How to change VMDK geometry

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I recently ran into an issue were I needed to change the geometry of some VMDK files – I will do a seperate blog post on where and why later. For now I will just focus on how to change VMDK geometry. A VMDK is just a file with some descriptional data and the actually binary data of the VMDK. Think of it as a virtual harddisk. It adheres to the same physical characteristics and there for the physical characteristics are also part of a VMDK file. Normally you won’t need to change the geometry of a VMDK – I this case […]

Running vRops in vCloud Air

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Lately I have been using quite some time on a lab environment which I had running in vCloud Air – There were two reasons for using vCloud Air, first one was to test it and see how it was to run something like this on the platform – I must say I was pleasantly surprised, compared to other cloud services vCloud Air seemed a lot faster, just like running a VM in an internal datacenter. The second reason, the one that got me on this track to test vCloud Air was a promotion to test vCloud Air and get some […]

My vRops VMUG Presentation

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Hi all It has been a busy two weeks since I started working for Proact and did my presentation titled “vRops 6 Operational Deep Dive” at the Nordic UserCon in Copenhagen. Like I said it has been some busy days – For that reason I haven’t found the time to put up the presentation. I will now correct that. I know that this isn’t the same as having been there, but some might do a quick recap and others might find some new questions to ask. I did some demoing, some on a local environment on my laptop and the rest […]

Troubleshooting with vRops part 3: Object Level Metric

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In this part I am going to show you how to use object level metrics, to fast and easily assess if for example a VM is having problems. This is something that would give you a quick indication of this object is having problems that need to be address. This should be looked at before diving into the raw metrics, as this will help you and can guide you in the right direction. Blog series Part 1: vRops Capability Part 2: Summary and Symptoms Part 3: Object Level Metric Part 4: Standard Deviation vRops Object-level metrics Object-level metrics is an excellent […]

Troubleshooting with vRops part 2: Summary and Symptoms

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In the first part of this series on vRops, I talked about vRops capabilities compared to the vRops edtion. In this part I will start to dig into how you should start looking at a problem the vRops way. I my self have fallen victim to, all too quickly jumping over to the “all metrics” tab, and start throwing graph up on screen to see if I can find the cause of the issue. The problem with that method is that it is highly inefficient and like looking for a needle in a haystack, it can take quite some time and […]

Troubleshooting with vRops part 1: vRops Capability

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vRops 6 have been out for a while now, and with that a lot of great things have come, depended on your vRops license that is. In this first part of my performance troubleshooting vRops series, I going to start slow by looking at the three editions of vRops. It is essential that you understand that there are thing which can’t be done as part of this blog series if you don’t have the right edition. I will try to highlight that during the series. Blog series Part 1: vRops Capability Part 2: Summary and Symptoms Part 3: Object Level Metric Part […]

vRops API | Super Metric name

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This is gonna be a short one. If you have been following my blog you will know that I have been using vRops API quite a bit lately and all in all, I’m quite happy with the way it works and the data you can get out of it. There are of course room for improvement. One of the things that currently doesn’t work that well, are Super Metrics. If you know Super Metrics, this is a way to create new metrics which is created from other metric(s). The problem with Super Metrics is the name it’s given by vRops. An […]

Exploring vRops Internal API

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Continuing from my last blog post I will show you some more of vRops API capabilities, this time it vRops Internal API. So if your new to the vRops API or just need some more background of how to use it please start by reading my previous blog post vRops API consumed with Powershell   First a disclaimer: This is not supported by VMware! I post this purely for educational purpose. This should NOT be used for production. Again THIS IS NOT SUPPORTED.   Exploring vRops Internal API This time I’m going to show vRops private / unsupported API, which […]

vRops API consumed with Powershell

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vRops have been out for sometime now, and a lot of new features have been added, not to talk about a whole new user interface experience. The future looks bright for vRops. Another great feature is a REST / RESTful api. This what I’m going to talk a bit about, and more so show vRops API consumed with Powershell. First thing to know is how to get a hold of the vRops API and the documentation for it, and if you should wish to use it, there’s also a java and python client. I prefer to use a plugin for Firefox […]