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Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by GabesVirtualWorld » Oct 01, 2013 6:11 am

Hi

We're using Veeam ONE v7 and getting a lot of alarms on low guest free disk space. This is because all our VMs have a separate disk that only holds the page file so this disk is usually way more filled than the average disk. I need to create an exception in the alarm that doesn't report on P-drive. Or set a different alarm value for P-drive.

Is there a way to do this?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 01, 2013 8:11 am

Hi Gabrie,

Yes, there is. To do that you need to navigate to the summary page of the VM in question, and click "View all disks..." and then choose disks you want to suppress alarms for.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by GabesVirtualWorld » Oct 01, 2013 8:32 am

Ah thanks great !!!
And now for 800 VMs ??? :-) Is there a powershell command I can use for this?
And how will this work for news VMs I add?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 01, 2013 9:24 am

Not a PowerShell command, but it would still help you:

Code: Select all

UPDATE [VeeamOne].[monitor].[VwVirtualMachine]
   SET guest_disks.modify('replace value of (/Values/item[Name="P:\"]/Excluded/text())[1] with "1"')
  WHERE guest_disks IS NOT NULL
Enjoy!

P.S. for newly added VMs you will have to rerun the script. In the next updates I'm thinking to do it more user-friendly.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by GabesVirtualWorld » Oct 01, 2013 10:36 am

Thank you !!!

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by MichaelNilsen » Oct 05, 2013 4:08 am

hey guys,

just a quick question; following on from the answer about supressing alarms for a particular drive, is there a way of instead of suppressing the drive from all alerts, have it excluded from a particular alert but picked up by another, for example.

Create the following alarms:

Guest disk space < 5%
Guest disk space <3%
Guest disk space <1%

So then instead of suppressing for the pagefile drive, for example, you could configure say the <1% alert to it... so it will still alert but not all the time?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 05, 2013 8:31 am

Michael,

Yes, that's possible. To do that you need to go to Alarm Management tab, copy Guest Disk OS alarm and then assign it on the required groups of VMs with a threshold you need.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by MichaelNilsen » Oct 07, 2013 5:17 am

Hi Vitality,

Sorry, probably didn't explain myself 100% correctly, but what I want to be able to do is apply this to a specific drive, for example

Server has 4 drives

C:\
D:\
E:\
F:\

I want the standard Guest Disk alarm applied to C:\, F:\, F:\
and my custom <1% alarm applied to D:\.

Is that possible?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 07, 2013 8:47 am

Oh, thanks for clarification. Setting different thresholds for different drives is not possible, but thanks for the feedback. I will talk to our dev team about adding this capability in the next updates.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by MichaelNilsen » Oct 07, 2013 11:30 pm

cool, thanks that would be great! :lol:

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by toningzkiz » Oct 25, 2013 8:48 am

Hi Vitaly,

Is "Guest disk free space" available in Hyper-V?
I need to monitor the space usage in our HYper-V VMs.

Thanks,

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 25, 2013 11:24 am

Hi Antonio,

Unfortunately, this information is not exposed via Hyper-V Integration services, so we cannot collect it in the way we do it for VMware. In order to access Guest OS information you need to provide connection credentials for each VM, and the scanning process might take considerable time (depends on the infrastructure size). Thanks for the feedback anyway, we will keep exploring potential ways of collecting this information for Hyper-V VMs.

Thanks!

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by carlnz » Nov 20, 2014 1:31 am

hi Vitaly - did the dev team ever come up with a way to assign a specific alarm to a specific drive without excluding alarms for other drives?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Nov 20, 2014 9:34 am

Hi Carl,

Yes, we have discussed this capability internally. The changes required to make this happen also affect other core engine logic, so we have started the preparation/code refactoring.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shoo » Nov 13, 2015 10:33 am

Any news about this feature?
And 1 more question - can I use Mb instead of Gb (or use 0.4Gb for example) in guest disk monitoring? I.e. I want to set alarms 200Mb and less free --> warning, 100Mb and less free --> error.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Nov 13, 2015 2:02 pm

