HealthCheck for VMware vSphere Environment – Part1

Lately I have been doing lot of customer engagements on vSphere health Check, which basically consists of examining a customer’s vSphere Install base against the vSphere Best practices in the standard health check projects. I thought about doing a write up series on how we approach these engagements.
For the part 1 of this series I will be taking you through the vSphere Health Analyzer toolkit which is available to VMware Consultants and also to VMware Partners through Partner Central.

What is VMware Health Analyzer aka vHA?

vHA is a tool developed by VMware for auditing the vSphere install base, this tool consists of scripts to gather data from customer environment and validate the data sets collected from the vSphere farm against the vSphere best practices.So mainly vHA does the tasks below…

• Assess and summarize the VMware vSphere environment in terms of its current health and architecture, with a focus on technical and organizational aspects.
• Provide clear recommendations to improve the performance, manageability, and scalability of this environment.
• Serve as a reference for Customer to review best practices and communicate current infrastructure issues among stakeholders.

The current released version of vHA at the time of writing this article is 3.3.1. This is available through two delivery mechanisms.

• VMware HealthAnalyzer OVF Appliance
• VMware HealthAnalyzer 3.3.1 ThinApp’d application

My personal favourite is the Thinapp’s vHA application, this is pretty kool stuff. No need to install anything on the OS, for details on thinapp you can look here.
Now let’s talk about the prerequisites for this application to run in your customer environment.

vHA System Requirements:

• 512MB RAM (default) is required for Tomcat server memory and 128MB (default) is needed for collector.
Note: In my experience for larger environments it is advised to increase both the Tomcat server memory as well as the memory needed for collector to a higher value, else the data gathering may fail.
• For Thinapp application you can use Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Vista or Windows 7 system that has network access to the customer’s target server(s).

vHA port requirements:

Ports

Protocol

Description

22

SSH

Inbound TCP port that may be used by an administrator to log in to the virtual appliance to performance maintenance tasks. This port is not used by the HealthAnalyzer virtual application. 

443

HTTPS

Outbound TCP port that may be used by HealthAnalyzer to retrieve data from the customer’s VirtualCenter/vCenter Server. This port is specified when configuring HealthAnalyzer to retrieve data and may be different depending on the customer’s environment. 

80

HTTP

Inbound TCP port that is used by the HealthAnalyzer virtual application user interface 

80

&

8080

HTTP

Both inbound TCP ports are used by the HealthAnalyzer virtual appliance user interface. 

5480

HTTPS

Inbound TCP port used to access the HealthAnalyzer virtual appliance management web interface from a web browser 

This concludes the Part -1 for the vSphere Health Check Series; in my next article in this series we will discuss on how to analyze data using the vHA. Stay Tuned ..

9 thoughts on “HealthCheck for VMware vSphere Environment – Part1

  1. I’m relatively new to utilizing the partnership tools within the VMware site. I logged into my Partner account but couldn’t locate where the downloads are. Any chance you could point me in the right direction to locating the tool so I can check it out? Thanks!

    • Once you log into Partner Central, go to the ‘Sales Tools’ tab -> ‘Services Software Solutions’, scroll down and it should be in the list.

  2. hi, I also would like to download the Healthcheck tool .
    I log into Partner Central, go to the ‘Sales Tools’ tab -> ‘Services Software Solutions’. I just saw introduction of these tools,I didn’t find where is option can download it?

    Thank you

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