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.
I think that Custom Dashboards are one of the most powerful features in vRealize Operations Manager (vROps). They enable you to commission and build compelling frames of view, almost like paintings, into your virtual or cloud environment. These dynamic paintings can tell the user a story and empower them to make educated decisions about many facets of a Software Defined Data Center.
So, you want to start building your own Custom Dashboard in vROps but don't know where to start. Do custom dashboards seem a little overwhelming and a bit like black magic? Well, maybe a little, but with understanding of some basic concepts, I will try to demystify this artform and make you a dashboard ninja in no time. To get you started, we will begin with a very simple but somewhat powerful dashboard, build on it to add more functionality, and finally move on to some more complex use cases. Hopefully by the end of this series, you will be able to dream up your own dashboards and impress everyone with…
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.
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.