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Integrating vCenter Hyperic with vCenter Operations Manager

Posted by Marek.Z on 15 April 2014

This is a quick-steps guide on how to integrate the vCenter Hyperic with vCenter Operations Manager, using the management pack for vCenter Hyperic. The management pack for vCenter Hyperic includes an embedded adapter and preconfigured dashboards. You can use the dashboards to monitor the vCenter Hyperic resources imported by the management pack.

In this example I am using vCenter Hyperic version 5.8.1 and vCenter Operations Manager version 5.8.1.

Before you begin, download the Management Pack for vCenter Hyperic from VMware Solution Exchange.

Install the Management Pack

The Management Pack for vCenter Hyperic ships as a PAK file for the vCenter Operations Manager vApp which I am using in this scenario.

  1. Open the vCOps administration page by browsing to http: //<IP_or_FQDN>/admin
  2. Login with your credentials.
  3. Select the Update tab and click Browse.Hyperic_INT_S1
  4. Select the PAK file and click Open.
  5. Next, click the Update button.
  6. Confirm the update by clicking OK.
  7. Read the EULA, accept the terms of the agreement and click OK.Hyperic_INT_S2
  8. Click OK to begin the update process.
  9. When the update completes log out from the vCOps administration page and log in to the vCOps custom user interface as administrator (https: //<IP_or_FQDN>/vcops-custom).
  10. Go to Admin -> Support page.Hyperic_INT_S3
  11. Select the Info tab.
  12. Scroll down to the Adapters info pane and verify that the MP for Hyperic is discovered by vCOps.Hyperic_INT_S4
  13. If it is not discovered, click the Describe button located at the top right of the Adapters info pane.Hyperic_INT_S5
  14. Click Yes to start the describe process.
  15. Click OK on the re-describe process message.

vCenter Server Configuration

Now the management pack is installed, you must verify that you can perform administration tasks in the vCenter Hyperic user interface.

  1. Open the vCenter Hyperic user interface by navigating to https: //<IP_or_FQDN>:7080
  2. Log in with the hqadmin account.
  3. Navigate to the Administration page and select HQ Server Settings.Hyperic_INT_S6
  4. Scroll down to the vCenter Settings and provide the vCenter URL, username and password.Hyperic_INT_S7
  5. Click OK at the bottom of the page to save your settings.

Add Adapter Instance

The next step is creating a vCenter Hyperic adapter instance in vCOps.

  1. Open the vCOps custom user interface page once again and from the Environment menu, select Configuration and then select Adapter Instances.Hyperic_INT_S8
  2. In the Manage Adapter Instances window, select the vCenter Operations Standard Server from the Collector menu and the HP for Hyperic as the Adapter Kind.Hyperic_INT_S9
  3. Click Add New Adapter Instance button under the Adapter Instances. A new window will open.
  4. Provide a name for the new adapter instance, for example: vCenter Hyperic Adapter
  5. Enter the Hyperic Server URL and the vCenter Operations Manager URL.
  6. Select if you want to verify certificate, the host name and if there is support for auto discovery. Select false/true from the drop-down menu. In case of doubt, see the vCenter Operation Manager Pack for vCenter Hyperic Installation and Configuration guide.
  7. Click the Add button next to the Credential drop-down menu.
  8. Select the Hyperic Credentials as the credentials kind, enter an instance name and provide the vCenter Hyperic and vCOps username and password.Hyperic_INT_S10
  9. Click OK to save the credentials and to close the window.
  10. Click the Test button to verify the settings.
  11. When the verification completes successfully, you should end up with a setting similar to this.Hyperic_INT_S11
  12. Click OK to save the new adapter instance settings.
  13. The new adapter will now be visible under the Adapter Instances in the Manage Adapter Instances window.
  14. Click OK to close the window.

At this point the integration of vCenter Hyperic with vCenter Operations Manager is finished. Have fun creating your own custom dashboards or take a look at the preconfigured ones! :)

Cheers!

- Marek.Z

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StarWind News – 2014 Datacentre Solutions Awards!

Posted by Marek.Z on 10 April 2014

StarWind announced that Angel Business Communications has selected its storage virtualization solutions, StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS and StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V, as finalists for the prestigious Datacentre Solutions Awards 2014 in the Datacentre ICT Storage Software Product of the Year category.

With its yearly nominations, DCS Awards honor the product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and providers with outstanding achievements and products that stand out from the rest in the main areas of the data centre market.

StarWind reached the finals of the DCS Awards after demonstrating the positive impact of its software-defined storage solutions on data centres.

Designed for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments, StarWind solutions provide high-performance, fault-tolerant shared storage at a fraction of the cost and complexity associated with traditional SAN-based storage infrastructure. StarWind delivers high levels of data protection and availability, scalability, effective resource utilization, making all the benefits and advantages of virtualization affordable even for SMB customers.

