Monday, March 24, 2014

Part 6 - Configuring vCenter Operations Manager Custom User Interface!

In the Part 5 of this series, we licensed the vCOps instance which we deployed. Now I will tell you about doing some basic configurations on the Admin User Interface of vCenter Operations Manager.
Let's begin by logging into the vCOps admin UI.

1- Open a web browser and login to vCOps Admin UI by pointing to the following url - https://<vcops UI VM IP>/admin.

2- Under the Registration TAB, you will have the option to do the following:-

- Check License Status

- Select the kind of metrics you want to collect Balanced or Full.(VMware Recommneds Balanced - Read the following VMware KB on this topic)

- You can do a Register, Un-register, Update or Find a Linked vCenter server.

- You can also register a VCM (VMware Configuration Manager) instance on this screen.

2- Click on the SMTP/SNMP tab to enable the SMTP and SNMP settings and configure the details as shown in the screenshot below. Enabling the SMTP settings are important if you want vCOps to send alerts and reports to desired recipients.

3- Click on the SSL tab and you can upload a certificate if you wish to.

4- Click on the Status tab. Here you can Start/Stop/Restart the vCOps Services. You can check the status of the vCOps service and also download a diagnostic bundle if you wish to do so or if VMware Support asks you to do so.

5- The Update Tab is important as it allows you to Add 3rd party adapter and also update the vCOps vAPP from one version to another. These upgrades are done using .pak files which can be browsed for and updated by a click of a button.

6- The last TAB here is the account tab which can be used to change the admin and root passwords if desired by the vCOps Admin.

With this I will finish this post. In the next article I will help you configure some advanced settings which will help you optimize your vCOps deployment. Stay tuned for more goodness on vCOps.

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