VMware vSphere is the most widely used virtualization solution in enterprise data centers. This course will teach you how to install, configure, and utilize VMware's performance and capacity monitoring solution for vSphere.
VMware vSphere is the most widely used virtualization solution in enterprise data centers. With a company's most critical applications running in the vSphere infrastructure, it's critical that enterprises have a tool in place to monitor the performance, plan capacity long term, prevent problems before they happen, and troubleshoot problems if they do. In this course, VMware vRealize Operations Manager, you'll learn how to install, configure, and utilize VMware's performance and capacity monitoring solution for vSphere - VMware vRealize Operations Manager. More specifically, this course will teach you how to use vRealize Operations (vROps) to manage the health, risk, efficiency, and capacity of a vSphere infrastructure. You'll learn how to expand vROps with management package to extend its functionality and what's new in the latest edition. By the end of this course, you'll feel comfortable using vRealize Operations to manage the performance and capacity of your vSphere infrastructure.
Course Overview Hi everyone, my name is David Davis, and welcome to my course on VMware vRealize Operations Manager. I'm an 8 x VMware vExpert of VCP, of VMware Certified Advanced Professional, and CCIE, and I've created over 50 video training courses for Pluralsight. com, mostly around virtualization, cloud computing, and many of them around Vmware's solutions, especially VMware vSphere. Now VMware vSphere infrastructures run a company's most critical applications, so performance and availability are absolutely critical, and in most cases when a company's applications aren't running, they're losing a lot of money, and for that reason, vSphere administrators need to do whatever they can to ensure that they have capacity to run critical applications, both now and in the future to prevent performance problems before they happen. Now, in this course, we're going to learn what VMware vRealize Operations Manager is, and how it can help you to do exactly that, to manage performance and capacity in your vSphere infrastructure to ensure optimum application performance and availability. Now, some of the major topics that we'll be covering in the course are what makes up vRealize Operations Manager and how it helps you, how to install vRealize Operations Manager, how to manage health, risk, and efficiency of your vSphere infrastructure, and how to perform capacity planning with vRealize operations. Now I know by the end of this course, you'll feel comfortable using vRealize Operations Manager to manage the performance and capacity of your vSphere infrastructure. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with virtualization and the fundamentals of administering a VMware vSphere infrastructure. If you're not, I encourage you to check out my Pluralsight vSphere 6 Foundations Course Series. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn how to manage capacity and performance of a vSphere infrastructure with VMware vRealize Operations Manager at Pluralsight. com Thanks for watching.
Introduction to the Course Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching VMware vRealize Operations Manager. This is the introduction to the course. My name is David Davis, and I'll be your instructor for this course series. Before we jump into it, let me give you a brief overview of what we'll cover in this introductory module. First off, we'll answer the question, what are we going to cover in this course? We'll talk about the course topics, and what you're going to learn. From there, we'll discuss the prerequisites, what you should know before you start this course. After that, I'll talk about the VMware vSphere environment that this course will be based on. Your environment doesn't have to match that exactly, but it gives you some idea of the environment that was used to create this course if you did want to create it yourself. And then I'll wrap the module up by talking about the scenario that this course is based on. If you've watched my courses before, you may have heard of the Wired Brain Coffee Company. Either way, it'll be fun to base this course around that story.
vRealize Operations Manager – What Is It? In the introductory module of this course, you saw VMware vRealize Operations Manager in action. You saw it in the Wired Brain Coffee Company's lab. You saw it can monitor VMware vSphere. It has something to do with performance, maybe availability, maybe capacity planning, things like that. But I want to make sure before we jump into installing vRealize Operations Manager that we all have a solid definition of what exactly vRealize Operations Manager is, how it can help you, and where it fits in to Vmware's product lineup. So what we'll cover in this module first off is what makes up the vRealize Suite? I'll give you a hint. vRealize Operations Manager is part of the vRealize Suite. So what makes up the rest of this Suite? From there, I'll define for you exactly what is VMware vRealize Operations Manager, and what makes up the vROps solution. We'll discuss the benefits of vRealize Operations Manager, I'll show you the vRealize Operations Manager Editions that are available to you, and then we'll wrap it up with the vRealize Operations Manager Architecture. We've got a lot to cover, let's get started.
