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SIPMON NETWORK MONITORING

Synergy Information Systems

Install SIPMON on
VMwareESXi

SYNERGY INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Install SIPMON on VMware ESXi

Synergy Information
No. 21/B, 3rd Floor
Nawala Pagoda Crossing Road
Sri Lanka
Phone +94 777 272 613 Fax 203.555.0168

Contents
Supported VMware Versions ....................................................... 2
Support for VMware vMotion ....................................................... 2
Shared storage ......................................................................................... 2
VMFS volume sharing .............................................................................. 2
Gigabit Ethernet interconnectivity ............................................................. 2
Processor compatibility ............................................................................. 2

Support for Open Virtualization Format ...................................... 2


Virtual Machine Requirements ..................................................... 2
CPU .......................................................................................................... 2
Memory ..................................................................................................... 2
Hard disks ................................................................................................. 2
Storage and File System .......................................................................... 2
Disk controller ........................................................................................... 2
NIC ............................................................................................................ 2
Hypervisor ................................................................................................. 2

Virtual Machine Appliance Size Recommendations .................. 3


Disk Space Requirements ............................................................ 3
Deploying SIPMON on Virtual Machines Using OVF Templates3
Deploy SIPMON OVF template ................................................................ 3
Initial device configuration network configuration .................................. 4
Initial device configuration DNS configuration ....................................... 5
Enable Dashboard .................................................................................... 6

S I P M O N

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M O N I T O R I N G

Supported VMware Versions


SIPMON supports the following VMware servers and clients:

VMware version 8 (default) for ESXi 5.x

VMware version 11 (default) for ESXi 6.0

Support for VMware vMotion


SIPMON supports the VMware vMotion feature that allows you to migrate live virtual machine (VM) instances (running any persona) between hosts.
For the VMware vMotion feature to be functional, the following conditions must be met:
Shared storage

The storage for the VM must reside on a storage area network (SAN), and the SAN must be accessible by all the VMware hosts that can host the VM being
moved.
VMFS volume sharing

The VMware host must use shared virtual machine file system (VMFS) volumes.
Gigabit Ethernet interconnectivity

The SAN and the VMware hosts must be interconnected with Gigabit Ethernet links.
Processor compatibility

A compatible set of processors must be used.

Processors must be from the same vendor and processor family for vMotion compatibility.
Support for Open Virtualization Format
SIPMON supports the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) templates that you can use to install and deploy SIPMON on virtual machines (VMs).
Virtual Machine Requirements
To achieve performance and scalability comparable to the hardware appliance, the VMware virtual machine should be allocated system resources as below.
Requirement Type

Minimum Requirements

CPU

Single Quad-Core; 2.0 GHz or faster.


SIPMON supports Hyperthreading. You can install SIPMON on VMware hosts that have the Hyperthreading option enabled or
disabled.

Memory

16 to 32 GB RAM

Hard disks

300GB to 2.5 TB of disk storage (size depends on historical data period )

Storage and File


System

The storage system for the SIPMON virtual appliance requires a minimum write performance of 50 MB per second and a read
performance of 300 MB per second.
Deploy a storage system that meets these performance criteria and is supported by VMware server.

Disk controller

Paravirtual (default for RHEL 64-bit) or LSI Logic Parallel


For best performance and redundancy, a caching RAID controller is recommended.
Controller options such as RAID 10 (also known as 1+0) can offer higher overall write performance and redundancy than RAID 5,
for example, Additionally, battery-backed controller cache can significantly improve write operations.

NIC

1 GB NIC interface required. SIPMON supports E1000 and VMXNET3 adapters.

Hypervisor

VMware version 8 (default) for ESXi 5.x


VMware version 11 (default) for ESXi 6.0

Virtual Machine Appliance Size Recommendations

Number of Services
<500
500-2000
2000 - 10000
10000 - 20000
20000 - 50000
50000 - 100000
100000 - 200000
200000 - 300000
300000 - 400000

Estimated number of hosts


50
50 200
200 - 1000
1000 - 2000
2000 - 5000
5000 - 10000
10000 - 20000
20000 - 30000
30000 - 40000

Number of pollers
1 central
1 central
1 central + 1 poller
1 central + 1 poller
1 central + 2 poller
1 central + 3 poller
1 central + 3 poller
1 central + 4 poller
1 central + 4 poller

Central
1 vCPU / 4GB
2 vCPU / 4GB
4 vCPU / 8GB
4 vCPU / 12GB
4 vCPU / 12GB
4 vCPU / 12GB
4 vCPU / 16GB
4 vCPU / 24GB
4 vCPU / 32GB

Poller
2 vCPU / 4GB
2 vCPU / 4GB
2 vCPU / 4GB
2 vCPU / 4GB
2 vCPU / 8GB
2 vCPU / 8GB
2 vCPU / 8GB

Disk Space Requirements


The following table lists the SIPMON disk-space allocation recommended for running a virtual machine in a production deployment.

Data are collected every 1 minutes

The retention period is 12 month

Each performance graph has 5 curves

Number of Services
<500
500-2000
2000 - 10000
10000 - 20000
20000 - 50000
50000 - 100000
100000 - 200000
200000 - 300000
300000 - 400000

Size
50GB
100GB
180GB
540GB
720GB
1 TB
1.5TB
2.0TB
2.5TB

Deploying SIPMON on Virtual Machines Using OVF Templates


You can use OVF templates to install and deploy Cisco ISE software on a virtual machine.
Deploy SIPMON OVF template

Step 1

Open VMware vSphere client and log in to VMware host.

Step 2

Choose File > Deploy OVF Template from the VMware vSphere Client.

Step 3
Step 4

Click Browse to select the OVF template, and click Next.


Confirm the details in the OVF Template Details page, and click Next.

Step 5

Rename name and location if required

Step 6
Step 7

Choose a data store to host the OVF.


Click the Thick Provision radio button in the Disk Format page, and click Next.

Step 8

SIPMON supports both thick and thin provisioning. However, we recommend that you choose thick provisioning for better performance.
Verify the information in the Ready to Complete page. Check the Power on after deployment check box.

Initial device configuration network configuration

Step 1

Go to Console and press CTRL + ALT + F2 and log in to SIPMON by using root / P@ssw0rd

Step 2

Type setup and enter.

Select Network Configuration and click

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Select Device Configuration and click

Select first option and click

Assign static IP address and DNS and save

Initial device configuration DNS configuration

Step 1

Select DNS Configuration and click

Step 2

Change DNS configuraion as required

Step 3

Save and Quit

Step 4

Run service network restart to apply the above chenges and verfy the IP address.

Step 5

Go web browser ( Chrome is recommended ) and type SIPMON mamangment IP and enter.
Login as admin / admin

Enable Dashboard

Enable dashboard with current SIPMON IP address


Login to SIPMON over SSH ( root / P@ssw0rd) and run below command
<<SIPMON STATIC IP>> = current SIPMON IP address
find /etc/dashboard -type f -exec sed -i 's/IPADDRESS/<<SIPMON STATIC IP>>/g' {} +

Verify Dashboard reachability as below