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Contents
Technical Support ............................................................................................... 4
Chapter 1
Introducing Server Management Suite ........................... 11
About Server Management Suite .....................................................
Components of Server Management Suite .........................................
What's new in Server Management Suite 7.1 SP1 ...............................
Where to get more information .......................................................
Chapter 2
Using Server Management Suite Portal page ................ 19
About Server Management Suite Portal page .....................................
Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page ..........................
Server Management Suite Portal page Web parts ...............................
About Topology View Web part .......................................................
Viewing network topology .......................................................
Topology View Web part ..........................................................
Chapter 3
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Using Server Resource Manager Home page ................ 25
About Server Resource Manager Home page ..................................... 25
Accessing Server Resource Manager Home page ................................ 26
Chapter 4
About Monitor Pack for Servers ....................................... 27
About Monitor Pack for Servers ...................................................... 27
About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for Servers .................. 28
Section 1
Using Virtual Machine Management ............... 31
Chapter 5
Introducing Virtual Machine Management .................... 33
About Virtual Machine Management ...............................................
About server virtualization ............................................................
About Virtual Machine Management home page ................................
About Virtual Machine Management tasks ........................................
What you can do with Virtual Machine Management ..........................
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Chapter 7
Getting Started with Virtual Machine
Management ..................................................................
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Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management
component ............................................................................
Discovering and adding a single host ...............................................
Discovering the hosts ...................................................................
About Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in ....................
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in ..........
Gathering inventory on the host .....................................................
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Managing Virtual Machines .............................................. 47
About virtual machines ................................................................. 47
Creating a virtual machine ............................................................. 48
Deleting a virtual machine ............................................................. 50
Chapter 8
Managing virtual disks ....................................................... 51
About virtual disks ....................................................................... 51
Creating a virtual disk ................................................................... 51
Deleting a virtual disk ................................................................... 52
Chapter 9
Managing virtual networks ............................................... 55
About virtual networks ................................................................. 55
Creating a virtual network ............................................................. 55
Deleting a virtual network ............................................................. 56
Chapter 10
Using power management tasks ...................................... 59
About power management ............................................................. 59
Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual machine ........... 59
Chapter 11
Using snapshots .................................................................. 61
About snapshots ..........................................................................
Creating a snapshot ......................................................................
Reverting a snapshot ....................................................................
Deleting a snapshot ......................................................................
Chapter 12
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Using Virtual Machine Management reports ................ 65
Viewing Virtual Machine Management reports .................................. 65
Contents
Chapter 13
Setting up Virtual Machine Management on a
remote task server ........................................................ 67
Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote
task server ............................................................................
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on
the remote task server ............................................................
Installing the credential manager on the remote task server ................
Installing the Pluggable Protocols Agents Package on the remote task
server ..................................................................................
Assigning ESX servers or hypervisors to the remote task server ............
Assigning virtual machines to the remote task server .........................
Index
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Chapter
1
Introducing Server
Management Suite
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About Server Management Suite
■
Components of Server Management Suite
■
What's new in Server Management Suite 7.1 SP1
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Where to get more information
About Server Management Suite
Server Management Suite combines the essential tools that help you effectively
manage your physical servers and virtual servers, reduce service interruptions,
and increase uptime.
Server Management Suite incorporates a variety of wizards and other features
that let you automate configuration, stage tasks, and create policies to manage
your servers. Various graphical reports let you quickly identify the health of your
environment, pinpoint problems, and analyze trends. Expanded support for virtual
technologies simplifies the management of multiple operating system
environments.
Server Management Suite is a collection of solutions that run on the Symantec
Management Platform. The platform and the solutions of the Server Management
Suite provide the following key features:
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Discovery and inventory
The suite automatically identifies the devices that are found in your network,
and aggregates inventory data across your environment. Multi-platform
support makes it easy to consolidate the discovery data of all your Windows,
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Components of Server Management Suite
UNIX, and Linux assets within an integrated console. You can easily assess
security vulnerabilities, prepare for software audits, and more accurately
determine hardware availability and needs.
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Provisioning
The suite lets you improve the consistency and increase the quality of server
configurations. It delivers the comprehensive deployment capabilities that
include image-based or scripted operating system installation and continuous
provisioning. The suite helps you implement the standardized configurations,
and provides you the tools for migration.
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Software distribution and patch management
The suite lets you control server configurations through its software
management capabilities. The automated policies for software and patch
management help you keep the servers standardized and secure. You can
modify similar configurations on multiple servers simultaneously. You can
distribute applications, and security updates to target systems.
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Proactive monitoring and alerting
The suite helps you proactively monitor the critical components of your
network. You can increase the network uptime with the self-healing
remediation tasks that are configured before the critical events occur. You can
organize your servers into vital groups and quickly ascertain the current health
of the whole network. The monitoring capabilities provide you also a
summarized view of each single server performance over time.
See “Components of Server Management Suite” on page 12.
See “Where to get more information” on page 17.
Components of Server Management Suite
Server Management Suite is a collection of solutions that run on the Symantec
Management Platform. These solutions let you discover, inventory, monitor, and
provision servers from a central Console.
See “About Server Management Suite” on page 11.
Introducing Server Management Suite
Components of Server Management Suite
Table 1-1
Components of Server Management Suite
Component
Description
Symantec Management
Platform
Symantec Management Platform provides a set of services
that IT-related solutions can leverage. Solutions plug into
the platform and take advantage of the platform services,
such as security, reporting, communications, package
deployment, and Configuration Management Database
(CMDB) data. The platform services also provide a high
degree of consistency between the solutions, so that users
do not need to learn multiple product interfaces.
Symantec Management Platform includes the following
components:
Deployment Solution
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Configuration Management Database (CMDB)
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Notification Server
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Symantec Management Console
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Symantec Management Agent for Windows
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Symantec Management Agent for UNIX, Linux, and Mac
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Monitor Solution
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Network Discovery
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Reports
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Software Management Framework
Deployment Solution helps to reduce the cost of deploying
and managing servers, desktops, notebooks, and thin clients
from a centralized location in your environment. It offers
operating system deployment, configuration, personality
migration of computers, and software deployment across
different hardware platforms and operating systems.
Deployment Solution provides integrated provisioning, disk
imaging, and personality migration from the Symantec
Management Console. Using Symantec Ghost™, you can
perform initial computer deployment using standard images
and migrate user data or application settings to new
computers.
Deployment Solution includes a 7.x version that runs on
the Symantec Management Platform and a license for the
latest 6.x version .These licenses can be installed separately.
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Table 1-1
Components of Server Management Suite (continued)
Component
Description
Inventory Solution
Inventory Solution lets you gather inventory data about the
computers, users, operating systems, and installed software
applications in your environment. You can collect inventory
data from the computers that run Windows, UNIX, Linux,
and Mac.
After you gather inventory data, you can analyze it using
predefined or custom reports.
Inventory Pack for Servers
Inventory Pack for Servers gathers server-based inventory
data from servers. It runs on top of the Inventory Solution
and uses the same Inventory plug-ins, tasks, and wizards.
Inventory for Network
Devices
Inventory for Network Devices gathers inventory data from
the devices that are not managed through the Symantec
Management Agent.
You can gather inventory on the devices that are already
discovered and exist as resources in the Configuration
Management Database (CMDB).
Monitor Pack for Servers
Monitor Pack for Servers works with the Monitor Solution
core components of the Symantec Management Platform.
