Upgrading vROPS 6.x to 6.6.1

With all the new goodies in 6.6, especially the new HTML5 UI based on the Clarity design System, who can resist the upgrade to vROPS 6.6. Release notes for everything that is new can found here.

From an upgrade standpoint, vROPS has always been an interesting, but simple process with both the OS and application that requires separate updates.  The OS update is required for update RPMs for things like database and gemfire updates that the new vROPS application relies on.  My step by step upgrade guide below:

  1. Download the OS update and Product update files from my.vmware.com
    • OS PAK file:  vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-xxx.pak
    • Application PAK file:  vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-xxx.pak
  2. Make sure that all the solutions you have installed has a version available that is compatible with the new vROPS release.
  3. If you customized any default alert definitions, symptom, recommendations, Policy Definitions, Views, Dashboards, Widgets and Reports in the previous version, make sure you clone it first.  When you upgrade vROPS, it is important that you upgrade the current versions of content types that allow you to alert on and monitor the objects in your environment.  It is a good practice to always clone first before customizing content.
  4. Before starting the upgrade, create a snapshot of the each of the nodes in the cluster.
    1. Login to vROPS admin
    2. Under system status click Take Offline
    3. Enter reason and click OK
    4. When Cluster status shows offline for all nodes, go ahead and take a snapshot of each
  5.  Before starting the upgrade, I also recommend taking a backup of all the nodes simultaneously by using your existing backup solution.
  6. First off we will update the Virtual Appliance OS:
    1. Login to the master vROPS node administrator interface
    2. Select Software Update
    3. Click Install a Software Update
    4. Browse the OS update PAK file
      • vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-xxx.pak
    5. Check the box “Reset Default Content”
      • As mentioned above make sure you have cloned all your customized content!
    6. Click Upload
    7. When completed click Next
    8. Accept EULA click Next
    9. Click Next
    10. Click Install
    11. This will update the OS on the Virtual Appliances and restart them.
  7. Secondly we will perform the vROPS product update:
    1. Login to the master vROPS node administrator interface
    2. Select Software Update
    3. Click Install a Software Update
    4. Browse the application update PAK file
      • vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-xxx.pak
    5. Check the box “Reset Default Content”
      • As mentioned above make sure you have cloned all your customized content!
    6. Click Upload
    7. This will update the vROPS application on the Virtual Appliances
  8. Lastly, if you have any additional content packs installed, go ahead and upgrade them.

VMware is definitely making awesome improvements in all their products and has come a long way in helping out VMware admins with their daily management tasks.

VMware announces general availability for all vRealize Suite Standard products!

VMware has already been teasing us since June 6th with the upcoming releases of the following vRealize Suite products:

Today VMware announced GA for all products mentioned, with what seems to be a unified message to provide one integrated architecture, with greater/deeper integration across SDDC technologies and multiple public clouds.  I like where this is going…

Couple of key take aways for me which are shared amongst some of the products (not all):

  • Redesigned HTML5 UI
    • Log Insight jumped on this long ago.
  • OOTB Integration between the different products
    • We have started seeing this with previous release but not going into full swing
  • Standardizing on authentication with VIDM

Release notes for each product:

 

Hopefully I can make some time in the upcoming weeks to dive a bit deeper into some of the features, but due to my busy schedule I am not holding my breath 🙂 Happy downloads!

vRealize version releases today: vRA 7.1, vROPS 6.3, vRO 7.1 and vRB 7.1

VMware released new versions today for a couple of vRealize products.  Listed below with new features I think are relevant.  Full list of what’s new features provided in links at bottom of blog.

vRealize Automation 7.1

  • Silent installer
  • Migration tool to migrate data from vRA 6.2.x to fresh vRA 7.1 while preserving the source environment.
  • IPAM integration framework although Sovereign System’s SovLabs modules does a great job with this already.
  • Manual horizontal scale in and out of vRA deployments

vRealize Operations Manager 6.3

  • Enhanced workload placement and DRS integration
  • Improved log insight integration (hopefully write a blog on this soon)
  • Enhanced vSphere monitoring with new hardening policies.
  • Allow for multiple Advanced and Enterprise editions license in same deployment which means you can mix single and suite licenses.  License counting for individual license keys is handled through licensing groups.

vRealize Orchestrator 7.1

  • Extending automation configuration
  • Plugin improvements

vRealize Business for Cloud 7.1

  • Support for newer and latest vRA
  • Allow integration with external VMware Identity manager is probably the biggest one here since this now allows for a standalone installation with its own UI . I tested this earlier and you now have the option to register with either a vRA or vIDM instance.
  • Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 5.59.57 PM
  • If you register with vIDM you get a new UI which is accessible through the FQDN of your vRB appliance.
  • Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 6.01.31 PM
  • New version of reference database

 

Links:

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/63/vrops-63-release-notes.html#intro

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-71-release-notes.html#about

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/orchestrator/vrealize-orchestrator-71-release-notes.html#new

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vRBforCloud/71/vRBforCloud-71-release-notes.html#whatsnew

 

 

vRealize Operations – missing dashboards when sharing

After upgrading from vRO 6.0.0 to 6.0.1 I tried to share some Dashboard tabs and templates with certain account groups.