Installing vRealize Operations Manager At this point, we've done a lot of talking about what vROps is, how great it is, how it helps you, how it works, how it's packaged, but now it's time to start installing vRealize Operations Manager. In this module, well kick it off by talking about the installation requirements and sizing, I know, just a little bit more talking, and then that's the time that we'll be deploying vROps as a vApp, and you'll find out exactly what that means. I'll show you how to perform the initial configuration of vROps, how to connect vROps to vCenter, very important step, and then we'll talk about deploying vROps into Windows or Linux, if you're interested in that. It's good to know that it's available to you, but I'll tell you right now using vROps as a vApp works fantastic. And then we'll wrap it up with availability and performance considerations that you need to know about as you scale up, or if you want to create a highly available vROps infrastructure. We've got a lot to cover; let's get started.
Navigating vRealize Operations Manager So how do you get around and actually use vRealize Operations Manager? That's exactly what you'll be learning in this lesson on navigating vROps. We'll kick it off by helping you to understand badges. What are badges, and how do they help you very quickly identify areas that need your attention in the virtual infrastructure. You'll learn about vRealize Operations dashboards, widgets, how to view the environment, how to use inventory trees, and how to use views in vRealize Operations Manager. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.
Managing Risk with vRealize Operations Anytime you manage a modern datacenter, you're going to have to learn to manage risk. That's because with any datacenter, you can't afford to just purchase an infinite number of servers or DRaaS and network connections, you have to purchase what you think you need for a reasonable timeframe. And you're going to have to rely on a smart tool to help you to predict those needs in the near term future. So any smart tool that can help you to do that accurately and manage your risk without getting into a situation where you cause downtime because you don't have capacity, and you can't provide for the needs of the applications is going to be extremely valuable. And that's what vRealize Operations can do. So, in this module, we'll kick it off by analyzing the capacity remaining in the infrastructure. We'll learn how to understand the time that's remaining in the infrastructure. And finally, you'll learn how to investigate the stress that's going on on the resources in the virtual infrastructure. Before we do that, I want to talk briefly about the risk badge. The risk badge is there to help you to answer what future issues will I face? When will I run out of capacity? How much time do I have left? What are my most constrained resources? That's where risk is going to help you. The score with risk is the inverse from the score with health, so with risk 0 is the most optimum score that you're shooting for. You don't want any risk, unless you have to have risk, and when you do have risk, you want to be able to identify that risk and make sure that it's manageable. Now the risk score is calculated from sub-badges or minor badges as they're also called, made up of time remaining, capacity remaining, and stress. And those are the three badges that we'll be working through in this module on managing risk. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.
Managing Efficiency with vRealize Operations For most of us, we put in VMware vSphere to make our datacenter as efficient as possible. We wanted to make the most out of our servers, our storage, and our networking, and virtualization has helped us to do that for the most part. But there's always opportunities to be more efficient, and the virtual infrastructure, because resources are so just freely available, it seems easy to just over-allocate resources. And in many cases, application owners and database admins, they're happier when resources are doubled, whatever we think they might be. And many of us as vSphere admins, we even do that, we even double resources just to make sure that everybody's happy, right? But we're also wasting resources, so we shouldn't do that. And vROps can help us to manage our resources as efficiently as possible. And that's what we'll be covering in this module. We'll kick it off by covering how to reclaim waste in your virtual infrastructure, and then I'll help you to understand density in the virtual infrastructure using vROps. Now before we do that, I want to talk briefly about the efficiency badge. So, it's the efficiency badge, again, one of the top three major badges, along with health and risk, that helps us to answer the question what are my optimization opportunities? So, the efficiency badge helps us to make our infrastructure more optimized and more efficient. It's calculated from the sub-badges of reclaimable waste and density, and that's exactly what we'll be covering in this module, how you can reclaim waste, and how you can identify the density of your virtual infrastructure. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.