It lets you monitor operating system performance, services,
and events of your Windows, UNIX, and Linux server
environment.
See “About Monitor Pack for Servers” on page 27.
Monitor Solution
Monitor Solution lets you monitor various aspects of
computer operating systems, applications, and devices.
These aspects can include events, processes, and
performance. This ability helps you ensure that your servers
and your devices work and reduces the costs of server and
network monitoring.
Patch Management Solution Patch Management Solution for Linux lets you scan Red Hat
for Linux
and Novell Linux computers for security vulnerabilities.
The solution then reports on the findings and lets you
automate the download and distribution of needed errata,
or software updates. The solution downloads the required
patches and provides wizards to help you deploy them.
Introducing Server Management Suite
Components of Server Management Suite
Table 1-1
Components of Server Management Suite (continued)
Component
Description
Patch Management Solution Patch Management Solution for Mac lets you scan Mac
for Mac
computers for the updates that they require. The solution
then reports on the findings and lets you automate the
downloading and distribution of needed updates. You can
distribute all or some of the updates.
Patch Management Solution Patch Management Solution for Windows lets you scan
for Windows
Windows computers for security vulnerabilities, and view
the results of the scan. The system lets you automate the
download and distribution of the security patches. You can
create filters of the computers and apply the patch to the
computers that need it.
Real-Time System Manager
Real-Time System Manager provides you detailed real-time
information about the managed computer, and lets you
remotely perform different administrative tasks. You can
run the tasks immediately, or on a schedule.
Real-Time System Manager lets you also run some of the
management tasks on a collection of computers.
Software Management
Solution
Software Management Solution provides intelligent and
bandwidth-sensitive distribution and management of
software from a central Web console. It leverages the
Software Catalog and Software Library to ensure that the
required software gets installed, remains installed, and runs
without interference from other software.
Software Management Solution supports software
virtualization technology, which lets you install software
into a virtual layer on the client computer.
Software Management Solution also lets users directly
download and install approved software or request other
software.
Virtual Machine
Management
Virtual Machine Management lets you perform the
virtualization process on your network. You can create
virtual environments of servers, storage devices, and
network resources on a single physical computer.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
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Table 1-1
Components of Server Management Suite (continued)
Component
Description
IT Analytics Solution
IT Analytics Solution software complements and expands
upon the traditional reporting that is offered inmost Altiris
solutions. It brings exciting new features and capabilities
to Notification Server because it incorporates multidimensional analysis and robust graphical reporting and
distribution features.
This functionality allows users to explore data on their own,
without advanced knowledge of databases or third party
reporting tools. It empowers users to ask and answer their
own questions quickly, easily, and effectively.
Altiris IT Analytics Symantec Endpoint Protection Pack is
also included in this solution.
Symantec Endpoint
Protection Integration
Component
The Symantec Endpoint Protection Integration Component
combines Symantec Endpoint Protection with your other
Symantec Management Platform solutions. You can
inventory computers, update patches, deliver software, and
deploy new computers. You can also back up and restore
your systems and data, manage DLP agents, manage
Symantec Endpoint Protection clients. You can do this work
from a single, Web-based Symantec Management Console.
Enhanced console views
The enhanced Symantec Management Console views replace
the default console views through Symantec Management
Platform version 7.0 for computers and software. For tasks
and policies, the enhanced views add drag-and-drop
functionality. In addition, you can now search the tree rather
than drilling down to find specific tasks or policies.
The enhanced views are incorporated into the existing
console. They let you manage computers, software, jobs and
tasks, and policies more efficiently with fewer clicks. For
example, you can now drag policies onto computers to apply
the policies to those computers. This action eliminates
multiple steps that the previous console required to
accomplish the same thing.
What's new in Server Management Suite 7.1 SP1
The SP1 release of Server Management Suite 7.1 includes enhancements to refine
product quality. If you installed the 7.1 release and release notes, you have the
information you need to use the 7.1 SP1 product effectively.
Introducing Server Management Suite
Where to get more information
If you are migrating directly from 7.0 to 7.1 SP1, you should read the 7.1 release
notes. The 7.1 release notes include information about what changed from 7.0 to
7.1. They also include changes to system requirements from 7.0, which you must
implement to use the 7.1 SP1 product effectively. The 7.1 release notes are available
at the following URL: http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC3483
Where to get more information
Use the following documentation resources to learn about and use this product.
Table 1-2
Documentation resources
Document
Description
Location
Release Notes
Information about new
features and important
issues.
The Product Support page, which is available at the following URL:
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/all_products.jsp
When you open your product's support page, look for the
Documentation link on the right side of the page.
User Guide
Information about how
to use this product,
including detailed
technical information
and instructions for
performing common
tasks.
■
The Documentation Library, which is available in the Symantec
Management Console on the Help menu.
■ The Product Support page, which is available at the following URL:
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/all_products.jsp
When you open your product’s support page, look for the
Documentation link on the right side of the page.
Help
Information about how
to use this product,
including detailed
technical information
and instructions for
performing common
tasks.
The Documentation Library, which is available in the Symantec
Management Console on the Help menu.
Context-sensitive help is available for most screens in the Symantec
Management Console.
You can open context-sensitive help in the following ways:
■
The F1 key when the page is active.
Help is available at the ■ The Context command, which is available in the Symantec
Management Console on the Help menu.
solution level and at the
suite level.
This information is
available in HTML help
format.
In addition to the product documentation, you can use the following resources to
learn about Symantec products.
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Where to get more information
Table 1-3
Symantec product information resources
Resource
Description
Location
SymWISE
Support
Knowledgebase
Articles, incidents, and
issues about Symantec
products.
http://www.symantec.com/business/theme.jsp?themeid=support-knowledgebase
Symantec
Connect
An online resource that http://www.symantec.com/connect/endpoint-management
contains forums, articles,
blogs, downloads, events,
videos, groups, and ideas
for users of Symantec
products.
Chapter
2
Using Server Management
Suite Portal page
This chapter includes the following topics:
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About Server Management Suite Portal page
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Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page
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Server Management Suite Portal page Web parts
■
About Topology View Web part
About Server Management Suite Portal page
Server Management Suite Portal page consolidates the key information about
your network resources into a single view. The Web parts on the Server
Management Suite Portal page let you monitor the state of your computers and
view the inventory data. You can check the status of the recent software deliveries
and find out the number of the Microsoft patches that need to be addressed. The
network topology diagram provides you with an overview of the physical structure
of your network.
You can customize the Server Management Suite Portal page according to your
preferences. You can edit and remove the predefined Web parts, or you can create
new Web parts. For more information, see the topics about editing portal pages
in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
See “Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page” on page 20.
See “Server Management Suite Portal page Web parts” on page 20.
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Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page
Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page
Server Management Suite Portal page provides you the key information about
your network resources in a single view. You can adjust the Server Management
Suite Portal page to display the Web parts that you find the most useful.
See “About Server Management Suite Portal page” on page 19.
See “Server Management Suite Portal page Web parts” on page 20.
To access the Server Management Suite Portal page
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Server
Management Suite Portal.
2
(Optional) To customize the Server Management Suite Portal page, click Edit.
Server Management Suite Portal page Web parts
Server Management Suite Portal page contains different predefined Web parts.
The default Web parts help you get the overview of your network and the state
of your network devices.
See “About Server Management Suite Portal page” on page 19.