I have multiple solutions added which creates a lot of dashboards so when viewing the dashboard window under content i see all 69.  However trying to share dashboard only a count of 50 is displayed so cannot select all dashboards.

Solution:

I opened case with VMware support and they were able to reproduce the issue where the dashboards shared window cannot display more than 50 entries.
Fix will be available with next release.

Sizing vRealize Operation Manager 6.0 using your existing vCOPS 5.8 environment information.

VMware provides a comprehensive KB on sizing your vRealize Operation Manager.  However this document is very much focused on first time installation architecture and does not really provide much information on how you can use your current 5.8 environment details in conjunction with the advanced Sizing guide spreadsheet.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2093783

I will just be focusing on the input parameter of this document and how i found the information needed to complete the excel spreadsheet.  Hope this helps but if you have a better solution please let me know since this is just from my own experience.

1. Getting information for vCenter Objects:

Open the custom UI webpage for vCOPS.
Select Admin tab -> Audit report
Select your preferred report type and submit.
At the bottom of the output page you have the section called “Virtual Environment (existing resources)” .  All the details required are available in this section.

2. Custom Adapters resource and metric counts

Open Custom UI website for vCOPS 5.8
Environment tab -> Environment overview

Expand Adapter instances
Select adapter

On right hand side highlight the adapter and select the  “Detail view” button.
There might multiple instance so go through each and add up for the total count of the adapter.

On the metric selector expand the instance generated

Select the number of metrics collected and number of resources collected.

The graphs display the numbers necessary for document.

This should provide all the information needed to get the correct sizing for your new vRealize Operations 6 environment.

vCOPS – Recreate missing vSphere group dashboard

If you are familiar with the custom-ui of vCops you will find that since 5.7 you are providing with some default custom dashboards under the vsphere group.
  
We recently installed VNX analytics adapter which seems to have removed the vsphere group default dashboards. 
To fix this perform the following tasks:
SSH into UI VM
Browse to
cd /usr/lib/vmware-vcops/user/conf/dashboards/
Run the script  “import-dashboards.sh”
This will only share the dashboards with admin user
Edit the sh file at bottom where states:
    # import imported templates as dashboards for admin user
The xml files listed here are the custom dashboards.
These can also be copied out (for instance with WinSCP) and imported into a  manually created new dashboard.
Add lines for different users but firstly create duplicate of file for backup purposes
Cp import-dashboard.sh import-dashboard.sh.default
Vi /import-dashboards.sh
/usr/lib/vmware-vcops/user/conf/dashboards # ls -l
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin  61794 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-Alerts.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin 117798 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-ClusterUtilization.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin  90979 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-DatastorePerformance.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin  74401 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-DatastoreSpace.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin 170642 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-Heatmaps.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin  77214 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-HostMemory.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin 117370 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-HostUtilization.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin  76295 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-Troubleshooting.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin 128042 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-VMPerformance.xml
-rw-r–r– 1 admin admin 117626 Aug 26 04:56 DashboardTemplate-VMUtilization.xml
  # import imported templates as dashboards for all administrator users
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_1 –default true –set 1
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_2
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_3
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_4
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_5
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_6
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_7
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_8
    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_9

    bash  ./dbcli.sh dashboard import group:Administrators $TD_10
From vCOPS 5.7.3  release notes:
  • All and group options for dashboard commands
    For the dashboard import, dashboard delete, and dashboard reorder commands, you can use one of the following options instead of specifying a user name:
    * --all
    * --group:<group_name[,]

    The --all option applies the command to all user accounts. The --group:<group_names[,] option applies the command to all user accounts that belong to the specified user groups. For example, the command dashboard import group:Administrators,Operators "templates\MyDashboard.bin" imports the dashboard MyDashboard.bin to all user accounts that belong to the Administrators and Operators user groups.
    The dashboard import command also has a --set option that enables you to set the dashboard order. For example, the command dashboard import MyUser2 "dashboards/MyDashboard.bin" --set 1 imports the dashboard MyDashboard.bin and makes it the first dashboard in the dashboard list for the user MyUser2.