Wednesday, June 29, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Part 6 : Understanding vROps SuperMetric & Views

Just completed the editing and upload of the the latest episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2016. With this we have completed 6 sessions this year. I am glad that we are able to dish out sessions every month and the interest level in these sessions just keeps on growing. Looking forward to deliver more content for the rest of the year.

Session Details:- In this episode, we talk about content within vROps. To begin with, we speak about Views and SuperMetrics. With this you will get a lot of insights into how you can use these features to build some useful, Reports and Dashboards within your vROps environments. 

Once again I would like to thank my friend and partner in this project Simon as without him this would not be possible.

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.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scaling up vRealize Operations Manager Nodes!


This is a quick note to give you tips around scaling up vRealize Operations Nodes. In one of the vROps Webinar episodes we did touch upon the topic of Design Considerations for vRealize Operations Manager. 


During that discussion, I do talk about the fact that you can scale out or scale up the vROps cluster depending upon the requirement. While Scale Out is simple and you can do it by adding new nodes to the cluster, scale up can be trivial in some cases.

While working with a customer, where we decided to scale up the vROps nodes from Medium to Large, I found out that the small and medium vROps appliances when deployed for the first time are deployed with hardware version 7. This means that the appliances cannot go beyond 8 vCPUs as hardware version 7 has a configuration maximum of 8 vCPU for a virtual machine. This means that when you try to upgrade from a Small or Medium node to a Large vROps node, you will hit a wall unless you upgrade the hardware version of the appliance.

In this case, while you can update the hardware version, please ensure that you do not touch the VMware tools version. In other words you can update the hardware version to move from 8 vCPUs to 16 vCPUs without any issues. Needless to say that the hardware version upgrade would include a downtime. Just to be clear on the sequence of steps:

  • 1- Make sure you have a Full Backup of your appliances ( a general recommendation before hardware version upgrade).
  • Bring the vROps Cluster offline from the Admin UI.
  • Shut down the appliance(s) gracefully using the vSphere Client.
  • Right click on the appliance(s) and chose the option of upgrading the hardware version. I would encourage you do this using vSphere Web Client to get to the latest supported version.
  • Make the nodes of large configuration i.e. from 8 to 16 vCPUs and 32 GB to 48 GB.
  • Power on the appliance(s).
  • Bring the cluster back online.

This process will automatically increment all memory configurations for Java Processes associated with Cassandra, Collector and other services within the application configuration files.

Please ensure that you to stick with the VMware recommended (tested) sizes of Small / Medium / Large as per the following KB article.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 6 : Understanding vROps SuperMetric & Views

Time to announce the next part of the year long webinar series on vRealize Operations Manager. This time around, Simon and I will take you to the world of Content within vROps. I will be honest in saying that this is an ocean in itself and we might not be able to touch upon all the aspects of developing content within vROps. During this effort we plan to start with giving you an overview of the various options available to develop content within vROps.

Among all those options available, we would talk in detail about SuperMetrics and Views and would continue to talk about other option such as Dashboards and Reports in the upcoming sessions. We want to ensure that we go through all the options so that it can help you develop useful content within your environments.

Day & Date          : Monday, 27th June 2016

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

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                     : Part 6 : Understanding vROps SuperMetric & Views

Speakers               : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua

WebEx Link          : JoinWebEx 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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Friday, May 27, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 : Part 5 - Design & Deployment Considerations

As promised, I am posting the recording for the 5th Session of vROps Webinar Series 2016. Both Simon and I successfully delivered the session on Design and Deployment considerations.

Session Details:- In this installment of the series, we discussed the steps and thought processes that should be used before and during the design and deployment of vRealize Operations Manager. During the session among other things we will cover the planning, core components, correct sizing, HA, clustering, DR and future growth.

Once again I would like to thank my friend and partner in this project Simon as without him this would not be possible.

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, May 20, 2016

vROps Webinar 2016 - Announcing Part 5 : Design & Deployment Considerations

Time to announce the next part of the year long webinar series on vRealize Operations Manager. This time around, Simon and I thought about discussing Architecture of vROps. To some, it might sound strange as for smaller deployments you might not have to worry about Sizing and Architecture much since it is pretty simple to install and configure a small or a medium node for a small shop. However as your monitoring needs grow and you start adding solutions for monitoring data sources beyond vSphere, you would need to think about scaling up or scaling out. As your monitoring environment weaves into your incident ticketing system, you would start to see the need to HA of vROps and as you have a DR strategy for your workloads, you will start thinking about DR for your operations tools as well. 

We have seen these questions and situations come up in many of our engagements and hence we thought that we should share some of our experience around this area. Below are the Webex Details:


Day & Date          : Friday, 27th May 2016

Time                     : 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (SGT)

Event                    : vROps Webinar 2016

Topic                    : Part 5 : Design & Deployment Considerations

Speakers               : Simon Eady / Sunny Dua


WebEx Link          : Join WebEx meeting 


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


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