See “Accessing the Server Management Suite Portal page” on page 20.
Table 2-1
Default Web parts on the Server Management Suite Portal page
Web part
Description
Event Console
Event Console provides a consolidated view of all alerts that
are raised. Event Console is part of the Server Management
Suite, Client Management Suite, and IT Management Suite.
Monitored Resources by
Status
The chart on this Monitor Solution Web part shows the
severity status of all monitored resources. In the devices
list you can select a computer and launch the Performance
Viewer, the Resource Manager, or the Event console.
Topology View
This Web part provides a network topology diagram of the
SNMP-enabled devices that are found in your network.
Topology View Web part displays the data that you collect
using Network Discovery tasks.
See “About Topology View Web part” on page 21.
Group View - Aggregate
health by resource
This Web part shows the aggregate health of the devices
and computers in your organizational groups. The Group
View is installed as a part of the Monitor Solutions.
Using Server Management Suite Portal page
About Topology View Web part
Table 2-1
Default Web parts on the Server Management Suite Portal page
(continued)
Web part
Description
Howcurrentismycomputer This Web part of the Inventory Solution displays a graph
inventory?
that shows how many computers have reported inventory
in a specified period of time. You can edit the period of the
time that you want reported.
Recent Software Delivery
Status
This Web part of the Software Management Solution lists
all software deliveries and their status. Following delivery
types are displayed: Managed Software Delivery, Quick
Delivery, Package Delivery, and Legacy Software Delivery.
Microsoft Vulnerabilities
This graph reports the number and the severity of the
Microsoft patches that need to be addressed. The Microsoft
Vulnerabilities graph is a Web part of the Patch Management
Solution.
About Topology View Web part
The Topology View Web part provides a view of the SNMP-enabled network
devices and the physical organization of your network. You see the status of all
the network devices that are connected to your network and you can access the
reports of each device.
Icons on the topology diagram let you identify the different SNMP-enabled network
devices that are found. Labels on the icon indicate the status of each device. You
can double-click the icon of the device to open the Event Console. When you
right-click the icon, you can access other reports of the device and run different
tasks.
In the Topology View Web part you can create groups and maps to document the
network, troubleshoot the subnets, or plan infrastructure expansions.
To view the topology diagram in the Topology View Web part, select the root
device for the network topology. Before you can select a device, you must collect
the data about the SNMP-enabled devices on your network. Use the Network
Discovery task to discover your network resources. Make sure that the connection
profile of the Network Discovery task has the SNMP turned on.
Network Discovery lets you find routers, switches, hubs, network printers, Novell
NetWare servers, and the computers that are running Windows, UNIX, Linux, and
Mac. The collected data is saved in the Configuration Management Database
(CMDB).
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About Topology View Web part
For more information, see the topics about discovering network devices in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
Note: The Topology View Web part does not display the SNMP-enabled devices
that are discovered with the single device discovery task. When you create a
Network Discovery task to collect the data for the Topology View Web part, you
must set the range of the IP addresses that you want to discover.
The Topology View Web part is installed as a part of the Server Management
Suite.
See “Viewing network topology” on page 22.
See “Topology View Web part” on page 22.
Viewing network topology
You can view the network topology diagram on the Topology View Web part that
is displayed on the Server Management Suite Portal page.
See “About Server Management Suite Portal page” on page 19.
See “About Topology View Web part” on page 21.
Options on the toolbar let you edit the view and the layout of the topology diagram.
After you make the changes, you can save the network topology view for further
use.
To view the network topology
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Server
Management Suite Portal.
2
On the Topology View Web part, click Select device.
3
(Optional) Edit the settings of the network topology view.
See “Topology View Web part” on page 22.
Topology View Web part
The Topology View Web part provides you with a quick overview of your network.
On the topology diagram you see all the SNMP-enabled devices that are discovered
on your network and the status of each device.
See “About Topology View Web part” on page 21.
See “Viewing network topology” on page 22.
Using Server Management Suite Portal page
About Topology View Web part
Table 2-2
Options on the Topology View Web part
Option
Description
Root device
Lets you set any device of infrastructure type that is found
in your network, as a root device for the topology view.
When you click Select root device, the list of network
devices available for selection as a root device is displayed.
You can filter and search devices and set any of them as a
root device.
The layout of the network is rearranged according to the
selection.
Open
Lets you select and display previously saved views.
Save
Lets you save the settings and topology layout of the current
view.
Type a descriptive name that helps you easily identify the
view in the future.
Levels
Lets you select the depth of levels to display.
The drop-down list gets filled dynamically, according to the
number of levels of the actual network.
Display
Lets you hide or show different types of network devices.
Screen
Lets you display the Topology View Web part in the full
screen mode.
Search device
Lets you search devices by name or IP address. After you
type the item to search for in the Search device box, the
view is refreshed automatically.
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About Topology View Web part
Chapter
3
Using Server Resource
Manager Home page
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About Server Resource Manager Home page
■
Accessing Server Resource Manager Home page
About Server Resource Manager Home page
The Server Resource Manager Home page consolidates the most relevant
inventory and monitoring data of a server resource into a single view.
On the Server Resource Manager Home page you see the attributes of the server,
and current disk utilization for all attached disks. You can view the different
health and performance reports of your server. For example you can view the
reports of processor, physical memory, disk I/O, network bandwidth, and disk
space utilization.
The Web parts display the data in real time or for the last 24 hours. The real-time
data is received directly from the managed computer. The historical data is taken
from the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). When you want to see
the report for longer than 24-hour period, click the historical diagram.
The Server Resource Manager Home page lets you also access all the functions
that are available in the Resource Manager.
For more information, see the topics about the Resource Manager functions in
the Symantec Management Platform Help.
You can access the Server Resource Manager Home page from the Resource
Manager.
See “Accessing Server Resource Manager Home page” on page 26.
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Accessing Server Resource Manager Home page
The Server Resource Manager Home page is installed as a part of the Server
Management Suite.
To gather the data for the Web parts that are displayed on the Server Resource
Manager Home page, you must install the following agent and plug-ins on the
target computers:
■
Symantec Management Agent
■
Inventory Plug-in
■
Monitor Plug-in
You need to enable an Inventory policy and the Windows Server Performance
Health Monitor Policy and assign them to a resource before the Server Resource
Manager Home page is populated.
For more information, see the topics about preparing managed computers for
inventory in the Inventory Solution Help, and about preparing managed computers
for monitoring in the Monitor Solution Help.
Accessing Server Resource Manager Home page
The Server Resource Manager Home page includes the Web parts that provide
quick overview of your server performance. Different reports let you easily check
and ensure that any of your Windows, UNIX, or Linux servers functions properly.
When you have selected the Server Resource Manager View for a resource, this
view is the default view for all resources.
See “About Server Resource Manager Home page” on page 25.
To access the Server Resource Manager Home page
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Resource.
2
In the Select Resource dialog box, select the resource you want to manage,
and then click OK
3
In Resource Manager, in the Custom View drop-down list, click Server
Resource Manager View.
Chapter
4
About Monitor Pack for
Servers
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About Monitor Pack for Servers
■
About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for Servers
About Monitor Pack for Servers
The Monitor Pack for Servers component provides a collection of monitor packs
that monitors the health of your servers. Monitor packs are the containers of the
monitor policies that monitor services and events of the server health, operating
system, and applications.
See “About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for Servers” on page 28.
