Monday, August 24, 2015

vRealize Operations and SCOM

One of the beautiful aspects of vRealize Operations is its extensibility. With vRealize Operations; you can broaden the benefits of monitoring, alerting and capacity planning to other infrastructure components in your datacenter with management packs found on the VMware Solution Exchange. We are going to take a look at one of these solution packs today, the SCOM solution pack. The management pack for SCOM is an embedded adapter for vRealize Operations Manager. The management pack collects time-series metrics, object availability information, and object relationships from the System Center Operations Manager database.

The management pack for SCOM supports Microsoft SCOM 2007 SP1, Microsoft SCOM 2007 R2, Microsoft SCOM 2012 SP1, and Microsoft SCOM 2012 R2.

To start, we are going to navigate to the Solution Exchange and scroll down to Enterprise Management Packs. Select the Management Pack for SCOM and then click the Try button to download the management pack.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

ManageIQ Dashboards

When you first log into ManageIQ, you are presented with the Cloud Intelligence Dashboard. That has a nice ring to it "Cloud Intelligence", which in reality makes sense because it gives you and overview of your internal and external datacenter resources. I can create dashboard widgets for my VMware resources, Red Hat resources, and Amazon resources. Additionally, ManageIQ can manage Hyper-V resources, I just don't have it running in my lab. The Cloud Intelligence Dashboard is customizable, which is what I am going to walk through today.

After you first log into ManageIQ, you are going to get a dashboard similar to the example above. It provides you information on guest OS, discovered hosts, and virtual infrastructure platforms, just to name a few. But, I wanted to customize my dashboards layout and add a few additional widgets.

To move a widget, you click on the widget and relocate it to where you want on your dashboard.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Infrastructure Measurements

IT infrastructure measurements, if performed well, can provide clarity to IT and business leadership of the infrastructure resources supporting business applications. This type of transparency helps IT operations build credibility with business unit leaders; unfortunately in most organizations IT operations does not have meaningful measurements and they can't correlate the growing infrastructure expense to business outcomes.

In my previous role as an IT manager at a Fortune 250 company, I was responsible for helping to determine the budgeting of infrastructure resources that were going to be required the following year. In most instances, it was a guess, no better than blind folding me and asking me to hit the bull's eye on a dartboard. I decided to implement a standard, repeatable report that would show me growth trends of my virtual machines, host servers, and FTE to virtual machine ratio. After a few years, I was able to use this data to predict next years growth rate for budgeting and leverage the report to show staffing deficiencies.

Value from IT infrastructure measurements is gained by analyzing the data, reporting it to senior leadership, and taking actions to improve day-to-day operations.

Friday, August 7, 2015

ManageIQ Categories and Tags

In my previous post, I demonstrated how to use ManageIQ for cost transparency by using the chargeback feature. In that post, we used tags that were set on our virtual machines to define them by their service class and classify them as internal or external resources. In this follow-up post, we are going to step through the process of managing and creating ManageIQ categories and tags.

To start, we are going to open up ManageIQ and select the Configure tab. Click on the Configuration menu, highlight your Region under Settings, and then select your company Categories.

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