The Virtualization Engineer – Explaining what we do to friends and family video

Even after 15 years in the Virtual space, my friends and family still don’t understand what I do when I try to explain to them that I am an VMware Engineer AKA Virtualization Engineer. This video is a parody of some of our pain points…


vROPS – Master the List View video tutorial

Create a dashboard and report using the most popular widget by far, the list view. Mastering the list view widget can instantly make you become an advance vRealize Operations Manager user. I will also you show expert tips and advice when using the list view. This…


vROPS 8.10 – How to view and filter by Deleted Objects

New in vROPS 8.10 is the ability to filter deleted objects such as Virtual Machines, Host, datastores, etc.  In this guide I will walk you through how to view and filter based on deleted objects .  I will also show you how to hold up…


How to automate anything with vROPS

The highest level of monitoring in my opinion is automation.  That is when you are leveraging monitoring tools to automate your everyday troubleshooting, capacity, alerting, and monitoring needs.  In theory most people think automation is hands off self-healing.  As in it will just fix itself…


VM Appliance Monitoring and Inventory Dashboard updated

Two must have dashboards are now updated and better than ever before.  The Appliance Dashboard is what I personally used to know what VMware products my customer has, how it is performing, how it is configured, and what are the IPs.  The Inventory dashboard provides…


vROPS – How to monitor Services using no agents and no credentials

In this post I will show you how to monitor over 40 out of the box services using no credentials and without an agent. On top of that I will show you how create an alert when the service is down and how to…


vROPS – How to create an alert on any disk partition

Customers have told me stories in the past where certain partitions filled up which have caused certain applications to crash. Some examples are vCenter, vIDM, vROPS, etc. To solve this problem, in this post I will walk you through on how to create an alert…


vROPS – How to monitor and filter data based on Time (6 use cases covered!)

In this super post, I will uncover all the vROPS techniques on how to do time-based filtering and monitoring. I will show you how to filter and monitor based on 9am-5pm performance data, average/max/min performance for a given time and how to filter it, see…


How to execute the best Monitoring Strategy

It is now the year 2022 and if your company is still taking hours and days to troubleshoot issues, still having a more reactive than proactive approach, have no capacity awareness, and says monitoring tools are not helping than this post is simply for you….


vROPS 8.6 – How to create Alert Definitions using conditions

With the release of vROPS 8.6, creating alert definitions is easier than ever before. With the new addition of being able to configure “Conditions” into the Alert itself, there is not much of a need to create Symptom definitions anymore. One thing to note is…


Log Insight – VM Monitoring Dashboard (Download)

This is a must-have dashboard for anyone who wants to know who did what with my Virtual Machines. With this dashboard alone you will be able to know who created, deleted, modified, updated, power cycled, moved, remoted in, and exported a VM. It’s a 360…


vROPS 8.4+ – Executive Dashboard (Download)

With the new features of 8.4, I was finally able to finish my Executive Dashboard the way I envisioned it. In one pane of glass, executives will be able to see how much capacity do they have left, what is my current inventory, how fast…


vROPS – Alerting Do’s and Don’t

In this post, I will answer how I personally handle alerting for my customers. Once you install an enterprise monitoring tool such as vROPS you will see that your environment has hundreds of alerts for Virtual Machines, Hosts, Datastores, etc. I fully understand the frustration…


vROPS 8.4 – How to use Automation Central to schedule task

New in vROPS 8.4 is an Automation Central section. Automation Central allows you to automate task such as rebooting VMs, reclaiming resources, and rightsizing VMs in a recurring schedule you choose. In this guide I will show you how to set a recurring job to…


vROPS – How to monitor VM uptime using vSphere Tags

In this guide I will show you how you can attach an uptime tag on any VM you like and vROPS will automatically alert you if the VM power state is not Powered On. This is a useful trick to monitor critical applications that always…