Depending on the aspects that you want to monitor, you can enable or disable the
policies that are included in the monitor packs. You can also create new policies.
Each monitor policy contains the necessary rules, metrics, and tasks that let you
monitor your resources. Rules and metrics let you define the metric evaluation
and metric data that you want to monitor. Tasks let you specify the automated
actions that occur when the metric data reaches certain evaluation.
For more information, see the topics about working with monitor policies, rules,
metrics, and tasks in the Monitor Solution Help.
The Monitor Pack for Servers component also includes numerous reports that
help you analyze the data and tune the performance of your servers.
For more information, see the topics about viewing monitored data in the Monitor
Solution Help.
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About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for Servers
The Monitor Pack for Servers component works with the Altiris™ Monitor Solution
from Symantec components of the Symantec Management Platform. It requires
that you install the Symantec Management Platform and Monitor Solution that
is a part of Server Management Suite.
For more information, see the topics about configuring the monitor server and
preparing managed computers for monitoring in the Monitor Solution Help.
About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for
Servers
The Monitor Pack for Servers component provides a collection of monitor packs
that let you monitor many aspects of your servers.
See “About Monitor Pack for Servers” on page 27.
The Monitor Pack for Servers component contains both agent-based and agentless
monitoring policies. You can run agent-based monitor policies on the computers
that have the Monitor Plug-in installed. Agentless monitor policies let you monitor
resources without the Monitor Plug-in.
For more information, see the topics about preparing managed computers for
monitoring in the Monitor Solution Help.
Table 4-1
Default monitor packs included in the Monitor Pack for Servers
Monitor pack
Description
AIX - Basic
This monitor pack lets you monitor disk, memory, network,
processor, and other aspects of AIX servers.
ESX - Basic
This monitor pack lets you monitor the health and
performance of ESX servers including disk, memory,
network, and processor.
ESX - Extended Host
This monitor pack lets you monitor the ESX host servers
for virtualization metrics including host disk, virtual
memory, system and virtual processor.
Linux - Basic
This monitor pack lets you monitor disk, memory, network,
processor, and other aspects of Linux servers.
Linux Server Health
This monitor pack lets you monitor health and performance
of your Linux Servers. This pack is a single policy that you
can apply to all your Linux Servers to quickly apprehend
the operation system health and performance.
About Monitor Pack for Servers
About monitor packs included in Monitor Pack for Servers
Table 4-1
Default monitor packs included in the Monitor Pack for Servers
(continued)
Monitor pack
Description
Solaris - Basic
This monitor pack lets you monitor disk, memory, network,
processor, and other aspects of Solaris servers.
Windows 2003
This monitor pack lets you monitor the health and
performance on the Windows 2003 servers including disk,
memory, network, and processor.
Windows 2008
This monitor pack lets you monitor the health and
performance on the Windows 2008 servers including disk,
memory, network, and processor.
Windows Agentless Policy
This agentless monitor pack lets you monitor the availability
and performance on the Windows 2003/2008 servers
including disk, memory, network, and processor.
The agentless monitor policy lets you monitor computers
without the Monitor Plug-in installed. Because the Monitor
Plug-in is not available, fewer aspects of the computers are
available to be monitored.
Windows Server Health
This monitor pack lets you monitor health and performance
of your Linux Servers. This pack is a single policy that you
can apply to all your Linux Servers to quickly apprehend
the operation system health and performance.
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Section
1
Using Virtual Machine
Management
■
Chapter 5. Introducing Virtual Machine Management
■
Chapter 6. Getting Started with Virtual Machine Management
■
Chapter 7. Managing Virtual Machines
■
Chapter 8. Managing virtual disks
■
Chapter 9. Managing virtual networks
■
Chapter 10. Using power management tasks
■
Chapter 11. Using snapshots
■
Chapter 12. Using Virtual Machine Management reports
■
Chapter 13. Setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task server
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Chapter
5
Introducing Virtual Machine
Management
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About Virtual Machine Management
■
About server virtualization
■
About Virtual Machine Management home page
■
About Virtual Machine Management tasks
■
What you can do with Virtual Machine Management
About Virtual Machine Management
Virtual Machine Management is a component of the Server Management Suite
that lets you perform the virtualization process on your network. Virtualization
is a technology that lets you make optimum use of the hardware resources of your
organization. You can create various virtual server environments on a single
physical server. Each virtual environment is isolated and functions independently
from the physical server and from the other virtual environments.
See “About server virtualization” on page 34.
Virtualization enhances the efficiency and productivity of the hardware resources
and helps to reduce administrative costs.
The features of the Virtual Machine Management component let you create
following virtual resources:
■
Virtual servers
■
Virtual disks
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About server virtualization
■
Virtual networks
About server virtualization
Server virtualization lets you divide a single physical server into multiple virtual
environments. The virtual servers share the hardware resources of the physical
server. The physical server is called the host and the virtual server is called the
guest.
The virtual servers behave like physical computers. They have their own operating
system, disk storage, and network resources that are independent of the host.
Each virtual server also is independent and unaware of the other virtual servers
that run on the same physical server.
Server virtualization can be attained with the three different methods: the virtual
machine method, paravirtualization, and operating system level virtualization.
The Virtual Machine Management component uses the virtual machine method.
The virtual machine method requires that you install the virtual machine monitor
software on your host server. The virtual machine monitor software is also called
hypervisor. Hypervisor serves as a platform for the operating system of the virtual
server. You can install the hypervisor on the operating system or directly on the
hardware of your server.
The Virtual Machine Management component currently supports the following
hypervisors:
■
Hyper-V
■
VMware
These platforms support all features of the virtualization.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
About Virtual Machine Management home page
The Virtual Machine Management home page lets you view information and
perform numerous functions on your virtual resources.
On the Virtual Machine Management home page, in the left pane, you can view
the physical servers that have the supported virtualization software installed.
The Virtual Machine Management component currently supports Hyper-V and
VMware. The installed virtualization software is the base for how the hosts are
grouped. You can further expand the host and view the list of the virtual machines
that are created on it.
Introducing Virtual Machine Management
About Virtual Machine Management tasks
On the Virtual Machine Management home page, in the right pane, you can view
the detailed information and run management tasks on your physical servers and
virtual machines. In the left pane, click a resource that you want to manage.
On the host page, you can see the detailed information about the physical server
and the virtual resources that are created on it: virtual machines, virtual disks,
and virtual networks. You also can create and manage virtual resources.
On the virtual machine page, you can see the detailed information about the virtual
machine, run power management tasks, and manage its snapshots.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
See “What you can do with Virtual Machine Management” on page 36.
About Virtual Machine Management tasks
To create or manage your virtual resources, you must create and run respective
tasks on the host.
For general information about creating and running the tasks, see the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
See “What you can do with Virtual Machine Management” on page 36.
After you specify the details for the Virtual Machine Management task, the task
page opens. On the task page, you can schedule the task and select the resources
to run the task on.
For more information, see the topics about specifying the schedule and the target
of a task in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
The tasks use the Symantec Management Platform connection profiles to manage
the network protocols that are used to communicate with the hosts. When you
run the tasks, you can use the default connection profile or create your own profile.
When you run discovery tasks, use the WMI Credentials for Hyper-V computers
and the VMWare Credentials for VMware computers. The same credentials are
then used automatically for all other tasks.
Note: The default firewall settings block WMI connections. You must enable
Hyper-V server to work with WMI calls.
