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Mastering vRealize Operations Manager - Second Edition

Book Description

Manage vRealize operations manager 6.6 effectively using this comprehensive guide.

About This Book

  • Get complete control of capacity management in your virtual environment
  • Display the most appropriate performance metrics and assemble your own dashboard
  • Analyze and process data from different sources into a single repository
  • Optimize vRealize Automation workload placement

Who This Book Is For

If you are an administrator of a virtual environment and have used vRealize Operations before but want to gain a professional understanding by easily implementing complex tasks with it, then this book is for you.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover advanced vRealize Operations concepts and design your processes effectively for the underlying architecture
  • Plan and install a new version or upgrade from a previous one
  • Apply proven capacity management theories and techniques in practical, real-world environments
  • Manipulate data and metrics to display them in the most effective way possible
  • Create custom views and dashboards fit for any use case
  • Explore how policies have evolved in vRealize Operations 6.6 and how to apply them in the most effective manner

In Detail

In the modern IT world, the criticality of managing the health, efficiency, and compliance of virtualized environments is more important than ever. With vRealize Operations Manager 6.6, you can make a difference to your business by being reactive rather than proactive.

Mastering vRealize Operations Manager helps you streamline your processes and customize the environment to suit your needs. You will gain visibility across all devices in the network and retain full control. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and support images, you will quickly master the ability to manipulate your data and display it in a way that best suits you and your business or technical requirements.

This book not only covers designing, installing, and upgrading vRealize Operations 6.6, but also gives you a deep understanding of its building blocks: badges, alerts, super metrics, views, dashboards, management packs, and plugins. With the new vRealize Operations 6.6 troubleshooting capabilities, capacity planning, intelligent workload placement, and additional monitoring capabilities, this book is aimed at ensuring you get the knowledge to manage your virtualized environment as effectively as possible.

Style and approach

A step-by-step practical approach guide that help you learn new features of vRealize operations manager 6.6.

