vROPS RBAC and upgrades

Last week I was at a customer doing some vROPS magic, which included updating the current vROPS 6.4 cluster to 6.5 to get the improved vRLI integration. Upgrading both vRLI and vROPS clusters went perfect, but the vRLI integration items like the Log Insight icon, and Logs tab would not be visible in vROPS after... Continue Reading →

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vROPS 6.5 Node Specifications

VMware has released version 6.5 of vROPS which includes a new node configuration type for additional monitoring capabilities. From the release notes: Additional monitoring capabilities Adds ability to increase memory and increase the scope of monitoring within the same environment. Enables you to monitor larger environments with the same footprint through platform optimization. XL size... Continue Reading →

vROPS 6.4 – Metric Config Picker

With vRealize Operations Manager you can create a metric configuration file. This is an XML file that contains predefined metrics that can be used in different widgets. With the XML file you can skip the process of manually picking the required metrics and attributes over and over again. Another advantage is that you can reuse... Continue Reading →

VCSA Upgrade and VM Monitoring

With the release of vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2a and ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 I decided it was time the update the lab environment. Both releases contain a lot of fixes, some specifically for VSAN. Release notes vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2a ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 The update went perfect on the Platform Service Controllers... Continue Reading →

vROPS 6.4 – New Dashboards

VMware has released vROPS 6.4 which contains several new dashboards to display status and identify problems. The new dashboards can be divided into several categories: Environment and capacity overview dashboards to get a summary of your environments. VM troubleshooting dashboard that helps you diagnose problems in a VM and start solving them. Infrastructure capacity and... Continue Reading →

vROPS 6.x Blank Dashboard

A few weeks ago I upgraded the vROPS cluster in the lab environment to vROPS 6.3. The cluster is a 3 node cluster with a master, replica and remote collector. The cluster is behind a NSX load balancer to provide a single FQDN to connect to the cluster. The upgrade went smoothly and all nodes... Continue Reading →

vSphere 6.5 Storage – What’s new

This VMworld EU 2016 VMware announced the long awaited vSphere 6.5. This blogpost focuses on the new and enhanced storage features in vSphere 6.5. VMFS-6 A new version of the VMFS file system is introduced providing an all-round performance improvement including faster file creation, device discovery and device rescanning. Maybe the biggest change is that... Continue Reading →

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