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VMware vRealize Operations Performance and Capacity Management

Book Description

A hands-on guide to mastering performance and capacity management in a virtual data center

In Detail

VMware vRealize Operations is a suite of products that automates operations management using patented analytics and an integrated approach to performance, capacity, and configuration management. vRealize Operations Manager is the most important component of this suite that helps administrators to maintain and troubleshoot their VMware environment as well as their physical environment.

This book takes you through the fundamental differences between a Software-Defined Data Center and a classic physical data center, and how these differences impact both architecture and operations. From a strategic point of view, you will come across the most common challenges associated with performance management in a Software-Defined Data Center. Furthermore, you will learn all the key counters in vSphere and vRealize Operations, understand their dependencies, and acquaint yourself with practical solutions to configure them for a healthy virtual environment.

What You Will Learn

  • Educate and convince your peers on why and how performance and capacity management change in a virtual data center
  • Correct many misconceptions about virtualization
  • Discover how your peers operationalize their vRealize Operations
  • Master all the key metrics in vSphere and vRealize Operations
  • Be confident in performance troubleshooting with vSphere and vRealize Operations
  • See real-life examples of how super metric and advance dashboards make management easier
  • Develop rich custom dashboards with interaction and super metrics
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    Table of Contents

    1. VMware vRealize Operations Performance and Capacity Management
      1. Table of Contents
      2. VMware vRealize Operations Performance and Capacity Management
      3. Credits
      4. Foreword
      5. Foreword
      6. About the Author
      7. Acknowledgments
      8. About the Reviewers
      9. 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
      10. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What this book is not
        3. What you need for this book
        4. Who this book is for
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the color images of this book
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      11. 1. Virtual Data Center – It's Not a Physical Data Center, Virtualized
        1. Our journey into the virtual world
        2. Not all "virtualizations" are equal
        3. Virtual Machine – it is not what you think!
        4. Software-Defined Data Center
          1. The compute function
          2. The network function
          3. The storage function
          4. All together now
        5. A virtual data center versus a physical data center
          1. Data center
          2. Server
          3. Storage
          4. Network
          5. Disaster Recovery
          6. Application
          7. Infrastructure team
        6. Management disciplines impacted by virtualization
        7. Summary
      12. 2. Capacity Management in SDDC
        1. Shift in capacity management
        2. Capacity management at the VM level
        3. Capacity management at the infrastructure level
          1. Capacity planning at the compute level
          2. Capacity planning at the storage layer
          3. Capacity planning at the network layer
        4. Summary
      13. 3. Mastering the Key Counters in SDDC
        1. First things first – the purpose
        2. Compute
        3. Network
        4. Storage
        5. Metric groups
          1. VM – metric groups
          2. ESXi – metric groups
          3. Cluster – metric groups
          4. Datastore – metric groups
          5. Datastore cluster – metric groups
          6. The distributed switch
          7. Data center – metric groups
          8. vCenter – metric groups
        6. Counters in vCenter and vRealize Operations
          1. When is a peak not a true peak?
          2. vRealize Operations versus vCenter
        7. Summary
      14. 4. CPU Counters
        1. CPU counters at the VM level
          1. Contention counters
          2. Utilization counters
          3. Other counters
          4. VM CPU key counters
        2. CPU counters at the ESXi level
          1. Contention counters
          2. Utilization counters
          3. ESXi CPU key counters
        3. CPU counters at the cluster level
        4. CPU counters at higher levels
        5. CPU contention guidance
        6. Summary
      15. 5. Memory Counters
        1. Memory – not such a simple matter
        2. Memory counters at the VM level
          1. Contention counters
          2. Utilization counters
          3. Other counters
          4. Putting it together
          5. VM memory key counters
        3. Memory counters at the ESXi level
          1. Contention counters
          2. Utilization counters
          3. ESXi memory key counters
        4. Memory counters at the cluster level
        5. Memory counters at higher levels
        6. Memory contention guidance
        7. Summary
      16. 6. Network Counters
        1. Network monitoring and management
        2. Network counters at the VM level
        3. Network counters at the ESXi level
        4. Network counters at the cluster level
        5. Network counters at the Distributed Switch level
        6. Network counters at higher levels
        7. Summary
      17. 7. Storage Counters
        1. The multilayer storage
        2. Storage counters at the VM level
          1. Putting it all together
          2. VM storage key counters
        3. Storage counters at the ESXi level
        4. Storage counters at the cluster level
        5. Storage counters at the datastore level
        6. Storage counters at the datastore cluster level
        7. Storage counters at the higher level
        8. Storage contention guidance
        9. Summary
      18. 8. Dashboard Examples and Ideas
        1. Planning for your dashboards
          1. Using the right counters
          2. Figuring out who will use which dashboard
          3. How many dashboards do I need to have?
        2. Use case – is virtualization causing a problem?
          1. What the dashboard looks like
        3. Use case – managing the overall SDDC performance
          1. VM level
          2. Infrastructure level
        4. Use case – dashboards for the big screen
        5. Use case – storage performance management
        6. Use case – storage capacity management
        7. Use case – network performance management
        8. Use case – right-sizing large VMs
          1. What the dashboard looks like
        9. Use case – capacity planning
        10. Summary
        11. References
      19. Index