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vRealize Operations Manager Tech Tips: Tip #1 – Custom Datacenter object

In vRealize Operations Manager 6.1 we introduced a new construct called Custom Datacenter (CDC).  I wanted to describe how to create Custom Datacenter objects, and how you would leverage these objects.

The Custom Datacenter object can be created in the vR Ops UI, and you can add one or more Cluster objects.  Not only can you add one more Cluster objects from one vCenter Server, but these Cluster objects can span multiple vCenter Servers.

So…  Why would you want to do this?

1. By creating a Custom Datacenter and including multiple Cluster you will gain performance, and capacity visibility across the Custom Datacenter as a whole.  The Analysis badges will be computed for the newly created Custom Datacenter, and you will be able to perform Capacity Management on this new constructs.  I’ve come across customers that have large application platforms (like SAP or other applications) that span multiple Clusters.  Now they can manage these clusters performance and capacity by having a wholistic view.

To create a Custom Datacenter you go to Environment –> Custom Datacenter in the UI.


And now you can see Analysis badge information for this Custom Datacenter


Also leverage Projects on these Custom Datacenter objects to do capacity planning and capacity forecasting


2. The other reason you would want to leverage Custom Datacenter objects for is Workload balancing.  You can leverage vR Ops 6.1 (and higher) Workload Balancing capability to balance clusters within a Custom Datacenter object


Enjoy using Custom Datacenters in vRealize Operations Manager!

Thank you!



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Understanding the Density badge – vRealize Operations Tech Tips #14

I recently got asked to explain the Density badge in vRealize Operations Manger.  Please note that videos of all the badges (and more…) are available at this page.  https://www.vmware.com/support/vrealize-operations-Manager-6-video.html  (You’re welcome!!)

Density in vRealize Operations Manager compares the current density with the optimal density that has been determined by vR Ops based on Policy. The higher the Density score the better, and the closer you are to optimal.

Density uses the Demand model and considers both Stress and Usable Capacity in its calculations.  So policy will impact this.

Let’s take a look at the following image:

Density Demand Model

The gray horizontal line in both graphs indicates the ‘Optimal’ Density. Continue reading

Capacity Optimization and Scenario Modeling for the Virtual Infrastructure – vRealize Operations Tech Tips #9

In our last Tech Tips series blog post, we talked about Allocation vs Demand Based Capacity Modeling.

So, now that you have a better understanding of the common capacity planning terms and the need to have both an allocation and a demand based modeling techniques, it’s time to take a look at how vRealize Operations helps with your capacity planning and optimization needs.

First, we will start with examining the capacity remaining and time remaining analysis badges to understand what vRealize Operations is telling us regarding how much capacity we have used and remaining as well as what that translates to in terms of days remaining before we completely exhaust that capacity.

We will then move into Projects which will allow us to simulate adding more capacity or growth.  Projects graphically visualize the impact and change of the capacity to the trend lines.  We will take a look at two projects individually, and then also look at the combined impact of the two projects on the overall capacity.  Lastly, we will commit a project and any future capacity planning or capacity metrics will account for the capacity changed as a result of the committed projects.

Please do share your feedback or questions in the comment form below. Enjoy the video!

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #7 – Filtering the vRealize Operations Manager UI based on Adapter

Today’s #TechTip is the answer to the question:

“Why is it in certain areas of the vRealize Operations Manager UI do I only see a small subset of the data and relationships, that I know are there?”

I recently had this question come up, so here is a short video on how to get what you are looking for. I focus on the “relationship widget” but this work all across the new vRealize Operations Manager UI.

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #6 – Understanding Capacity Planning Terminology

vRealize Operations Manager continues lead the industry with its capacity planning functionality by enhancing its capacity algorithms, providing even more flexibility, better out of the box default options and initial configuration wizards to help you set up your capacity policies.  Build a capacity “What-if-scenario” to determine your future needs and hardware purchases and commit them as a Project so it is reflected as a committed change throughout the management system.  vRealize Operations Manager also extend its capacity planning beyond the virtual environment and into heterogeneous environments for storage, network, operating systems, applications, etc.

Before we get too deep into the new features and functions its probably a good idea to level set on what capacity planning really means and start by clarifying the terminology.  Check out the video below to learn all about the concepts and important terms associated with capacity planning.

Up next we describe the need for and the differences between a Demand and an Allocation based capacity model.  You won’t want to miss it!

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #4 – Smart Alerts – Part 4 of 4

Here it is…the big finish for Smart Alerts and we are ending with what many might consider the most important part…Actions!  As you now know, Smarts Alerts are defined by a set of symptoms, which can be made up of static or dynamic thresholds for collected metrics, faults, 3rd party events, badges, etc.  Each alert also comes with a set of recommendations telling you how to best attack and resolve the issue highlighted by the alert. All together these provide you enough visibility and guidance to make your job a lot easier, but vRealize Operations Manager takes this a step further.