For more information, see the topics about creating connection profiles in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
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What you can do with Virtual Machine Management
The Virtual Machine Management component lets you manage the virtual
resources of your network.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
See “About Virtual Machine Management tasks” on page 35.
See “About Virtual Machine Management home page” on page 34.
Table 5-1
What you can do with the Virtual Machine Management component
Option
Description
Create virtual machine
You can create virtual machines manually or with the Create
Virtual Machine wizard.
See “Creating a virtual machine” on page 48.
Create virtual disk
You can create virtual disks for the virtual machines that
you create.
See “Creating a virtual disk” on page 51.
Create virtual network
You can create virtual network for the virtual machine. Each
virtual machine requires a virtual network to connect to
the host.
See “Creating a virtual network” on page 55.
Run power management
tasks on virtual machines
You can change the power state of your virtual machines.
Create snapshot of a virtual
machine
You can create snapshots to preserve certain states of your
virtual machines.
See “Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual
machine” on page 59.
See “Creating a snapshot” on page 62.
Revert snapshot of a virtual You can use the revert snapshot option to restore a
machine
previously saved state of a virtual machine.
See “Reverting a snapshot” on page 62.
Collect inventory of the
virtual environment
You can collect the inventory data of the hosts and their
virtual environment.
See “Gathering inventory on the host” on page 44.
Introducing Virtual Machine Management
What you can do with Virtual Machine Management
Table 5-1
What you can do with the Virtual Machine Management component
(continued)
Option
Description
View Virtual Machine
Management reports
You can view the details of the host and its virtual
environment.
See “Viewing Virtual Machine Management reports”
on page 65.
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Chapter
6
Getting Started with Virtual
Machine Management
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management component
■
Discovering and adding a single host
■
Discovering the hosts
■
About Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
■
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
■
Gathering inventory on the host
Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management
component
The Virtual Machine Management component lets you manage your virtual
environment. To use the features of the Virtual Machine Management component,
you must perform some required tasks.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
See “What you can do with Virtual Machine Management” on page 36.
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Table 6-1
Process for getting started with the Virtual Machine Management
component
Step
Action
Description
Step 1
Discover and add hosts
You can specify IP address of a single
host and quickly add it to the network.
See “Discovering and adding a single
host” on page 40.
You can discover all the hosts and their
virtual machines that are available in
the network. The discovery data is
added into the Configuration
Management Database (CMDB).
See “Discovering the hosts” on page 41.
Step 2
Install the Virtual Machine
The Virtual Machine Management Task
Management Task Server Plug-in Server Plug-in lets you run the
on the task server
management tasks on your virtual
machines.
The Virtual Machine Management Task
Server Plug-in install policy is enabled
by default. It installs the Virtual
Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in on the task server.
See “Installing the Virtual Machine
Management Task Server Plug-in”
on page 43.
Step 3
Collect the inventory on the hosts After you discover the Hyper-V and
VMware servers on your network, you
can gather inventory of these servers
and their virtual environments.
See “Gathering inventory on the host”
on page 44.
Discovering and adding a single host
The Add Host feature lets you find and add a specific host to your network. To
search for the host, specify the IP address and run the network discovery task.
This discovery task uses the default connection profile to discover the host. When
the host is found, its data is added to the Configuration Management Database
(CMDB).
Getting Started with Virtual Machine Management
Discovering the hosts
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
See “Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management component”
on page 39.
After a host is added, you can view its data on the Virtual Machine Management
home page. You also can run the Virtual Machine Management tasks on the host.
See “What you can do with Virtual Machine Management” on page 36.
See “About Virtual Machine Management home page” on page 34.
Before you discover and add a host, make sure the WMI connection profile for
Hyper-V servers, and WMware connection profile for ESX servers, are enabled.
To discover and add a single host
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click Actions > Add Host.
3
In the dialog box, type the IP address of the host and click OK.
Discovering the hosts
Before you can perform the Virtual Machine Management operations, you must
discover the hosts and their virtual machines. You can discover the hosts and
their virtual machines with the Network Discovery wizard.
For more information, see the topics about discovering network devices in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
See “Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management component”
on page 39.
After the hosts and their virtual machines are discovered, according corresponding
resources are created in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB). The
Virtual Machine Management home page displays the hosts and their virtual
machines that are available on your network.
See “About Virtual Machine Management home page” on page 34.
Each time you add a host or a virtual machine, you must launch the network
discovery wizard to update the discovery data. You can also set up a recurring
Network Discovery task by using a custom connection profile. You can choose
Discover Virtual managers VMware and HyperV to target the new hosts and
virtual machines in your environment. For more information, see the topics about
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network discovery, connection profiles, and scheduling tasks in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
To discover the hosts
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click Actions > Getting Started.
3
In the Getting Started dialog box, click Launch Network Discovery Wizard.
4
In the network discovery wizard, on the Choose method of device discovery
page, specify a discovery method and then click Next.
For more information, see the topic about methods for discovering network
devices in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
5
On the Enter network IP Ranges page, specify the portions of the network
to discover and then click Next.
For more information, see the topic about selecting network ranges to discover
in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
6
On the Select device communication profile page, select a connection profile.
For more information, see the topics about network discovery and connection
profiles in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
7
To specify the VMWare or WMI credentials, click the Edit symbol.
The credentials that you specify, are automatically used for all other tasks
that require credentials.
Make sure that the VMware protocol is always turned on for ESX servers and
that WMI protocol is turned on for Hyper-V servers.
8
In the Define Group Settings dialog box, click OK.
9
Click Next.
10 On the Enter task name page, name the task and then click Next.
11 On the Choose when to run the discovery page, schedule the task and then
click Finish.
For more information, see the topic about scheduling network discovery tasks
in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
Getting Started with Virtual Machine Management
About Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
About Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in
For the Virtual Machine Management actions that you want to perform, you must
create tasks on the host. The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
lets you manage your hosts and their virtual machines. It runs the Virtual Machine
Management tasks that you create.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in is installed on the task
server. You can configure the task server on the Notification Server computer or
on a separate site server computer. The Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in install policy installs the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
on the task server.
For more information, see the topics about deploying a task server in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
See “Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in” on page 43.
The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in uses different components
to communicate with the hosts. The VMware platform uses the web service and
Hyper-V uses the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The Virtual
Machine Management Task Server Plug-in remotely connects to the host and runs
the tasks that are applied to it.
The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in acts as a communication
channel between the Notification Server computer, task server, and the host. The
tasks are created in the Virtual Machine Management and sent to the task server
for the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in. The Virtual Machine
Management Task Server Plug-in selects the host where the task is specified to
run. After the task runs, the host sends the result to the Virtual Machine
Management Task Server Plug-in. The Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in then creates a Notification Server Event (NSE) and sends it to the
Notification Server computer. The Notification Server computer stores the event
in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task
Server Plug-in
To perform any Virtual Machine Management tasks, you must install the Virtual
Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on your task server.
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The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in install policy is enabled
by default. The policy installs the Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in on your task server.
See “About Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in” on page 43.
To install the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All
Settings.
2
In the left pane, under Settings, click Agents/Plug-ins > Virtual Machine
Management > Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in - Install.
3
On the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in - Install page,
under Applied to, specify the target for the policy.
For more information, see the topics about applying a policy to targets,
computers, resources, and users in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
4
Under Schedule, specify a schedule for the policy.
For more information, see the topics about specifying a policy schedule in
the Symantec Management Platform Help.
