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Fabric Monitoring

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

A close integration between System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager introduces System Center cloud monitoring of virtual layers for private cloud environments. The Management Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager monitors availability of VMM and the availability, health, and performance of all virtual machines and virtual machine hosts that VMM manages. The Fabric Health Dashboard shows a detailed overview of the health of your private clouds and the fabric that services those clouds. The dashboard helps you answer questions like “What is the health of my clouds and the fabric serving those clouds?” and helps you understand how your fabric components are connected. At a glance, you can see cloud health and the health of the underlying fabric/virtual machines. You can also do root cause analysis by linking to existing dashboards, such as network monitoring dashboards and the Virtual Machine Manager diagram view can help you dive into network and storage monitoring.

To get the dashboard, use the System Center 2012 Management Pack for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Fabric Health Dashboard, which is imported automatically when you integrate Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager.

What is the Fabric of a Private Cloud?

The fabric of a private cloud consists of physical and virtual elements that fall into three main categories: Compute, Storage, and Hardware.

  • Compute includes hosts, operating systems/platforms that are running on the hosts, workloads (what’s running on your private cloud, such as SQL, AD, DNS, DHCP), workload configuration, and management infrastructure.

  • Storage includes file shares, LUNs, storage pools.

  • Hardware includes physical and virtual network devices and networks, as well as fabric hardware.

Before You Begin

Virtual Machine Manager controls the private cloud. Before you can begin to monitor the fabric of your private clouds, you must integrate System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. For details, see Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM. During the integration, several management packs are imported automatically, including the Management Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager and the Management Pack for Virtual Machine Manager Fabric Health Dashboard.

The Management Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager monitors availability of VMM and the availability, health, and performance of all virtual machines and virtual machine hosts that VMM manages. You must install this management pack before you can configure the following VMM features: Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO), Maintenance Mode integration, Reporting in VMM, and Support for SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).

The VMM management pack enables the integration of Operations Manager with VMM and monitors the health of virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, and Citrix XenServer. In VMware vSphere 4 or VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environments that are managed by using VMM, this management pack also monitors the health of virtual machines running on VMware ESX. For more information, see Guide for System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager.

The VMM Fabric Health Dashboard management pack displays much of what the VMM management pack monitors into a dashboard view.

Fabric Monitoring Topics

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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