Overview

Lanamark Snap allows VMware endpoints to be discovered by IP or hostname using an authorized user account with a read-only role.

Discovering VMware vCenter Server, instead of adding VMware ESXi hosts individually, is recommended so that all managed hosts and resources can be discovered and monitored together.

Note: Lanamark Snap prevents addition of VMware ESXi hosts already managed by a discovered VMware vCenter Server instance.

Viewing Discovered Endpoints

Upon successful discovery, a new endpoint tile will appear in the Endpoints screen and display the hostname, IP address, VMware product version and the current endpoint status. 

Lanamark Snap does not display tiles for individual virtual machines or other managed resources. This detailed information is only available to the System Engineer, who created the engagement in the Lanamark One portal.

Endpoint Lifecycle

Discovering

When the Add button is clicked, Lanamark Snap will attempt to discover the specified hostname or IP address and check if a VMware vCenter Server or a VMware ESXi host responds. The discovery process typically takes less than ten seconds. During this time, Lanamark Snap connects to the VMware API and attempts to login and identify the target endpoint.

Best Practice: Discover all endpoints at the beginning of the data center assessment.

Detected

If the endpoint is successfully discovered, Lanamark Snap will 

  • Add the endpoint,
  • Set its status to Detected and 
  • Automatically schedule inventory and performance data collection tasks. 

Note: If VMware retains more than one hour historical data, it will be automatically collected as part of the initial baseline.

Collecting

After a baseline of inventory and performance data is collected, Lanamark Snap will switch the endpoint status to Collecting and continue gathering 

  • Performance data (five-minute samples) every 30 minutes
  • Inventory data every 12 hours 

Each operation usually takes less than minute, but may take longer in larger VMware environments. 

Best Practice: Check data collection after 3-4 hours to ensure that all endpoints are still being successfully monitored.

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