5
Turn on the policy.
At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.
6
Click Save changes.
Gathering inventory on the host
After you discover the Hyper-V and ESX servers on your network, you can gather
inventory on these servers.
See “Getting started with the Virtual Machine Management component”
on page 39.
To gather inventory on the hosts, you must run a Virtual Machine Management
Inventory task. The Inventory task lets you collect the data about a host and its
virtual environment. For example you can collect information about the host
name, IP address, system type, and hardware utilization. You also can collect
information about the virtual machines, virtual disks, and the virtual networks
that are created on the host.
You can run the inventory task once or you can set it to run repeatedly and
automatically update the inventory data.
In Virtual Machine Management is a preconfigured inventory task called VMM
inventory. It is scheduled by default to run at 6:30 P.M. daily on all hypervisors
Getting Started with Virtual Machine Management
Gathering inventory on the host
For more information, see the topics about how to gather inventory in the Inventory
Solution Help.
To gather inventory on the host
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click Actions > Getting Started and in the Getting Started
window, click Run Inventory Task.
3
Under Task Status, specify a schedule for the task.
For more information, see the topics about specifying a schedule in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
To manually create a Virtual Machine Management Inventory task
1
In the Symantec Management Console page, on the Manage menu, click Jobs
and Tasks.
2
In the left pane, under Jobs and Tasks, expand System Jobs and Tasks, and
click Virtual Machine Management.
3
Right-click the Inventory folder and click New > Task.
4
In the tasks list, click Inventory.
5
On the inventory task page, give the task a name.
6
On the inventory task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule for the
task.
For more information, see the topics about specifying a schedule in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
7
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
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Chapter
7
Managing Virtual Machines
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About virtual machines
■
Creating a virtual machine
■
Deleting a virtual machine
About virtual machines
The virtualization process helps you optimally use the resources and applications
of your organization.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
Running a single operating system and a single application on a physical computer
can be a too low utilization of the resource. Virtualization lets you create and run
multiple virtual machines on a single physical computer.
See “Creating a virtual machine” on page 48.
Each virtual machine has its own software-based processor, memory, hard disk,
and network interface card. Each virtual machine can run different operating
system and software applications. The virtual machines, though on the same
physical computer, stay isolated from each other. A virtual machine cannot be
differentiated from a physical computer.
Virtual machine is a software package that includes information about hardware
resources, applications, and operating system. You can easily move or copy the
virtual machine from one location to another.
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Creating a virtual machine
Virtual machines are created on a host. You can create the virtual machine with
the Create Virtual Machine wizard. You also can manually create a task that
creates a virtual machine. When you create a virtual machine using a task that is
created manually, this virtual machine can only be internal.
You need to configure the Deployment Solution job before you provision a virtual
machine.
For more information about configuring a Deployment Solution job, see the
Deployment Solution User Guide.
Things you should consider before you create a virtual machine and use the OS
deployment functionality with the Create Virtual Machine wizard:
■
Select only the Deployment Solution job that contains the Partition task and
Scripted OS installation task.
■
Initial Deployment task of the Deployment Solution should not be enabled.
■
When you select a network, make sure that it is external only.
See “About virtual machines” on page 47.
To create a virtual machine and use the OS deployment functionality with the Create
Virtual Machine wizard
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
■
Click the host and on the host page, under Actions, click Create Virtual
Machine.
■
Right-click the host and click Create VM.
3
In the Create Virtual Machine wizard, on the Select Host page, select the
host from the list and then click Next.
4
On the Virtual Machine Details page, specify the virtual machine details and
then click Next.
5
On the Select Disk page, create or select a virtual disk and then click Next.
6
On the Select Network page, create or select an external virtual network, and
then click Next.
7
On the Select Datastore and Deployment Job page, select a datastore and a
deployment solution job.
8
Click Finish.
Managing Virtual Machines
Creating a virtual machine
After you finish the wizard, a job is created. This job contains a task that creates
a virtual machine and one task that schedules an operating system deployment
job on it. You must enable and configure the PXE service to send an automation
image to all unknown computers.
For more information about setting up the PXE service and creating images, see
the Deployment Solution User Guide.
To create a virtual machine with the Create Virtual Machine wizard
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
■
Click the host and on the host page, under Actions, click Create Virtual
Machine.
■
Right-click the host and click Create VM.
3
In the Create Virtual Machine wizard, on the Select Host page, select the
host from the list and then click Next.
4
On the Virtual Machine Details page, specify the virtual machine details and
then click Next.
5
On the Select Disk page, create or select a virtual disk and then click Next.
6
On the Select Network page, create or select a virtual network, and then click
Next.
7
On the Select Datastore and Deployment Job page, select a datastore.
8
Click Finish.
After you finish the wizard, a task is created. This task creates a virtual machine
with the specified configuration.
To manually create a task that creates a virtual machine
1
In the Symantec Management Console page, on the Manage menu, click Jobs
and Tasks.
2
In the left pane, under Jobs and Tasks, expand System Jobs and Tasks, and
click Virtual Machine Management.
3
Right-click the Create Virtual Machine folder and click New > Task.
4
In the tasks list, click Create Virtual Machine.
5
Give the task a name.
6
On the VM Details tab, specify the virtual machine details.
7
On the Disk Details tab, specify the disk details.
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8
On the Network Details tab, specify the network details.
9
Click OK.
10 On the create virtual machine task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule
for the task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
11 If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
Deleting a virtual machine
You can delete a virtual machine from the host.
To delete a virtual machine
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click the host.
3
On the host page, under Virtual Machines, do one of the following:
■
Click the virtual machine and click Actions > Delete VM.
■
Right-click the virtual machine and click Delete VM.
4
In the Delete VM dialog box, click OK.
5
On the delete virtual machine task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule
for the task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
Chapter
8
Managing virtual disks
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About virtual disks
■
Creating a virtual disk
■
Deleting a virtual disk
About virtual disks
When you create a virtual machine, it needs a disk to store the data. You can create
a disk or select a disk that is previously created on the host.
See “Creating a virtual disk” on page 51.
The virtual disks are created on the host. To create a virtual disk, you must create
and run respective task. You also can specify the disk details for the new virtual
machine in the Create Virtual Machine wizard.
See “Creating a virtual machine” on page 48.
Creating a virtual disk
After you create a virtual machine, you need to create or specify a virtual disk for
it. The name of the virtual disk you create, should only contain alphanumerical
characters.
See “About virtual disks” on page 51.
To create a virtual disk
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
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■
Click the host and on the host page, under Actions, click Create Virtual
Disk.
■
Right-click the host, and click Create Disk.
3
In the Create Disk dialog box, specify the disk settings, and click OK.
4
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
To manually create a task that creates a virtual disk
1
In the Symantec Management Console page, on the Manage menu, click Jobs
and Tasks.
2
In the left pane, under Jobs and Tasks, click Virtual Machine Management.
3
Right-click the Create Disk folder and click New > Task.
4
In the tasks list, click Create Disk.
5
Give the task a name.
6
In the right pane, under Software Setting, specify the disk settings, and click
OK.
7
On the create disk task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule for the
task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
8
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
Deleting a virtual disk
Delete disk task lets you delete a disk on the host. When you delete a disk, it is
also removed from the virtual disks list of the host.
See “About virtual disks” on page 51.
To delete a virtual disk
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click the host.
