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Install the VMware App and view the Dashboards

This page shows you how to install the Sumo Logic App for VMware, and provides descriptions of each of the app dashboards

This page provides instructions for installing the VMware App, as well as the descriptions of each of the app dashboards.

Install the App

Now that you have set up collection for VMWare, you can install the VMWare App to use the preconfigured searches and Dashboards that provide insight into your data.

To install the App, do the following:

Locate and install the app you need from the App Catalog. If you want to see a preview of the dashboards included with the app before installing, click Preview Dashboards.

  1. From the App Catalog, search for and select the app. 
  2. Select the version of the service you're using and click Add to Library.
  1. To install the app, complete the following fields.
    1. App Name. You can retain the existing name, or enter a name of your choice for the app.

    2. Data Source. Select either of these options for the data source.

      • Choose Source Category, and select a source category from the list.

      • Choose Enter a Custom Data Filter, and enter a custom source category beginning with an underscore. Example: (_sourceCategory=MyCategory).

    3. Advanced. Select the Location in Library (the default is the Personal folder in the library), or click New Folder to add a new folder.
  2. Click Add to Library.

Once an app is installed, it will appear in your Personal folder, or other folder that you specified. From here, you can share it with your organization. 

Panels will start to fill automatically. It's important to note that each panel slowly fills with data matching the time range query and received since the panel was created. Results won't immediately be available, but with a bit of time, you'll see full graphs and maps. 

Dashboard filters 

Each dashboard has a set of filters that you can apply to the entire dashboard, as shown in the following example. Click the funnel icon in the top dashboard menu bar to display a scrollable list of filters that narrow search results across the entire dashboard.


Each panel has a set of filters that are applied to the results for that panel only, as shown in the following example. Click the funnel icon in the top panel menu bar to display a list of panel-specific filters.


VMware - vCenter Operations - Overview

The VMware - vCenter Operations - Overview dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of unique clusters, ESXi hosts, unique VMs, and VM failures by ESXi host, as well as vCenter task trends, vSphere errors across clusters, VM operations over time, ESXi per-host metrics for CPU usage and idle time, memory usage and capacity, disk usage and datastore read rate, network usage and system uptime. It also displays data for vCenter alarms, user activity, and VM operations by user.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Get an at-a-glance overview of your entire VMware infrastructure.
  • Monitor VM failures, tasks, and errors.
  • Track user activity and operations.
  • Review summaries of the state of the components of the VMware infrastructure.
  • Assess infrastructure issues at a glance with the dashboard panels.


VMware - vCenter Errors - Analysis

The VMware - vCenter Errors - Analysis dashboard provides detailed information about the errors across cluster and hosts. You can easily review error trends, top error events, and most recent error events.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Review 7 day error trends.
  • Quickly assess the most frequent and recurring error conditions.
  • Review error messages, host, cluster, and other details to help with debugging.


VMware - Virtual Machine Errors - Analysis

The VMware - Virtual Machine Errors - Analysis dashboard provides an at-a-glance analysis of VM errors, including MAC address and UUID conflicts, upgrade and VM failures by host, fault tolerance errors, VM power failures, and general VM errors.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor faulty VMs with performance or other issues.
  • Determine VMs with power on and off failures.
  • Assess VMs with fault tolerance issues.
  • Determine MAC address and  UUID conflicts, as well as primary VM failures.
  • Monitor overall VM health.


VMware - Datastore

The VMware - Datastore dashboard provides performance metrics on datastore read rates per ESXi host and VM, and datastore write rates per ESXi host and VM. A datastore is a manageable storage entity, usually used as a repository for virtual machine files including log files, scripts, configuration files, virtual disks, and so on.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Review of the datastore reads and writes by the virtual machines and ESXi hosts.
  • Identify excessive writes or reads by a VM or ESXi host.


VMware - Network

The VMware - Network dashboard keeps track of the data in and data out of the ESXi hosts and virtual machines. This dashboard provides an at-a-glance analysis of network usage per ESXi host and VM, network InPacket rate per ESXi host and VM, network OutPacket rate per ESXi host and VM, and network 1 day comparison by host.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Identify excessing packet traffic in or out.
  • Identify network inactivity for a VM or host.
  • Track network usage.


VMware - Disk

The VMware - Disk dashboard keeps track of the disk usage, disk writes and reads by the ESXi hosts and virtual machines. You can easily review metrics for disk usage per ESXi host and VM, disk read rate per ESXi host and VM, disk write rate per ESXi host and VM, disk total read latency per host, and disk total write latency per host.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Identify excessive writes or reads by a VM or a ESXi host.
  • Track disk read and write latency.


VMware - Memory

The VMware - Memory dashboard provides an at-a-glance analysis of memory usage by ESXi host and VM, memory granted by ESXi host and VM, and memory capacity by ESXi host.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Review of the memory usage per virtual machine and ESXi host.
  • Identify excessive memory usage by VM or ESXi host.
  • Track granted memory and memory capacity to determine memory needs and over provisioning.


VMware - CPU

The VMware - CPU dashboard tracks the CPU consumed by the virtual machines and ESXi hosts with at-a-glance analysis of CPU usage, idle time, and VM CPU wait time.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor spikes in CPU activity. Frequent spikes in CPU activity for a VM without any load may signify issues with the VM configurations.
  • Track CPU idle time.
  • Monitor VM wait time, the time a VM was ready to perform some action but wasn't able to because of CPU unavailability. This can help determine CPU needs of the infrastructure.