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Eric Enns
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VMware Data Source ZenPack

This ZenPack gathers performance data from VSphere hosts (ESX/ESXi) using the VSphere Perl SDK.


The ZenPack Catalog has moved to its new home at https://www.zenoss.com/product/zenpacks as of January 17, 2017. The following information may be out of date, and this page will eventually be removed.


This ZenPack is developed by the Zenoss user community and supported via our online forums. Zenoss, Inc. does not provide direct support for this ZenPack.


Version 1.1.2- Download
Compatible with Zenoss Core 2.5.x, Zenoss Core 3.2.x
Version 1.1.1- Download
Compatible with Zenoss Core 2.5.x, Zenoss Core 3.2.x



Currently there are only two allowed datasources, VMwareHost and VMwareGuest. There are a few in development, and as I have time I will continue to add more. The data is collected by backend perl scripts which use the Vsphere Perl SDK. Would like to transition a python api but none are currently available, there is a pshere project but it hasn't been tested enough to be a reliable option http://bitbucket.org/jkinred/psphere/src/tip/psphere/. This zenpack is currently only being used by ZenPacks.community.VMwareESXiMonitor.


The device that you want to get performance data needs to be added into zenoss with it's fqdn (fully qualified domain name, also this must be lowercase because fqdn is case sensitive and will stay this way) as it's device name. If you followed the instructions in VMwareESXiMonitor I gave on how to add a device you would be gathering performance data with no problem.


First install the dependencies. Secondly install the zenpack from command line or gui as usual and you are set to go.


VMware VSphere Perl SDK
available here


Normal Installation (packaged egg)

  1. Download the appropriate egg file for the version of Zenoss you are running.
  2. Ensure you are logged in as the zenoss user:
    $ sudo su - zenoss
  3. Install the ZenPack:
    $ zenpack --install ZenPacks.community.VMwareDataSource-*.egg
  4. Restart these services:
    $ zenoss restart

Developer Mode Installation

In order to do a development mode installation you will want to clone the existing git repository, and then use the --link flag with the zenpack command:

  1. Ensure you are logged in as the zenoss user:
    $ sudo su - zenoss
  2. Start by cloning the upstream repository:
    $ git clone https://github.com/ericenns/ZenPacks.community.VMwareDataSource.git
  3. Next, perform the installation:
    $ zenpack --link --install ZenPacks.community.VMwareDataSource
  4. Finally, restart these serivices:
    $ zenoss restart


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