VMware vROps - vROps Policies Demystified

Most new vROps users are intimidated by vROps Policies as there are literally hundreds of settings that can be tweaked and customized. From Badge Threshold sliders and a myriad of checkboxes, to radio buttons and dropdowns, there is an endless stream of what seems like redundant settings. The reality is that there are only a handful of settings that should be initially tweaked for most use cases. In this blog post, I will review the most common Policy settings that should be modified in order to get the most value out of the solution and save your sanity. This by no means will be a comprehensive guide to vROps Policies, but it should have enough to get you started on the path to successfully managing your environment, instill some confidence, and whet your appetite to do more. 

When you edit vROps Policies, you are presented with a screen that has a ton of settings and expected to know exactly what to customize to meet your unique organization's needs. Not to worry, I'll cover …

VMware vROps - A look at what's new in vROps 6.6?

VMware announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 6.6. vROps is VMware's popular Cloud and Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) monitoring and analytics solution. With VMware moving to a more agile development model for vROps, we have seen each dot release getting dropped quarterly, which is a huge improvement from vCOps days. The quarterly release cycle has also delivered major new features each time, besides the now expected usability and stability improvements. It looks like vROps 6.6 kept the momentum going with a major UI redesign, the addition of several new capabilities, and improvements to many existing features. Congrats to the product team on a job well done!

Let's take a quick inventory of what's new and improved.
Redesign user interface provides modern look and improved user experienceNew HTML5 user interface provides an easier and consistent experience.The Getting Started dashboard allows for quick navigation.Persona-based dashboards provide answ…

Vote for VMworld 2017 Sessions - Last Chance Today!

Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite VMworld 2017 sessions. Please vote for mine and Joe Tietz, Eiad AlAqqad,Craig Risinger, and Howard Shoobe sessions at

VMworld 2017 session catalog voting closes today Thursday, April 13. Don't wait, vote now!

Trisha Navarro and I have a session number 2562 in the catalog titled Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes.

Vote for VMworld 2017 Session 2562 - Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes

VMworld 2017 session catalog is now open for public voting. I have a session number 2562 in the catalog called Automate and Align vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes. Please vote for my submission and sign-up for VMworld 2017 if have not already!

Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes - vROps White Paper

VMware just published my White Paper titled "Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes" on the Tech Papers site. Read it here.

Over the past few years, I have been designing, deploying, and customizing vRealize Operations (vROps) Manager for many VMware customers. Working with different clients, I noticed a common theme emerge among various business and IT leaders. Many customers are looking for IT reporting that closely resembles their lines of business such as services, departments, applications, teams, and other logical business constructs. Quantifying performance, utilization, and consumption at the logical business unit level is more important to business leaders than at the vSphere Cluster level.This is because in today’s world, services, applications, and business units can span multiple infrastructures from private, through hybrid, to public. Generally, IT reporting around business services has been difficult with traditional tools as they are very infrastru…

VMware vROps - A quick look at what's new in vROps 6.5?

VMware announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 6.5. vROps is VMware's popular Cloud and Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) monitoring and analytics solution. This update includes the usual usability improvements along with a 25% scalability improvement in the number of supported objects and metrics, as well as a new Extra Large node size. One major new feature includes integration with VMware vRealize Business Manager for Cloud (vRBC). The version also supports automated End-Point Operations (EPOps) Agent upgrades and many other advancements. In addition to that, the vROps 6.5 upgrade process is 40% faster than in the past, especially with large multi-node deployments.

Honored to be named VMware vExpert 2017!

I'm honored to be awarded VMware vExpert for the 2nd time. Thank you everyone for reading my blog!

The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelism and advocacy program. The award is for individuals, not companies or VMware employees, who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The VMware vExpert title is awarded on an annual basis to individuals for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology, above and beyond their job responsibilities.


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