Tuesday, August 8, 2017

vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1 Released

VMware just announced the release of vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1. This is a maintenance release which has the minor bug fixes which were reported with vRealize Operations 6.6. If you are looking to upgrade to vRops 6.6. I would highly recommedn to move to 6.6.1 so that you can benefit from these minor bug fixes.

As per the release notes, here are the lists of issues which have been taken care off with this maintenance release:

  • The Total Reclamation Opportunity widget in the Capacity Overview dashboard now displays the correct Reclaimable Capacity metric value.

  • The VM percentage metric values for the idle, wait, system, iowait, and swapwait metrics have been corrected.

  • Issues with View rendering where resource and aggregation filtering options have both been set, has been resolved.

  • Issues with report generation for reports created in earlier versions has been resolved.

  • Improved Cluster resilience in case of packet drop spikes in the network.

  • Intermittent End Point Operations adapter install/upgrade failures has been fixed.

  • The vSAN World object shows the correct number of VMs using vSAN datastore.

  • vRealize Operations user interface displays correct information when custom attribute is updated directly in vCenter Server.

  • Imported vIDM user preserves all assigned groups.

  • Users can enter FQDN as part of the vIDM redirect URL.

  • Endless analytics restarts caused by a empty file is fixed.

  • Only vSAN enabled host are counted in the vSAN World object.

  • The issue with empty Cassandra file has been resolved.

  • Intermittent REST authentication issues has been fixed.

  • vSphere tags are no longer cleared if tag query fails.

  • Negative values for some of the metrics of the vSAN adapter are corrected.




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Part 10 - VM Mobility gets a whole new meaning with Workload Balance in vROps 6.6

Hope you are enjoying the vROps 6.6 Whats's New Series. I took a little break from writing, but I am back with some more goodness around vROps 6.6. One of the key features which was shipped out in this realese is called the Workload Balance.

In my first post of this What's New Series, I wrote in brief about Fully Automated Workload Balance. Here is a quick recap of what I highlighted about this feature.

  • Fully Automated Workload Balancing:
    • Ensures performance across the datacenter's with fully automated workload balancing, across clusters and across data stores.
    • Ensures DRS Configurations and provides the option to set DRS automation level for individual objects.
    • Predictive DRS takes action to preempt resource contention.
    • Utilizes operations analytics to optimize initial placement of workloads through vRealize Automation.

In the upcoming vROps Webinar Series, I will go deep into this topic to explain how vROps Workload Balance can help you proactively avoid performance problem by using the Mobility Aspects of a VM with time trusted technologies such as vMotion and Storage vMotion.

Apart from being proactive on moving virtual machines across clusters, Workload Balance also helps you track the configuration of DRS which plays a big role in moving virtual machines within the cluster.

With Custom Datacenters (a construct of vRealize Operations Manager), you can create your mini datacenters of your favorite clusters with like properties and move virtual machines between these clusters to avoid any performance bottlenecks and effectively utilize the capacity.

Watch out for the announcement for the next webinar episode where we will see all this goodness in action.

In the mean-time, see this video from Matt Bradford who works as a Technical Account Manager at VMware and also runs a wonderful blog named vmspot.com 

Matt explains both Workload Balance and Predictive DRS with some great examples. See him in action below:




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Thursday, July 27, 2017

vROps Webinar Series 2017 - Part 3 - What's New with vROps 6.6.

Hello!!! Hope you enjoyed the last episode of vRealize Operations Webinar Series.This time around we spoke about the all new version of the product : vRealize Operations Manager 6.6, which is recently released by VMware.

We started with an overview of all the cool new stuff and then drill down into individual areas. We then jumped into a Live Demo as usual to see the new features in action.

We would highly appreciate if you could spend 30 seconds to fill up this quick and simple survey to provide us your feedback. You can also request topics of your choice through this survey.


Here is the recording!






Note : It is recommended that you watch the video in HD quality for a great experience.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Contest : Share Your vROps 6.6 Upgrade Story & Win Exciting Prizes

The VMware Communities just started a contest on vRealize Operations Manager 6.6. Make sure you check it out and participate by sharing your experience with vRops 6.6.


If you are all excited about our new release of vRealize Operations 6.6 and have already upgraded, please share your story. We are running a contest through July 2017 to spotlight the top 3 stories in our upcoming blog. The top 3 winners will be selected to have a 1:1 training workshop for your entire team with our product experts.


Top 5 reasons to upgrade to vROps 6.6:
  1. Simple process and more efficient
  2. Fully automated workload balancing
  3. More Dashboards Out of the Box
  4. Tighter Integration with VSAN, vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Business for Cloud
  5. Better look and feel with HTML5 Clarity UI

Please post your success story in the VMware Communities forum with the answe to the following 3 simple questions:

  • Why you upgraded to vRealize Operations 6.6?
  • What benefits have you experienced from this upgrade?
  • Can you share best practices with your peers?
>> Judge Criteria: Most interesting best practices, upgrade themes into any of the 5 categories above.

>> Watch these videos to get the most out of vROps 6.6


Look forward to exciting stories! Go vRops Ninja!!
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What's New with vROps 6.6 on VMware Communities Roundtables Podcast




Podcast are the modern blogs. The only difference is that you hear the opinion of the person instead of reading them. I guess that makes it powerful since you can be anywhere, doing anything and tune into a podcast and hopefully learn from it.

If the topic is of your interest, then it is like music to ears, if not, then you switch over to a different channel. The learning never stops...

While I am No Podcast pro, I have been involved in a couple and the one I enjoyed a lot was with cloudinsiders.fm. No points for guessing that the topic was "How is your IT infrastructure being managed?" Tune into that one if you want to hear my ramblings on where is Operations with all things cloudy going and how would one create a strategy around Cloud Operations.

In my recent Podcast adventure , I skope about the motivation behind vRealize Operations Manager 6.6. 

I was honored to be invited on the VMware Communities Roundatbles Podcast to discuss about my blog, my journey into the virtual world and ofcourse the latest release of vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.

Special thanks to the wonderful hosts Eric, Katie and Noell for inviting me to the show and all the wonderful work they do for the VMware Communities.


Here is the link to the Recording - http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-19367/TS-1192094.mp3 

Hope you enjoy the podcast and most importantly learn from it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Have a Great Day!!