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White Paper: Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes

Peter_Tymbelby Peter Tymbel

Over the past few years, I have been designing, deploying, and customizing vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager for many VMware customers. Working with different clients, I noticed a common theme emerge among various business and IT leaders. Many customers are looking for IT reporting that closely resembles their lines of business such as services, departments, applications, teams, and other logical business constructs. Quantifying performance, utilization, and consumption at the logical business unit level is more important to business leaders than at the vSphere Cluster level. This is because in today’s world, services, applications, and business units can span multiple infrastructures from private, through hybrid, to public. Generally, this has been difficult with traditional tools as they are very infrastructure-centric.Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.39.21 AM

vRealize Operations Manager is flexible and ready to answer this challenge. This white paper is designed to serve as a comprehensive guide that ties various distinct vROps functionalities into a cohesive solution and enables IT to become more transparent and aligned with business value. The white paper walks through extending vROps to provide business-oriented reporting that empowers business stakeholders to make better decisions and gain insight into various business services in the datacenter or cloud.

Download the White Paper and learn how to:

  1. Define Custom Groups that align your IT with the business structure of your organization.
  2. Create Super Metrics that quantify the way you do business.
  3. Build Custom Dashboards that provide information business wants.
  4. Explore options for automating the entire process.
  5. Enjoy creating your own business-oriented reporting in vROps!

VMware offers Professional Services that can help organizations design, implement, and automate solutions described in this White Paper.


Peter Tymbel is a Senior Consultant with VMware Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) Professional Services practice. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Webster University in St. Louis and various industry certifications. His work focuses on helping VMware customers operationalize their SDDC investment. He publishes a blog on various vROps related topics at vbulosity.com.

VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clone Pools Delete VMs on Restart

by Joe Graziano

One of the observed features of Instant clone pools is that when a VM is logged off it deletes the VM so that any changes are gone. This makes troubleshooting tricky and you cannot set the do not delete at refresh like you can with Full VM and Linked Clones.

What is a View admin to do? Thanks to the folks at VMware GSS we have an option, with a caveat.

You can go into the Adam Database through ADSIEDIT and change a setting so that the VM’s do not delete, allowing you to logoff and reboot them while retaining the VM’s settings.

The caveat* is that when you change this setting you cannot edit the provisioning details or other attributes of this pool. You will have to change it back to ‘deleteonuse’ in the ADAM ADSIEDIT before you can make changes.

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Troubleshooting VMs Connectivity with vRealize Network Insight

Julienne_Phamby Julienne Pham

Things can be difficult when you don’t know where a network issue may be.

In today’s datacentre, the rapid need to deploy business applications in minutes is necessary to keep the business ahead of the game. It is even more crucial to keep security and rapid networking configuration in control. So, how can a network administrator get to the bottom of a network issue in a matter of seconds in this new cloud era?

Network Virtualization brings operational and management flexibility and simplicity, but adds a complexity to troubleshooting and pinpointing the root cause of a network issue.

The traditional way would be to check the network activity from vCenter on the ESX level on the physical nic card, and check the packet going on as you run the test. It is also necessary to check the physical network activities and compare with the virtual network traffic and deduce where the bottleneck is.

If now you need to cross check between VCs and multiple sites, how long will it take to figure out the configuration issue? The required information can be gathered on one search on vRealize Network Insight.

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Control-Alt-Delete in the World of VDI

by Mike Erb

When I was still working as an Escalation Engineer for VMware® Global Support, there was a time-honored tradition among the Broomfield center’s EUC support group: If you left your computer unlocked and walked out of eyesight, you’d always come back to a surprise.  The HR folks would probably be unhappy at such an unauthorized use, but a quick flip of the screen with Ctrl-Alt-Up and a dash back to your desk, leaving their display inverted and the surrounding engineers glancing over for the inevitable reaction, was worth the risk.

