Part 3 – Initial configuration of vRealize Operations Manager

Previous posts, we configured vRSLCM and deployed new private cloud environment using Lifecycle Manager to deploy, manage day 2 operations. Part of the deploying was also vRealize Operations Manager, which is key monitoring solution for SDDC stack on VMware.

2018-10-03_09h19_31We have installed version 6.7.0 which focuses on continuous performance optimization, predictive capacity management and planning, and providing App monitoring capabilities. It also provides several usability improvements, analytics advancements, content enhancements, and better integration.

Some nice other features include :

  • New capacity overview, reclamation and planning UI workflows powered by new real time capacity analytics.
  • Predictive real-time analytics, that allow for continuous performance optimization of workloads based on business and operational intent.
  • Recommendation to densify clusters by consolidating workloads and freeing up ESXi hosts, allowing you to defer hardware purchases.
  • Native cost visibility in capacity overview, reclamation and planning with cost comparison of adding workloads across different clouds including private cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS and Amazon

To begin configuring of vROPs, login to https://fqdn_or_ip of vrops/ , using username admin and password we put for all appliances on setup.

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First thing to do is to configure solution to begin collect data from your environment. This is done on Administration tab -> Solution and click gear icon to configure.

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Give it a proper name, address of product (vCenter, log insight..). For credential click + button to create a credential and store to use it again. Before Save Settings, click Test Connection to ensure your details are correct.

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Repeat this task for other solution that you might have on your SDDC environment, such as vRealize Log Insight, vSAN, vRealize Automation. Provide IP or fqdn of product and credentials to connect to it. After a while, you will see all adapter are collecting data and green status.

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Next we have to configure access on vROPs server, by adding authentication sources. Under Administration tab -> Access -> Authentication Sources and click + icon.

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In my lab I will be use VMware Identity Manager ,which I write later on how to install and configure it.  Just give IP or hostname of VIDM, credentials to connect and before saving, click Test connection to ensure is ok.

Next I will show how to add new solution packs on vROPS. You can extend the monitoring capabilities of vRealize Operations Manager by installing optional solutions from VMware or third parties. To download software and documentation for optional solutions, visit the VMware Solution Exchange at https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/.

Solutions can include dashboards, reports, alerts and other content, and adapters. Adapters are how vRealize Operations Manager manages communication and integration with other products, applications, and functions. After you download an vROPs management pack, go to Administration -> Solution and click + to add new.

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Click Browse to the location of .PAK file you downloaded and click Upload button. Wait a minute and see the PAK file signature is valid, green -> click Next. Accept the EULA and wait till the content pack is being installed.

Under Dashboard tab you will see listed new out-of-box dashboards for new content management pack installed. Next steps are to create dashboards based on your needs, alerts, configure policies, have a look on capacity and performance data and many more.

Thanks for reading. Keep update on next posts.

 

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