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 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 […]

New in vRops 6.3 – Cluster Management API

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One of the new features in vRops 6.3 is the documentation and I assume support for the Cluster Management API aka Casa API. I have in the past documented some of these Cluster Management API calls. In blog posts such as, vRops undocumented API calls which is from vRops 6.2 or Exploring vRops Internal API going even further back. Luckily for us all, the vRops team have now added documentation to the Casa API, making it even easier for all to consume. First things first. How do you access it. Just like the regular API the documentation is contained within […]

vRops undocumented API calls

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Over time I have had the please of using different API calls to vRops. To begin with a lot around the official vRops API, as can be seen here. Some of it was documented in the internal API some were not which can be seen here. In this blog post I explorer some more API calls. The calls here is of a different nature. Were as the prior was around doing precis calls to get a specific result. These call are of a more generic nature. These have to do with the vRops environment. These calls can be used to […]

Least user privilege for Management Pack for Storage Devices

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I recently installed Management Pack for Storage Devices at a customer site. The customer were required to use a service account which had limited privileges in vCenter. The account had the bare minimum needed for vRops to collect data from vCenter. Using the bare minimums for collecting data wasn’t sufficient for the Management Pack for Storage Devices. Found me self needing to find the least user privilege for Management Pack for Storage Devices. I looked at the documentation, but no answer there, so I then reached out to GSS which I later abandon as we were going no where fast. […]

Uninstalling vRops Management Pack

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I recently had the pleasure of needing to uninstalling vRops Management Pack. Simply because the management pack wouldn’t start collecting after I upgraded the management pack. All you need is to ssh into a vRops node and execute three lines of commands. Cat the manifest.txt file of the management pack you need to uninstall and get the name Change directory to where the opscli tools are located Execute the opscli.sh script with a few paramenters Management Packs are located under /storage/db/pakRepoLocal/ as can be seen below by using “tab completion” (hit tab twice in a row). Now its just a […]

Custom vRops Content Pack for Log Insight

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I work as a consultant. Mainly on vRops and Log Insight. This means that I have installed vRops and Log Insight quite a few times now. It also means that troubleshooting vRops is not that unfamiliar to me and what better tool to troubleshoot vRops with than VMware’s own Log Insight! In order to help me troubleshoot I have created a “content pack” for vRops. This content pack adds some more value, hence it’s not there in the current version of the vRops content pack. The content pack provides one dashboard with six widgets. The widgets are: vRops Webrequest respones […]