VCAP6-NV Deploy – Objective 5.2 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation

Skills and Abilities

Objective 5.2 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation

  • Configure logging for NSX components according to a deployment plan
  • Monitor health of networking services
  • Monitor health and status of infrastructure components:
    • vSphere
    • NSX Manager
    • Control Cluster
  • Enable data collection for single/multiple virtual machines

Objective Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

  • A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment.
  • A working VMware NSX 6.x environment.

Objective Breakdown

Configure logging for NSX components according to a deployment plan

For configuring SYSLOG for the NSX Manager, see HOWTO: Configure VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Log Insight – Part Two

For configuring SYSLOG for NSX Edge Appliances, see HOWTO: Configure VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Log Insight – Part Three

Monitor health of networking services

I’m not 100% sure what this skill is, so I have assumed its being able to know where to look for the health status of the different NSX components.

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Installation and click the Management tab.

This screen shows the installation status of the Management Components.

Click the Host Preparation tab.

This screen shows the installation status of the NSX VIBs, Firewall and VXLAN.

Click the Logical Network Preparation tab and click VXLAN Transport.

This screen shows the status of the VTEPs.

Click Logical Switches.

This screen shows the status of the NSX logical switches.

Click NSX Edges.

This shows the overview status of the NSX Edges deployed.

Monitor health and status of infrastructure components:vSphere

Where to start with this one?  It is something that is bigger than this objective.

Monitor health and status of infrastructure components: NSX Manager

Via NSX Manager

Using a browser, navigate to the VMware NSX Manager Virtual Appliance (https://nsx-manager.fqdn).

Enter admin as the User name and the Password (set during the installation above) then click Login.

Click View Summary.

Via vCenter

Note: These steps assume you are not even logged into vCenter Server.  Skip the first few steps if you are!

Using your favourite web browser, navigate to the vCenter Server login page (https://vcenter.fqdn).

Enter appropriate User name and Password and click Login.

Click Networking and Security.

Click Dashboard.

This screen shows an overview dashboard of the components on each NSX Manager.

Monitor health and status of infrastructure components: Control Cluster

Locate one of the NSX Controllers in vCenter and open a Remote Console.

Log in using the User Name admin and the Password created during the creation of the NSX Controller.

Type Show Control-Cluster Status.

Enable data collection for single/multiple virtual machines

To be Completed

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