Monday, May 15, 2017

Take a Lab & Win a Drone!

While we all know that hands on lab at VMware is one of the best place to learn about VMware products, the cloud management business unit (CMBU) at VMware will take your experience of HOL at a completely different level.

I am talking about the levels at which drones fly 😜😜😜😜

Last day to register is May 19th.. So hurry..

Here is the link for more details - http://www.vmware.com/promotions/2017-hol-drone.html 

Competition Rules and Regulations

  • Entrants must take any eligible Hands-On Lab in order to be considered for the prize.
  • The contest runs from April 19 to May 19, 2017.
  • The contest is for US residents only.
  • Participants must agree to the terms and conditions of the contest when signing up for a lab.
  • The winner will be announced on the VMware Hands-On Labs Blog.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

vROps Webinar Series 2017 - Part 2- Full Stack monitoring with vRealize Operations Manager

Time to share the recording of the second episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time around we were joined by Craig Lee and Brock Peterson from Blue Medora to talk about "Full Stack Visibility" which vROps can provide by using various extensibility solutions.

We discussed the following use cases and demonstrated them in live environments:

Use Case 1 - Full-Stack vSphere Monitoring. From application to Infrastructure.


Use Case 2 - Amazon RDS Workloads. Monitoring public cloud workloads with vROps.


Use Case 3 - vROps Extensibility. Metrics, Logs and Costing come together along with other 3rd party extensibility options.


Special thanks to Blue Medora for participating in the Webinar Series and contributing to the vCommunity.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

vROps Webinar 2017 - Announcing Part 2 : "Full Stack" monitoring with vRealize Operations Manager



As promised, vROps Webinar Series 2017 is back with the second episode of the year. Last time around we looked closely into the features of vROps 6.5 and as stated during that webinar, we will now show you how you can unlock the full capabilities of vROps using the extensibility of the platform.

If you have been following the Webinar Series, by now you have a complete visibility into the capabilities of vROps, when it comes to monitoring the vSphere infrastructure. While this infrastructure is important for the IaaS provider, what business cares about is Applications. The good news is that vROps provides you an extensible platform which can be leveraged to extend the product capability into any area where metrics exist. This could be at the layers of your Software Defined Datacenter such as Compute, Network & Storage, or in the Application Stack and it's tiers such as App, Web and DB.

While VMware provides a number of plugins which allow you to extend the platform capabilities into applications, they also leverage strategic partners such as Blue Medora to provide you with management packs which can go deep into applications to complete the "FULL STACK VISIBILITY" which is required in any IT shop.

To discuss this topic in detail and to bring life to the concept of  FULL STACK VISIBILITY, we will be joined by Craig Lee and Brock Peterson from Blue Medora joining me and Simon.


Here are the use cases we will cover during the session:

Use Case 1 - Full-Stack vSphere Monitoring

We will demonstrate covering the “Full-Stack” with going from the Oracle Database query level, through the application stack, down to the Netapp SAN’s disk that the VM is running on.


Use Case 2 - Amazon RDS Workloads

You can monitor your, no matter where it lives. vROps can be extended to monitor other platforms hosting your production applications. In this section, we’ll demonstrate monitoring Amazon RDS hosted production databases within vROps . 


Use Case 3 - Extensions to vROps

vROps can be extended in a variety of ways, including Management Packs, Loginsight, EndPoint Operations agents, and vRealize Business Suite. We’ll walk through what the various extensions means in terms of functionality. Finally, we’ll show how all of these are available via the VMware Solutions exchange and where you can start to customize your environment.


Special thanks to Blue Medora for participating in the Webinar Series and contributing to the vCommunity.


Here are the details: 👇👇👇


Session Title
Date
Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Time
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Speakers
Craig Lee & Brock Peterson (from Blue Medora)
Webinar Link
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See you at the Webinar!!  👋👋👋👋




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

vROps Webinar Series 2017 - Part 1 - What's New with vROps 6.5


Time to share the recording of the first episode of the vROps Webinar Series 2017. This time around, Simon and myself spoke about the latest release of vRealize Operations Manager. We spoke about almost all the new features which were introduced with this version and went into some of them in detail. Like always we rounded up the session with Live Demo of the new features for our audiences.

We introduced a feedback form which can be used to provide your feedback in general and also request topics on which you would want us to focus this year.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Automatically upgrade EPOps Agents using vROps 6.5

During the first episode of vROps Webinar Series, someone asked a question about how to upgrade the end point operations agents automatically using vROps UI. The feature is available with vROps 6.5 admin UI. The vROps 6.5 documentation is pretty comprehensive and one can easily find the steps here.


Here is the extract from that link with a simple procedure:

Upgrade the Endpoint Operations Management Agent:

You can upgrade the 6.3 or 6.4 version of an Endpoint Operations Management agent to a 6.5 version from the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface.

Prerequisites:
  • Download the Endpoint Operations Management PAK file.
  • Before you install the PAK file, or upgrade your vRealize Operations Manager instance, clone any customized content to preserve it. Customized content can include alert definitions, symptom definitions, recommendations, and views. Then, during the software update, you select the options named Install the PAK file even if it is already installed and Reset out-of-the-box content.

Procedure:
  1. Log into the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface of your cluster at https://IP-address/admin.
  2. Click Software Update in the left panel.
  3. Click Install a Software Update in the main panel.
  4. From the Add Software Update dialog box, click Browse to select the PAK file.
  5. Click Upload and follow the steps in the wizard to install your PAK file.
  6. After Step 4 of the install is complete, you return to the Software Update page of the Endpoint Operations Management administration interface.
  7. A message that indicates that the software update completed successfully appears in the main pane.

If any of the agents have not installed successfully, rerun the upgrade steps and ensure that you have selected Install the PAK file even if it is already installed in the Add Software Update - Select Software Update page.

What to do next

You can view the log files from the vRealize Operations Manager administration interface > Support page.


Hope this helps!!