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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

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VMware SDDC and vRealize Management Accelerates IT Service Delivery at Telefonica

by Rich Bourdeau

Telefonica LogoTelefonica are a leading integrated operator in the telecoms sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions. Operating in 25 countries, they have over 300 million customers. A Software Defined Data Centre approach has provided Telefonica with virtualized infrastructure services intelligence, to automate provisioning on demand. This integrated solution for hybrid cloud infrastructure simplifies the work of IT administrators while providing the best service level agreements for all applications

This Telefonica Case Study video  will provide you with insights about how VMware ‘s software defined services and cloud management capabilities helped the accelerate service delivery times while at the same time driving more efficient use of their IT infrastructure.  A short summary of their story is provided below.

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vRealize Automation – Extensibility (vraLive) Webcast

Mark your calendars for the next vRealize Automation “vRA Live!” session on April 17th, 1:00PM EST. This Webcast will be hosted by Jad El-Zein, VMware engineer and author of the  VirtualJad Blog (http://www.virtualjad.com/).

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vRA Live! – Extensibility
This vRA Live! session will dive into the power of extensibility using these tools and will cover the implementation of a variety of popular use cases, implementation methodologies, and best practices. Best of all, there will be an experts panel to share their thoughts and help respond to audience questions.

Extensibility is used to unlock the power of vRA’s integration and automation of the cloud ecosystem, deliver custom services, and help bridge the gap between what is available “out of the box” vs. the reality that is an enterprise’s high-customized and often complex environment. While vRA can deliver basic IaaS services with relatively little effort, the real value for enterprises and those leveraging vRA for managing a software-defined data center is delivered by the ability for it to integrate, automate, and orchestrate the surrounding environment.

In vRA’s case, extensibility is made possible by leveraging a variety of native and external tools to accomplish the task at hand. These include Custom Properties, the Property Dictionary, vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), and – Jad’s favorite – the Advanced Service Designer (ASD).

**In true #vralive fashion, this will be a live how-to, not a death by PowerPoint session!!**

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Panel Introductions
  • vRA Extensibility Overview
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  • Using Custom Properties
  • Property Dictionary
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  • vRO’s Role in Extensibility
  • Advanced Service Designer
  • Day 1 vs. Day 2 Operations
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  • Open Panel Discussion
  • Closing

vRealize Operations Manager Content Pack for Log Insight

Get ready, ops-heads… another exciting announcement from the VMware team. There’s now a formal content pack for vRealize Log Insight that will allow the import and visualization of the logs from vRealize Operations Manager 6.x.

As an added bonus, if you are running vRealize Operations 6.0.1 or later – the Log Insight agent is already pre-installed on your appliance – all you have to do is configure it! If you’re on an earlier version, you can still manually install and configure the agent. Instructions for doing that can be found here.

Given the incredible volume and depth of the data that’s being imported and analyzed by this  content pack, the configuration file is pretty complex. The official installation notes are in a PDF format that was a little difficult to copy and paste all the elements from, so I’ve created a properly formatted file and attached it below.

There are a few tags you will need to change to make this work – I’ve included the tag names as well as the current find-and-replace value below so you can easily tailor the file to your needs. When you’re done, just save it as /var/lib/loginsight-agent/liagent.ini on each node and restart the Log Insight agent (by running /etc/init.d/liagentd restart)

Here’s a helpful screenshot of where you can find several of these parameters for your cluster nodes. Keep in mind that if you have a multi-tier deployment, you will need to customize the below config file for each node.

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vRealize Code Stream – Automating Build and Test Tasks with Jenkins

by Rich Bourdeau

Many companies use build and continuous integration tools like Jenkins, Atlassian Bamboo, Microsoft TFS and others to run jobs that build or test new releases of their applications.  In this blog post we are going to explore how vRealize Code Stream works cooperatively with Jenkins to execute build and test tasks at various stages in a release pipeline.  Jenkins is a market leading tool for building and testing software projects continuously as well as monitoring the execution of these jobs. Code Stream Jenkins OverviewJenkins is used by developers as part of a continuous integration system in order to integrate new changes, generate a fresh build and run tests to make sure that the new changes did not break the application. As part of Application Release Automation, Code Stream orchestrates the execution of Jenkins jobs as the software release moves through multiple stages between development and production.
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