3
On the host page, under Virtual Disk, do one of the following:
■
Click the virtual disk and click Actions > Delete.
■
Right-click the virtual disk, and click Delete.
Managing virtual disks
Deleting a virtual disk
4
In the Delete Disk dialog box, click OK.
5
On the delete disk task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule for the
task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
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Chapter
9
Managing virtual networks
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About virtual networks
■
Creating a virtual network
■
Deleting a virtual network
About virtual networks
A virtual machine requires a network to connect to the host. You can create a
virtual network for the virtual machine or use an existing virtual network. The
virtual network is created on the host. Several virtual machines can use one
network.
See “Creating a virtual network” on page 55.
To create a virtual network, you can use the Create Virtual Network task. You
also can specify the network details for the new virtual machine in the Create
Virtual Machine wizard.
See “Creating a virtual machine” on page 48.
Creating a virtual network
After you create a virtual machine, you must specify a virtual network that lets
the virtual machine connect to the host. The virtual network is only internal and
is not associated with any physical network
See “About virtual networks” on page 55.
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Deleting a virtual network
To create a virtual network
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
3
■
Click the host and on the host page, under Actions, click Create Virtual
Network.
■
Right-click the host and click Create Network.
On the Create Network page, enter the name of the new virtual network. The
network name should only contain alphanumerical characters. Then select
the physical adapter to use for the network, and click OK.
To manually create a task that creates a virtual network
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Jobs and
Tasks.
2
In the left pane, under Jobs and Tasks, expand System Jobs and Tasks, and
click Virtual Machine Management.
3
Right-click the Create Network folder and click New > Task.
4
In the tasks list, click Create Network.
5
Give the task a name.
6
On the create network task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule for
the task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
7
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
Deleting a virtual network
You can delete a virtual network from the host.
See “About virtual networks” on page 55.
To delete a virtual network
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click a host.
3
On the host page, under Virtual Network, do one of the following:
■
Click the virtual network and click Actions > Delete.
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Deleting a virtual network
■
Right-click the virtual network and click Delete.
4
In the Delete virtual network dialog box, click OK.
5
On the delete network task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule for
the task.
For more information, see the topics about adding a schedule in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
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Chapter
10
Using power management
tasks
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About power management
■
Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual machine
About power management
The power management feature of the Virtual Machine Management component
lets you manage the power state of your virtual machines. The power control
options are start, stop, suspend, and resume.
See “Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual machine” on page 59.
The purpose of the power management tasks is to help the organization to conserve
the energy.
Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual
machine
The power management tasks help you manage the power state of your virtual
machines.
See “About power management” on page 59.
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Starting, stopping, suspending, and resuming a virtual machine
To start, stop, suspend, and resume a virtual machine
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
3
■
Click the virtual machine and on the virtual machine page, under Actions,
click appropriate option.
■
Right-click the virtual machine and click appropriate option.
On the power management task page, under Task Status, specify a schedule
for the task.
For more information, see the topics about specifying a schedule in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
4
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
Chapter
11
Using snapshots
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
About snapshots
■
Creating a snapshot
■
Reverting a snapshot
■
Deleting a snapshot
About snapshots
The Virtual Machine Management component lets you create and manage the
snapshots of your virtual machines. The snapshot helps you capture and save the
current state of a virtual machine. You can take several snapshots and save
different states of a virtual machine. You can take a snapshot of a virtual machine
in any power state. The snapshot also captures the power state of a virtual machine.
Note: You can take a snapshot of a virtual machine that is in a suspended state
on a VMware host only.
You can use snapshots when you repeatedly need to revert a virtual machine to
the same state. For example, when you need to test the setup many times. You
can create a snapshot of a virtual machine and test the setup without the need to
reinstall the operating system newly every time.
The snapshots are stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
See “Creating a snapshot” on page 62.
See “Reverting a snapshot” on page 62.
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Creating a snapshot
Creating a snapshot
You can take the snapshot of a virtual machine any time. If you change the
configurations of the virtual machines frequently, you can take the snapshots of
individual configurations and return to them at any time.
See “About snapshots” on page 61.
To create a snapshot
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, do one of the following:
■
Click the virtual machine and on the virtual machine page, under Actions,
click Create Snapshot.
■
Right-click the virtual machine, and click Create Snapshot.
3
In the Create Snapshot dialog box, specify the snapshot settings, and click
OK.
4
If you make changes in the task after you have created it, click Save changes.
Reverting a snapshot
When you take a snapshot of a virtual machine, it saves its current state. Later,
if you face problems with the configured virtual machine, you can revert to its
previous state. When you revert a snapshot, you lose all the changes that you do
after you take the snapshot.
See “About snapshots” on page 61.
To revert a snapshot
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click the virtual machine.
3
On the virtual machine page, under Snapshot Details, click Actions > Revert
Snapshot.
4
In the Revert Snapshot dialog box, click OK.
Deleting a snapshot
You can delete a snapshot when the virtual machine is in any mode. When you
delete a snapshot, the contents of that snapshot is saved on the virtual disk and
Using snapshots
Deleting a snapshot
the data is not deleted. If you delete the snapshot, you cannot revert to its earlier
state.
See “About snapshots” on page 61.
To delete a snapshot
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Home menu, click Virtual
Machine Management.
2
In the left pane, click the virtual machine.
3
On the virtual machine page, under Snapshots Details, click Actions > Delete
Snapshot.
4
In the Delete Snapshot dialog box, click OK.
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Chapter
12
Using Virtual Machine
Management reports
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Viewing Virtual Machine Management reports
Viewing Virtual Machine Management reports
The information about the hosts and their virtual machines, virtual disks, and
virtual networks is stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).
You can view the details of the host and its virtual environment from the Reports
or from the Resource Manager.
You can configure the report view to suit your requirements. You also can save
the reports in different formats.
For more information, see the topics about using reports, see the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
To view Virtual Machine Management reports
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Reports menu, click All
Reports.
2
In the left pane, click Virtual Machine Management.
3
Select a report that you want to view.
For more information, see the topics about using reports in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
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Viewing Virtual Machine Management reports
Chapter
13
Setting up Virtual Machine
Management on a remote
task server
This chapter includes the following topics:
■
Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task server
■
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on the remote
task server
■
Installing the credential manager on the remote task server
■
Installing the Pluggable Protocols Agents Package on the remote task server
■
Assigning ESX servers or hypervisors to the remote task server
■
Assigning virtual machines to the remote task server
Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management
on a remote task server
Virtual Machine Management is a component of the Server Management Suite
that lets you perform the virtualization process on your network. Virtualization
is a technology that lets you make optimum use of the hardware resources of your
organization. You can create various virtual server environments on a single
physical server. Each virtual environment is isolated and functions independently
from the physical server and from the other virtual environments.
You can also run Virtual Machine Management on another computer, separate
from your Notification Server. It reduces the load on the computer that runs
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Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task server
Notification Server and increases performance. A separate task server also gives
more possibilities for scalability.
You must first install the task server on the remote computer before you can set
it up and use it to run Virtual Machine Management.
Task servers let you distribute your jobs and tasks to computers on your network.
Then the jobs and tasks can run on managed computers.
For more information, see the topics about installing and deploying task servers
in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
See “About Virtual Machine Management” on page 33.
Table 13-1
Process for installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management
on a remote task server
Step
Action
Description
Step 1
Install the Virtual Machine
The Virtual Machine Management Task
Management Task Server Plug-in Server Plug-in lets you run the
on the remote task server.
management tasks on your virtual
machines.
