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  • 1.  Agent for VmWare

    Posted Fri April 08, 2022 09:04 AM

    There is good documentation on how to install an agent for VmWare using the Yaml configuration file, but how do you do that on the cloud based Instana free trial?


    Arvid Carlander

  • 2.  RE: Agent for VmWare

    IBM TechXchange Speaker
    Posted Mon April 11, 2022 09:15 AM
    Answered in the other question you had asked ...

    Veeramani Nambi
    Offering Manager, GoToMarket - Communities

  • 3.  RE: Agent for VmWare

    Posted Tue April 12, 2022 03:22 AM

    Thank you for the quick and informative response, and please accept my apology for sending the same query multiple times.


  • 4.  RE: Agent for VmWare

    Posted Mon April 11, 2022 09:34 AM
    Hi Arvid,

    To enable VMWare monitoring you only one agent with access to your VCenter Servers. The agent will connect using the VSphere API, and send metrics and data to the SaaS backend. It's remote monitoring.

    As stated in the docs (
    Remote monitoring is supported, so the agent can be installed on a vSphere machine which ensures minimal latency and high performance, or somewhere else. In case of a Kubernetes environment, we recommend installing Instana agent separately on a dedicated machine to ensure only one agent monitors vSphere entities.

    Additionally, the Instana agent (without vSphere monitoring enabled) can be deployed to each ESXi host. This will correlate the VM the infrastructure Host.

    I suggest you to create a new yaml file for custom configurations. Personally I use configuration-agent.yaml, located in the same directory as the configuration.yaml provided by Instana. Then I include the following entries:
    # VSphere monitoring
    enabled: true
    host: https://<VCenter-URL>/sdk
    username: <VCenter User>
    password: <VCenter Password>
    poll_rate: 20

    If you are unable to see VSPhere in your Instana UI, send an e-mail to support to enable the feature, and attach the agent logs.

    Good luck !


    Luis Sanchez