Monday, February 1, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 2 : Understanding Policies.


vROps Webinar Series 2016 is back and as promised during the last session we would now take you to the world of vRealize Operations Policies. 


What is a Policy??

"A policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol" 

Source - Wikipedia
                                                                                                                                         
While the role of vRealize Operations Manager is to help you with Performance & Capacity Management of your Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), it is important that you feed in the guiding principles of your Business Environment into vROps to get the rational outcomes. These outcomes span across Health, Risk & Efficiency of your SDDC environment.

Join us to learn more about policies and leverage the knowledge to enhance your SDDC environments. As always, it would be a combination of theory and hands on.


Day & Date          : Friday, 19th Feb 2016

Time                     : 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  (SGT)

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                    : Part 2 : Understanding vROps Policies

Speakers               : Simon Eady & Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : Join WebEx meeting 

Save Calendar       : Click to Download & Save Invite (Open with IE / Firefox)


Don't forget to mark your calendars by saving the calendar invite!!


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 : Part 1 : Building Self-Healing Environments with vROps

A couple of weeks back I announced the arrival of the vROps Webinar 2016 Series and I am glad to share that we have successfully delivered the first session of this year long series on Friday, 22nd Jan. A special thanks to Simon Eady, who delivered a power packed session on Building Self-Healing environments using vRealize Operations Manager.

With 100+ registrations and more than 70 live attendees, it was definitely a great start to this series. On popular demand of many who could not attend the session due to time-zone differences, we have recorded the session and you can watch the same right here. It is recommended that you watch the video in HD quality for a great experience.

As mentioned during the session, if you have any feedback regarding the session or any requests, then feel free to leave that in the comments section or use twitter to reach out to us. Hope you enjoy this session. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming sessions:-






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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Announcement : Welcome 2016 with a vROps Webinar Series



Let me begin with wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and a Prosperous 2016. The year 2015 has been great fun around the blogging arena, however a constant feedback which I have received from my readers has been around learning more about vRealize Operations Manager. While readers enjoy the benefit of replicating the dashboards in there environments within a few minutes, I think it would be useful if they learn about vRealize Operations as a holistic solution to manage their Virtual Infrastructure, Cloud Environments or the entire Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC).

The above requirement triggered the idea of a vROps Webinar Series which would be a set of live webcasts on different topics around vRealize Operations Manager open to public to attend live or view the recorded sessions later.

The credit behind this idea goes to the conversation which I had with Simon Eady back in December. Simon is currently working for Xtravirt as a Senior consultant and can usually be found on twitter @simoneady. He is a co-author of a popular blog on Virtualization & Cloud (http://www.definit.co.uk/). In his current role, he has been instrumental with delivering a number of engagements on vRealize Operations Manager. 

We thought that we need to uncover some great use cases which we have been delivering for customers and share them with anyone who is interested in learning about vROps. Let me list down the basic rules of this series so that you can hook on to this and can learn more about vROps:


WHAT

A series of webcasts on vRealize Operations Manager 6.x, helping you learn about anything and everything about the solution. Some of the examples include, vROps Policies, Alert Definitions, Automated Action Framework, integration to third party etc. This would include power point and live demonstrations. The session would range anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.


WHEN

We plan to do 12 sessions this year, one for each month. We target to deliver this in a timezone which is suitable for most of the regions, however it is impossible to cover the entire world. To solve this we would use the recording capabilities of WebEx and share these sessions via our blogs. We would run this on every 3rd Friday of the month.


FOR WHOM

While this session is open for anyone and everyone, the people who would really benefit out of this would be Administrations, Consultants, Architects, Support Professionals etc. The idea is to make you a pro so that you can share the goodness of vROps.


HOW

This would be a WebEx session where you can join as a participant. You can either dial-in using a toll-free number or get a call back from WebEx server. As a participant you would be muted to begin with and would be able to ask questions or contribute either via WebEx chat or audio during the Q&A session.


ABOUT SPEAKERS

We will start with Simon and myself and will add more experts from the field as we move along in the year... 


WHEN WILL THIS START ??

As I mentioned earlier; Third Friday of this month i.e. 22nd January 2016. Here are the complete details:-




Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                    : Part 1 : Building Self-Healing Environments                                                              with vRealize Operations Manager

Speakers               : Simon Eady & Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : Join WebEx meeting

Save Calendar       : Click to Download & Save the Meeting Invite




So save that calendar invite and we will see you with the first installment. We will also share a short survey post the event for your feedback, as we want to ensure that we have your feedback to improve the series as we go into the year.


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Secret Sauce to be a VMware Ninja!

This is a quick post to share the resources from where I learn about vRealize Operations Manager. In the past few months, I have received a number of questions around Capacity Management, Alerts, Projects etc. I must say that VMware Technical Marketing has done a great job to document all this in a form of short videos which are completely FREE to access. You do not have to register or give out any information as well and just use these resources to learn vRealize Operations Manager.

