VMware provides a vCenter (Linux) Appliance since vSphere 5. Unfortunately, the one shipping with 5.0 was a bit low on features. I am giving a try on v5.1 and it is far better. Except that SNMP in not enabled…
I’ll keep the quick&dirty directions here. The source link is already quite complete.
Connect to the vCSA using SSH and the admin credentials ; the same you use to connect to the Web GUI.
Check your SuSe version to enable to right repository:
vcenter:~ # cat /etc/SuSE-release SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64) VERSION = 11 PATCHLEVEL = 2
Configure the use of the standard SuSe repository using the
yast command. Select the
Software / Software Repositories option. Use the
Add function to “Specify URL…” and enter the following “Repository Name”:
Then, browse to
Software /> Software Management, “Search Phrase” for “snmp”, select “net-snmp” and validate the installation. I was prompted to reboot the host, so I did it.
Issue the following commands to configure and automate snmpd start:
# chkconfig snmpd on # vi /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf (...) syslocation Paris, France syscontact Joel Carnat
rocommunity secret # service snmpd start
I didn’t have to modify the
hosts.allow file to have the SNMP daemon answer my monitoring server.
Finally, configure your monitoring server and get that stats out of the vCenter.
Source: Monitor vCenter Appliance (vCSA) via SNMP