vRops: VM placement advisory

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This is going to be a short blog. I just want to draw your attention to some new metrics (At least I have not noticed them until vRops 6.6). These seen below are available on clusters and tells you if there are room for more VMs are not. The metric is called “Is Green For Placement” and simply gives you a value of 0 or 1, which equals to false or true. So if “Is Green For Placement” is 1 or true, it means that there is room for more VMs else the value would be 0 or false. Pretty […]

vRops dashboard – Host Network Connectivity Insight

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I’m working with some large customers. One of the problems with scaling IT, is the disjoint between knowing what the IT landscape looks like and thinking you know what it look like. Or put in other words, the large an organization the less every employs knows about one another’s doings. This creates gaps between IT teams. Network may know how they setup the network, but they might not know what the server team plugged into their network. Exactly such an issue one of my customers had. Every time a vlan was missing from a vlan truck or another network problem […]

Using Log Insight query API with Powershell

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Log Insight is such an underrated tool. As a consultant I use it all the time, it makes it simple and fast to find issues and solutions. Frankly speaking any VMware shop not running Log Insight is letting there company down. There is multiple ways to get insight out of Log Insight. You can use the GUI; setup webhooks for third party intergration; get it to send you an email; send alerts to vRops or use the Log Insight API. The API is split into two, an ingestion API and a query API. Today I am going to show you […]

Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat

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Intel Optane the new benchmark SSD to beat   For a very long time Intel 3700 series of SSDs has held the crown as the best all round SSD for the enterprise market. Intel did something special with this line of SSDs. They stop talking IOPS and latency at least as the main focus and started focusing on where it really would hurt mainstream storage vendors. What was new was QoS or consistency and power loss protection. These features are enterprise graded. Many vendors will claim that they have power loss protection, but non-like Intel did and even today, you […]

Log Insight upgrade path

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Log Insight 4.3 has just been released. I guess it is a good time to talk about upgrading and what path to follow and what is the Log Insight upgrade path. I am only gonna focus on Log Insight 3.x or newer. Basically if you are not running Log Insight 3.x or newer, you really should upgrade asap. There is now reason to wait any longer. You are just making it worse by waiting! Log Insight upgrade path Upgrading Log Insight is quite simple. Log Insight is a incremental update process. Meaning you can not skip an update. If you […]

vRops upgrade path

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This is just a quick guide to the vRops upgrade path. I work a lot with vRops in different aspects. As of late I have been running in to a few environments which has not kept up with vRops’s release cycle. Needles to say vRops has come a long way from 5.8 or 6.0. Last week vRops 6.5 was release and once every quarter(or so) a new release will come out. In that sense, it is good to know how to upgrade from one release of vRops to the next or more so to the latest. vRops does not require […]

vSphere Optimization Assessment

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If you have not hear of vSphere Optimization Assessment(VOA), I do not blame you. It is one of the assessments VMware does not talk to much of. It is a partner tool(management pack for partner) used together with vRops. The title says it all, it is all about optimizing the resources you already have. So instead of always buying more hosts or storage, you can optimize your current environment and save money. The way it works is it utilises the intelligent of vRops with some new reports. Based on this report your VMware partner can give you a detailed overview […]

vRops – Super Metric enhancements

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One of the areas in where vRops 6.3 has been getting a huge improvement is Super Metrics. You can read about vRops 6.3 enhancements here: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/vrops-6-3-walkthrough-new-features#SuperMetricenhancements It might seem some what trivial – the enhancements. The addition of a few new operators. I guarantee you it is not, these new operators are a game changer for Super Metrics. Lets recap all the new operators Operators Function Example [] Array [A, B, C] == Equal 1==1 != Not equal 1!=2 < Less than 1<2 <= Less than or equal 1<=2 > Greater than 2>1 >= Greater than or equal 2=>1 || […]

Troubleshooting vRops Authentication problems

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I have from time to time some issues with getting vRops authentication working correctly or applying the correct rights to the user such as they are able to do the assigned tasks. To help troubleshoot these kinds of issues. I always jump to Log Insight to get a full understanding of the issue. Well you could jump into vRops nodes and do it via linux. I just find this a lot easier, if you ask me. As Log Insight isn’t tuned to understand vRops authentication. I have had to do a little digging my self. As it turns out, and […]

Installing vRealize Network Insight

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  Network security has been at hot topic for years. In comes NSX along with micro-segmentation and one would think that security couldn’t be any hotter, but you’ll be wrong! Que vRealize Network Insight. This is the new black that everyone has been talking about and demoing. Who am I to not join in on the fun. If you want a short introduction to vRealize Network Insight please have a look at the article I did for Starwind. You got SDN, now what vRealize Network Insight architecture vRealize Network Insight consists of two VMs. The vRealize Network Insight Platform VM […]