See “Installing the Virtual Machine
Management Task Server Plug-in on
the remote task server” on page 69.
Step 2
Install the credential manager on The credential manager provides a
the remote task server.
secure storage location for user names
and passwords. The management
solutions that you install define the
types of credentials that the credential
manager stores.
See “Installing the credential manager
on the remote task server” on page 70.
Step 3
Install the Pluggable Protocols
Agents Package on the remote
task server.
A remote monitoring server uses the
Pluggable Protocols Architecture client
computer component to communicate
with network devices and computers.
See “Installing the Pluggable Protocols
Agents Package on the remote task
server” on page 71.
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Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on the remote task server
Table 13-1
Process for installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management
on a remote task server (continued)
Step
Action
Description
Step 4
Assign ESX servers or Hypervisors Assign the ESX servers or Hypervisors
to the remote task server.
to the remote task server. You can use
Manually Assigned Agents to assign
them to the task server.
See “Assigning ESX servers or
hypervisors to the remote task server”
on page 71.
Step 5
Assign virtual machines to the
remote task server.
Assign the virtual machines to the
remote task server. You can use
Manually Assigned Agents to assign
them to the task server.
See “Assigning virtual machines to the
remote task server” on page 72.
Installing the Virtual Machine Management Task
Server Plug-in on the remote task server
To perform any Virtual Machine Management tasks, you must install the Virtual
Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on the remote task server.
The Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in lets you manage your host
machines and their virtual machines. It runs the management tasks that you
create in the Virtual Machine Management.
See “About Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in” on page 43.
See “Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task
server” on page 67.
To install the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in on the remote task
server
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All
Settings.
2
In the left pane, under Settings, expand Agents/Plug-ins > Virtual Machine
Management, and then click Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in – Install.
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3
On the Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in – Install page,
select a target computer and specify a schedule for the policy.
For more information, see the topics about targeting computers and specifying
schedules in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
4
Turn on the policy.
At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.
5
Click Save changes.
Installing the credential manager on the remote task
server
Credential manager provides a secure storage location for user names and
passwords. Your installed management solutions define the types of the credentials
that the credential manager stores.
For more information, see the topics about credential manager in the Symantec
Management Platform Help.
See “Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task
server” on page 67.
To install the credential manager on the remote task server
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All
Settings.
2
In the left pane, under Settings, expand Monitoring and Alerting >
Credentials Settings, and then choose the appropriate Credential Manager
Package install.
3
On the credential manager package install page, select a target computer and
specify a schedule for the policy.
For more information, see the topics about targeting computers and specifying
schedules in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
4
Turn on the policy.
At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.
5
Click Save changes.
Setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task server
Installing the Pluggable Protocols Agents Package on the remote task server
Installing the Pluggable Protocols Agents Package on
the remote task server
A remote monitoring server depends on the Pluggable Protocols Architecture
client computer component to communicate with network devices and computers.
See “Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task
server” on page 67.
To install the Pluggable Protocols Agents Package on the remote task server
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All
Settings.
2
In the left pane, under Settings, expand Monitoring and Alerting > Protocol
Management, and choose the appropriate Pluggable Protocols Agent Package
install.
3
On the Install Pluggable Protocols Agent Package page, select a target
computer and specify a schedule for the policy.
For more information, see the topics about targeting computers and specifying
schedules in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
4
Turn on the policy.
At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.
5
Click Save changes.
Assigning ESX servers or hypervisors to the remote
task server
Assign to the task server the ESX servers and hypervisors on which you want to
run Virtual Machine Management tasks.. You can use Manually Assigned Agents
to assign them to the task server.
See “Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task
server” on page 67.
To assign ESX servers or hypervisors to the remote task server
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click
Notification Server > Site Server Settings.
2
In the left pane, expand Site Management > Site Servers, then expand the
name of your task server and click Manually Assigned Agents.
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3
On the Manually Assigned Agents page, under Detailed Information, click
New.
4
In the Select a resource target dialog box, click Build target.
5
In the Select resources dialog box, click Add rule, and then do the following:
■
In the first drop-down list, click exclude resources not in.
■
In the second drop-down list, click Filter.
■
In the third drop-down list, click All ESX Server or All discovered
hypervisors.
For more information, see the topics about setting filter rules in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
6
Click Update results, and then click OK.
7
In the Select a resource target dialog box, under Available targets, click 'All
ESX Server' or 'All Hypervisors', and add it to Selected targets.
8
Click OK.
Assigning virtual machines to the remote task server
Assign to the task server the virtual machines on which you want to run Virtual
Machine Management tasks. You can use Manually Assigned Agents to assign
them to the task server.
See “Installing and setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task
server” on page 67.
To assign virtual machines to the remote task server
1
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click
Notification Server > Site Server Settings.
2
In the left pane, expand Site Management > Site Servers, then expand the
name of your task server and click Manually Assigned Agents.
3
On the Manually Assigned Agents page, click New.
4
In the Select a resource target dialog box. click Build target.
5
In the Select resources dialog box, click Add rule, and then do the following:
■
In the first drop-down list, click exclude resources not in.
■
In the second drop-down list, click Group.
■
In the third drop-down list, expand Organizational Views > Default > All
Resources > Asset > Network Resource > Computer > Virtual Machine.
Setting up Virtual Machine Management on a remote task server
Assigning virtual machines to the remote task server
For more information, see the topics about setting filter rules in the
Symantec Management Platform Help.
6
Click Update results, and then click OK.
7
In the Select a resource target dialog box, under Available targets, click
'Virtual Machine', and add it to Selected targets.
8
Click OK.
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Index
A
assign
ESX server 71
hypervisor 71
virtual machine 72
C
context-sensitive help 17
credential manager
installing 70
D
Monitor Pack for Servers (continued)
monitor policies 28
N
network topology
saving 22
viewing 22
network topology diagram
about 21
saving 22
viewing 22
documentation 17
P
E
Pluggable Protocols Agents Package
installing 71
power management
about 59
ESX server
assign 71
R
H
help
context-sensitive 17
host
adding 40
discovering 40–41
hypervisor
assign 71
I
installing
credential manager 70
Pluggable Protocols Agents Package 71
Remote Task Server 67
Virtual Machine Management Task Server
Plug-in 69
M
Monitor Pack for Servers
about 27
monitor packs 28
Release Notes 17
Remote Task Server
installing 67
setting up 67
S
Server Management Suite
about 11
components 12
Server Management Suite Portal page
about 19
accessing 20
viewing 20
Web parts 20
Server Resource Manager
about 25
accessing 26
viewing 26
server virtualization method
about 34
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Index
server virtualization technique
about 34
setting up
Remote Task Server 67
snapshot
about 61
creating 62
deleting 62
reverting 62
T
topology view
customizing 22
options 22
Topology View Web part
about 21
customizing 22
options 22
viewing 22
V
virtual disk
about 51
creating 51
deleting 52
virtual machine
about 47
assign 72
creating 48
deleting 50
discovering 41
power management task 59
wizard 48
Virtual Machine Management
about 33
features 36
getting started 39
home page 34
reports 65
tasks 35
Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
about 43
installing 43, 69
Virtual Machine Management Task Server Plug-in
policy
about 43
installing 43
virtual machines
gathering inventory 44
virtual network
about 55
creating 55
deleting 56
virtualization platforms
about 33
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