Setting up vROPS for the first time.

Product version used

vROPS (version 6.6.1 running on SLES 11 SP3) 6.6.1.6163035 Build 6162407

Deployment of vROPS

A simple deployment of vROPS was performed using the OVA appliance available from VMware site.

Deployment guide used : https://docs.vmware.com/en/vRealize-Operations-Manager/6.6/vrealize-operations-manager-66-vapp-deploy-guide.pdf

Configuration provided during deployment of the OVA :

  1. Select the vSphere Deploy OVF Template option.
  2. Enter the path to the vRealize Operations Manager .ova file (PATH = [local drive]:\..\..\vRealize-Operations-Manager-Appliance-6.6.1.6163035_OVF10.ova ).
  3. Proceed with the prompt which shows the vROPS template details.
  4. Accept the End user license agreement.
  5. Specify the name and Inventory location to deploy the template to (Name of the deployed VM : vROPS and location :  [vCenter Server Name]/[Datacenter Name]/[Host & Cluster Name]/[Resource Pool Name].
  6. Select Configuration size for the vROPS machine (Configuration :Small has been selected to monitor 2000 VMs and the size of this deployment is 4 vCPU and 16 GB).
  7. Select the host cluster to which you want to deploy the VM to.
  8. Select the resource pool to deploy the VM to.
  9. Select destination datastore.
  10. Select the disk format to store the virtual disks (options) Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed, Thin provisioned (select : Thinprovision).
  11. Select the destination networks (select a virtual machine port group).
  12. In Properties, under Application, Timezone Setting, leave the default value to UTC and provide network details under head Networking Properties and click on Next to proceed.
  13. Select the check box for Power on after deployment.
    Note : It will take few minutes for deployment to complete.

Post Deployment configuration of vROPS appliance.

Once the vROPS machine has been deployed and powered ON we would need to access the IP address provided during the deployment of VM on a web browser like firefox, IE or chrome and we would see a web based UI with following options.

On accessing the IP address from a web browser we will get a security exception while opening the web UI, we need to add an exception for it on the browser (needs to be done one time only ).

VROPS - Getting Started

Once the VM has been powered ON it gives us the below options for installation.

  • Express Installation
  • New Installation
  • Expand An Existing Installation

We are doing a new install of vROPS so we selected New Installation and we have deployed a single node(administration and data functions are on same function) for this environment.

Procedure to create master node of vROPS.

  1. Navigate to the IP address which we are going to make it as master node of vROPS.
  2. Click New Installation.
  3. On Getting started it prompts that we are setting up this node as master node, click next to continue.
    VROPS - New Cluster Installation
  4. Set the password for the admin (administrator) account for this deployment of vROPS as per the password requirements mentioned on the wizard (Note: Please make a note of this password).
    VROPS - Admin Account
  5. In case if you have a CA certificate for the vROPS server please provide that here or we can use default certificates, which is what we have selected.
    VROPS-Certificate
  6. Provide a Cluster master Node Name (which has been given as vROPS Master) and NTP server address, click Next.
    VROPS - Cluster node name & Time configuration
  7. Click Finish.
    VROPS - Next step
  8. The administration interface appears which will take few minutes to finish setting up the Master Node.
    VROPS - Admin interface
  9. Once creating the master node is done,  it would show up as in figure below.
    VROPS - starting vrops cluster
    Note : Cluster status says Not started, state of vROPS Master is Offline and High Availability as Disabled.
  10. This completes the first node setup.
    Note : The vROPS services have still not been started.

What Next

At this point we have below options available to us to us  :

  • Create and add data nodes to unstarted cluster.
    • Create and add remote collector nodes to unstarted cluster.
    • Click Start vRealize Operartions Manager to start the single node cluster.

Note : We are currently proceeding with a single node vROPS cluster, we will later add on a section on setting up HA based vROPS.

Starting the vRealize Operations Manager Cluster

  1. Navigate to the IP address which we are going to make it as master node of vROPS and log on to the UI using the admin credential.
  2. On selecting Start vRealize Operations Manager, this shows a prompt to confirm First application startup.
    VROPS - startup
  3.  Select YES to continue.
    Note : This will take few minutes (10-20 minutes) depending upon the number of nodes in cluster.
  4. Once this step completes the vROPS cluster will be online
  5. Log on to the Web UI, https://[vrops IP address]/ui and we will see the below page, this completes the initial step.
    VROPS - WELCOME
  6. Click Next to continue.
  7. Click on the check box “I accept the terms of agreement” and click on next.
    VROPS - EULA
  8. Provide the License for the vROPS
    VROPS - License
  9. Click on checkbox “Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program” (Optional).
    VROPS - CEIP
  10. Click on Finish to begin installation and configuring solutions for monitoring purpose.
    VROPS - Welcome
  11. With this we complete setting up the vRealize Operations Manager service.
    Here is how it looks like :
    VROPS - Manager Service
    We can now proceed with configuring the solutions for monitoring purpose.

Configure Solutions for monitoring through vRealize Operations Manager

    1. For Monitoring vCenter Server go to Administration, next click on Solutions and then on VMware vSphereVROPS - Solution
    2. Click on vrops - Settings to configure a VC adapter instance to collect data from that specific vCenter server environment.
    3. Provide the VC instance a Display Name, vCenter server FQDN or IP and credential with which access to VC is possible.
      Note : At a minimum, the user account must have Read privileges and the Read privileges must be assigned at the data center or vCenter Server level.
    4. Click Test Connection to validate the connection with your vCenter Server instance, we will get a promt to validate the thumprint of the VC, click on Accept.
      VROPS - test connection
      It will promt “Test connection successful.”
    5. Click Save Settings to save the adapter instance.
    6. Once the adapter is saved it will start collecting data as shown in image below :
      vROPS - VC adapter

vRealize Operations Manger begins collecting data from vCenter server instance.
Note : A standard collection cycle begins every five minutes.

Configure Management solution pack for vSAN datastores monitoring (further details needed)

  1. For Monitoring vSAN go to Administration, next click on Solutions and then on VMware vSAN.VROPS - vSAN Connection
  2. Click on settings to configure a vSAN adapter instance to collect data from that specific vCenter server environment.
  3. Provide the vSAN instance a Display Name, vCenter server FQDN or IP and credential with which access to VC is possible.
    Note : At a minimum, the user account must have Read privileges and the Read privileges must be assigned at the data center or vCenter Server level.
  4. Click Test Connection to validate the connection with your vCenter Server instance, we will get a promt to validate the thumprint of the VC, click on Accept.
    VROPS - vSAN Connection
    It will promt “Test connection successful.”
  5. Click Save Settings to save the adapter instance.
  6. Once the adapter is saved it will start collecting data as shown in image below :
    VROPS- vSAN Adapter

vRealize Operations Manger begins collecting data from all vSAN clusters under that vCenter server.
Note : A standard collection cycle begins every five minutes.

If you want to learn more about this VMware product you can find links under the below mentioned document.

More vROPS document

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