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Maximizing Use of vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0: Newly Updated Deployment Guide

Jessica Flohr

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Jessica Chapin (Flohr) is a contract technical writer and editor in End-User Computing at VMware in Palo Alto, California. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a bachelor of arts degree in English Writing and has a certificate in editing from Poynter News University. Currently, she is working on the Professional Sequence in Editing through the UC Berkeley Extension program. In addition to editing technical papers and formatting blog posts for the End-User Computing blog, Jessica writes for her local community newspaper.

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By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware

The newly updated Maximizing the Use of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0 (formerly the VMware vCenter Operations for View Deployment Guide) is now available. The new version is full of tips on how to make the most out of your Horizon with View and vRealize Operations Manager systems by using VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0.

The guide gives you a taste of the policy-based automation feature that is now available in vRealize Operations for Horizon. Policies may not be the sexiest of topics, but they get things done. You can increase efficiency by automating your key processes with out-of-the-box and customizable policies, including guided remediation tips and compliance standards that deliver recommendations or trigger actions. You can optimize performance, capacity, and compliance while retaining comprehensive—rather than piecemeal—control.

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Actually, vRealize Operations for Horizon has the ability to collect many more metrics than you see displayed by default on the dashboards. Some of those metrics are more relevant than others to your particular environment. Using policies, you have the control. You can pick and choose which metrics to collect, and which ones to display on the dashboards. You can decide which alerts to enable, and set alert thresholds for those that are active. You can customize alerts, and add remediation actions and recommendations to communicate how each alert should be resolved by your IT team.

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For example, the default policy includes a smart alert that lets you know when your desktop pool is about to run out of available desktops. This alert can be very useful, depending on your circumstances. If you have 75 users who share a pool of 50 desktops, this alert can warn you that a shortage is imminent—a problem about which you want to be alerted. On the other hand, if you have only 50 users who share a pool of 50 desktops, this same alert tells you only that every user is actively at work—not really a problem. To prevent this kind of alert from bothering you unnecessarily, policies are your tool. You can create a policy that disables the alert entirely, or a policy that sends the alert less frequently.

Maximizing Use of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0 is well worth checking out. In addition to the new policy features now available in vRealize Operations for Horizon, the guide also describes new dashboards for visualizing the status of your servers, pools, RDSH farms, virtual machines, performance, operating systems, CPU, memory, disk, and resources. These dashboards bring vital information to the forefront. Armed with this data, you can predict and prevent problem areas from blossoming into full-fledged issues, and extenuate issues quickly when they do occur. The guide chronicles many improvements to the events and alert systems in this release, as well as the new reporting features that are now possible. The guide concludes with a non-exhaustive library of troubleshooting tips for deploying, maintaining, and operating a production vRealize Operations for Horizon environment, as well as a section on how to use vRealize Operations for Horizon to troubleshoot your View environment.

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