vbulosity is a blog about VMware Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) with emphasis in Cloud Operations Management. VMware vRealize Operations Manager or vROps/vR Ops formerly known as VMware vCenter Operations Manager or vCOps/vC Ops will be the main topic.
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
Since the EPOps vCenter Monitoring Dashboard is one of the most popular posts on the blog, I thought it would be a good idea to update this highly demanded dashboard to work with multiple vCenters. A lot of sizable enterprises out there have multiple vCenter instances with thousands of hosts and tens of thousands of VMs. Also, with the introduction of vSphere 6, more customers have begun their migration journey away from Windows-based vCenter servers to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and everything in-between, including a mix of both solutions. Since vROps enables you to have a unified single pane of glass view across your entire environment regardless of locations or versions, you can leverage it to create a dashboard to keep an eye on all of your vCenter servers. This can include both Windows and VCSA versions of vCenter, as well as SSO and PSC if they have been separated out. Heck, you can even include the MS SQL server hosting the vCenter database if you want.
The Application VMs Performance Dashboard is an example that could be used to empower application owners/analysts to monitor their own VMs and the infrastructure hosting them. Your initial instinct maybe "why would I ever let those people see my environment!?!" Stop and think about it for a minute. You could get "those people" off your back and focus on more important things. Being transparent and offering a bit of education will go a long way in gaining trust and respect. More importantly, this is a great way of preventing finger-pointing among infrastructure and application teams during escalations. By providing environment visibility this dashboard shifts the conversation from "virtualization sucks" to solving the real issues causing poor application performance or other problems virtualization gets blamed for.