It's pending, but code preparations have already been started. Yes, you can use MBs (0.4 GB) for the thresholds as well.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shoo » Nov 13, 2015 2:45 pm

Vitaliy S. wrote:It's pending, but code preparations have already been started. Yes, you can use MBs (0.4 GB) for the thresholds as well.
Thx for info. Ok, trying now... 8.0.0.1669, editing alarm, point to Rules-->Guest free disk space-->Absolute-->Below-->Warning, GB--> Can't type/enter "." or "," after "0" or after any other digit. What I'm doing wrong? :)

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Nov 13, 2015 2:48 pm

You're using the wrong version :) Jokes aside, this is possible in v9 (scheduled to be released this quarter).

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Nov 23, 2015 11:28 am

To update the thread - one of our dev guys responsible for all alarms and alarms engine has just told me that he was able to squeeze in this feature (an ability to exclude particular disk right from the alarm creation UI) into v9 release.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by PeterCTrue » Mar 31, 2016 2:09 pm

IN v9 where would one go to exclude individual disks in the alarm creation UI? I do see "Disk Name" and currently am alerting on *. Would i be able to list the disks i would like to alert on such as C:\\; D:\\ and disks not required such as P:\\ simply do not list?

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Vitaliy S. » Mar 31, 2016 2:34 pm

Yes, your understanding is correct.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by RaymondV » Sep 28, 2016 8:13 am

Is there a way to permanently exclude the User Profile Disks on a Windows 2012 R2 RDS-server from monitoring? These disks get created when the user logs on and deleted when the user logs off, so manually excluding them makes no sense. So every time a user logs on, we will receive a warning.

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shestakov » Sep 28, 2016 3:19 pm

Hello Raymond,
What kind of alarm do you receive?
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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by RaymondV » Oct 03, 2016 5:31 am

We receive the same alarm message as if the user data disk was a normal disk:
[Veeam ONE Monitor] Alarm - Guest disk space for <server> has been changed to Error (previous state: Reset/resolved)
Details: Amount of free disk space "C:\Users\<username>\UserData\" (0.5 GB) is below a defined threshold (2.0 GB).

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shestakov » Oct 03, 2016 1:47 pm

Does it happen on a particular VM? You can exclude the VM from the existing alarm rule and create another rule for particular disks of that VM.
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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by RaymondV » Oct 08, 2016 5:30 pm 1 person likes this post

Thanks Shestakov, following your advice did the trick :)

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shestakov » Oct 08, 2016 10:36 pm

I`m glad it worked for you!
Thanks for the feedback!

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Iain_Green » Jan 26, 2017 10:57 am

MichaelNilsen wrote:Hi Vitality,

Sorry, probably didn't explain myself 100% correctly, but what I want to be able to do is apply this to a specific drive, for example

Server has 4 drives

C:\
D:\
E:\
F:\

I want the standard Guest Disk alarm applied to C:\, F:\, F:\
and my custom <1% alarm applied to D:\.

Is that possible?

If I have read the thread correctly, the above is now possible?
How would one go about doing this?
Many thanks

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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Shestakov » Jan 26, 2017 4:03 pm 1 person likes this post

Yes, it is possible now as explained above.
You can create a custom alarm with only one VM in assignment and set disk name in the alarm rule.
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Re: Exclude Guest disk free space for one particular disk

Post by Iain_Green » Jan 30, 2017 2:18 pm

One other, are we able to exclude file paths/

Example:

Some performs a FLR on the B&R server, we get alerted as per below when the restore point is mounted.

"Amount of free disk space "C:\VeeamFLR\<server_name>_ffbb547b\Volume4\" (8.8%) is below a defined threshold (10.0%). Current free disk space is 273.80 GB."

Now in our current system we can exclude with wild cards so \VeeamFLR\ is spotted and the alert is suppressed. Unfortunately Veeam One alerts to low disk for the mount point and sends out an alert.
Many thanks

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