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VMware vRealize Operations Essentials

Book Description

Harness the power of VMware vRealize Operations to efficiently manage your IT infrastructure

About This Book

  • Extract the optimum performance, availability, and capacity of your IT infrastructure with the help of vRealise Operations Manager
  • Leverage the power of strategic reports to drive tactful decision-making within the IT department
  • A pragmatic guide to proficiently manage your applications and storage

Who This Book Is For

If you are a vSphere administrator and wish to optimize your virtual environment, this book is your go-to guide on vRealize Operations. As a vSphere administrator, it is assumed that you have a good understanding of both physical and virtual infrastructure. A basic knowledge of application monitoring and log analysis would be useful when we dive into the capabilities of the solution.

What You Will Learn

  • Architect, design, and install vRealize Operations
  • Migrate from the previous vCenter Operations Manager 5.x version, configure vR Ops policies, and create custom groups
  • Use out-of-the-box Dashboards, Views, and Reports and create your own customized Dashboards, Views, and Reports
  • Apply the Alerting framework of Symptoms, Recommendations, and Actions, and create your own Alerting content
  • Leverage the power of Capacity Planning to maximize the utilization of your virtual infrastructure
  • Manage the rest of your infrastructure, including storage and applications, with vRealize Operations Management Packs
  • Extend the solution with vRealize Hyperic and Log Insight

In Detail

This book will enable you to deliver on the operational disciplines of Performance, Health, Capacity, Configuration, and Compliance by making the best use of solutions provided by vRealize Operations. Starting with architecture, design, and sizing, we will ensure your implementation of vRealize Operations is a success.

We will dive into the utilization of a solution to manage your vSphere infrastructure.

Then, we will employ out-of-the-box Dashboards and the very powerful Views and Reporting functionality of vRealize Operations to create your custom dashboards and address your reporting requirements.

Next, we go through the Alerting framework and how Symptoms, Recommendations, and Actions are used to achieve efficient operations. Later you will master the topic of Capacity Planning, where we look at how important it is to craft appropriate policies to match your requirements, and we’ll consider attitude toward capacity risk, which will aid you to build future project requirements into your capacity plans.

Finally, we will look at extending the solution to manage Storage, Applications, and other IT infrastructures using Management Packs from Solution Exchange, as well as how the solution can be enhanced with the integration of Log Insight.

Style and approach

This book is a pragmatic, step-by-step guide that will quickly build your knowledge of the key capabilities of vRealize Operations. As well as learning about the solution, we will provide you with real-world examples that will help you customize and enhance your virtual environment.

