Monday, May 23, 2016

VMware vROps - vROps Self-Monitoring Alerts and Notifications

As I mentioned in my previous vROps Self-Monitoring Dashboard post, you need a way to get notified when vROps self-monitoring alerts get triggered. This way you don't have to keep staring at the dashboard all day and can rest assured that if something goes awry you will find out. Even though vROps is deployed as a Virtual Appliance (VA) in most environments, it is important to remember that under the hood it is still just another application with services running in an Operating System. Therefore, just like any other application, it is susceptible to failure at some point. In this post, I will go over how to setup simple email notifications for vROps self-monitoring alerts if there is an issue with one of the vROps objects such as Cluster, Nodes, or one of the application services.

Monday, May 9, 2016

VMware vROps - "Monitor the Monitor" Dashboard

While working with vROps over the past year or so, I have had quite a few customers ask for a "Monitor the Monitor" type dashboard. I thought about it and decided that this would not only come in handy when trying to keep an eye on the vROps' health, but also provide some basic capacity and performance stats. The capacity part of this dashboard could be especially useful when planning an analytics cluster upgrade or when adding a significant number of new objects and metrics to monitor, empowering you to make more educated scaling decisions. (See my previous posts "When and how to scale your monitoring solution?" about resizing your vROps Analytics Cluster to meet the needs of your growing environment.) Normally, all this info has to be gathered from several places within the product, which may be too overwhelming for a casual product user. So, the goal of this dashboard is to provide all of the useful nuggets of information in a single pane of glass.