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VOA – Customize vROps 6.1 Reports to your needs

Bildschirmfoto 2015-12-14 um 00.09.54I’ve done many vSphere Health Checks in the past using vRealize Operations or short vROps. This post is about how to enrich the built-in VOA Reports. If you have no idea what a VOA is, please read this first. Even if you’re not interested in VOA’s itself this post will help you to understand how to edit Views and Reports in vRealize Operations. First things first. If you need to edit the built-in Reports, because of adding metrics and properties you are interested in, you have to understand that its all about editing Views. That’s because a Report in vROps is just a collection of Views. Just navigate to the content area and there you’ll find those elements waiting to be customized to your needs. In this post I’ll show you how to edit an existing View.


Adding NTP Server information:

In this example I’ll add the actual configured NTP Server to the View named “Host Status Overview Report”. I find this useful because many customers said: “OK, NTP is running – but is the entered NTP Server value correct?” Just see the original and the edited output before we go into the customization.

Original (without NTP Server):
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Edited (with NTP Server):
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To get the NTP Server in there we just need to drag and drop the property into the corresponding View. As i mentioned earlier we are about to edit the View named “Host Status Overview Report”. The first image displays the original View and the second includes the NTP Server configuration. Lets see how this works.

Open the View “Host Status Overview Report” by first filtering it in the upper right corner of the View area and then edit it by clicking the small pencil. 

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Next we have to, 1st: Select “4. Data”, 2nd: Select Properties instead of Metrics, 3rd: Expand Configuration -> Security, 4th: drag the Property “NTP Server” to the right, 5th: Assign a proper Metric label by typing “NTP Server” in the Configuration pane, 6th: Hit Save to save the View.

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Thats all. If you now rerun the Report “[Phase 1] – Configuration Report of vSphere Optimization Assessment” you’ll see that the Report lists your configured NTP Servers as well.



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