Thursday, April 9, 2015

Report, report, get your vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 report here!

This should be a fairly short post, because doing reports in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 is very simple, especially after you have already created a View. The reports in vRealize Operations Manager allow you to keep track of current resources as well as predict potential risks to the environment. You can schedule automated reports at regular intervals, and then email them to systems engineers maintaining the environment or IT leadership that may want increased visibility into the health and stability of the infrastructure. vRealize Operations Manager comes with several reports out of the box, but the custom reports you create is the sweet spot.

IT professionals routinely need to make monthly reports that detail the datacenter capacity, usage, and trending. In the past, this could include the manual process of exporting information into a spreadsheet, creating the charts, and then moving them to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. This can all be automated with the available views and metrics.

To start, we are going to select the Content item in the Navigation pane. Then we will select Reports, to create a new report we are going to click on the green + icon on the Report Templates.

Give your report a name and description; I am going to call my report Host Memory Shortage since I intend to use the view I created in the previous post. 

Next I am going to select two views for my report. The first view is going to be Host Memory Shortage, the custom view that I created that shows Swap In Rate, Contention (%), and Demand Workload (%). Additionally, I am going to select Host Memory Usage and Demand (%) Trend view.

There are two different report formats available; the PDF format is good for sharing with IT leadership, it provides an overall view of the environment which includes easy to understand charts. For engineers that may want to have a better understanding of the numbers and correlate them to a specific timeframe, they can use the CSV file.

To finish our new report template, we are going to select a Cover Page and Footer. You can add a different image to the cover page, but I am disappointed there aren't a lot of options to customize the layout.

After we have saved our new report template, we highlight it from the Report Templates list and then click the Run Template button.

If you select the Generated Reports tab, you will see that the report was completed and two files are available for download.

The two images below show an example of the report we generated from the Host Memory Shortage template, the first is the PDF report and the second is the CSV file.

If you wanted to schedule the report and email it to your colleagues, in the Report Template tab click the Schedules link under the respective report.

Then fill out the recurrence schedule and publishing information. Shazam! You have a report that will automatically go out to your system engineers and IT leadership on a weekly basis.

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