Wednesday, April 26, 2017

vROps Webinar 2017 - Announcing Part 2 : "Full Stack" monitoring with vRealize Operations Manager

As promised, vROps Webinar Series 2017 is back with the second episode of the year. Last time around we looked closely into the features of vROps 6.5 and as stated during that webinar, we will now show you how you can unlock the full capabilities of vROps using the extensibility of the platform.

If you have been following the Webinar Series, by now you have a complete visibility into the capabilities of vROps, when it comes to monitoring the vSphere infrastructure. While this infrastructure is important for the IaaS provider, what business cares about is Applications. The good news is that vROps provides you an extensible platform which can be leveraged to extend the product capability into any area where metrics exist. This could be at the layers of your Software Defined Datacenter such as Compute, Network & Storage, or in the Application Stack and it's tiers such as App, Web and DB.

While VMware provides a number of plugins which allow you to extend the platform capabilities into applications, they also leverage strategic partners such as Blue Medora to provide you with management packs which can go deep into applications to complete the "FULL STACK VISIBILITY" which is required in any IT shop.

To discuss this topic in detail and to bring life to the concept of  FULL STACK VISIBILITY, we will be joined by Craig Lee and Brock Peterson from Blue Medora joining me and Simon.

Here are the use cases we will cover during the session:

Use Case 1 - Full-Stack vSphere Monitoring

We will demonstrate covering the “Full-Stack” with going from the Oracle Database query level, through the application stack, down to the Netapp SAN’s disk that the VM is running on.

Use Case 2 - Amazon RDS Workloads

You can monitor your, no matter where it lives. vROps can be extended to monitor other platforms hosting your production applications. In this section, we’ll demonstrate monitoring Amazon RDS hosted production databases within vROps . 

Use Case 3 - Extensions to vROps

vROps can be extended in a variety of ways, including Management Packs, Loginsight, EndPoint Operations agents, and vRealize Business Suite. We’ll walk through what the various extensions means in terms of functionality. Finally, we’ll show how all of these are available via the VMware Solutions exchange and where you can start to customize your environment.

Special thanks to Blue Medora for participating in the Webinar Series and contributing to the vCommunity.

Here are the details: 👇👇👇

Session Title
Tuesday, 9th May 2017
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Craig Lee & Brock Peterson (from Blue Medora)
Webinar Link
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See you at the Webinar!!  👋👋👋👋

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

vROps Webinar Series 2017 - Part 1 - What's New with vROps 6.5

Time to share the recording of the first episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time around, Simon and myself spoke about the latest release of vRealize Operations Manager. We spoke about almost all the new features which were introduced with this version and went into some of them in detail. Like always we rounded up the session with Live Demo of the new features for our audiences.

We introduced a feedback form which can be used to provide your feedback in general and also request topics on which you would want us to focus this year.

Would appreciate if you could spend 30 seconds to fill up this quick and simple survey.

Note : It is recommended that you watch the video in HD quality for a great experience.

Share & Spread the Knowledge!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Automatically upgrade EPOps Agents using vROps 6.5

During the first episode of vROps Webinar Series, someone asked a question about how to upgrade the end point operations agents automatically using vROps UI. The feature is available with vROps 6.5 admin UI. The vROps 6.5 documentation is pretty comprehensive and one can easily find the steps here.

Here is the extract from that link with a simple procedure:

Upgrade the Endpoint Operations Management Agent:

You can upgrade the 6.3 or 6.4 version of an Endpoint Operations Management agent to a 6.5 version from the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface.

  • Download the Endpoint Operations Management PAK file.
  • Before you install the PAK file, or upgrade your vRealize Operations Manager instance, clone any customized content to preserve it. Customized content can include alert definitions, symptom definitions, recommendations, and views. Then, during the software update, you select the options named Install the PAK file even if it is already installed and Reset out-of-the-box content.

  1. Log into the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface of your cluster at https://IP-address/admin.
  2. Click Software Update in the left panel.
  3. Click Install a Software Update in the main panel.
  4. From the Add Software Update dialog box, click Browse to select the PAK file.
  5. Click Upload and follow the steps in the wizard to install your PAK file.
  6. After Step 4 of the install is complete, you return to the Software Update page of the Endpoint Operations Management administration interface.
  7. A message that indicates that the software update completed successfully appears in the main pane.

If any of the agents have not installed successfully, rerun the upgrade steps and ensure that you have selected Install the PAK file even if it is already installed in the Add Software Update - Select Software Update page.

What to do next

You can view the log files from the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface > Support page.

Hope this helps!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How is your IT infrastructure being managed?