The final awards will be decided by online public voting up to May 1st.  Take a second to check all the categories and nominations and please take the time to VOTE for:

Datacentre ICT Storage Software Product of the Year:

  • StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V by StarWind Software Inc.
  • StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS by StarWind Software Inc.

Free licenses for IT Pro’s

More good news! StarWind now offers free NFR license for the new StarWind SAN V8 and it is available for all IT certified professionals!  To get your free license, follow this link and register.

Cheers!

- Marek.Z

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Veeam News – NetApp Snapshot Support!

Posted by Marek.Z on 9 April 2014

Great news for all NetApp users from Veeam!

Veeam announces the first new feature in the upcoming Veeam Backup & Replication v8 release – NetApp Snapshot Support!

Integration of NetApp and Veeam allows you to achieve:

  • Fast backups: back up VMware VMs from NetApp storage snapshots up to 20 times faster
  • Quick recovery: easily recover individual items from NetApp Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault
  • Improved protection: improve DR protection by creating instant, secondary backups from NetApp snapshots

You can learn more at Veeam website or read Luca Dell’Oca’s blog post about advanced data protection with NetApp.

There will also be a webinar on April 17th so if you would like to know more, click here and register for the webinar.

NetApp integration will be included in Veeam Backup & Replication v8, which will be generally available in the second half of 2014.

Cheers!

- Marek.Z

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Product review – Remote Desktop Manager from Devolutions

Posted by Marek.Z on 8 April 2014

Most of system and network administrators or troubleshooters probably already know the Remote Desktop Manager (RDM) from Devolutions. RDM is a centralized tool for all your remote connections, passwords and credentials in one unique management platform. Before we jump into the tool, let’s have a look at the features it has to offer.

  • Connection integration including RDP, VNC, FTP, VPN, Web, SSH and more.
  • Secure, organize and store sensitive data.
  • Information centralization.
  • Share sessions and work as a team.
  • Manageable user security rights.
  • Connection logging.
  • Simplify user queries.
  • Streamline support task.

These are just the major features of RDM. For a full features list and all available add-ons, visit RDM website.

As you can see, RDM has extensive features, way too much to fit it in one review. So, in this post we will have a look at the RDM from a vSphere administrator perspective. In my home lab, I have multiple sub-labs configured for different VMware products (vSphere, SRM, vCloud Director etc). Let’s have a look how to organize the remote connections to all components running within my labs with RDM.

Create Group Structure

First, let’s create a group structure that reflects my view in the vCenter Server.

  1. Open RDM and select Sessions on the Navigation pane left.
  2. Click Add Group/Folder, provide a name and click OK. Here is an example of my folder structure.RDM_S1

Add Connections

Start adding connections like RDP, SSH etc.

Add RDP to a Windows Machine

  1. Right-click a folder or group and select Add -> Add Session (or press CTRL+N).
  2. Enter a name for the connection, login credentials and provide FQDN or IP address of the machine.RDM_S2
  3. Configure the display or local resources as you would normally do on a RDP session.
  4. Alternatively, you can add extra information about the connection or set up a VPN before connecting to the machine.
  5. Click OK to save the connection settings and if you want to connect to your machine, click Open Session.

Add a connection to vCenter Server via the Web Client

  1. Right-click the group or folder, select New Entry (or press the INSERT key) and in the Add new entry window, select Web Browser located under Remote Connections in the Session group.RDM_S3
  2. Next, provide the URL to the vCenter Server Web Client (for example: https://10.10.10.13:9443/vsphere-client) and click OK.RDM_S4
  3. Click Open Session to open the vSphere Web Client and log in with your credentials.RDM_S5

Add SSH connection to your ESXi host

Make sure you enable SSH on the host before connecting.

  1. Once again, right-click the group or folder and select New Entry. Select Telnet, SSH, RAW, rLogin and click OK.
  2. Provide a name, host FQDN or IP address and login credentials. Click OK to save the connection.RDM_S6
  3. Open the connection, accept the certificate warning and you will be logged in to the ESXi shell.RDM_S7

Conclusion

The connection configurations described above are just examples. I strongly suggest you download the 30-day free trial and give it a go on your environment. The RDM has a lot of features that will make your life as vSphere admin much easier. I have been using RDM for some time now in my lab and I absolutely love it. It is easy to use and it has a lot of very useful features. I would recommend RDM to anyone who manages medium to large infrastructures.

More good news is that you can get a free one-year license for RDM from Devolutions when you are a vExpert. All you have to do is send an email to mtrottier@devolutions.net along with a link to your VMTN profile.

Cheers!

- Marek.Z

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Achievement Unlocked – vExpert 2014!

Posted by Marek.Z on 2 April 2014

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Yesterday, Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team announced the 2014 vExperts list. Today, I am honored and happy to announce that I have been awarded the vExpert award for the third time! :)

I want also to point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities.

Congratulations to all fellow vExperts 2014!

Full list of the 754 vExperts can be found here.

Cheers!

- Marek.Z

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