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.