VMware vSphere Optimization Assessment
In the last two years I’ve done a lot of vROps aka. vCOps enablement in the field. In my last days as a certified instructor I delivering many vCOps 5.0 to 5.8 classes for partners and customers. I also ran countless partner enablement sessions about the vSphere Optimization Assessment – VOA program. So after two years I thinks its time to bring this knowledge to a readable and shareable place. Here you can look it up very easily if you plan to do a VOA or want to customize your installed vROps environment to your needs. From my perspective, the VOA evolved to a stage where its really worth calling it a vSphere – Health Check. The assessment provides you deeper insides and best practices about your virtualized infrastructure. Information about proper HA / DRS cluster configuration, performance problems and right-sizing recommendations for your VMs and Hosts. Especially due to the new reporting engine in vRealize Operations 6.1 the VOA advanced in the following areas:
- Top-N widgets can be used to represent top consuming objects.
- Latency information about HBAs, Datastores and Network objects.
- Better report visibility due to Average, Max and Latest metric information
- Rightsizing Views to help better size your VMs
- So much more…
If this VOA stuff is completely new to you I encourage you to read this intro or watch this short video here.
Article series about how to customize vRealize Operations:
VOA related Best Practices:
- Install the new vROps 6.1 PAK file ( soon )
- Customize vROps 6.1 Reports to your needs
- Enable Missing Storage and Datastore Metrics
- Using “All Metrics” and Heatmaps to troubleshoot IO issues (soon)
- Customize Reports by creating Custom Groups (soon)
General information regarding vRealize Operations
- vROps – Understanding Views in vROps (soon)
- vROps – Understand vROps Policies and Custom Groups (soon)
- vROps – Monitoring Services and Applications (soon)
- vROps – The concept of vROps Management Packs (soon)