Wednesday, May 27, 2015

VMware TAM VMworld 2015 Sessions

VMware Technical Account Managers (TAM) bring a wealth of knowledge and customer related experience to VMworld. Not only do they possess strong technical aptitude, but they focus on business outcomes, building strong relationships with our customers, and enabling them with VMware technology. A VMware Technical Account Manager's role is to ensure our customers are successful with their technology investments in VMware products. Which is a very unique perspective, we are the trusted advisors of our customers.

16 Technical Account Managers have submitted 31 sessions, which include a mix of individual contributions, sessions with our customers, and cooperative sessions with VMware business units.

I highly recommend voting for these sessions; the TAM Program and these TAM sessions are there to help your teams execute at the highest level and make sure your team gets recognized for your contributions to the business.

TAM VMworld Sessions:

Monday, May 25, 2015

vRealize Operations Manager and Hyperic

vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Hyperic is an extensive toolkit for monitoring every aspect of your enterprise virtual machine environment. The vRealize Hyperic adapter adds in-guest information; including OS, application, database, and networking counters. I am going to give a brief overview of some of the benefits of integrating vRealize Hyperic with vRealize Operations Manager, but Hyperic is being rewritten with tighter integration into vRealize Operations Manager, which will be available in version 6.1 later this year.

The Management Pack for vRealize Hyperic uses the vRealize Hyperic REST API to import vRealize Hyperic platforms, servers, and services to vRealize Operations Manager. The vRealize Hyperic REST API returns the entire vRealize Hyperic inventory, including all parent-child relationships. It also creates resource relationships between vRealize Hyperic platform resources and VMware virtual machine resources in vRealize Operations Manager.
    vRealize Hyperic Server Installation and Configuration Requirements

  • Verify that the vRealize Hyperic 5.8.4 server and the agents are installed and running.
  • Verify that the vRealize Hyperic and vRealize Operations Manager servers are time synchronized.
  • Download and install the vRealize Hyperic management pack.
  • Verify that the vRealize Hyperic server is configured to collect vCenter UUID and MOID values for vRealize Hyperic platforms so that vRealize Hyperic platfroms can be mapped to the corresponding virtual machines. 
After you have installed the vRealize Hyperic management pack, you will see it listed under the available solutions and it should be collecting and receiving data.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

vRealize Operations Manager - Creating a Custom Monitoring Portal

Back in September, I wrote a post about creating custom dashboards with vCenter Operations Manager 5.8. I am going to create a comparable dashboard, again focused on troubleshooting an issue, but with vRealize Operations 6.0. What if you wanted to troubleshoot an application issue that was arising on a regular basis in your production environment? You could create a custom vRealize Operations dashboard that would show the counters you wanted to measure from both a host and a virtual machine perspective. With this type of visibility, you would have all the performance details required when working a major incident call.

The ability to focus on specific metrics with the granularity possible with vROps provides insight from a current state, historical perspective, and long term trending. Not only can you determine that there is an issue in the environment, but you gain perspective on when it started happening and the long-term impact to the environment if it isn’t fixed. VMware’s patented analytics is the driving force behind this capability.

To start with, we are going to launch vRealize Operations Manager. We are going to click Actions and then + Create Dashboard.

For our new dashboard, we are going to supply a dashboard name, click No for the Is default, and select the 1 column count layout. This layout is going to present us with a stacked design, which works well with the interactions we are going to establish between the widgets. This makes for a much more dynamic dashboard that helps us drill down into the specifics between hosts and virtual machines.

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