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VMware Horizon 7 – Associate Instant Clone Virtual Machines

Matt_freyby Matt Frey

Being a field consultant affords me the opportunity to get in the nitty gritty with many of our customers. One of my favorite aspects of this role is helping customers address their business’s needs in a hands-on fashion. During one of my recent engagements, a customer asked, “How do I identify which parent VMs belong to which Instant Clone Desktops?” Since I’m sure that question will be asked by many others, I thought I would take some time to show how that process is carried out.
Horizon 7 - Associate IC VMs

 I hope that this article helps in shining light on the relationship between the various Instant Clone components. If your team needs additional resources I recommend you check out our Horizon Certification courses as well as the many Hands On Labs.

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Matt Frey is a Consultant in the End User Computing branch of Professional Services with over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. He currently holds a VCP6-DTM and VCAP6-DTM and specializes in bringing enhanced value to customers by leveraging VMware’s strong EUC portfolio.

VMware User Environment Manager and ADMX Settings

JeffSmallby Jeffrey Davidson

In this blog entry, I will walk through how to configure ADMX settings within the VMware® User Environment Manager™ Management Console. Additionally, I will discuss how User Environment Manager ADMX settings work together with existing Group Policy configurations.

In this example, I will be setting Google Chrome as the default browser using the ADMX settings.

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Supporting Always On Availability Groups (SQL Server) with App Volumes

Ma_Mark2By Mark Ma

With the recent release of App Volumes 2.12, we officially support Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups.

SQL Always On Availability Groups is a great way to provide high availability and disaster recovery because live copies of your databases reside on secondary servers. By integrating SQL Always On with App Volumes, we ensure the most popular application layering product can be enjoyed by users in any situation.

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vRO Architecture Considerations When Digitally Signing Packages

Spas KaloferovBy Spas Kaloferov

In this blog post we will take a look at how digitally signing packages in VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ (vRO) may affect the way you deploy vRO in your environment.

In some use cases, digitally signing workflow packages may affect your vRO architecture and deployment. Let’s consider a few examples.

Use Case 1 (Single Digital Signature Issuer)

Let’s say you have vRO ServerA and vRO ServerB in your environment. You’ve performed the steps outlined in How to Change the Package Signing Certificate of a vRO Appliance (SKKB1029) to change the PSC on vRO ServerA , export the keystore, and import it on vRO ServerB. This will allow the following:

  • vRO ServerA can digitally sign workflow packages, and vRO ServerB can read packages digitally signed by vRO ServerA.
  • vRO ServerB can digitally sign workflow packages, and vRO ServerA can read packages digitally signed by vRO ServerB.

Now what happens when you add vRO ServerC?

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Securing Your PowerShell Execution and Password in VMware vRealize Orchestrator

Spas Kaloferovby Spas Kaloferov

In this blog post we will look at how to secure your end-to-end PowerShell Execution from VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™ (vRO)—including how not to show passwords when using the Credential Security Support Provider (CredSSP) protocol in a double-hop authentication scenario.

Let’s look at a few common use cases regarding the configuration of vRO, the PowerShell host, the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) protocol, and the PowerShell script/command, and how we can best secure all of them.

Web Services (WS)-Management encrypts all traffic by default, and this is controlled by the AllowUnencrypted client and server WinRM configuration parameter—even if you only work with HTTP (the default configuration) and not with HTTPS. Prior to Windows Server 2003 R2, WinRM in an HTTP session was not encrypted.

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Mini Post; How to Change the Package Signing Certificate of a vRO Appliance for update

Spas Kaloferov


By Spas Kaloferov

Importing Digitally Signed Packages to a Different Destination vRO (vRealize Orchestrator) Server

What we did in the previous changer was to change the PSC certificate on a vRO server to match our company requirements. The certificate will be used to digitally sign packages we export from vRO.

If you will import digitally signed workflow packages only to their original vRO, no further steps are required.

If you will import digitally signed workflow packages to a different vRO, additional configuration steps are required on the destination vRO. Continue reading