Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

This article covers the installation of the SCOM Veeam MP for VMware (version 8). If you are not aware, the Veeam Management Pack for System Center provides integration, monitoring, advanced reporting, and detailed topology features for virtualized systems and their hosts, and the associated network and storage fabric. This allows the virtual environment to be integrated into multiple System Center components, including System Center Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager.

At this time, the Veeam MP for VMware solution utilizes the following components but I guess that these prerequisites will handle the new version of SCOM or VMware solutions.

  • SCOM 2012 SP1/SCOM 2012 R2
  • ESXi 4.x, 5.x, 6.0
  • vCenter Server 4.x, 5.x, 6.0

Additionally, the Veeam MP for VMware includes the following components.

  • Veeam VMware Collector (Collector) — gathers topology, event and performance data from VMware systems.
  • Veeam Virtualization Extensions Service (VE Service) — is used for centralized configuration of Veeam VMware Collectors, failover and load balancing control, and license distribution.
  • Veeam Virtualization Extensions UI (Veeam UI) — web-based (IIS) UI for configuration of the VE Service and the managed Collectors.
  • Veeam Management Pack (Veeam MP) — provide rich and flexible capabilities for VMware management, natively integrated with System Center. Advanced monitors, dashboards, and reports are included out-of-box.

For this deployment, we will install the solution based on this architecture.

We will deploy both Extensions UI and Extensions Service on a dedicated Management Server which is also used for SCOM Web Console. Note that Extensions Service component can only be installed on a Management Server.
Then we will deploy multiple collectors to handle the load of connections and workflows. These collectors will either be Management Server or Gateways depending on the existing SCOM infrastructure. To help us on the sizing of the architecture based on our VMware infrastructure, Veeam is providing a calculator through an Excel file.EXCEL CALCULATOR Before deploying the solution, I suggest you dedicate two GWs or MSs for VMware monitoring jobs. If you are using Management Servers, you should remove them from the All Management Servers Resource Pool (cf. previous article). In order to deploy Veeam MP solution in our environment, we will first install the Extensions UI and Extensions Service component by choosing this option on the installer screen.

You would need to provide a license during the installation. You can ask for a trial license directly on Veeam website.

Then, we will be asked to provide a specific user account to run Veeam Virtualization Extension service. And you need that this account is a member of local Administrators group on the server.

Note
Note that this part of the setup will also import Veeam Management Packs in your SCOM environment.

Once setup is finished, it will ask to log off from the server. It will permit to apply Logon as server right to specified service account during installation.

You can then relog to the server and open UI Web console. Note that if you are installing the solution on Windows Server 2012 or above it will create a Metro IE shortcut. I never had any issues with this, so you can use it or choose your own browser as this console can be opened from other location such as your computer.

Besides, you can check that all Veeam Management Packs were successfully imported.

Then, we need to install the collectors. In this article, we will only deploy one collector on a SCOM Management Server. Note that you will need to add the collector’s computer account to the local group Veeam Virtualization Extensions Users (on VE server).

As for Virtualization Extensions service, we need to provide a service account to handle Veeam collector service. Note that this account must be a local administrator.

Finally, you need to fulfill the name and the port of the Veeam Virtualization Extensions Server (depending on what you configured previously).

Once the installation is done, you should see your collector in your web console.

Then, in order to enable monitoring of our VMware infrastructure, we will configure a connection to a VMware vCenter server. Note that the account used for this connection must have the following rights on VMware solution.

When the connection is successful, the console will display some recommendation to handle the load associated with the monitoring of this VMware infrastructure (Hosts, Datastores, VMs, etc.).

Once you finished to install all your collectors and configured your connections, you will need to wait some time (depending on your infrastructure) to retrieve all discovered objects and their health in SCOM console. For example, it took around 8 hours to discover 20 clusters, 100 hosts, 300 datastores and 2500 VMs.

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