Hicham (he-sham) Mourad

About Hicham (he-sham) Mourad

Sr. Technical Marketing Manager. VMware Management Business Unit.

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #23 – vCenter Log Insight Content Packs

Hi everyone!

I often get asked “where do I go to get Content Packs for vCenter Log Insight“.  As a result I wanted to share this short article on this.

It is simple to pull in logs from different aspects of an environment, for example storage arrays, physical devices, Operating systems, Network devices, etc.. etc….  But how do I make sense of all the log messages being ingested?

Content Packs are plugins for vCenter Log Insight.  They provide knowledge about the events and log messages.  These content packs are built by individuals with expertise in the different solution areas to help put these messages in a format that is easy to understand.

Content Packs include Dashboards, Queries, Extracted Fields and Alerts.

I’ve put together this short video that talks about where to go to get Content Packs, and discusses how to import them and leverage them in vCenter Log Insight.

Hope you enjoy this video!

 

 

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Thank you!

hicham

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #21 – Management Pack for Amazon Web Services (AWS) (Video)

Hi everyone!

In December 2013 we shipped vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8.  This release focused on extending the capabilities of Cloud Operations Management with enhanced monitoring for Microsoft applications, support for Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as better storage visiblilty and analytics.  It’s all about Heterogeneous Cloud Operations Management.  As a result, in this release with vCenter Operations Manager we shipped multiple Management Packs.  Management Packs allow you to extend the capabilities of vCenter Operations Manager to other solutions, systems, and cloud platforms.  The focus of this post / video is the introduction of the Management Pack for AWS.  This allows you to gain visibility to your AWS – EC2 instances in vCenter Operations Manager.

View AWS resources

  • Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2 instances, and Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes)
  • Elastic Map Reduce (EMR)
  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  • Auto Scaling Group (ASG)

To summarize the capabilities of the vC Ops Management Pack for AWS, I’ve put together this short video.  Enjoy!

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vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #18 – Getting vCenter Configuration Mananger Compliance data into vCenter Operations Manager

Hi everyone.

I the last three Tech Tips on vCenter Configuration Manager 5.7 (VCM) we talk about the following topics:  VCM Typical Installation, Data collections from the vSphere environment, and vSphere Hardening and Compliance.

Today I would like to show how to get the Compliance data scores from VCM into vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops), to populate the Compliance badge in vC Ops.  In this short video I walk through the few steps necessary to set this up.  Enjoy this video!

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Enjoy,

hicham

 

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #17 – vCenter Configuration Manager – vSphere Hardening and Compliance

Hi everyone!

In my previous Tech Tip #16 we discussed and showed how to collect data from the vSphere environment.  In this Tech Tip, I’d like to show how to perform hardening and compliance for the vSphere environment.

This will allow you to determine the compliance posture of your vSphere environment against the vSphere hardening guidelines as well as the ability to perform remediation actions against the vSphere environment.

I will also show how to perform some regulatory compliance checks against the vSphere environment.  The great thing is the ability to automate these checks, and automatically generate reports and have them sent to the necessary individuals.

Please take a looks at this few minute video as I walk through the above.

 

Stay tuned for my next post which will be on how to take the Compliance Scores from VCM and send them to the vCenter Operations Manager console.

Please send us your feedback and comments about this #TechTip and the series below, as well as requests for #TechTips on other topics. And yes, follow and chat with us on twitter @vcenterops and get the latest on vCenter Operations and cloud operations management.

Enjoy,

hicham

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #16 – vCenter Configuration Manager – Configuring Data collections from the vSphere environment

Hi everyone!

As promised in my previous post Tech Tip #15, I wanted to follow up on the next topic which is configuring vCenter Configuration Manager 5.7 (VCM) to collect data from the vSphere environment so we can see this data in the VCM Console slider.

In brief to do this you need to configure VCM in the administration slider to license the vCenter Server(s).  Once this is completed successfully, you can start to collect data, and of course schedule collection jobs to take place at the desired time frame and frequency.

Now all the data related to the vCenter Server and vSphere environment will be available in the VCM console slider.

Here is a short video of me going through this process.

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