As of VMworld 2018, the folks at Blue Medora have released the VxRail Management Pack for vROps, so naturally enough we wanted to find out what it could do.
This post is simply an overview. Please refer to the official installation and configuration documentation from Blue Medora (which is excellent).
A pre-req of this VxRail Management Pack is that vROps must also have the vSAN Management Pack installed and configured.
You can download and install the Blue Medora VxRail Management Pack from here. Once downloaded, then Add Solution from the vROps UI > Administration, as shown below
The new Management Pack then needs to be licensed, so in the Solutions panel click on Configure, as shown below
Click the green plus icon to add the license, from where the Dell EMC Compute option must be selected from the drop-down. Enter the license key (must be acquired from Blue Medora), click Validate, and then Save.
Navigate back to the Solutions panel, from where the adapter must be configured for each of the VxRail systems. Select the Dell EMC Compute Solution and click the Configure icon at the top of the panel. Click the Green Plus icon to create a new adapter instance.
The primary setting to be aware of here are:
- Management IP
This can be entered as the range of VxRail iDRAC addresses if contiguous e.g. <starting IP>-<lastIP> or 10.20.30.40-10.20.30.43, where a single dash, no spaces, separates the first/last IP. The iDRAC IPs can be entered individually, comma separated also if required.
Note: The required IPs are the iDRAC IPs for each VxRail node, and NOT the ESXi Mgmt IP.
- Credential Kind – Select SNMP v2
- Credential Name – Use a friendly name as appropriate
- Community String – This can be found in the iDRAC Settings under Network>Services>SNMP Agent, as shown below
- vSphere Host – This is the vCenter Server FQDN
- UserName – Least privilege user for this is a read-only vSphere user, where we created and used VxRail_iDRAC_readonly@vsphere.local which has read only privileges
- Under Advanced Settings, you may want to increase the Socket Timeout Interval from 1 to 10 (may not be required)
When all details have been entered (assuming that all nodes use the same access details!) click Test Connection, and if successful click Save Settings.
Note: Be aware that if adding a 2nd VxRail adapter instance, that a new credential will need to be created, within which the 2nd vCenter Server and associated vSphere read-only user will need to be specified. Our 2nd VxRail, hosting the VVD Shared Edge/Workload Domain, was added later (at which stage I made that mistake of using the same credential as previous!).
All going well, the Adapter Status, Collection State and Collection Status will display as Data Receiving and Collecting respectively, as shown below
Give the adapter some time to collect the required information and make itself presentable (take a walk outside maybe, fresh air is always good!), and when ready you should have 2 fully populated VxRail Dashboards:
- Dell EMC VxRail Clusters
- Dell EMC VxRail Overview
The VxRail Clusters dashboard provides tons of detail around general cluster status, utilization, alerts and KPIs, as shown below:
The VxRail Overview dashboard presents Host System and Virtual Machine details based on the object selected, as shown below:
In addition the the VxRail specific dashboards, the Blue Medora team provide 3 Dell EMC PowerEdge dashboards:
- Dell EMC PowerEdge Overview
- Dell EMC PowerEdge Virtual machine Workbench
- Dell EMC PowerEdge Health
In terms of actual VVD alignment, this VxRail Management Pack is not an official part of the VMware Validated Design, but can be used to compliment the overall operational management and monitoring of a VVD on VxRail deployment provided that the relevant objects are supported by the management pack. The installation, upgrade, etc of this management pack is not covered by VVD documentation, so please refer to the official Blue Medora docs.
A big thank you to Craig and team at Blue Medora for helping us out with this!
For more information on this VxRail Management Pack, please go to the Blue Medora website here.
Hope that helps,