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#vROps Webinar Series 2017 – Part 2- Full Stack monitoring with vRealize Operations Manager

| 15/05/2017 | Tags: , , , ,

Time to share the recording of the second episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time Sunny and I were joined by Craig Lee and Brock Peterson from Blue Medora to talk about “Full Stack Visibility” which vROps can provide by using various extensibility solutions.

We discussed the following use cases and demonstrated them in live environments:

Use Case 1 – Full-Stack vSphere Monitoring. From application to Infrastructure.
Use Case 2 – Amazon RDS Workloads. Monitoring public cloud workloads with vROps.
Use Case 3 – vROps Extensibility. Metrics, Logs and Costing come together along with other 3rd party extensibility options.

Special thanks to Blue Medora for participating in the Webinar Series and contributing to the vCommunity.

We would highly appreciate if you could spend 30 seconds to fill up this quick and simple survey to provide us your feedback. You can also request topics of your choice through this survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2J2G82S

Can I monitor hardware OOTB with #vROps?

| 12/05/2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

So very recently i had a great question from a customer regarding ways to monitor things like the temperature of host systems. Would they need a management pack or is this something vROps can do out of the box?

The short answer to this is yes, but it is not immediately obvious how.

There are a great many metrics that come with a vanilla build of vROps but not all of them are enabled a good example of these are the sensor metrics.

To find the metrics you have enabled or disabled in your vROps deployment you will need to go to policies and edit the policy pertinent to your environment.

In the left hand menu choose “Collect Metrics and Properties” as shown in the example below.

Then in the main window do a search for using the key word Sensor as shown below.

You can see that the “state” is inherited from the default policy and the metrics are all disabled.

You can choose to edit the state directly per metric (as shown below), or click actions and set the state for all the metrics you have selected.

Make sure you click save before exiting your policy.

All you need to then do is wait 5 or so minutes for the first sets of data to appear.

Naturally you can use this to disable the collection of certain metrics as well.

Announcing Part 2 – #vROps Webinar series 2017 – “Full Stack” monitoring with vRealize Operations Manager

As promised, vROps Webinar Series 2017 is back with the second episode of the year. Last time around we looked closely into the features of vROps 6.5 and as stated during that webinar, we will now show you how you can unlock the full capabilities of vROps using the extensibility of the platform.

If you have been following the Webinar Series, by now you have a complete visibility into the capabilities of vROps, when it comes to monitoring the vSphere infrastructure. While this infrastructure is important for the IaaS provider, what business cares about is Applications. The good news is that vROps provides you an extensible platform which can be leveraged to extend the product capability into any area where metrics exist. This could be at the layers of your Software Defined Datacenter such as Compute, Network & Storage, or in the Application Stack and it’s tiers such as App, Web and DB.

While VMware provides a number of plugins which allow you to extend the platform capabilities into applications, they also leverage strategic partners such as Blue Medora to provide you with management packs which can go deep into applications to complete the “FULL STACK VISIBILITY” which is required in any IT shop.

To discuss this topic in detail and to bring life to the concept of FULL STACK VISIBILITY, joining Sunny and me will be Craig Lee and Brock Peterson from Blue Medora.
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#vROps hidden gem – XML Builder

| 25/04/2017 | Tags: , , ,

If you spend a good amount of time in vROps either at your place of work or with customers (like me) you will likely  have had to create some custom XML (metric configuration) for custom dashboards.

In the past you would either use the sample/examples to get them started and then go and find the specific metric names while, this was usually quite time consuming.

In recent versions of vROps however, VMware have introduced a “builder” to help you properly format and slect the corect adapters/adapterkinds and metrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How awesome and useful is that?

Happy building!

#vROps Webinar Series 2017 – Part 1 – What’s New with vROps 6.5

| 04/04/2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

Time to share the recording of the first episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time around, Sunny and I spoke about the latest release of vRealize Operations Manager. We spoke about almost all the new features which were introduced with this version and went into some of them in detail. Like always we rounded up the session with Live Demo of the new features for our audiences.

