vROps Management Pack for vCD – NOW Tenant App!

I recently did a blog on the Management Pack for vCD on vROps – great way of a vCD admin to manage their vCD solution.

VMware just released the vRealize Operation Tenant App for vCloud Director 1.0 – this now allows you to provide tenant access to their org/VDC and provide tenant-level metrics! Very excited about this.

What’s New?

  1. Tenant Admin specific views to enable Operations Management solving monitoring, troubleshooting and capacity planning use cases
  2. Provider Admin can pick and choose the tenants to whom access it to be provided
  3. Photon OS based Virtual appliance (OVA) for easier installation
  4. HTML5 Client based on VMWare Clarity

Get it here: https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/solutions/management-pack-for-vcloud-director

vSphere Central – Go-To Bible for core functions!

Hot off the presses here – VMware has released a new content page for go-to information for install, configuration, and management guidance.

https://vspherecentral.vmware.com

Things to point out:

  1. vCenter High Availability Overview – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/vcenter-server/configuration-and-day-2-operations/vcenter-high-availability-overview
  2. vROps Performance and Health Monitoring Guidance – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/operations-management/performance-and-health-monitoring
  3. Command-Line Interfaces – https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/#!/developer-and-automation-interfaces/command-line-interfaces

This is a GREAT go-to page for core functions from a lifecycle perspective. Get this out to your teams!

vROps 6.6 Upgrade – Easiest. Upgrade. Ever.

I just upgraded my current vROps 6.4 instance to 6.6 – didn’t really know what it would take to do this.

Well, I can say this was one of the easiest updates I’ve ever done. I can summarize this in five steps.

  1. Download the appropriate PAK update file from vmware.com – there’s a few versions you can download. I’m running the vApp, so downloaded that.
  2. Log into the admin console – so https://<vrops-ui>/admin
  3. Click on Software Update -> Install a Software Update
  4. Upload the PAK file – agree to the terms
  5. Sit back and let it do its thing.

There’s 9 steps during the upgrade process. The admin page will time out during the appliance reboot. Once it comes up, the new GUI is evident.

Once it hits 9 of 9 – click on System Status on the left. You’ll see your applicable nodes and the current state.

I love the new interface, but also the immediate usability of 6.6. On the left side, I can see immediate recommended actions and workload balance.

Just incredible for a “minor” release.