How do I set up virtualization monitoring?

Once Dynatrace OneAgent is installed and process monitoring is activated on a virtual machine, you’ll be able to see what’s happening in your operating system—specifically, how your host-based processes behave and communicate.

Follow the steps outlined below to obtain crucial information related to any virtualized infrastructure you’ve deployed using VMware vCenter or standalone ESXi hosts.

Before you begin

What you’ll need:

  • Read-only vCenter or standalone ESXi account credentials.
  • Rights for changing firewall settings (only required if your internal routing policy may prevent Dynatrace software from connecting to the Internet).

Install Security Gateway

You need to install Security Gateway before connecting Dynatrace to your VMware platform.

Connect Dynatrace to your VMware platform

To connect Dynatrace to your VMware platform

Go to Settings > Cloud and virtualization > VMware and click Connect new instance.

Enter the address details (host name or IP address, skip the http:// or https:// prefix) of the vCenter server or the standalone ESXi host you want to monitor.

Enter the associated user credentials so that Security Gateway can log in and collect monitoring data. The required privileges for this user are view and read-only access. Administrator-level access is not required to enable monitoring (no changes to your VMware settings are required).

Only add standalone ESXi hosts for monitoring; if your ESXi host is managed by a vCenter server, connect the vCenter server to Dynatrace. You don’t need to add ESXi hosts if they are managed by a vCenter server that is already connected to Dynatrace.

Click Connect.

When Security Gateway connects to your VMware platform for the first time, it collects information about all available virtual machines and matches it with the information it has received from all machines that have Dynatrace OneAgent installed on them.

Repeat this process for all other vCenter servers or standalone ESXi hosts in your environment, covering all virtualized systems that run Dynatrace OneAgent.