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Monitor virtual infrastructure

This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced


SolarWinds Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM) is the feature that enables virtual monitoring directly from the SolarWinds Platform Web Console.

It is available as a feature of SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM, or in integration with SolarWinds VMAN.

VIM monitors the following:

  • ESXi and ESX Server version 4.1 or later
  • VMware vSphere version 4.1 or later
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server versions 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2

Prerequisites to monitoring virtual infrastructure

  • SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds VIM is installed.
  • SNMP on your virtual servers is enabled.
  • VMware Tools are installed on all virtual machines you want to monitor.

    If your virtual machines are on monitored ESXi and ESX servers, VMware Tools are not a requirement but provide access to additional information, such as IP addresses.

  • ESX credentials on ESX servers are created.
  • Your virtual infrastructure is discovered.

View virtual infrastructure data

To asses the status of your virtual environment, go to the Virtualization Summary view.

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console.
  2. Click My Dashboards > Home > Virtualization in the menu bar. The summary view shows the overall status of your virtual infrastructure.
  3. Click subviews on the left, to see details on monitored VMware, Hyper-v or Nutanix devices.

To view ESX host details, click an ESX Host server in the Virtualization Summary page to open the ESX Host Details view.

See Using the SolarWinds VIM.