Here is the Web-link - https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com

The great news is that feature walk-through is not limited to vROps. You can learn a bunch of stuff about the entire SDDC stack right from vSphere to NSX and everything in between.

Here is a screenshot showcasing all the topics which are covered.



So go ahead and be a VMware Ninja with all the knowledge!!!

Don't forget to share!! 



Monday, November 16, 2015

vCenter / vRealize Operations Manager Dashboard Repository

This page is a repository of the all the vCenter Operations Manager and vRealize Operations Manager Dashboards. I will continue to add new dashboards to this page from myself and other community members. Feel free to use any of the dashboards in your environment and leave a comment below with your feedback:



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CLUSTER MANAGEMENT DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name     :       Cluster Management Dashboard
Author                      :       Scott Norris
Short Description     :       This dashboard provides the various key components of a vSphere Cluster in a Single Pane of Glass.
Version Supported    :      vROps 6.x
Product Version        :      Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :      http://www.virtualiseme.net.au/index.php/vrops-cluster-dashboard-step-by-step-how-too/



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PERFORMANCE & CAPACITY DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name    :       Performance & Capacity Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description    :       A hybrid dashboard which would help you gauge the Capacity & Measure the performance of your virtual infrastructure from a single pane.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide      :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.sg/2015/11/creating-capacity-performance.html


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EXCESSIVE VM IOPS DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name    :       Excessive VM IOPS Dashboard
Author                        :       Iwan Rahabok
Short Description    :       With this dashboard, one can easily find a VM which is doing excessive amount of IOPS in your Virtual Infrastructure at any given point of time.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition



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HELP-DESK DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Help Desk Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       This dashboard can be ideally used by your level 1 team to quickly understand the infrastructure areas which could be a performance bottleneck for a virtual machine.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.sg/2015/10/using-help-desk-dashboard-to-simplify.html


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VIRTUAL SAN HARDWARE MONITORING DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       VSAN Monitoring Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Monitor the key hardware components of VSAN by using this dashboard. This uses the VSAN management pack a.k.a. MPSD.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.x, MPSD
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2015/09/monitoring-vsan-hardware-using-vrealize.html


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DATASTORE UTILIZATION DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Datastore Utilization Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Monitor the space utilization of your datastores and the virtual machines using the space on those datastores.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2015/07/monitor-datastores-using-datastore.html


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CLUSTER CAPACITY DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       One Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Quickly see the key capacity of each of your ESXi Clusters by a click of a button.
Version Supported    :       vROps 6.0.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2015/04/the-return-of-one-click-cluster.html

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CRICKET WORLD CUP DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Cricket World Cup Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description   :   This dashboard is for having some fun with the dashboard feature of vCOps/vROps. You can build out a dashboard out of any webpage using this dashboard.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x, vROps 6.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2015/02/catching-up-with-world-cup-cricket-2015.html
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VIRTUAL DATA-CENTER CAPACITY DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Virtual Datacenter Capacity Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description   :   This dashboard helps you to look at capacity and performance metrics of your virtual datacenter. This provides you a holistic view of the environment.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2014/10/creating-one-click-datacenter-capacity.html


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VIRTUAL DESKTOP INFRASTRUCTURE DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       VDI Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description   :   This one-click high-level dashboard gathers the most important metrics in a typical VDI environment.  In the event of a production outage, this type of dashboard can be of monumental value.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x, V4H Adapter
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2014/09/building-vdi-custom-dashboard-and.html
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CLUSTER UTILIZATION DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Cluster Utilization Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Gives you a single page view of the Utilization of all your vSphere Clusters being monitored by vCenter Operations Manager
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2014/04/part-1-creating-cluster-utilization.html
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ONE CLICK CLUSTER CAPACITY DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       One Click Cluster Capacity Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Quickly see the key capacity of each of your ESXi Clusters by a click of a button.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2014/03/part-1-creating-one-click-cluster.html
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FAULT METRIC DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Fault Metric Dashboard
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       This dashboard can be used to track faults with Virtual Machines, ESXi Hosts & Datastores along with the Key Metrics associated with those objects.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.sg/2013/10/creating-vcenter-operations-manager.html


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DATASTORE USAGE DASHBOARD
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Dashboard Name      :       Datastore Usage%
Author                        :       Sunny Dua
Short Description      :       Provides a heatmap of all the datastores being monitored by vCenter Operations Manager. This will help you monitor the space remaining on the datastores in your virtual environment.
Version Supported    :       vCOps 5.x
Product Version         :       Advanced / Enterprise Edition
Installation Guide     :       http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2013/05/part-1-using-vcops-super-metrics-custom.html

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