We introduced a feedback form which can be used to provide your feedback in general and also request topics on which you would want us to focus this year.

Would appreciate if you could spend 30 seconds to fill up this quick and simple survey.

https://www.youtu.be/xXLRxrS6kZ4

Understanding #vROps High Availability

| 29/03/2017 | Tags: , , , ,

While there is a reasonable amount of information about how HA works in vROps I have found there is still some confusion as to how HA actually works with vROps or rather what are the benefits and perhaps more importantly the cost for enabling the feature.

HA is a great feature and in my opinion should be considered seriously with any deployment (where possible).

Not only does HA protect your Master node (which essentially behaves as an index for your vROps cluster and if lost will render your cluster dead unless you have a working backup of your cluster) it will also allow your cluster to tolerate a data node failure. So in short what is not to like!

The important thing to remember here is the cost in terms of object/metric capacity for your vROps cluster and in turn the additional nodes and or hardware you may need to facilitate/provide for having a HA enabled vROps Cluster.

If you have deployed vROps before then I would hope you are already familiar with the VMware provided vROps Sizing Spreadsheets When you input your environment figures you will be informed of the size of nodes and number of nodes required to monitor your environment. Furthermore you can select how many months you plan to retain data and whether you will enable HA or not.
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#vROps 6.5 – Two new enhancements/features I really liked

So vROps 6.5 has been out for around a month now and I finally have a little while to write a post on what I personally really like.

There is a lot of great new enhancements and improvements added in 6.5 but for the sake of brevity I shall highlight two that I really liked.

Flexibility to increase RAM in between node sizes

So if you are familiar with vROps you will know that when you deploy it you have “T-Shirt” sizes to choose from, Small, Medium, Large and now Extra Large (6.5). However an additional extra in 6.5 is support to increase the memory allocation of your vROps nodes, you will not require additional CPU for the node until you hit the next node size bracket. If in doubt check the sizing guide spreadsheet VMware has provided so you can be sure on what you can and cannot do.

This flexibility plus the introduction of a new Extra Large Node size will give you more choice and flexibility with your existing or future vROps deployments.

Direct integration with Log Insight

There was already some integration with Log Insight via the launch in context menu, but now you can access Log Insight from the home page and also when you are troubleshoot individual objects. From a UX perspective this is fantastic and just saves time and further cements the relationship the two products have. You will still need to configure the Log Insight Management Pack and point it to the vLI instance you wish to integrate your vROps cluster with.

 

Announcing #vROps Webinar Series 2017 – Part 1 – What’s new in 6.5

Welcome to the vRealize Operations Manager Webinar Series 2017. With the huge success of the series back in 2016, we wanted to take a break, enjoy the success and come back with full rigor for this series in 2017. We are here and we are charged up to give you some more dope on vRealize Operations manager in the year 2017.

The delivery mechanism would be same as last year. We will start with talking about a topic and then jump into a live environment to see what happens when the rubber hits the road…

To begin the series, we will start with the latest edition of vROps to see the enhancements VMware has done in the product and how customers can operationalize these features to make their operations simple and effective.

Here are the details!

Session title – What’s New with vRealize Operations 6.5
Date – Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Time – 13:00 PST
Speakers – Sunny Dua and Simon Eady
Webinar Link – Click here to join the meeting
Save invite – Click to save invite

 

#vSAN Cache Performance Dashboard in #vROps

| 01/02/2017 | Tags: , , , ,

I have recently been able to get vSAN properly up and running in my lab and took a look at the OOTB Dashboards that come with the MPSD (Management Pack for Storage Devices).

As I have a hybrid build (I know many have All Flash Arrays) I was interested in how hard my Flash Cache was working so I built a dashboard purely focused on this aspect of the vSAN product.

It is a simple dashboard but has what I think is useful information.

You can download it here

Feedback and questions very welcome.