vRealize Operations – vSphere Adapter

The vSphere Solutions Adapter enables vROPs to collect metrics for vSphere endpoints (individual vCenter servers and their contents).  This is pretty much the default starting point when configuring a installation to collect data.

To configure the solution adapter go to “Administration” and select the adapter.

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The gear icon can then be used to enter the configuration page.  Multiple vCenters can be configured from this one location.  Those vCenters which are in linked-mode configurations must all be added!

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Once credentials are added they can be re-called for use for every vCenter server that is added (if this satisfies audit policy within your environment).  The credentials need rights to read every object within vCenter so that all metrics and properties can be collected.  If you want vROPs to be able to drive your datacenter based on analytics and alerts then “Enable Actions” should also be selected.  Note that you would still need to configure vROPs to automatically perform specific actions.

Alternate credentials can be provided to executing actions against vCenter objects (i.e. move a VM between clusters) so that a suitable audit trail can be maintained if desired.

In most cases the default instance settings can be used however there are some advanced settings that should be changed, particularly when the environment has multiple remote collectors define.  In this case we want to tell vROPs which collector it should use to collect the data with.  This could be in the form of a collector group or an individual collector.

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Selecting “Define Monitoring Goals” enables you to tell vROPs what your goals are for monitoring and alerting.  The default configuration (shown below) is normally sufficient as it covers alerting for all object types and use cases.

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“Manage Registrations” allows vROPs to register itself within vCenter and give a vCenter admin the ability to view vROPs data from within the vCenter web client.

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Note that with vROPs 6.7 this only works with the HTML-5 client and vCenter 6.7.

Once one or more vCenters have been added to the adapter and saved data collection will start.  Collection can be verified by looking at the bottom pane of the software adapter screen when the vSphere adapter is selected in the top pane.

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