Capacity Planning with vRealize Operations One of the most important jobs that we have as datacenter and specifically vSphere infrastructure admins is ensuring that we have capacity for the future. And that's one of the great benefits that vRealize Operations Manager provides. In this module, we'll kick it off by talking about Capacity Planning What-if Scenarios. What if I want to add more memory, what if I want to add more CPU, what if I'm going to add a new virtual machine? How can vROps help me to plan these scenarios for the future? And then we'll wrap it up with capacity planning reporting. How can I create some reports from my boss or maybe a virtualization admin that I'm helping, or maybe a company that I'm helping to consult with and doing some capacity planning for? How can I create reports that show capacity planning information for the future? These are the two topics we'll be covering in this module on Capacity Planning with vRealize Operations. We've got a lot to cover, let's get started.
Understanding Alerts in vRealize Operations Now as a virtualization admin, it's unlikely that you're going to be sitting there staring at the vRealize Operations Manager console all day every day. I'm sure you have better things to do. And after all, you bought vROps to help you monitor your infrastructure, but you want it to be able to go off and do it on its own like a smart employee would and alert you if there's a problem, right? Well, that's what we're talking about in this module, Understanding Alerts in vRealize Operations. We'll kick it off by covering what they call smart alerts. They're not just dumb alerts that barrage you with 100 alerts when something happens, smart alerts identify a problem, identify the root cause of the problem, and then tell you how to fix it, and then even better, will show you how to remediate alerts when there is a problem, what can vROps help you to do to resolve that problem. So with that, let's get started.
Extending vRealize Operations I'm sure you've heard me talking about in this course that one of the many benefits of vROps is its extensibility. In other words, it can be extended to do much more than just monitor ESXi hosts and virtual machines. So, in this module, on extending vRealize Operations, we'll be talking about the VMware Solutions Exchange, also called VSX, and how you can download management packs for vROps from the Solutions Exchange. I'll show you how to download and install management pack, and then how to leverage that management pack or use it over in the vRealize Operations Manager web interface. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started.
What’s New in vRealize Operations? As of the creation of this video training course, vRealize Operations Manager version 6. 4 has just recently been released, and there's a lot of great new features. That's exactly what we'll be talking about in this module. Essentially the topic is the Top 6 Features of vRealize Operations 6. 4. We'll go check out the release notes and then we'll go over into vROps 6. 4 and I'll show you some of the new features firsthand.
Conclusion At this point we've reached the conclusion of this course. So what have you learned? Well, you started off by learning what vRealize Operations Manager is and how it works. We learned about the different editions. We learned about the architecture. We learned about the licensing. And most importantly, we learned about the benefits, how vRealize Operations Manager can help you to make your life more efficient, help make your life easier, and help prevent downtime and increase application performance at your company. From there we learned how to deploy and configure vRealize Operations Manager by deploying the vROps vApp and then connecting it to your vCenter server. And then finally, and most importantly, I should say, we learned how to use vRealize Operations Manager. What are the major badges, health, risk, and efficiency? What are the minor badges? How do you analyze each of those different aspects of your virtual infrastructure to ensure that the health is optimal, that the risk is low, and that there's no wasted resources, no inefficiency in the environment. You also learned how to plan capacity for the future, and to ensure that you get the alerts that you need to know what's going on in the virtual infrastructure. Thanks so much for watching my course on VMware vRealize Operations Manager. Again, my name is David Davis, you can reach me on Twitter @DavidMDavis, and you can visit my blog, www. ActualTech. io. If you have questions about the course, I encourage you to use the Pluralsight Course Discussions feature. Again, thanks so much for watching, enjoy using vRealize Operations Manager, and have a great day!