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Hi folks,

Here is the third post in the series – vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips.

In this series, we will have short, bite-sized, under 5-minute videos for you with Tech Tips for vCenter Operations Management Suite, providing you useful technical information, and do that quickly and succinctly.

In the last two posts, we gave you Tech Tip #1, which was focused on Creating Applications for vCenter Operations Manager – Advanced and Enterprise editions, and Tech Tip #2, which discussed the tagging features of vCenter Operations Manager and showed you How to Create and Assign Resource Tags.

In today’s video, with Tech Tip #3, we will explore creating attribute packages and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for vCenter Operations Manager collected data. Each metric collected is called an attribute. You can define attribute packages—different combinations of attributes—and assign each resource a specific attribute package. This allows you to control what metrics you want to track for a given resource or group of resources.

Attribute package also provides the opportunity to set static thresholds and alerts and specify KPIs. A KPI is a metric or attribute that is particularly representative of resource’s performance and is deemed critical to a resource, enterprise or application. vCenter Operations Manager treats KPIs differently than other attributes. KPIs have a greater affect on the health of the resource when breached. Also, threshold violations by a KPI can be used to generate special KPI alerts.

Hope you found the above Tech Tip useful! And if this whetted your appetite for something more heavy duty, we do have more vCenter Operations Manager documentation available for you.

In future posts, we will have more videos about building vCenter Operations Manager Custom Dashboards, and some useful tips about bringing in data from other sources through vCenter Operations Manager Adapters. So stay tuned for those upcoming posts.

Please send us your feedback and comments about these videos and this series below, as well as requests for videos on other topics. And yes, follow us on twitter @vcenterops.

Thanks for reading!

Himanshu (@himanshuks)