New MySQL management pack release from @bluemedora

The MySQL management pack for VMware vRealize Operations Manager is one of the most populair ones at Blue Medora. It gives you monitoring of your MySQL 5.6.x and 5.7.x databases -including queries – and capaciteit planning, right Inside vROps. The latest release of vRealize Operations MP for MySQL is now generally available.
https://bluemedora.com/downloads/vrops_mp_for_mysql

As with all Blue Medora management packs, the dashboard above shows you that we detect all relations from the database to the VM and beyond. Notable Features in this Release Include:
• Implemented overall performance improvements and query optimization
• Removed MySQL on OS, MySQL IOPS, MySQL on VM, and MySQL Top-N Queries Dashboards
• Added MySQL Usage, MySQL Query Analysis, and MySQL on VMware Dashboards
• Removed Memory Capacity for MySQL instances 
• Added new Views and Reports

As with all new releases it includes the great new HTML Documentation.

Important! With this product we have implemented the new versioning scheme, which removes the “6.x” signifier tied to the minimum supported vROps version. The official build number for this release that will be listed in our documentation is 2.0.0.20170719.200055

• Version number:
◦ “2” is the major version.
◦ “0” is the minor version.
◦ “0” is the patch version.
• Build number:
◦ “20170719” is the build date (YYYYMMDD).
◦ “200055” is the build time (hhmmss).

New management packs for Citrix, JBoss EAP and Apache Tomcat

Overnight Blue Medora released some great new and improved management packs for VMware vRealize Operations Manager. As always the advantages include full API support – no agents to install – relationships detection across solutions and some great dashboards to get you started included with every solution.

Citrix Xen Desktop (build 6.2.10202006)

This is an important new release since VMware decided to drop support for Windows remote collectors in vRealize Operations v6.5.  Updates Include (from release notes):

  • Removed Windows Collector requirement for PowerShell metric retrieval (i.e., session latency metrics; not applicable to XenDesktop versions 7.5 and below)
  • Added support for WinRM HTTPS
  • Renamed Citrix XenDesktop Relationships dashboard to Citrix XenDesktop Health Investigation
  • Combined Application Details and Desktop Details dashboards into single Citrix XenDesktop App and Desktop Details dashboard
  • Deprecated Inactive User property string metrics

The great new html documentation is available.

JBoss EAP (build 6.3.10100004)

JBoss and Tomcat are new products, inline with our expanding True Visibility Suite offering, to monitor your application servers in the full stack. Key Features include (from release notes):

  • 4 comprehensive monitoring dashboards, including:
    • JBoss EAP Overview
    • JBoss EAP Environment Overview
    • JBoss EAP Server
    • JBoss EAP Virtual Machine Viewer
  • Nearly 150 collected metrics for JBoss EAP resources
  • Key performance metrics such as average response time, active connection count, wait count, percent in use, and active sessions
  • Detailed alerts when symptoms arise for high JVM usage, datasource wait count/active connections, servlet processing time, and more
  • vRealize Calculated Memory, Connection, Thread, and Session capacity definitions for JBoss EAP resources

See documentation for further details and installation. JBoss EAP is licensed per Application Server – or as part of the TVS Enterprise suite – and is supported on Enterprise Edition of vRealize Operations.

Apache Tomcat (build 6.3.10100007)

Key Features include ( (from release notes):

  • 4 comprehensive monitoring dashboards, including:
    • Apache Tomcat Overview
    • Apache Tomcat Environment Overview
    • Apache Tomcat Server
    • Apache Tomcat Virtual Machine Viewer
  • 200+ collected metrics for Apache Tomcat resources
  • Key performance metrics such as average response time, active connection count, wait count, percent in use, and active sessions
  • Detailed alerts when symptoms arise for high servlet load time, datasource/session manager active sessions, cache hit count, and more
  • vRealize Calculated Memory, Cache, Threading, and Session Manager capacity definitions for Apache Tomcat resources

See documentation for further details and installation. Apache Tomcat is licensed per Webserver – or as part of the TVS Enterprise suite – and is supported on Enterprise Edition of vRealize Operations.

