Saturday, December 3, 2016

vROps Webinar Series 2016 - Part 11 - Getting more out of vROps with PowerCLI

Time to publish the recording for the 11th episode of the vROps Webinar Series. This time we were joined by Vinith Menon who spoke about getting more from your vROps builds with PowerCLI. Vinith demonstrated the many useful ways of leveraging PowerCLI to manage your vROps environments and also communicate with the vROps API.
Huge thanks to Vinith Menon for presenting this excellent session.
So without further ado, here is the recording for this session:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#vROps Webinar Series – Part 11 – Getting more out of #vROps with PowerCLI

Another month has gone and Christmas is now looming large! It has been extremely busy but we still want to continue with the momentum of webinar series getting to the business end of the year. This time around we will talk about getting more out of vRealize Operations Manager using PowerCLI.
This session we will be joined by Vinith Menon who will show us all kinds of PowerCLI goodness.
So without further a do, save the date in your calendars and join use for the next episode of vRealize Operations Webinar Series 2016.
Day & Date : Friday, 25th November 2016
Time : 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (SGT)
Event : vROps Webinar 2016
Topic : Part 10 : A Deep Dive into vROps and PowerCLI
Speakers : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua / Vinith Menon
Due to last minute constraints we are using Xtravirt’s Webex so a big thank you to them for stepping in and help us
WebEx Link : Join WebEx Meeting
NOTE – Don’t forget to mark your calendars by saving the Date!! Feel free to forward the invite to anyone who might be interested. It’s open to all!!
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

vROps Webinar Series 2016 - Part 10 - A Deep Dive into vROps API

Time to publish the recording for the 10th episode of vROps Webinar Series. This time around we spoke about vRealize Operations Manager Resful API and how to use it. Post 20 minutes of slide-ware, I jumped into the lab and thanks to the demo god, we demonstrated a number of use cases and browsed through the documentation to make it easier for you to consume and use the same.


So without further ado, here is the recording for this session:



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

Friday, October 21, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 10 : A Deep Dive into vROps API


The month has been extremely busy but we still want to continue with the momentum of webinar series getting to the business end of the year. This time around we will talk about vRealize Operations Manager API. API is your friend if you are trying to automate things which you would normally do on GUI. While GUI is a favorite of most, the geeks prefer the API since that helps them to programatically initiate tasks and go out for a coffee. By the time they are back from the LONG coffee break, the work is done :-)

This session would help you understand the API framework of vROps and as always we would jump into the lab to run a couple of scenarios which we would want to access through API and Geek Out!!


So without further a do, save the date in your calendars and join use for the next episode of vRealize Operations Webinar Series 2016.

Day & Date          : Friday, 28th October 2016

Time                     : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  (SGT)

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                     : Part 10 : A Deep Dive into vROps API

Speakers               : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : Join WebEx Meeting


NOTE - Don't forget to mark your calendars by saving the Date!! Feel free to forward the invite to anyone who might be interested. It's open to all!!


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Did You Know #5:Customizing Summary Pages on vRealize Operations Manager!

With this article of the Did You Know series, I wanted to share a GEM of a feature using which can enhance your user experience and user interface of vRealize Operations Manager. If you have used vRealize Operations Manager, you will notice that the product has summary pages for each object type. For instance if you are on vSphere World Object, you would see a Summary Page which looks like this:




In-fact, if you click on any other object types such as vCenter, Datacenter, Clusters, Hosts etc. you would see a similar summary page showing the Health, Risk & Efficiency of the Object Type which you have selected. The Health, Risk & Efficiency badges on this page are colored based on the Alerts triggered on the Object type which you have selected on the navigation pane in the left.

While this view is useful to summarize the alert status, this might not be the default page which you want to see when you select an object type. If that is the case, vRealize Operations Manager provides you the option to change this default summary page to the dashboard of your choice (I have seen this feature on vROps 6.2 and 6.3). In my opinion this is a super cool feature as now yo can create your own summary pages using vROps Custom Dashboards and then use them as default summary pages (only applicable to license editions where you can create custom dashboards)

Here is how you do it:

Create a custom dashboard for the object type which you want to chose as the summary page beforehand.

1- Login to vRealize Operations Manager using Administrative Privileges. (preferably admin account).

2- Click on Content -> Dashboards -> Blue Wheel Icon -> Manage Summary Dashboards



3- Click on the drop-down to select the Adapter Type under which you want to select an Object Type for which you want to change the summary page.



4- In my case I want to change the Home Page for the vSphere World and hence I will select the vCenter Adapter, which will list all the object types under that adapter.



5- We will select the vSphere World from this list and click on the gauge shaped icon to Assign a Dashboard for this Object Type.


6- Once I click on that icon, I will get a list of all the dashboards I have in my vROps instance. I will go ahead and select the dashboard which I wish to chose, in this case I will select the Workload Utilization dashboard and click on OK to save the changes.


6- Let's go back to vSphere World and see how the summary page looks like after this change. Click on Environment -> vSphere Hosts and Clusters -> vSphere World.

You can now see a completely different home page than what you usually see. 



This will help you enhance your instances of vROps with you self customized dashboards and help you jazz up your deployment with personalized views at each object level..

Hope this helps with day to day data-center operations using vRealize Operations Manager.


Stay tuned for more goodies!!