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Understanding Relationship Mappings in vRealize Operations

vRealize Operations provides admins a multitude of capabilities to help them manage and simplify their IT environments. One of the most powerful features, relationship mapping, often goes a little unnoticed by some of the users.  Behind the scenes vRealize Operations relationship mapping out the relationship between each resource kind gets exposed within vRealize Operations.

A common example of such a relationship is when you select a virtual machine from the Environment Overview widget. You notice right away that vRealize Operations automatically locates and highlights the ESXi host on which the virtual machine resides. Then it identifies the related Datastore and Cluster objects.

What many admins don’t know is that vRealize Operations relationships don’t end there. The next step for a VI admin is to extend these relationships beyond the virtual layer – up and down the application stack to the compute, storage and network layers; gaining true visibility across their entire environment.

vRealize Operations Relationship Mappings

Figure 1 – Blue Medora’s vRealize Operations Product Portfolio

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Migrating to vRealize Operations 6 – David Davis Post #22

No one likes to have to upgrade their software. Sometimes it seems like wasted time away from more important projects, it can be frustrating (in some cases), and in other cases there is a cost to upgrade (either monetarily or from downtime). HOWEVER, we all enjoy the benefits that the latest version brings us (to learn about those, read my previous article in this series Exploring New vRealize Operations Capabilities). In the case of the VMware’s vRealize Operation 6, there are a lot of benefits to migrating to the new version and the time and complexity of performing that migration / upgrade isn’t much. In fact, what you’ll find (as I did) is that with the latest version, VMware has made the migration easier than ever. In this article, you’ll learn what you need to know to quickly and easily migrate to vRealize Operations 6.

Consider Migration Scenarios

When considering a migration / upgrade you must first consider your starting point. While some vCenter Operations installations may able to be simply wiped out and allow you to just “start over” (perhaps you were doing a proof of concept / PoC or were running it in a lab), in most cases you are going to want to preserve your configurations and performance/capacity history.

In the case of larger and more complex a vCenter Operations installations, you must ensure that you perform comprehensive migration planning (and perhaps even testing). This is especially true because the architecture of vROps is different than that of vCOps (which I talked about in my last article).

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vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 brings in Scalable & Resilient Architecture

VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 managed to bring a robust, scalable and resilient architecture in the platform design. In this post, we are going to talk about the platform design, which brings you the massive scalable architecture. But before we jump into the scalability, let’s look at the platform design and the form factor of vRealize Operations.

Platform Design

It’s a completely new platform and new architecture. In this release, VMware has moved from two VM vApp to a single VM virtual appliance. As a new initiative, VMware has created a newly built serviced based design for this release. So the capacity, performance and all plug-ins are now services that run across common services in the platform. This one virtual appliance contains all the services. There are 5 different databases that can be presented in a node. So, as a scalable architecture, we allow multiple virtual appliance to tag along in a single deployment. This will provide us robust HA as well.

vROPs

 

Form Factor

The main problems we are solving are Scalability, Resiliency, and Extensibility. You will see this when you look at the form factor difference in between the earlier release and this release. Continue reading

Working with vRealize Code Stream and vRealize Orchestrator

One of the most critical aspects of being able to implement new software is to be able to leverage existing tools in the market. Many companies use Orchestration tools like vRealize Orchestrator to create new workflows that automate those custom one-off tasks.  In this blog post we are going to explore how vRealize Code Stream works cooperatively vRealize Orchestrator.  vRealize Orchestrator is a powerful automation tool designed for system administrators and IT operations staff who must streamline tasks and remediation actions and integrate these functions with third-party IT operations software.

Code Stream - Jenkins Integration

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Heterogeneous Monitoring from App to Blade

vRealize Operations’ use of smart alerts, customizable dashboards, capacity analytics and predictive analytics allows system administrators to monitor their IT infrastructure better than ever before. With the help of our strategic partners in the Cloud Management Marketplace, we are aiming to further extend the capabilities of our Cloud Management solutions. This enables more admins to take vRealize Operations to the next level by expanding their monitoring capabilities to every layer of their application stack.

We currently have over 50 Management Packs in the rapidly expanding Cloud Management Marketplace, from application and database to compute and storage and much more. When combined with vRealize Operations best-of-breed predictive analytics capabilities, the value of your vRealize Operations installation grows exponentially.

What do vRealize Operations Management Packs Provide?