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Table of Contents

  1. VMware vRealize Operations Essentials
    1. Table of Contents
    2. VMware vRealize Operations Essentials
    3. Credits
    4. Foreword
    5. About the Author
    6. About the Reviewers
    7. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant updates on new Packt books
    8. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
      7. Downloading the color images of this book
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    9. 1. Introduction to vRealize Operations Manager
      1. A look at vRealize Operations Manager
      2. Operational disciplines addressed by vRealize Operations
        1. Performance
          1. Analytics
          2. Content
          3. Dynamic thresholds and hard thresholds
        2. Capacity
          1. Capacity models
          2. Capacity projects
        3. Configuration and compliance
      3. Architecture, scalability, and resilience
        1. Appliance nodes and components
        2. Architecture
        3. Scalability
      4. vRealize Operations editions and licensing
        1. Editions
          1. vRealize Operations Standard Edition
          2. vRealize Operations Advanced Edition
          3. vRealize Operations Enterprise Edition
          4. Licensing
          5. Mixing licensing
      5. Summary
    10. 2. Install, Configure, and Administer vRealize Operations Manager
      1. Planning for installation
        1. Product compatibility
        2. Architecture
        3. Sizing
          1. Overall Scaling Table
          2. Sizing Guide – basic
          3. Sizing Guide – advanced
        4. Scaling up and scaling out
          1. High Availability
      2. Installing vRealize Operations Manager
        1. Deploy the vRealize Operations nodes
        2. Establish the cluster
          1. Creating the Master node
          2. Add Data nodes
          3. Configure High Availability
          4. Starting the cluster
          5. Finalizing initial configuration
      3. Configure the vSphere solution
        1. Configuring the vCenter adapter
        2. Configuring the vCenter Python Adapter
        3. Defining monitoring goals
      4. Migrating from vCenter Operations 5.8.x
      5. Configuring groups and policies
        1. Policies
          1. Base Settings policy
          2. Other policies
          3. Default policy
          4. Creating a new policy
        2. Custom groups
          1. Creating a Custom Group and applying a policy
      6. Managing vRealize Operations
        1. Administration panel
        2. Admin UI
      7. Summary
    11. 3. Dashboards, Badges, and Widgets
      1. The vRealize Operations UI
      2. Orientation and navigation
        1. Home screen
        2. Alerts
        3. Environment
        4. Groups and applications
        5. Inventory Trees
        6. Content
        7. Administration
        8. Object search
      3. Dashboards overview
      4. Recommendations dashboard
      5. Badges
        1. Health badge
        2. Risk badge
        3. Efficiency badge
        4. Badge state
      6. Object Details dashboard
        1. Summary tab
        2. Alerts
        3. Analysis
        4. Troubleshooting
          1. Symptoms
          2. Timeline
          3. Events
          4. All Metrics
        5. Details
        6. Environment
        7. Projects
        8. Reports
      7. Out-of-the-box and Custom dashboards
        1. Anatomy of a Custom dashboard
        2. vSphere Solution dashboards
        3. Widgets
          1. Selection widgets
          2. Visualization widgets
          3. The View widget
          4. Other widgets
        4. Exploring the New Custom Dashboard workspace
      8. Summary
    12. 4. Views and Reports
      1. An overview of Views and Reports
        1. Building Custom Views
          1. The List View
            1. Preview source
          2. The Trend View
          3. Distribution View
          4. Other Views
        2. Refining Views
        3. Managing Views
        4. Using Views in Dashboards
      3. Reports
        1. Built-in Reports
        2. Creating and scheduling reports
          1. Creating reports on an ad hoc basis
          2. Scheduling reports
        3. Building a Report Template
        4. Managing reports
      4. Summary
    13. 5. Alerts, Symptoms, Recommendations, and Actions
      1. Alerts overview
        1. Alerts and content
        2. Alert Definitions
      2. Symptom Definitions
        1. Symptom Criticality
        2. Metric/Property Symptom Definitions
          1. Creating a metric symptom
        3. Property Symptom Definitions
          1. Creating a Property Symptom Definition
        4. Message Event Symptom Definitions
        5. Fault Symptom Definitions
        6. Metric Event Symptom Definitions
      3. Recommendations
        1. Creating a Recommendation
      4. Actions
      5. Alerts
        1. vSphere Hardening Guidelines alerts
        2. Creating a new Alert Definition
      6. Viewing and managing Alerts
        1. Viewing Alerts
        2. Managing Alerts
      7. Summary
    14. 6. Capacity Planning and Capacity Projects
      1. Capacity planning for virtual infrastructure
        1. Principles of Demand and Allocation capacity planning models
        2. Resource dimensions
        3. Overallocation
        4. Selecting a capacity planning model
      2. Crafting your Capacity Planning policies
        1. Modifying your Default Policy
      3. Capacity planning dashboards, views, and reports
        1. The Capacity Remaining dashboard
        2. The Time Remaining dashboard
        3. Reclaimable Capacity dashboard
          1. Configuring Policy for Reclaimable Capacity
            1. Summary metrics
        4. Capacity Views and Reports
          1. Virtual Machine views
          2. Host, Datastore, and Cluster views
      4. Capacity Projects
        1. Adding a Capacity Project
        2. Combining and committing Capacity Projects
        3. Other Capacity Project Visualizations
        4. Capacity Projects and days remaining
      5. Summary
    15. 7. vRealize Operations Manager Solutions
      1. Management Packs overview
        1. Management Pack types and entitlement
      2. Management Pack content
      3. Solution Exchange
      4. Installing Management Packs
        1. Downloading the Management Pack code and documentation
        2. Installing the Management Pack
      5. Upgrading vRealize Operations
        1. Upgrade Code and Release Notes
        2. Performing the upgrade
      6. Summary
    16. 8. vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
      1. Introduction to vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
      2. Architecture
      3. Deployment
        1. Configuring vRealize infrastructure navigator
          1. Licensing the appliance
          2. Configuring the appliance
        2. Installing the Management Pack for vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
      4. Using vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
        1. Service definitions
        2. Application definitions
        3. Manual application definition
      5. Applications in vRealize Operations
        1. Application Group Objects
        2. Virtual Machine metadata
      6. vRealize Infrastructure Navigator dashboards
        1. The VIN Application Topology dashboard
        2. The VIN VM Dependencies dashboard
      7. Summary
    17. 9. vRealize Log Insight Integration
      1. Introduction to vRealize Log Insight
      2. Installing vRealize Log Insight
        1. Sizing and design
        2. Appliance installation
        3. Establishing a new deployment
        4. Adding nodes to the cluster
          1. Configuring Integrated Load Balancer
      3. Log ingestion
        1. Logging in
        2. vSphere integration and log ingestion
        3. Syslog ingestion
        4. Collection agents
          1. Installing the Windows agent
          2. Agent groups and agent configuration
      4. Content Packs
        1. Adding additional Content Packs
        2. Viewing installed Content Packs
        3. Using Content Pack Agent Groups
        4. Manual configuration
          1. Configuring vRealize Operations Management Content Pack
      5. vRealize Operations Manager integration
        1. Installing the Log Insight Management Pack in vRealize Operations
        2. Configuring the integration in vRealize Log Insight
      6. Using vRealize Log Insight with vRealize Operations Manager
        1. Orientation
          1. Dashboards
          2. Interactive analysis
        2. Creating alerts to be sent to vRealize Operations Manager
          1. Scenario
          2. Creating alert
          3. Viewing alerts in vRealize Operations
        3. Launching in context from vRealize Operations Manager
      7. Summary
    18. 10. End Point Operations
      1. Introduction to End Point Operations
        1. Licensing
      2. Deploying End Point Operations
        1. Deploying the Windows agent
      3. Viewing your End Points in vRealize Operations
        1. Service monitoring in Windows
      4. End Point Operations Solution Packs
        1. Implementing Solution Packs
      5. Viewing your application end points in vRealize Operations
        1. MS SQL dashboard
      6. Policies and End Point Operations
      7. Summary
    19. Index