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Mastering vRealize Operations Manager

Book Description

Analyze and optimize your IT environment by gaining a practical understanding of vROps 6.0

In Detail

As x86 server virtualization becomes mainstream for even the most demanding applications, the criticality of managing the heath and efficiency of virtualized environments is more important than ever. vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 (vROps 6.0) is the key to simplify operations of your virtualized environment and move from being reactive to proactive.

Mastering vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 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 the requirements of your colleagues. From the new and impressive vROps 6.0 platform architecture to troubleshooting and capacity planning, this book is aimed at ensuring you get the knowledge to manage your virtualized environment as effectively as possible.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover advanced vROps concepts and design your processes effectively for the underlying architecture

  • Migrate from previous versions or install new versions

  • 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 dashboards fit for any use case

  • Make better use of the powerful analytics engine by bringing in external data with third-party adapters and the REST API

  • Explore how policies have evolved in vROps 6.0 and how to apply them in the most effective manner

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    Table of Contents

    1. Mastering vRealize Operations Manager
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Mastering vRealize Operations Manager
      3. Credits
      4. Foreword
      5. About the Authors
      6. Acknowledgments
      7. About the Reviewers
      8. 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
      9. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Other resources available
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      10. 1. vROps – Introduction, Architecture, and Availability
        1. A new, common platform design
        2. The vRealize Operations Manager component architecture
          1. The user interface
          2. Collector
          3. Controller
          4. Analytics
          5. Persistence
            1. Global xDB
            2. Alarms xDB
            3. HIS xDB
            4. FSDB
        3. vRealize Operations Manager node types
          1. The master / master replica node
          2. The data node
          3. The remote collector node
        4. Multi-node deployment and high availability
          1. The Operations Manager's migration to GemFire
          2. GemFire sharding
          3. Adding, removing, and balancing nodes
        5. High availability in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
          1. Operations Manager 6.0 HA design considerations
          2. How does HA and data duplication work?
        6. Summary
      11. 2. Installing and Migrating vROps 6.0
        1. Installation and migration
          1. Migration overview
          2. Deploying the vROps 6.0 virtual appliance
          3. Configuring a new vROps instance
          4. Fresh installation
        2. Adding additional nodes
          1. Scaling and high availability
        3. Summary
      12. 3. vRealize Operations Manager Badges
        1. What are vRealize Operations Manager badges?
        2. Changes in badges of vROps 6.0
          1. Badges for non-vSphere objects
          2. Major badges are now set by definitions
        3. Understanding the Health badge
          1. The Workload badge
          2. The Anomalies badge
          3. The Fault badge
          4. The Health badge summary
        4. Understanding the Risk badge
          1. The Capacity Remaining badge
          2. The Time Remaining badge
          3. The Stress badge
          4. The Risk badge summary
        5. 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
        6. Summary
      13. 4. The Merged UI
        1. What has changed in the new UI?
        2. Components that make up the Merged UI
        3. The primary vROps sections overview
          1. Alerts
          2. Environment
          3. Content
          4. Administration
        4. Summary
      14. 5. Policies in vRealize Operations Manager 6.0
        1. What are policies?
        2. Creating policies
        3. Modular policies
        4. Summary
      15. 6. Capacity Management Made Easy
        1. An Introduction to capacity management for Operations Manager policies
          1. The initial policy configuration wizard
        2. Defining the correct capacity management policies for your environment
          1. Resource containers
            1. Observed versus configured metrics
            2. Policy recommendations for containers
              1. CPU (enabled)
              2. Memory (enabled)
              3. Network I/O (disabled)
              4. Datastore I/O (disabled)
              5. Disk space (situational)
              6. vSphere configuration limits (enabled)
          2. Demand versus allocation
            1. Demand and allocation – calculations and recommendations
              1. CPU demand
                1. Recommendation
              2. CPU allocation
                1. Recommendation
              3. Memory demand
                1. Recommendation
              4. Memory allocation
                1. Recommendation
          3. Setting overcommitment
            1. CPU overcommitment
            2. Memory overcommitment
            3. Disk space overcommitment
          4. Accounting for peaks
            1. Recommendations
          5. High availability and buffers – usable capacity
            1. High availability
            2. Buffers
        3. Projects
          1. Improvements to demand or capacity trending
          2. Pipeline management
          3. Planned versus committed projects
        4. Summary
      16. 7. Dashboard Design
        1. Why use custom dashboards?
        2. Widgets
          1. Types of widgets
          2. The widget settings
        3. Creating a custom dashboard
          1. Interactive dashboard
            1. Editing Object List
            2. Editing Metric Picker
            3. Editing Heatmap
            4. XML editing
        4. Summary
      17. 8. Reporting and Views
        1. Changes to views and reports in Operations Manager 6.0
          1. Views in Operations Manager 5.x versus 6.0
          2. Reports in Operations Manager 5.x versus 6.0
        2. Views in Operations Manager 6.0
          1. Defining and building views
            1. Name and description
            2. Subjects
            3. Presentation
              1. List
              2. List summary
              3. Trend
              4. Distribution
              5. Text and images
            4. Data
            5. Visibility
              1. Availability
              2. Further Analysis
              3. Blacklist
        3. Reports in Operations Manager 6.0
          1. Scheduling reports
        4. Summary
      18. 9. Super Metrics
        1. What are super metrics and when do I use them?
        2. Metric terminology and definitions
          1. Objects
          2. Metrics
          3. Attribute types
        3. Super metric types
          1. Rollup
          2. Generic resource
          3. Specific resource/pass-through
        4. Building your own super metrics
          1. Defining a new super metric
          2. Validating the new super metric
        5. Applying super metrics in Operations Manager 6.0
        6. Comparing super metrics to views
          1. Views
          2. Super metrics
        7. Summary
      19. 10. Administering vROps 6.0
        1. Overview of role-based access
        2. Configuring an LDAP source
        3. Configuring users and groups
        4. Summary
      20. 11. Expanding vROps with Solutions
        1. Why collect additional data?
        2. Installing solutions
        3. Importing data using the REST API
        4. Summary
      21. 12. Application Management in vROps 6.0
        1. Creating applications
        2. Importing applications
        3. Summary
      22. 13. Alerting, Actions, and Recommendations
        1. Symptoms, recommendations, and actions
          1. Symptoms
          2. Alerts
          3. Recommendations
          4. Actions
        2. Creating symptoms and recommendations
        3. Creating alerts
        4. Summary
      23. 14. Just Messing Around
        1. Summary
      24. Index