Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center

What’s new in version 7?

Veeam Management Pack (MP) v7 for System Center provides app-to-metal visibility of VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication environments. The latest version of Veeam Management Pack adds innovative new management features including:

  • Support for Hyper-V, with the same functionality that Veeam MP has for vSphere
  • In-context dashboards and a unique customizable widget library
  • Capacity planning for hybrid cloud environments
  • Host Security Profile reporting for vSphere
  • Auto-deployment of Veeam Collectors for vSphere
  • Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V – real-time Hyper-V Host and VM metrics
  • Monitoring and reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V
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Key Features

Support for Hyper-V

Veeam knows that many businesses support a dual hypervisor environment, and Veeam Management Pack now delivers the same features for both vSphere and for Hyper-V. Whether you have Hyper-V, vSphere or both, you will get the same capabilities with health and performance alerting, sophisticated reporting analysis and unique dashboards —integrated into the single-console view of System Center Operations Manager.

Multi-hypervisor support

Multi-hypervisor support

Dashboards

Dashboards can be launched in-context from any object in your Hyper-V or vSphere environment. They show live data and offer customizable Veeam widgets such as heatmaps, which offer at-a-glance visualization of multiple metrics. The aspects of size, color and grouping in a heatmap allow intuitive interpretation of the complex virtualized environment. And a customizable capacity planning widget adds real-time capacity forecasting to dashboards.

New on-demand Top dashboards add a traffic light feature to System Center. Built-in thresholds show the health status of performance metrics in the dashboard widget; and the thresholds can be customized to suit customers’ preferences. Green shows that the specific component is performing well, yellow shows that performance is not up to par, and red indicates that performance is poor.

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Alerts and Dashboards

Capacity planning for hybrid cloud

If you are thinking about implementing hybrid cloud in your environment, Veeam Management Pack can help you predict resource requirements in both the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service or Microsoft Azure. This new report analyzes your on-premises workloads and recommends the IaaS requirements to run those in your chosen cloud.

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Capacity planning for hybrid cloud

Host Security Profile reporting for vSphere

Tracking the security configuration of vSphere hosts is required to confirm compliance with desired configuration and to understand that the critical vSphere environment is correctly secured. In Veeam MP v7, a granular view of vSphere host security settings is tracked and made available in Veeam’s advanced reporting engine. Each security setting, including firewall ports and enabled services, can be reported. All changes are captured—with drill-down into the specific events around each change, including the timestamp as well as the user who made the change.

Host Security Profile reporting for vSphere

Host Security Profile reporting for vSphere

Veeam Collector auto-deployment for vSphere

The Veeam back-end data collection infrastructure for vSphere consists of Veeam Collectors – a service installed on Windows servers. For failover and high scalability, multiple Veeam Collectors can be deployed. In Veeam MP v7, the Collector deployment can be completely automated. By leveraging the advanced System Center 2012 feature of Management Server Resource Pools, Veeam allows Collectors to be automatically delivered and installed to servers in the chosen Resource Pool. This greatly simplifies installation and allows fast deployment in even the largest enterprise environments.

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

The Windows Task Manager tool is a long-standing administrator’s utility, built-in to Windows, to show in real-time which processes are using the CPU and memory in a server. However Windows Task Manager doesn’t show you what you need to know in a Hyper-V environment, because it simply doesn’t understand the new architecture of Compute usage in a Hyper-V Host. It’s not enough to know that memory is being used—you need to identify the VMs that are using it. Similarly, it’s not sufficient to show CPU use by just the host partition—you need to see the VM CPU usage too.

Veeam MP’s new Task Manager for Hyper-V gives you this important missing information—real-time host and virtual machine metrics that indicate how your Host compute resources are being used and which VMs are using them. You can launch the Veeam Task Manager in-context for any Hyper-V host and see immediately what’s happening in real time. Windows Task Manager was a valuable tool for system administrators—and now Veeam updates it for the world of virtualization.