Recommendations can also supply actions that allow you to click a button and “fix the problem now”.  Out-of-the-box (OOTB) actions include things like CPU and Memory configuration of a VM, deleting snapshots, Power off/on VMs, deleting VMs, etc.  What is great for you is that actions, like Alert Definitions themselves, are content in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 and not tied to code.  Because of that we will be providing MORE OOTB alert definitions, actions and recommendations to you out-of-band of the standard release cycle.  What that means to you is you will be able to easily download new content from VMware Solution Exchange without having to wait for the next version of vRealize Operations Manager.

Check out the video below to learn all about Actions.

We still have so much to talk about!  Watch this space for a lot more on the new features and capabilities.

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #3 – Smart Alerts – Part 3 of 4

If you have been following this Tech Tips thread over the past couple of weeks you will recall we have introduced you to the new concept of Smart Alerts in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 with their OOTB recommendation and actions.  You have also seen these alerts in action to help you manage the day-to-day health and performance of your software defined data center (SDDC).  So now you are probably wondering, “Hey a lot of OOTB Alerts is great, but how can I tweak them or make my OWN Smart Alerts to better fit the needs of my environment?”  That’s a great question and I am happy top provide you the answer in today’s video.

This video will walk you through and explain the Alert Definition creation process of vRealize Operations Manager. It will show you the simple to use Alert Definition Workspace and explain how the different components of an Alert Definition (Symptoms, Recommendations and Actions) all come together to make a more meaningful alert.

Check out the video below to learn all about it.

Watch this space for a lot more on the new features and capabilities…next up Actions!

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #2 – Smart Alerts – Part 2 of 4

Our last blog on this topic was very conceptual, where we introduced you to the new Smart Alerts feature of vRealize Operations.  We explained the new alert definitions and how these alerts are made up of symptoms, recommendations and actions.  These alert definitions are built by subject matter experts and provided to you out-of-the-box (OOTB), but you can also quickly create your own alert definitions to customize vRealize Operations to your specific business needs.  Stay tuned to this blog for more details on how to do that!

Now it’s time to see alerts in action.  This video shows how vRealize Operations helps you manage the day-to-day health and performance of your software defined data center (SDDC) by taking advantage of these aforementioned OOTB Smart Alerts.  There are hundreds of alert definitions available, but we’ll look at just two of them.  We also get our first look of the new UI including the recommendations screen which shows you a quick status of your data center and the alert details screen where you can quickly resolve issues.  The bottom line is alerts will lower your mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR), make your customers happy as their services will perform better and will make you look like a rock star!

Check out the video below to learn all about it.

Use Case – Virtual Infrastructure Performance Monitoring Guided Remediation​

Watch this space for a lot more on the new features and capabilities that will make your life better…well, at least at your workplace!

vRealize Operations Tech Tips #1 – Smart Alerts – Part 1 of 4

The General Availability date for vRealize Operations 6.0 is right around the corner and the new version is full of powerful and user-friendly features to help you better manage your IT environment.  Some of the new features are major updates that will ensure your environment is always performing at its best and you are meeting your customer’s needs.  Some features are just slick and cool and will make you wonder how you ever lived without them!  Still others are there to help you be more efficient and will allow you to really impress your boss…and your boss’s boss!

The feature I want to talk about today is a major one that will change how you do day-to-day management. It’s one of the slick and cool ones, it is going to save you a ton of time…and it will impress your boss!

The new Smart Alerts feature of vRealize Operations Manager greatly reduces your mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) by showing you not only there is a problem, but also  the causes  underlying that problem, as well as recommendations on how to fix it and even an ‘Action’ button to resolve the issue immediately.

Out-of-the-box alert definitions provide you with subject matter expertise around not only your virtual environment but also your storage, network, operating systems, applications and hybrid cloud deployments.  Simple workspaces, or wizards, allow you to customize and build your own alerts based on symptoms from metric dynamic or static thresholds, faults, error messages, logs, etc.

Check out the video below to learn all about it.

Watch this space for a lot more on the new features and capabilities that will make your life better…well, at least at your workplace!

vCenter Operations Tech Tips: Tip #42 – Latest Plugin Updates in vCenter Hyperic

I wanted to provide you with an update on some of the recent updates to VMware vCenter Hyperic and of course the relevant content that can be consumed through VMware vCenter Operations Manager.

Microsoft SQL server plugin now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014. In addition to supporting the new version of MSSQL we have updated some of the default metrics following customer feedback.



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