How to integrate Veeam Reporter with Microsoft SharePoint

Veeam Reporter, part of the Veeam ONE suite, provides you a complete visibility of your virtual environment.
Veeam Reporter discovers, documents and analyzes the entire virtual infrastructure. It maintains a complete history of all objects, settings and changes and it trends performance and utilization. So you can really understand your virtual infrastructure—past, present and future.

Veeam provides you a lot of documentation with regards to the installation and configuration of Veeam Reporter. You should definitely download the following documents:

This easy to follow step-by-step procedure explains how you can integrate Veeam Reporter within Microsoft SharePoint.

  1. Create your own Veeam Reporter dashboard. The below screenshot shows you my own dashboard:
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  2. Create a new Page in your SharePoint environment:
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  3. Add a new web part on the new page
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  4. Select Page Viewer, which can be found in the Media and Content category:
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  5. Edit the Web Part to link the Veeam Reporter webpages to the new SharePoint page:
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  6. Copy the URL of the Veeam Reporter widget:
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  7. Paste the URL of the Veeam Reporter widget in the properties bar and modify the appearance settings:
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  8. Repeat step 7 and 8 until you have you finalized your SharePoint website:
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Although Veeam Reporter provides you many possibilities to create a custom Reporter dashboard, there are some use cases to create a “Veeam Reporter SharePoint Site”. For example for giving insight into your Virtual Infrastructure to business stake holders (who uses SharePoint for their day-to-day reporting tasks)

Go to veeam.com to start your evaluation of Veeam Reporter.

connect to multiple vSphere host simultaneously (free)

To connect to multiple VMware vSphere Hosts simultaneously the standard answer is to use the (licensed) VMware vCenter. But for number of reasons (especially in smaller environments) this is not always the option.

Here are two mature alternatives (for free) you can use:

 

  1. VMWare LABS Boomerang
    VMware Boomerang is a simple VMware client Windows tool that allows you to connect to multiple VMware ESX(i) or VirtualCenter hosts. It create an easy notify tray Icon in your taskbar where you with one click [START STOP SUSPEND and RESET] and also connect to the VMware vShere client console.
    The software can be downloaded here:

    The boomerang video:



  2. Alternately (or together with VMware Boomerang :)) you can use the (free) Veeam Monitor 5 Windows product.
    Veeam Monitor 5 is an easy to use and very powerful application where you can easily the health and performance on multiple VM’s  (from multiple VMware ESX(i) hosts or multiple vCenters.
    The licensed (payed) version of Veeam Monitor 5 gives you some extra features and allows you to montor over a longer period of time.
    (here are the differences)

    The Veeam monitor video:

Migrating to ESXi

By now most people working with VMware clearly know that they better can move to ESXi if they want to be able to use the latest and greatest VMware technology.
ESXi is the “console-less” brother of ESX with just the small foot-print hypervisor (vSphere 4.1 is the latest release to support both the ESX and ESXi hypervisor, in further releases only the ESXi hypervisor will be supported.)
We can clearly see that VMware is moving this way (VMware removed the VMware ESX download links to another page)

If you did not changed to VMware ESXi, VMware released some good papers that explain in detail the changes and recommendations to do this.

happy reading!

VMware ESXi 4.1 Migration Guide
Download

VMware ESXi 4.1 Migration Checklist
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VMware ESXi 4.1 Operations Guide
Download