From the Dashboard page of the SDDC Manager, you can work with the physical resources in your Cloud Foundation installation.

The Dashboard page displays high-level information about your installation's physical resources, such as the number of physical racks.

From the Dashboard page, you drill-down to the level of the hosts and switches by using the View Details button.

The List view displays the list of physical racks that are in your installation. To see detailed information about the physical switches and hosts for a particular rack in the list, click the rack's name. For an alternative view of the physical rack information, you can use the Map view.

The details page for a specific rack lists the switches and hosts in that rack. In the rack's details page, you can click the name of a switch or host to view its details or to perform operations on it.

SDDC Manager monitors the hardware health of the switches and hosts and reports each one's health status using these icons. On the rack's details page, the icons in the Status column indicate the hardware health state of each resource, each switch and host. The hardware health state of the resource is calculated based on the current set of alerts that SDDC Manager has raised for that hardware resource and the severities of those alerts, including any alerts on the hardware Field Replaceable Units (FRUs) contained within that resource.

Status Icon

Description

Green icon representing no alerts or only information alerts on the resource

The resource has no SDDC Manager alerts reported of warning, error, or critical severity.

Orange triangle with white exclamation point icon indicating warning alerts on the resource

The resource has SDDC Manager alerts reported with warning severity.

Red triangle with white exclamation point icon when error severity alerts on the resource

The resource has SDDC Manager alerts reported with error severity.

Red circle icon representing critical alerts are on the resource

The resource has SDDC Manager alerts reported with critical severity.

Gray circle icon representing that the health state of the resource cannot be determined

The resource's health state cannot be determined, for example the resource is powered off.

To see the list of current alerts sorted by severity on a particular resource, open the resource's details page by clicking on its name and then clicking on View Alerts in its details page.

For information about the hardware-related alerts raised by SDDC Manager and information about the built-in monitoring capabilities, see:

ESXi Host Details and Operations

Access an ESXi host's detailed information and the available operations you can perform on it by clicking its name.

The types of host information you can see in a host's details include:

  • Host CPU, memory, storage

  • Whether the host is powered on or off

  • Management IP address of the host

  • Network information

  • Which management or workload domain the host is assigned to, if currently part of one

  • Which rack the host is in

  • Which vCenter Server instance is managing that host, if the host is currently part of a management or workload domain

  • Hardware health status

The hardware health status reflects the severities of the SDDC Manager alerts currently raised on the ESXi host's underlying server and its hardware components. To examine the sorted-by-severity alert list, click View Alerts.

The available operations you can perform on a host are represented by the icons in the upper right corner and you can invoke an operation by clicking its icon.

Switch Details and Operations

In the Rack Details screen for a physical rack, you can see the role for each switch in that rack, whether the switch is a management, ToR, or spine switch. By clicking a switch's name, you can drill down to see that switch's detailed information.

Note:

Spine switches are available in an installation that has two or more racks. Spine switches are installed when a second rack is added to the first rack in an installation.

The types of switch information you can see in a switch's details are:

  • Management information, such as the switch's management IP address

  • Firmware information

  • Network information

  • Hardware health status

The hardware health status reflects the severities of the SDDC Manager alerts currently raised on the switch and its components.To examine the sorted-by-severity alert list, click View Alerts.