reporting a status of 3. Status 2 denotes yellow state, while 3 denotes red state.

This started at 2015-09-02 13:05:24 PDT – or 0h 3m ago.

Power unit state

The hardware component Power Domain 1 Power Unit 0 – Redundancy lost on ESX server is now reporting a status of 2. Status 2 denotes yellow state, while 3 denotes red state.

This started at 2015-09-02 13:04:33 PDT – or 0h 4m ago.

These days, server hardware issues are much less common than in the early days of IT when power supply, and other failures were common occurrences. Of course, the easy protection against power supply failures is to use redundant power supplies. The question is, how do you know if a power supply has failed and it has to be replaced? The server in question may be running on a single power supply, which means there is no longer redundancy until the failed power supply has been replaced.

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