New Nagios Management Pack for vROps

The first release of our vRealize Operations Management Pack for Nagios is now generally available!
I forgot to mention this one, although I am really excited about it! It was written for a big account of mine here in EMEA. When I was still at VMware, I had a customer who tested the first version of this adapter to import NTP time information from linux servers in vCOps. That version used Perl to import RRD-files from Nagios in vCOps with the text file adapter. Things have evolved since then…. At Blue Medora our Nagios management pack connects to the Nagios XI monitoring platform, bringing in Host Groups, Hosts, Service Groups and Services and connecting them to related VMware objects. So you will need the commercial version of Nagios, the reason is that we need a stsable API to connect to…
 Nagios dashboard

Major features:
• 6 comprehensive monitoring dashboards.
• 5 high-level views—and 2 corresponding reports — including right sizing information over the last 30 days for CPU, Disk, and Memory used per host.
• 170+ collected metrics for Nagios resources.
• Key performance metrics such as System Memory, System CPU, System Disk, Host Memory, Host CPU, and Host Disk.
• Detailed alerts and notifications imported from the Nagios API.
• Capacity definitions for vRealize Calculated CPU Capacity, Disk Capacity, and Memory Capacity.

So why would you use this next to your Nagios deployment? Here are some reasons:

  • Centralize information in easy to use dashboards for the whole enterprise.
  • capacity calculations !
  • Automatic relationships to VMware objects.

As always you can consult the product page to get more info and a demo. The management pack is available standalone or in the TVS Suite Enterprise or Manager-of-Managers True Visibility Suite pack. This is a great collection of management packs to connect Oracle Enterprise Manager, MS SCOM, IBM Tivoli, Solarwinds and Nagios to vRealize Operations. Some customers use three of these connectors at the same time !

All technical documentation is on the support portal.

 

New Blue Medora SAP HANA management pack

The first vROps-optimized release for SAP HANA is now generally available:

SAP HANA was one of the first adapters Blue Medora built for VMware vCOps. This release brings HANA up to vROps standards, including capacity definitions, and new dashboards, views and reports.
Please contact your local sales team via bluemedora.com if you are interested in a demo. The documentation will be updated as usual here.

Get Blue Medora certified and receive a gift !

Are you working in pre-sales at VMware or a VMware partner in EMEA ? In that case I have good news for you. Blue Medora runs an online training and certification programme for our management packs for vRealize Operations. The training takes only 30 minutes of your time with a test at the end.

The good news is that we will send you a nice shirt upon succesful completion and we will be able to link you to sales opportunities. The bad news is that new, harder tests are coming, so act today !

The landing page for the test is at http://bluemedora.com/cert and follow these instructions:

·        You’ll land at a log-in page.  On the right side, click the ‘Register’ button, where you can enter your name then create a username and password

·        It will take you a page that lists four lessons and a test.  Hit the orange ‘choose program’ button at the bottom and you’ll land at a menu that lists the 4 lessons and test

·        It’s best to progress through the content in sequence, ending with the test, but you have the option to skip around if database environments are more timely or interesting, as an example

·        Click on the lesson name (Company and Product Overview – in blue font) and you’ll go directly to the first lesson, which is a 12 minute video on the company and product.  If you get interrupted, you can go back at any time

·        Once you complete the first video lesson, the lesson menu will re-appear and you can progress through the four lessons and test at your leisure

·        You can always click the “take a test” tab to go to the full content menu.

·        When you’re ready and have checked-off all of the training videos, click the Blue Medora Tech Sales Overview entry at the bottom, for the test

 

The test has 25 True/False and Multiple choice questions.  Passing the test gets you a slick Blue Medora Technical Sales certificate.  If you are having a bad day and fail, or want to go back to it later, just select it from the menu again.

A new challenge ! With Blue Medora !

Well, I have been quiet on the blog, I will not hide from you that the 3 months following my forced exit from VMware have not been easy on a number of fronts (like my dog dying a month later…), but outplacement training has been a great help to me.

I am therefore more than happy to announce that today is my first workday for Blue Medora ! If you do not know this great company yet – and you should ! – we make all those great management packs that extend VMware vRealize Operations to manage more than your VMware virtualisation layer: NetApp and Nimble storage, Cisco Nexus and UCS platforms, Microsoft SQL Server and SAP HANA,… So it is not only on the hardware level, but also applications. And we also make plugins for Oracle Enterprise Manager and New Relic. Find an overview here.

I will be solutions architect for Europe, working as a contractor, since we are starting up in Europe. But business is booming, especially now that VMware resells some of the management packs and transferred development of some to Blue Medora !

What is especially great for me is that this allows me to continue with VMware vRealize Operations, the platform I know and love, and continue to evangelise it !