Each of these management packs can stand on its own. Individually, they provide insights into your hardware or application layer, all from within a single tool. But the “wow” factor goes through the roof when multiple vRealize Operations Management Packs are combined with one another and the VI admin gains end-to-end visibility across the entire stack.

A great deal of this value comes from the “relationships” feature within vRealize Operations. The power of relationships is to connect two or more Management Packs to one another. Continue reading

The return of the One Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard in vRealize Operations 6.0

Since the release of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0, I have received an over-whelming amount of requests to re-create the one click cluster capacity dashboard on vROps 6.0. I should mention here that the dashboard xml, which I created with vCenter Operations 5.x would not work with vRealize Operations 6.0, since a number of metrics have changed in vRealize Operations  6.0 and the one which still remain are also laid in a different pattern within the database. 

So without further ado, let me quickly show you the face of the New One Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard 

 Just like the previous version of the dashboard, you would need to click on the cluster name on the left pane which will give you the details of the cluster and the important capacity metrics. With vRealize Operations Manager 6.0, I have selected the metrics which I believe are important and would give you an overview of the cluster. Let me quickly explain these 16 metrics to you. Continue reading

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Puppet Plugin Demystified

We released vRO Puppet plugin earlier this year and in this blog post I shall dig deeper into the functionality that plugin offers plus I shall also cover how you can use this plugin with vRealize Automation. Our previous integration with Puppet was part of vRealize Automation (vRA) Application Services, and with vRO Puppet plugin we are taking our Puppet integration to next level. This plugin can be used not only for application automation but also for OS configurations. If you haven’t already downloaded vRO Puppet plugin, you can get it here – http://vmw.re/1aLwAiq

vRO Puppet Plugin

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Monitor Citrix XenDesktop from vRealize Operations with Blue Medora’s Management Pack

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Blue Medora recently released a new VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop.

Blue Medora continues to prove a key partner for VMware around our Cloud Management business. The vRealize Operations Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop is the 7th Management Pack Blue Medora has released over the past year. Their roadmap targets delivery of another five in 2015.

In this post, we are going to take an expansive look into the Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop:

vRealize Operations Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop

The Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop extends the functionality of vRealize Operations by enabling XenDesktop site admins to track the health of their environment from a single integrated console.

Citrix XenDesktop Analytics

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vCloud Director – Transparent and Manageable with Log Insight

VMware vCloud Director is a software product that provides the ability to build secure, multi-tenant clouds by pooling virtual infrastructure resources into virtual data centers and exposing them to users through Web-based portals and programmatic interfaces as a fully-automated, catalog-based service.

VMware is happy to announce the release of the newest version of the Log Insight Content Pack for vCloud Director which supports both vCD 5.5 and 5.6 SP. This new content pack was built in very close cooperation between the Log Insight Team and VMware’s OneCloud Systems Management Team who is responsible for providing quality tools and content for managing VMware’s internal private cloud which is currently supporting over 150,000 VMs. We hope that our unique blend of development and operational experiences will assist you in making your vCloud Director environment more transparent and manageable.

Some highlights of this content pack are:

Detailed vApp activity information: This content pack will give you visibility into the vApp operations that are happening and shows you load as well as usage trends. Next time your boss asks you what your churn rate is and how many VMs you deployed last week you’re going to hit that one out of the park!

vCloud vApp Activity

Detailed vApp Statistics

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vRealize Automation Webcast: No Scripting Required, Fully Automated Self Service with Policies

Want to learn how to better utilize vRealize Automation for your business needs?

VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) allows for a large amount of out of the box functionality. It’s also completely flexible allowing you to connect to and incorporate any existing system into its processes.

Join us for this 90-minute vRA Webcast on April 22, 2015 to learn more about what can be automated and delivered Out of the Box.Solution Tips and Tricks

In this session we will dive into the configurable out of the box experience within the Administrative UI. We will set up an automated self-service environment that can increase efficiency and reduce waste of your virtual environment. Register Today!

The Webcast will include following How-to’s:

  • Setting up the First Tenant
  • Branding the Portal
  • Creating Business Groups and Target Resources
  • Adding the vRO/vCO Endpoint
  • Creating a Network Pool
  • Creating Reservations for Resources
  • Creating a Single and Multi-machine Blueprints
  • Testing Blueprint Provisions
  • Discover Existing Virtual Environments, Apply Policy, and Begin Reclamation

Register Today!