You can configure the ESXi embedded SNMP agent to receive hardware events either from IPMI sensors or CIM indications.

IPMI sensors were used for hardware monitoring in ESX/ESXi 4.x and earlier. The conversion of CIM indications to SNMP notifications is newly available in ESXi 5.0.

SNMP configuration for ESXi requires the vSphere Command-Line Interface. See Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces.


From the vSphere CLI, configure the source for hardware events.



IPMI sensors --server hostname --username username --password password -y sensors

CIM indications --server hostname --username username --password password -y indications


(Optional) If the SNMP agent is not enabled, enable it by typing --server hostname --username username --password password --enable.