Category: vRealize

Using VVD on VxRail as CMP-only

VMware Validated Design (VVD) VxRail for the Software Defined DataCenter (SDDC) is a prescriptive architecture whose value customers easily recognize and appreciate, but in some cases may also need to deviate-from based on their own requirements. One such use case is where existing VxBlock customers want to leverage VVD on VxRail but also want to retain their existing infrastructure.

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Configure vRB Remote Data Collector

When using remote vCenter endpoints with vRealize Automation, it is important to configure a vRealize Business for Cloud Remote Data Collector (or two) local to the remote endpoint.

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Monitoring vRA XaaS Workflows with vROps

The VMware vRO Management Pack for vROps provides the ability to monitor the workflows of 3rd party vRO packages in addition to it’s own default vCenter and Management Pack workflows.

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Installing vRO Management Pack for vROps

The installation of the vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) is quite straightforward, though the configuration of the adapter takes a little more than is outlined in the official Mgmt Pack for vRO v1.0 Guide

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Backup and De-duplication of Encrypted Data

Data can be encrypted. Data can be backed-up. And data can be de-duplicated. But can that same data be encrypted, backed up and then de-duped? As usual, it depends …

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vRB for Cloud Management Pack for vROps

Just noticed that vROps v6.6 now comes with an adapter for vRealize Business for Cloud, so obviously felt the need to configure it and see what it provides.

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vRO Content Pack for vRealize Log Insight

Among the many Content Packs available for Log Insight on the VMware Marketplace is the latest vRO Content Pack. This is a quick overview of the vRealize Orchestrator Content Pack for vRealize Log Insight.

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Upgrade vRB for Cloud to v7.3.1

Upgrading multiple vRealize components in our lab to latest available, this time it was vRealize Business for Cloud to be upgraded.

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Configuring vRA Management Pack for vROps

Before upgrading some of the vRealize components in our lab, I wanted to check the existing operations between some of the components, namely vROps and vRA. It turns out that the configuration requirements are quite different with the newer versions of vRA and the vRA Management Pack for vROps.

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vRB Storage Costs by Storage Profile begone

For any customers accustomed to using VM Storage Profiles as a means to display their Storage Costs in vRealize Business, be aware that as of vSphere v6.0, this is no longer possible.

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Configure vROps Remote Collectors

This post covers the configuration of remote collectors for vRealize Operations Manager, and explains how they are leveraged for the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution.

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vR Ops and ViPR Alert Notifications 

This post demonstrates how to create proactive alerts and notifications for DELL EMC ViPR within VMware vR Ops, and also how to link associated resolutions to the VMware vRA service catalog.

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vRA VM Backup, Delete, Restore – What’s the Problem?

Virtual machine lifecycle management is a key feature and function of VMware vRA. Policies can be put in place to control virtual machine requests, approvals, provisioning, expiration, and reclamation. With the EHC solution, we can also include automatic backup and restore in the VM lifecycle.

But what happens when a user decides to destroy a VM, only to realise shortly afterwards their mistake, meaning they now need to restore a VM that has been destroyed? Well, that’s the thing …

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Upgrade vRB v6.2.3 to v7.1

We wanted to upgrade our EHC lab instance of vRealize Business Standard (v6.2.3) to vRealize Business for Cloud (v7.1.0). Using vRB v7.x has been a common request for some of our Financial customers who required vRB to support the Swiss Franc.

So after a quick glance at the vRB 7.x Install Guide, we realised that this is a migration, not an upgrade.

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Monitor RP4VM with vR Ops

The recent release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for vRealize Operations Manager provides the ability to discover and monitor EMC RP4VM (RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines).

This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the RP4VM adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available dashboards.

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Updating Certificates for vR Ops

Going through a process of converting all self-signed certificates in our EHC environment to CA-signed certs. First we converted all of the vCenter Server certificates, available here, but then we were faced with updating the certificates used by the various other vRealize Suite components that integrate with vCenter.

vRealize Operations Manager was the first on the list of those components.

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Converting vCenter Self-signed Certs to CA-signed Certs

This post provides some high-level detail on what was required for us to migrate to CA-signed certificates on an existing vCenter Server  installation. Our overall plan was to upgrade versions of the EHC solution (EHC v3.1 to EHC v3.5) which meant that we needed to upgrade from vSphere v5, using SSO, to vSphere 6, using the new PSC (Platform Services Controller).

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Monitor EMC Avamar with vR Ops

The latest release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for VMware vRealize Operations Manager went GA May 2nd 2016, and among the many new features and supported objects is EMC Avamar.

This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the Avamar Adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available Avamar dashboards.

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