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VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Blue Medora PCF management pack updated

One of the management packs for VMware vRealize Operations that has evolved the most over the past two years is the Pivotal Cloud Foundry solution. From connecting through our own open -source nozzle to using the BOSH API, Blue Medora now enables you to monitor all aspects of your PCF deployment, including apps. Today we publish yet another set of enhancements. This is one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market to monitor PCF and how it runs on your VMware environment.

PCF Infrastructure dashboard

PCF infrastructure dashboard

Features in this Release Include:

  • Added BOSH Job resource kind, which serves as a catch-all resource for any BOSH job (including BOSH metrics) not covered by other previously-defined resource kinds (See: Resource Kinds and Relationships)
  • Improved alerts and recommendations to align with PCF Key Performance Indicators best practice documentation (See: Alerts)
  • Added one new Advanced Configuration setting: Collect Events (See: Creating an Adapter Instance)
  • Updated Blue Medora Nozzle Tile to include timeseries for historical data to enable improved alerts (NOTE: Be sure to upgrade the management pack prior to upgrading to the new nozzle version. See: Upgrading the Management Pack.)

Blue Medora website product page: https://bluemedora.com/integration/pivotal-cloud-foundry/vmware-vrealize-true-visibility/

HTML Documentation: https://s3.amazonaws.com/docs.bluemedora.com/vROps/PCF/Default.htm

Official Build Number: 3.2.0.20180625.192805

As always contact sales@bluemedora.com for more info.

New version HPE management pack for vROps released

Blue Medora has concluded the project to update the vROps Management Pack for HPE Servers.

Updates in this Release Include:

• Added support for iLO 5

• Added least-privileged user (LPU) details for OA, VCM, and iLO users

• Added Prerequisite Configurations for ESXi Hosts topic (required to collect external Host > Server relationship and certain metrics)

• Incorporated 2.0.5 patch release, which added support for HP Blade/VMware Host System relationships based on hostname

• Incorporated 2.0.4 patch release, which fixed an issue where a missing keys exception was taking down collection

HTML Documentation: https://s3.amazonaws.com/docs.bluemedora.com/vROps/HPE-Servers/Default.htm

Official Build Number: 2.1.0.20180606.165223

As always if you are interested in this pack, contact sales@bluemedora.com, more info is on the product page here.

Blue Medora supports vRealize Operations v6.7!

Good news if you saw the announcement of VMware vRealize Operations v6.7 yesterday. We worked hard with VMware so that all our management packs are ready for use with this new version! The capacity planning engine has been overhauled a lot, so we wrote a KB article to explain the differences.

HPE 3PAR capacity dashboard

HPE 3PAR capacity dashboard

Blue Medora product management have published a partial list of latest versions to use. These also include other updates. The list is not complete yet, but more will follow. For a documentation and data sheets see the product matrix and contact sales there for a demo and trial or email sales@bluemedora.com.

  1. Apache Hadoop (1.1.0.20180322.151724) 
  1. Cisco UCS (3.1.1.20180405.024250) 
  1. Cohesity (1.1.0.20180316.141936) 
  1. Dell PowerEdge (1.2.0.20180404.144806) 
  1. KVM (1.1.0.20180315.202846) 
  1. Lenovo Compute (1.1.0.20180404.154614) 
  1. MEDITECH (1.3.0.20180312.164522) 
  1. Microsoft Azure (1.1.0.20180326.154253) 
  1. Microsoft SCOM (2.1.0.20180316.174713) 
  1. MongoDB (1.1.0.20180316.142042) 
  1. MySQL (2.1.0.20180316.205435) 
  1. NetApp E-Series (1.1.0.20180320.142233) 
  1. Nutanix (1.1.0.20180330.192826) 
  1. Oracle Database (1.2.0.20180319.144115) 
  1. Oracle Enterprise Manager (4.1.0.20180319.192845) 
  1. Pivotal Cloud Foundry (3.1.0.20180316.195000) 
  1. SAP (2.3.0.20180321.155955) 
  1. SAP HANA (2.1.0.20180319.134350) 
  1. SolarWinds (1.1.0.20180316.145743) 
  1. Xen Hypervisor (1.1.0.20180315.203013) 

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.

Visit Blue Medora at VMUG NL UserCon !

The biggest VMUG UserCon is in two weeks in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. The event itself is highly recommended with around 1000 participants, a lot of sessions and vendors to interact with. You can consult the agenda here.

Blue Medora is a Silver sponsor, we will have a booth and my colleagues and me will be glad if you stop by for a chat or a demo and maybe you win a prize !

Register for attendance here.

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.

Resources to learn vRealize Operations Manager

Last week I was visiting a customer and quickly realized they had an issue that could be solved with custom groups and a dashboard. The customer was starting out with vROps and had no idea. It is sometimes difficult to find resources – outside of the tranings – to get familiar with vROps in your day-to-day job. Since I was also gathering info for a Blue Medora blog post on polcies I am writing, I quickly updated my resource page with these great resources:

  • VMware feature walkthrough videos: A little known tool that has extensive demos of several recent products. The main page list some topics like NSX and vSAN, but of particular interest to us is the vSOM page. A lot of details, including info on policies. A lot of it is pertinent to vROps advanced and enterprise too.
  • The book “VMware vRealize Operations Essentials” by Matt Steiner. Matt is a cloud specialist for VMware UK and an overall great guy. Available on Safari Booksonline or Pakt Publishing.
  • The book “VMware Performance and Capacity Management” – Second Edition (!) by Iwan ‘E1’ Rahabok. Again a great VMware colleague in Singapore this time, who is a master of capacity planning… Available on Safari Booksonline or Pakt Publishing.

Hope this helps you in your work with vROps !