Since VMware introduced VMware vCenter Operations in early 2011, customer users have shared their enthusiasm and sentiments surrounding its inaugural release to its highly touted 5.0 release last January. We would like to hear your story – And perhaps give you a little something in return…
We are seeking the most compelling story on how you used vCenter Operations Manager to help solve, or predict any issues in your environment – it’s that easy! Once submitted, your story will be judged by a panel of experts both from VMware and the VMware community.
Terms & Conditions:
2 first prizes:
- Ticket VMworld 2012 ($1,800 value) / Co-present in session / Dinner w/ panelists
- Ticket VMworld EMEA 2012 / Co-present in session / Dinner w/ panelists
2 second prizes:
- US – $500 Amex Gift Card / Bag of VMware Swag
- EMEA – $500(USD) Amex Gift Card / Bag of VMware Swag
Judges will consider entries for organizations based in NA / LATAM (for VMworld 2012) and EMEA (for VMworld EMEA) only
- 40% of judging score is based on originality of the most authentic, impactful and creative story.
- 20% of judging score is based on definition of value to your business in time savings (OPEX), capital saving (CAPEX), or even ability to avert / plan for impactful events occurring in your environment, or anything else.
- 20% on presentation of visuals / layout – e.g. use of custom dashboards, use of screenshot to display issues, videos
- 10% Unique uses of vC Ops – custom dashboards, adapters, etc..
- 10% A description of any evaluation done of other tools considered, or replacement of any existing management tools/methodologies
Joerg Lew blogged this great post about vCenter Operations ability to integrate with vCenter Orchestrator to do automated remediation and more…..
Take a peek…. It may give you some new ideas!
25 Free Training Credits with vCenter Operations
May 1, 2012 – September 15, 2012
Help your customers proactively ensure service levels, enforce configuration compliance and optimize efficiency. Your customers receive 25 education credits ($2500 value) with their purchase of vCenter Operations Management Enterprise Edition licenses. Limit one per customer. At this time this promotion is available in the US only.
Terms and conditions
- Promotion is valid for eligible purchases made from May 1, 2012 through September 15, 2012 at 11:59PM Pacific Time (PT).
- The promotion requires a minimum net new purchase of 50 VMs of VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Enterprise Licenses.
- The Promotion is limited to one eligible purchase per customer.
- Customers must redeem their Education Credits within 12 months of an eligible purchase under this promotion, or else such credits will expire.
- This Promotion can only be redeemed with specific Promotion SKUs created for this offering.
- Purchase of VMware Support and Subscription (SnS) are required at the time of purchase. No discounts are offered for SnS, and the renewal of Support and Subscription on this promotion does not include renewal of education credits.
- Promotion is not eligible for VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) or VMware Transactional Purchasing Program (TPP) discounts, but purchases are eligible for VPP or TPP points.
- Prices of Promotional SKUs may vary by regions and resellers.
- Purchase of VMware Support and Subscription (SnS) are required at the time of purchase.
- This promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
- VMware reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.
- See http://www.vmware.com/go/vcenter-operations-enterprise-promo for more information.
VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.0.1 is now generally available. This release includes scalability and performance improvements, and bug fixes. In addition, the release adds support for repairing the vCenter Operations Manager vApp and support for encrypted connections with SMTP servers. The release notes are located here. The updated documentation is available here. You can download the update here.
Many of my customers have asked me how they can license and monitor a subset of their entire virtual environment. This process is laid out in KB 1036195. Click that link to open a new window or just read the details below.
Selecting a subset of the vCenter Server inventory to monitor in vCenter Operations Standard 1.0.x or Manager 5.x
To provide access to a cluster:
- Use the vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter Server system that you want to monitor.
- Select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.
- Right-click the cluster and select Add Permission.
- Click Add to identify the user or group to assign a role and click OK.
- In the Assigned Role drop-down menu, select Read-only.
- Select the Propagate to Child Objects check box.
- Click OK to close the Assign Permissions dialog box.
- Select Home > Inventory > Datastores.
- On the Permissions tab for the datastores that are associated with the clusters to monitor, right-click the same user and select Properties.
- Select Read-only as the role and click OK.
- In the vCenter Operations Standard Administration page, assign the user with the Read-only role as the collection user and proceed to register vCenter Operations Standard with the vCenter Server system.
You can follow a similar process to provide access to a datacenter. Granting access to a datacenter provides access to any datastores referenced by hosts within the datacenter. Note that the permission must be applied at the datacenter level and propagated to any child views (such as networking objects), as in the preceding procedure.
We are pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) 5.5, a key component of VMware vCenter Operations Suite.
The primary theme for the 5.5 release is “Cloud Ready”. New capabilities within this release significantly increase the ability of the VI team to ensure that their VMware Infrastructure (vCenter, ESXi, vCloud Director and vShield) is properly configured to meet the rigorous demands associated with virtualizing business critical workloads – including addressing requirements associated with VMware’s own hardening guidelines.
Few highlights of this release are:
- Deep configuration visibility, change tracking, and compliance management for VI admins across the Cloud Infrastructure Suite
- Simplified set up process for vSphere and vCloud management
- Comprehensive set of REST based APIs for virtual and physical Guest OS Management
- VCO workflows to automate patching and compliance of vCenter templates and offline VMs
- Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) 1.0 support – important for federal and other markets
- Full support for 3-tier deployment architecture
links for 5.5:
One of the best features of vCenter Operations is its ability to create dynamic thresholds. Based on the dynamic thresholds vCenter Operations will determine when your anomaly noise line has been crossed and fire off a ‘Smart Alert’. This saves a lot of time and energy when trying to diagnose application issues in a complex environment. With that being said many of my customers have asked me if they still could set up hard thresholds based on key metrics in their environment. Here is a good step by step guide on how you can do this.