Thursday, April 24, 2014

Part 1 - vCOps Extensions - Managing Operations Beyond Virtual Infrastructure

This is a season of Multi-Part Series on vXpress, especially around vCenter Operations Manager and Architecting vSphere. Sometimes this can mean that you need to wait for the next post in the series & I apologize for that. Since blogging is not a part of my Job, it becomes difficult sometimes to get all the content out at once. I write when I get to write which in the past few days has been difficult with lots happening in bother personal & professional life..

Anyways enough about me, lets talk about some COOL stuff which you can do with vCenter Operations Manager. With all my posts on vCOps, you must have noticed that all this while I was concentrating on using vCOps to manage the VMware Virtual Infrastructure. However with this exclusive series on vCOps Extensions, I would just focus and talk about the various plugins which are available to extend the vCenter Operations Manager Analytics engine to beyond your virtual infrastructure & to each nook and corner of your datacenter equipment. 



It is important to know that you need to be on Advanced/Enterprise edition of vCenter Operations Manager to use the capability of extending vCOps beyond the Virtual Infrastructure. 



Use Cases Beyond Virtual Infrastructure

Before I get into the the meat of this post, I wanted to share a use case which I was told about when I was first introduced to vCenter Operations Manager. In this case vCOps Custom Dashboard were used by a bank to fetch data from their EPBAX (Business Telephone Systems) into vCOps and then create custom dashboards for monitoring the call patterns which were coming into their call center. They could easily get call patterns and if their were abnormal call patterns in a particular queue, they would know it with the Anomalies feature of vCOps.

This would help to proactively know about the issues which their telephone lines, websites, internet banking systems etc might have or will have. This would also help them forecast the call patterns and workforce needs to handle them. I don't think their could be a better example of how creative you can get with vCenter operations manager.


Available Integrations

It is quite obvious that  their are a number of default integrations which are available today through adapters which can be easily installed and configured on your existing vCOps deployment and start bringing in the metrics from the third party resources such as storage arrays, networking equipment, applications etc. All such adapters are available on the VMware Solution Exchange Page for Cloud Operations Management.

As I write this post, there are 48 such management packs available which can be used for different purposes. There are more than 100 documents which can help you with the implementation of these management packs.



What's Next

With this series I will try and showcase some of the possible integrations which we can do with all I have in my PS Lab out here in India. I will post my experience with these integrations as and when I execute in the parts to come.

Soon coming out with the next part which is going to talk about monitoring the storage infrastructure with vCenter Operations Manager.

Stay tuned for more...


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#FeedForward - VMUG Initiative To Give Back to the Community..

Their can be no better time to kick start the India #VMUG Chapter, especially when the Gurus in the Virtualization arena are here to assist the VMUG members who have their success stories to present at the VMUG events, however might not have the experience or in some cases the confidence to come and talk about how they used Virtualization in their organization/projects to make them successful.

VMUG which is all about bringing together the VMware Users in cities and countries has grown multi-folds today. India has started strong with close to 2000+ members who are getting the act together. In order to ensure that each VMUG member has the capabilities around presenting content in their local VMUG chapter, VMUG has come with a new program called #FeedForward.

You can contribute to this program in multiple ways and that gives a chance to literally everyone to give back to the community.



If you are an industry expert or are a VMUG member then you need to keep an eye on this program and contribute as much as you can back to the community. Who knows this get counted for the vExpert Title Some Day :-).

Here are the ways by which you can contribute:-




IMPORTANT LINKS


Here is the link through which you can nominate yourself:-





You can read more about this program in the Feb 2014 edition of VMUG voice




Mike Laverick has also written about the program on his blog :





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Saturday, April 19, 2014

VMUG India - Session 1 - Preparation Tips for VCAP-DCD !

In my last post I informed you about a session which we were about to kickoff at the India VMUG Chapter. I am pleased to say that, this being the first VMUG webniar event in India there were close to 50 VMUG members from India who joined the session. 

The topic for this session was as follows:-


As discussed during the WebEx meet, here are the critical links which can help you download the presentation & the recorded session. I have not hosted this on YouTube since it was increasing the file-size by multiple times with a degraded sound audio and video quality.

Link to the WebEx Recording (13 MB File) - Click Here
Link to the Player for playing this Recording - Click Here
Link to to the Presentation - Click Here

For those who attended the session today and who will listen to the recording, would appreciate if you could share your feedback in the comments section of this post.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

VMUG India Chapter Kick-starts - 1st Session - Preparation Tips for VCAP-DCD5

VMware User Group more popularly known as VMUG across the globe has finally taken turns to become an official chapter in India. Although the community has been out there for a while on the VMUG.COM India page, but there has been no real action for a while. 

As I write this post, I can confidently say that is the thing of the past. In the last few months the traction in the community towards forming a formal group with more engagements has been on a high. VMware on the other hand in India was on a drive to group up all the VCP certified members under one umbrella using the LinkedIn platform. This group is called the India VCP ClubI was a part of the group who are behind the initiative and I am proud to share that we are a gang of more than 2300 proud VCPs. That's a BIG BIG number and I am looking forward to work & communicate with all of them to ensure that the community becomes stronger by the day and I can contribute to the group in all possible ways.

So if you are a VCP and you are in India then you need to register and be a part of the gang so that you can learn and contribute to the awesome community. 

The India-VCP Club as you all know was a new initiative from VMware & was launched in Oct 2013 to connect the thousands of VMware Certified Professionals in the country in order to enable them to leverage on the knowledge & skills available across the community. Click here to Register to the India VCP Club on Linkedln.

This community will slowly transform into the formal VMUG chapter, the leaders for which have been chosen for few of the cities based on their interest and nominations filed. A more formalized structure to that will be available as we keep growing and aligning our efforts to build one of the largest VMUG's out there. Here is my attempt at a LOGO which we can use till we get a more official one from the VMUG headquarters.





In the past few days, we have had some informal discussions on getting a few sessions done on VMware Advanced Level Certifications by the group members. Being a VCAP certified myself, I thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and hence we planned a session which could help you prepare for the Datacenter Design exam popularly known as VCAP-DCD.

Since it was on a short notice, I reached out to John Arrasjid (needs no introduction being the FIRST VCDX in the world). John who evangelizes the VMware Education & certification program has given back lot to all the aspirants of VCP, VCAP and VCDXs around the globe. He was kind enough to share some fantastic content around the VCAP-DCD which I will be presenting on 18th April at 11:30 AM IST. I wish I could have written this post earlier to reach out to more people, but this is happening in exactly 10 hours from now.

I would encourage you to participate if you are one of the Aspirant for these advanced certifications. For those who cannot, we will be recording the session and sharing it via the India VCP Club page, VMUG India Page and through my blog. Here are the WebEx details.


Join us for the session “How to prepare (VCAP5-DCD) Certification "
VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
By Sunny Dua , Solution Architect at VMware.

Meeting information
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Topic: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 am, India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)
Meeting Number: 927 295 575
Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

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To start or join the online meeting
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Go to https://vmware.webex.com/vmware/j.php?ED=281883142&UID=504868612&RT=MiM0MQ%3D%3D



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