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright and Credits
    1. Mastering vRealize Operations Manager Second Edition
  3. Packt Upsell
    1. Why subscribe?
    2. PacktPub.com
  4. Contributors
    1. About the authors
    2. About the reviewer
    3. Packt is searching for authors like you
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
      1. Download the color images
      2. Conventions used
    4. Get in touch
      1. Reviews
  6. Going Ahead with vRealize Operations
    1. ROI with vRealize Operations
    2. What can vRealize Operations do?
    3. vRealize Operations key component architecture
      1. The Watchdog service
      2. The user interface
      3. The Collector
      4. The GemFire
      5. The GemFire locator
      6. The Controller
      7. Analytics
      8. Persistence
        1. Cassandra DB
        2. Central (repl) DB
        3. Alerts /HIS (Data) DB
        4. HSQL DB
        5. FSDB
    4. vRealize Operations node types
      1. The master and master replica nodes
      2. The data node
      3. The remote collector node
    5. Multi-node deployment, HA, and scalability
      1. GemFire clustering
      2. GemFire sharding
      3. Adding, removing, and balancing nodes
    6. High Availability in vRealize Operations 6.6
      1. How does HA and data duplication work?
    7. Summary
  7. Which vRealize Operations Deployment Model Fits Your Needs
    1. Design considerations
      1. To HA or not to HA?
      2. Do I need remote collectors and collector groups?
      3. Does size matter?
      4. What about the number of users?
    2. Deployment examples
    3. Seems too complex? Need help?
    4. Summary
  8. Initial Setup and Configuration
    1. Meeting the requirements
      1. Sizing requirements
      2. Networking requirements
    2. Installation steps, formats, and types
      1. Installation steps
      2. Installation formats
      3. Installation types
    3. Installation and upgrade
      1. Installing a new vRealize Operations instance
        1. Deploying the vRealize Operations virtual appliance
        2. Configuring a new vRealize Operations instance
      2. Expanding the existing installation
        1. Adding a node to the vRealize Operations cluster
      3. Enabling High Availability
        1. Enabling HA
      4. Finalizing the new installation
        1. Configuring user access control
        2. Configuring your first solution
        3. Upgrading vRealize Operations
      5. Upgrading from vRealize Operations 6.2.x or later
    4. Summary
  9. Extending vRealize Operations with Management Packs and Plugins
    1. Collecting additional data
    2. Defining a vRealize Operations solution
    3. Overview of popular solutions
      1. Service Discovery solution
      2. Log Insight solution
      3. vSphere NSX solution
      4. Storage Devices solution
      5. vCloud Air solution
    4. Installing solutions
    5. Importing data with a REST API
    6. Summary
  10. Badges
    1. What are vRealize Operations badges?
    2. Understanding the Health badge
      1. The Workload badge
      2. The Anomalies badge
      3. The Fault badge
      4. The Health badge summary
    3. Understanding the Risk badge
      1. The Capacity Remaining badge
      2. The Time Remaining badge
      3. The Stress badge
      4. The Compliance badge
      5. The Risk badge summary
    4. Understanding the Efficiency badge
      1. The Reclaimable Capacity badge
        1. Idle VMs
        2. Powered off Virtual Machines
        3. Oversized virtual machines
      2. The Density badge
      3. The Efficiency badge summary
    5. Summary
  11. Getting a Handle on Alerting and Notifications
    1. What are symptoms, recommendations, and actions?
      1. What are symptoms?
      2. What are alerts?
      3. What are recommendations?
      4. What are actions?
    2. Creating symptoms, recommendations, and alerts
      1. Creating symptoms
      2. Creating recommendations
      3. Creating alerts
        1. Example 1
        2. Example 2
        3. Example 3
    3. What are policies?
    4. Alert notifications
      1. Configuring alert notifications
      2. Pushing alerts into your ITSM solution
        1. Using REST
        2. Using Webhooks
        3. Using ITSM plugins
    5. Summary
  12. Capacity Management Made Easy
    1. Resource capacity
      1. Overview and concepts
      2. Resource capacity models
        1. Allocation-based and demand-based models
        2. Memory consumed model
      3. Preparing for capacity planning
      4. Monitoring capacity
    2. Capacity management for vRealize Operations policies
    3. Defining the correct capacity management policies for your environment
      1. Resource containers
        1. Scenario 1 – CPU and memory-enabled only
        2. Scenario 2 - CPU, memory, disk I/O, and disk space enabled only
        3. Observed versus configured metrics
        4. Policy recommendations for containers
      2. Demand versus allocation
        1. Demand and allocation calculations and recommendations
          1. CPU demand
          2. CPU allocation
          3. Memory demand
          4. Memory allocation
      3. Setting overcommitment
        1. CPU overcommitment
        2. Memory overcommitment
        3. Disk space overcommitment
      4. Accounting for peaks
      5. High Availability and buffers (usable capacity)
        1. High Availability
        2. Buffers
    4. Projects
      1. Improvements to demand or capacity trending
      2. Pipeline management
      3. Planned versus committed projects
    5. Custom Datacenter
      1. Creating a Custom Datacenter
    6. Profiles
      1. Creating custom profiles
    7. Summary
  13. Aligning vRealize Operations with Business Outcomes
    1. What is business-oriented reporting?
    2. Tags, application groups, and custom groups
      1. Using tags
      2. Using application groups
      3. Using custom groups and types
    3. Putting it all together
    4. Summary
  14. Super Metrics Made Super Easy
    1. What are super metrics and when do I use them?
    2. What's new with super metrics?
    3. Metric terminology and definitions
      1. Objects
      2. Metrics
      3. Attribute types
    4. Super metric types
      1. Rollup
      2. Generic resource
      3. Specific resource/pass-through
    5. Building your own super metrics
      1. Defining a new super metric
      2. Validating the new super metric
    6. Associating super metrics with objects
    7. Using operators in super metrics
    8. Comparing super metrics to views
      1. Views
      2. Super metrics
    9. Summary
  15. Creating Custom Views
    1. What's new in views and reports in vRealize Operations 6.6?
    2. Views in vRealize Operations
      1. Defining and building views
        1. Name and description
        2. View types (presentation)
          1. List
          2. List summary
          3. Trend
          4. Distribution
          5. Text and images
        3. Subjects
        4. Data
        5. Visibility
          1. Availability
          2. Further Analysis
          3.  Blacklist
      2. Deleting a view
    3. Reports in vRealize Operations
      1. Creating reports
      2. Scheduling reports
    4. Summary
  16. Creating Custom Dashboards
    1. About dashboards
      1. Designing dashboards
    2. Widgets
      1. Types of widgets
      2. Widget configuration options
    3. Creating custom dashboards
      1. Creating an interactive dashboard
        1. The Object List
        2. The Metric Picker
        3. The Heatmap
        4. The Scoreboard
        5. Metric Configuration Files (XML)
    4. Summary
  17. Using vRealize Operations to Monitor Applications
    1. What is Endpoint Operations Management?
      1. What is new in vRealize Operations 6.6?
      2. Endpoint Operations Management key components
    2. Managing the Endpoint Operations Management Agent
      1. Installing the Agent
        1. Manually installing the Agent on a Linux Endpoint
        2. Manually installing the agent on a Windows Endpoint
        3. Automated agent installation using vRealize Automation
      2. Reinstalling the agent
        1. Reinstalling the agent on a Linux Endpoint
        2. Reinstalling the Agent on a Windows Endpoint
    3. Viewing and collecting metrics
    4. Other Endpoint Operations Management monitoring functionalities
      1. Adding monitoring objects
      2. Using remote check
      3. Using multiprocess
    5. Summary
  18. Leveraging vRealize Operations for vSphere and vRealize Automation Workload Placement
    1. What is Intelligent Workload Placement?
    2. The Workload Balance dashboard
    3. Rebalancing workloads with vRealize Operations and DRS
      1. Creating a custom data center
      2. Setting DRS automation
      3. Rebalancing clusters
    4. Automated rebalancing
      1. Scheduling a rebalance action
      2. Using rebalance alerts
      3. Predictive DRS with vRealize Operations
    5. vRealize Automation Workload Placement with vRealize Operations
      1. Integrating vRealize Automation with vRealize Operations
    6. Summary
  19. Using vRealize Operations for Infrastructure Compliance
    1. Integrated compliance
      1. The compliance badge
    2. vSphere Hardening compliance
      1. Enabling vSphere hardening compliance
    3. Monitoring compliance
      1. Compliance Alerts
      2. The Getting Started dashboard
    4. PCI and HIPAA compliance
      1. Enabling the HIPAA compliance pack
    5. Summary
  20. Troubleshooting vRealize Operations
    1. Self-monitoring dashboards
    2. Troubleshooting vRealize Operations components
      1. Services
        1. The Apache2 service
        2. The Watchdog service
        3. The Collector service
        4. The Controller service
      2. Databases
        1. Cassandra DB
        2. Central (Repl DB)
        3. Alerts/HIS (Data) DB
        4. FSDB
        5. Platform-cli
    3. Summary
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