vROPS 6 – Configuring vRealize Operations Manager like a Pro
Below are some vRealize Operations Manager configurations settings that I setup on a daily basis at customer’s sites. We cover all the basic settings and also optional settings that might come in handy based on a certain need.
Adding a vCenter Instance
Click on Administration > Solutions
Select VMware vSphere and click on the configure button
Complete the Adapter Settings
- Enter a Name
- Enter a vCenter Server
- Enter the credentials to the vCenter Server
- Click on Test Connection and verify that the connection is successful
Click on Manage Registrations – this step registers vROPs to vCenter so that you can see badge scores in vCenter Web Client
Check the box Use collection credentials and click on Register
Click the sign on the left side to add an any additional vCenter Instance
How to Enable Actions
The vCenter Python adapter allows you to do Action commands from the vROPs interface to quickly remediate issues without the use of logging into vCenter
Under Administration > Solutions > vCenter Adapter under vCenter Actions click on Enable
How to edit vCenter Monitoring Goals
Monitoring goals allows you to change some specific policies settings which can also be found under Administration > Policies
- Click on Definite Monitoring Goals
- Edit the settings and click on Save when completed. Click on Learn More if you learn more about the setting you are modifying.
Configuring Active Directory with vRealize Operations Manager
The following steps allows you to integrate Active Directory into vRealize Operations Manager
Click on Administration > Authentication Sources > + Icon
- Configure the settings and click on Test and then OK when completed
Configuring SMTP Email Settings
The following allows you sync your Email server with vRealize Operations Manager. This can be later used for emailing alerts and for emailing reports.
Click on Administration à Outbound Settings > + Sign
Select Standard Email Plugin
Configure the settings and click on Test and then Save when done
Configuring NTP Settings
Time settings is really important in vRealize Operations Manager. Make sure your NTP is setup correctly.
Click on Administration à Cluster Management
Select the Node (1) you want to set NTP for and click on Action > Network Time Protocol Settings
Enter NTP Server and click on Add and then click on OK when finished
Changing vROPs Global settings
To manage how vRealize Operations Manager retains data, keeps connection sessions open, and other settings, you can modify the values for the global settings. These system settings affect all users.
With global settings, you set times to delete objects, set timeouts, store historical data, use dynamic threshold and capacity calculations, and determine how vCenter Server users log in. For automated actions, you can select whether to allow actions to be triggered from alert recommendations automatically.
Click on Administration > Global Settings >
Modify the settings you want to change and click on OK.
Here are some important Global settings.
- Session Timeout – changes how long vROPs will log out of the application once being idle for the set amount of time
Time Series Data – Number of months that you want to retain the collected and calculated metric data for the monitored objects
Changing the Background Color
vRealize Operations Manager allows you to change the background color to light (default) and to a darker color.
Click on <Username> > User Preferences in the top right corner
Change the Color scheme to Dark and click on OK
You should now have a darker vROPs
Integrate with Log Insight
The latest update on this is written here http://www.vmignite.com/2017/03/vrops-6-5-how-to-integrate-log-insight-with-vrops/