Image result for podcastRecently I got a chance to be on a podcast with the team of I had some great discussions with the hosts and my co-speaker Simon Eady about Cloud Management. Here are the details of the episode and a link to the podcast.

Hope you enjoy it and most importantly find it useful...

Cloud Management

How is your IT infrastructure being managed?

In this podcast, we welcome Senior Member of VMware Technical Staff, Sunny Dua and Xtravirt Senior Consultant, Simon Eady as they talk about Cloud Management and how IT Operations Management fits within this sphere. In this topical discussion, Sunny and Simon delve into the market factors driving the adoption of Cloud and IT Operations Management, as well as how Cloud Management compares with traditional IT management approaches. Our guests also discuss what clients are looking for when considering adopting Cloud Management, the types of businesses that are implementing it, as well as the tools available and what they can enable clients to do. 

Topics covered include:

  • What is Cloud Management and why is it important?
  • What are the market factors driving its adoption?
  • How does Cloud Management compare with traditional IT management approaches?
  • What are the main benefits clients are beginning to see through its adoption?
  • Where is the future heading?

Here is the link to the podcast. Enjoy!!!  😊😊😊

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Did You Know #6 - Using custom metrics groups in vROps for troubleshooting

Welcome back to the Did You Know Series on vRealize operations Manager. As I mentioned in the first part of this series, the goal here is to unearth the Best Kept Secrets of vRealize Operations Manager. 

This could be across features, functionalities, use cases, integrations, APIs or any tips or tricks which can help make day to day operations of SDDC easier and fun with vROps!

Today I will talk about how you can make troubleshooting an easier process with vROps. Troubleshooting as we all know is not a skill, it is a methodology. It would NOT be incorrect to say that each one of us has a different troubleshooting style. With vRealize Operations you can troubleshoot issues the way you like them. Some prefer OOTB dashboards, some like to create there own personalized views and some prefer to jump into what me and Iwan call God Mode aka the All Metric view in the product.

The All Metrics view of the product can easily become complex as it shows you all the metrics which are associated to an Object Type. If you look at vRealize Operations Manager 6.4, the product gave you some OOTB custom metric groups which can be used to list all common metrics around CPU, Memory and Disk. These were the OOTB options and might not fit all the needs. If you are on vROps 6.4, click on a VM object and click on All Metrics and you will see this:

You can see that apart from all metrics and all properties for the virtual machine, you can see 5 custom categories which list specific metrics which can be used for troubleshooting. As soon as I double click on CPU, I will see all the key metrics pertaining to the CPU Metric group in one shot on the right pane:

While this is a cool feature and make troubleshooting really simple, there was one use case which could not be solved here. If as an admin I wanted to create my own metric group where I want to focus on key metrics of my own choice, I was unable to create a metric group for same. While this was not possible with vROps 6.4, with the arrival of vROps 6.5, this feature is now available and now you can create your own custom metric groups with the metrics you like to use for troubleshooting.

I will show you how to create one custom group at virtual machine level:

1- Click on any virtual machine in your environment.

2- Click on All Metrics.

3- Click on the blue wheel and click on the Add Group option.

4- Provide a name. I will call it "VM KPIs"

5- Now you can drag and drop any metric from the all metrics group to this new created metric group:

Here are a few KPIs which I added in my vROps as they help me troubleshoot in God Mode with a single click.....


CPU | Demand %
CPU | Usage %
CPU | CPU Contention %
CPU | CO-Stop %
CPU | Ready %

Memory | Usage %
Memory | Contention %
Memory | Balloon %
Memory | Swap In (KB)
Memory | Compressed (KB)

Virtual Disk | Aggregate of all instances | Commands Per Second
Virtual Disk | Aggregate of all instances | Total Latency
Disk Space | Snapshot | Virtual Machine Used (GB)
Guest File System Stats | Total Guest File System Free (GB)

Network I/O|Aggregate of all instances| Packets Dropped %

Host System KPIs

CPU|CPU Contention (%)
CPU|Demand (%)
Memory|Contention (%)
Memory|Total Capacity (KB)
Memory|Consumed (KB)
Memory| Usage (%)
Network I/O|Aggregate of all instances|Packets Dropped (%)

Cluster KPIs

CPU| CPU Contention (%)
CPU|Demand (%)
CPU|Max VM CPU Contention (%)
Memory|Balloon (KB)
Memory|Contention (%)
Memory|Max VM memory Contention (%)
Memory|Usage (%)

 Go configure your vROps with the metrics you like and make troubleshooting an easy and fun process...

And yeah. Keep sharing!!