Monthly Archives: December 2014

Monitor any OpenStack Icehouse implementation with vR Ops

The management packs keep coming after the announcement of vR Ops 6 last week. The latest one today is very interesting, since it allows you to monitor any OpenStack Icehouse implementation. Including the beta of our own VIO. (note this beta is now closed).

vRealize Operations Management Pack for OpenStack 1.0 is now GA and live on VMware Solution Exchange.

What’s new?

This management pack is the most advanced management pack to date and truly unique in its capabilities. It provides the most comprehensive set of operations management capabilities for OpenStack available today. Including the ability to manage OpenStack Cloud controllers, performance and capacity of OpenStack infrastructure, and advanced tenant focused troubleshooting.

The management pack can tie together data from several sources including vSphere, NSX, Hyperic, and Log Insight. Providing correlation across these data sources and launching in context to the relevant details for a given object. The management pack also works across any OpenStack icehouse distribution, including the current beta of the VMware Integrated OpenStack product. It is available for any vRealize Operations Advanced edition customer.

Download from VMware Solution Exchange: https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/products/management-pack-for-openstack-1-0

New management pack for NSX in vR Ops 6 !

Today we announced a new management pack for NSX-vSphere and NSX Multi-hypervisor. This is good stuff as we are now able to manage end to end and include networking data in vRealize Operations Manager. It is a free download, from the announcement:

The vR Ops Management Pack for NSX-vSphere 2.0 and vR Ops Management pack for NSX-MH 1.0 extends the operational management capabilities of vRealize Operations 6.0 into the areas of virtual and physical data center networking. It provides the following operations capabilities for virtual infrastructure administrators and network operations administrators, in highly virtualized network environments:

  • Embedded dependency rules of both logical and physical networking relationships for problem alerting and root-cause problem solving. This includes detection and alerting of NSX configuration, connectivity, and health problems. All alerts are consolidated into a vRealize Operations Manager alert interface.
  • Search and drill down functions for obtaining the operations health of deployed NSX objects.
  • Extension of the core vRealize Operations Manager health and risk analytics engine for the inclusion of NSX object key performance and health indicators.
  • Visibility of all NSX components including NSX manager, NSX controllers. Several different pre-defined vRealize Operations widgets are leveraged for representing NSX services.

Details of the release and the management pack can be downloaded from below links on VMware Solution Exchange:

 

vRealize Suite 6.0 refresh cloud operations details

Right on cue as promised we announced a lot of important new versions in the vRealize Suite for cloud operations. I will list here a reference to all documentation and download sites. cloud automation in a separate update.

In this post:

vRealize Operations Manager 6.0. This is the big one we were all waiting for !

What’s New:

  • New resilient architecture
  • Unified user interface
  • Smart Alerts
  • Enhanced reporting
  • Flexible capacity models
  • Custom policies
  • Unified storage visibility

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

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vRealize Hyperic 5.8.4.

What’s new?

Hyperic 5.8.4 is a maintenance release with major and minor bug fixes.

In addition to general issue fixing, the following changes have been made in vCenter Hyperic 5.8.4.

  • Non-English languages are supported for Windows operating systems.
  • JRE version 7u71 is supported.
  • Several updates have been made to some of the plug-ins

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

We are pleased to announce the General Availability of vRealize Configuration Manager (VCM) 5.7.3,  a key part of the VMware vRealize Operations Management Suite that automates configuration management across virtual, physical and cloud environments.

Organizations can use VCM to continuously audit the configurations of VMware infrastructure (including VMware ESX®, ESXi™, vCenter, vCloud® Director™ and vCloud® Networking and Security) as well as Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems. Configuration compliance can be maintained against internal standards, security best practices, vendor hardening guidelines, and even regulatory mandates.

This release delivers critical enhancements requested by our customers, field and PSO teams to improve vSphere support, speed time to value, and extend capabilities for OS configuration management.

Highlights of this release include:

 

  • Updated Platform Support for the VCM Collector
  • Installation of the Collector and SQL Server components on Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 is now supported
  • Existing installations of VCM can be upgraded or migrated to Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 as part of the installation process for 5.7.3
  • Added Support for New Versions of Client Platforms
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • CentOS 7
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7
    • vSphere 6 Ready
  • VCM 5.7.3 will support vSphere 6 upon its release
  • Support for older versions of vSphere is unchanged in VCM 5.7.3 (vSphere 4.0U1 and later)

Product Information and download pages.

Docs landing page.

Release notes.

Installation guide.

VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5.0 is now GA and live on www.vmware.com.

What’s new?

This release introduces several new features in all areas of the product. Some key innovations and enhancements are:

  • Event Trends Analyser
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Integration with vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
  • Log Insight Forwarder
  • Integrated Load Balancer
  • Built-In Content Packs
  • Internationalisation
  • New vRealize Log Insight Linux Agent
  • Contextual Log Browsing for Events
  • Several Usability, Performance and Security Improvements

Download Landing Page.

Documentation Landing Page.

Release Notes.

new product names matrix

You  may have noticed that since VMworld we use some new product names for our management products. Since I have renamed the tags on my blog here accordingly, I wanted to give you a little table of transition here. What’s in a name you might say, well actually quite a lot since we rationalised things and put some more logic in. Things I explain in my presentations is that the new vRealize Operations has no obligatory link to VMware vCenter anymore, so it would be silly to still call it vCenter Operations Manager…

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old name new name on premise new name SaaS version
vCloud Hybrid Service vCloud Air
vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops) vRealize Operations (vR Ops) vRealize Air Operations
vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) vRealize Automation (vR A) vRealize Air Automation
ITBM vRealize Business

Please also note that our public cloud service changed names to vCloud Air. And … you see of course that we have SaaS versions in the pipeline. These will live in vCloud Air but can also be used to manage your private cloud. A first tool not in the table is in beta, namely vCloud Air Compliance, a tool to perform the compliance part of vCenter Configuration Manager without local installation !

There is also a vRealize suite which contains Operations, Automation and Business. The difference with vCloud Suite is that vRealize is positioned for hybrid environments with multiple hypervisors and external cloud services. It is licensed per OSI (operating system instance). More info here.

new hardening guidelines for vR Automation Center v6.2

If you are concerned with security and are looking for hardening guidelines for vRealize Automation Center software, a new paper is published here.

The guidelines we developed with the new 6.2 release available now.  Engineering has not tested with these recommendations with 6.0 or 6.1, but the architecture has not changed significantly and these recommendations will likely work with older 6.x releases.