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Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Monitoring and reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V

If you have a Hyper-V backup infrastructure, you can now take advantage of the same advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for Veeam Backup & Replication that is available for vSphere environments. Whether you have Hyper-V, vSphere or both, you will be able to monitor your entire Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, including proxy servers, repository servers, WAN accelerators, backup jobs, and more.

Veeam MP provides monitoring and reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication v7 and later. To see this in action, download a free 30-day trial of Veeam Management Pack.

After the trial, you get to keep a subset of the features ― basic monitoring for Veeam Backup & Replication.

Learn more about free functionality in Veeam Management Pack for Veeam Backup.

In addition to basic monitoring, Veeam MP delivers advanced analysis reports for Veeam Backup & Replication, including Protected and Unprotected VMs, VM verification, Restore Operator Activity, Backup Copy job and Capacity Planning for backup repositories.

Veeam MP Protected VMs report

Veeam MP Protected VMs report shows which VMs have valid recovery points and which VMs lack proper backup protection

Storage, network and compute topology views

Separate topology views of distributed storage, network and compute environments allow you to quickly browse relationships and dependencies among your critical applications, services and supporting virtual and physical infrastructures. You can link from the topology view directly to real-time dashboards and monitor key metrics, such as latency, provisioning and utilization. And if you see an alert, you can link to the built-in knowledge base for expert advice.

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Topology views

Reporting

Configuration tracking and alert correlation shows you detailed tracking of configuration properties for all objects, so you’ll know what has changed in your vSphere or Hyper-V environment. If there is an issue with resources or capacity, you will have a correlation of events to help pinpoint the exact cause.

Other analysis reports include VM Uptime Statistics which assists with SLA compliance reporting, Top Troublemakers that locates the ‘noisy’ objects in your environment, Idle VMs which finds ‘zombie’ VMs that are wasting resources, and Switched-off VMs that locates powered off VMs that are taking up valuable storage space. In addition, the reports for Oversized and Undersized VMs provide guidance in right-sizing and optimizing your virtual machines.

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Reporting

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Monitoring and alerting

Veeam MP delivers critical monitoring data continuously, 24x7. Rich and detailed information includes multiple performance metrics, such as CPU, memory, disk and network I/O—for Cluster, Resource Pool, Host and VM—and events, such as Host, VM, Resource Pool and Cluster status, VM migrations and deployment, licensing, storage and network availability.

Performance analysis monitors accept inputs from multiple performance metrics and gather correlated data from other vSphere and Hyper-V objects. Dynamic correlated data is provided right in the alert description. Analytic monitors, combined with the built-in knowledge base, dashboards and topology views, allow you to quickly find root-cause of issues and fix the problem faster.

Comprehensive, built-in Knowledge Bases for Hyper-V and vSphere serve as your "expert in a box," empowering front-line monitoring staff and reducing problem resolution time. When you see an alert, you can link in-context to the knowledge base to find probable causes and to view step-by-step instructions for fixing problems, with links to more information.

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Capacity planning

Veeam MP offers several capacity planning reports to help you model, forecast and plan for growth in your Hyper-V and vSphere environments:

  • Host Failure Modeling
  • Performance Forecast for vSphere Datastores
  • Performance Forecast for Hyper-V Storage
  • Performance Forecast for vSphere and Hyper-V Clusters
  • Virtual Machine Capacity Prediction
  • Resize VMs to reclaim resources
  • Capacity planning for hybrid cloud
  • Capacity planning for Veeam Backup Repositories
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Capacity planning

Scalable deployment and enhanced fault tolerance

Multiple, distributed collectors can be scaled to monitor even the largest vSphere environments and in the event of a vCenter outage, Veeam MP automatically fails over and reconfigures so that data will be collected directly from vSphere hosts. When vCenter is restored, Veeam MP returns to the default data collection method without interruption. (vSphere only)

Supported platforms

Microsoft platforms

System Center 2012 SP1 and R2
Hyper-V 2012 and later

VMware platforms

vCenter 4.x and later
ESX/ESXi 4.x and later

Veeam Backup and Replication platforms

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 and later

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