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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials

Book Description

This book, written by an expert, tackles the complexities of the vCenter Operations Management Suite to make your life easier. Its step-by-step approach brings a new level of clarity to administering large virtual machines.

In Detail

vCenter Operations Manager offers a powerful solution to administrating a large virtual machine deployment, allowing you to automate processes and plan your resource capacity to maximize hardware efficiency.

This book contains step-by-step tutorials, detailed descriptions, and real-world solutions that will allow you to overcome the complexity of a powerful but often overwhelming suite of tools for the modern network administrator. Install, configure, troubleshoot, and expand your virtualization deployment with this essential handbook.

The vCenter Operations Management Suite contains so much information within one solution that it can be intimidating. It can make administrators feel overwhelmed or think that they are not using it properly. This book is a practical guide to using vCenter Operations Manager for the everyday administrator. It not only gives step-by-step instructions but also makes admins more comfortable with the user interface so they can maintain, troubleshoot, and design their infrastructure and virtual environment in the most efficient way possible.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials guides you through installing and configuring vCenter Operations Manager and shows you how to maximize its potential. vCenter Operations Manager helps you maintain and troubleshoot your VMware environment as well as your physical environment. It goes beyond using the simple alarms vCenter gives you by explaining the virtual environment and how to track, explain, and find solutions to anomalous behavior. You're taught how to deploy the power of vCops to maximize your ability to plan capacity and design your environment, enabling more efficient use of your hardware than ever before.

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure VMware vCenter Operations Manager
  • Connect VMware vCenter Operations Manager to your virtual server environment, VMware Horizon View environment, EMC VNX storage analytics, and VMware Log Insight
  • Troubleshoot various performance issues
  • Plan your hardware capacity efficiently
  • Discover the differences between “one off” events and consistent stress within your VMs and storage
  • Explore the difference between normal behavior and anomalous behaviour
  • Find specific events that cause issues within your environment
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    Table of Contents

    1. VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials
      1. Table of Contents
      2. VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
        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
      7. 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
          1. Downloading the color images of this book
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      8. 1. Introduction to vCenter Operations Manager
        1. What is vCenter Operations Manager?
        2. Benefits of troubleshooting with vC Ops
        3. Benefits of capacity planning with vC Ops
        4. Feature comparison of versions
          1. What is vCenter Operations Manager Suite?
          2. Licensing versions
        5. Using vC Ops with other solutions
        6. Summary
      9. 2. Installing vCenter Operations Manager
        1. System requirements
        2. Preparing the vCenter Server
        3. Deploying the vCenter Operations Manager's vApp
        4. Configuring the vCenter Operations Manager
          1. Assigning licenses
          2. Managing policies
          3. Managing group types
          4. Managing display settings
        5. vC Ops custom dashboard
          1. Configuring user permissions
          2. Adapters
          3. Resources
        6. Upgrading vC Ops
        7. Summary
      10. 3. Dashboards and Badges
        1. Navigation overview
          1. The Dashboard tab
          2. The Environment tab
          3. The Operations tab
          4. The Planning tab
          5. The Alerts tab
          6. The Analysis tab
          7. The Reports tab
        2. Major badges
          1. The Health badge
          2. The Risk badge
          3. The Efficiency Badge
        3. Minor badges
          1. The Workload badge
          2. The Anomalies badge
          3. The Faults badge
          4. The Time Remaining badge
          5. The Capacity Remaining badge
          6. The Stress badge
          7. The Reclaimable Waste badge
          8. The Density badge
        4. Heat maps
        5. Custom dashboards
        6. Summary
      11. 4. Troubleshooting Our Virtual Environment with vCenter Operations Manager
        1. Drilling in on major and minor badges
        2. Troubleshooting VM performance
        3. Troubleshooting network performance
        4. Troubleshooting slow applications
        5. Finding future risks
        6. Summary
      12. 5. Capacity Planning with vCenter Operations Manager
        1. Optimizing our environment
          1. Undersized and oversized VMs
          2. Powered-off VMs
          3. More optimization options
            1. Common virtual machine configurations
            2. Underused hosts and clusters
            3. Datastore waste
        2. What-if scenarios
          1. Hardware changes
          2. Virtual machine changes
          3. Hardware changes and virtual machine changes
        3. The capacity analysis page
        4. Summary
      13. 6. Reports
        1. Built-in reports
        2. Understanding built-in reports
          1. Virtual Machine Capacity Overview Report
          2. Oversized Virtual Machines Report
          3. Capacity Inventory and Optimization Report
          4. Average/Peak Datastore Latency and Throughput Report
          5. Health Score and Alert Trend Report
          6. VM Average and Peak Storage Access Latency Report
        3. Custom Reports
        4. Summary
      14. 7. vCenter Configuration Manager
        1. Basic vCenter Configuration Manager installation
          1. VCM basic configuration
        2. Connecting VCM and vC Ops
        3. Using VCM metrics within vC Ops
          1. Compliance
          2. Change events
        4. Summary
      15. 8. Log Insight
        1. Installing and configuring Log Insight
        2. Using Log Insight with vC Ops
        3. Summary
      16. 9. VMware Horizon View Integration with vCenter Operations Manager
        1. High-level installation overview
          1. Configuring the Event database
        2. Connecting Horizon View with vC OPS
        3. Using vC OPS for View
        4. Practical uses
        5. Summary
      17. 10. vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
        1. Overview of Infrastructure Navigator
        2. Using VIN with vC OPS
        3. Summary
      18. 11. EMC Storage Analytics
        1. Deploying ESA
        2. Using ESA with vC OPS
        3. Summary
      19. Index