Automate Troubleshooting with vRealize Operations Manager

Troubleshooting is time consuming. Sometimes the problem is obscure and hard to research but most of the time the issue becomes apparent early on in the process. One by one this troubleshooting methodology isn’t a huge time commitment, however as more break fix problems creep up it can consume more time than one realizes. I liken it to working a jigsaw puzzle. When you sit down to put the puzzle together you flip all the pieces over and sort them to make the problem easier.

Uila 2.0 Hybrid Cloud Monitoring

On July 16, 2018, Uila released version 2.0 of its application monitoring and analytics platform. Previously we explored its application discovery and mapping features, focusing on resources that resided within an on-premises datacenter. As industry trends shift toward a hybrid cloud model many monitoring tools have a visibility gap. They only inspect data within their domains, creating a black hole between the on-premises datacenter and the cloud instances. Uila 2.

Application Discovery and Mapping with Uila

Uila is a platform that seeks to amplify visibility into a virtualized environment, allowing technicians to determine root cause for performance and availability issues. Increasing availability and determining root cause are critically important but are only one part of the Uila platform. The dashboard retains its familiar appearance, with its green/yellow/red application performance visualization but the software itself has many new features to explore. Ulia has spent significant time and effort enhancing other features, in particular application mapping and documentation.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Licensing and License Groups

Maintaining valid licensing in vRealize Operations Manager is crucial to getting the most out of the tool. There are two methods of licensing vROps: per processor with unlimited VMs or per virtual machine or physical server monitored. The latter method is also referred to as an Operating System Instance, or OSI. An OSI is any device, physical or virtual, that has an IP address and is capable of being monitored.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Design Introduction

Sizing a vRealize Operations Manager Environment VMware vRealize Operations Manager is the flagship monitoring suite for the entire VMware Software Defined Datacenter stack. The software is incredibly powerful, but it can be a bit daunting to a newcomer. Each update has improved out of the box functionality, however there is a lot to learn to master the software and truly make the most out of its features. Every successful environment starts with a strong design.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Design for a Home Lab

Designing for a Home Lab A practical way to gain experience with vRealize Operations Manager is to deploy and implement it into a home lab. A design for a home lab almost seems too simple, but planning it out and diagraming a simple example can help when the time comes to design a production environment. The environment will need to support the following: Monitor 100 Objects Monitor 10 End Point Operations Management agents The environment is also resource constrained, and the node can be no larger than a Small node size.

The Road to Root Cause

Have you ever received a call from someone that started with “Why is everything so slow”? I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone working in IT Operations has heard some variation of that question. The request could be anything from issue accessing Yahoo mail to a mission critical application unable to communicate with its database. The worst of these calls happen at 2am. Everyone is crabby, nobody wants to take blame or have a finger pointed at them, and there may not be solid supporting data showing slow down.