Aria Automation Config, SaltStack, SaltStack Config

How to provision local SaltStack Master to work with VMware Aria Automation Config Cloud (aka SaltStack Config)

Recently I had to install and configure a SaltStack Master in my home lab and connect this master to my Aria Automation Config Cloud (aka SaltStack Config, i will use both names in this post) instance. Even if the official documentation improved a lot, there are still some pitfalls, especially if you are not experienced …

Aria Operations, Dashboard, vRealize Operations, vROps

Aria Operations Heatmap Widget meets Custom Groups – Grouping by Property

The Aria Operations Heatmap Widget which is very often used in many Dashboards provides the possibility of grouping objects within the Heatmap by other related object types, like in the following screenshot showing Virtual Machines grouped by their respective vSphere Cluster. Problem description This is a great feature but the grouping works only using object …

Aria Operations, Dashboard, Uncategorized, vRealize Operations, vROps

How to detect Windows Blue Screen of Death using VMware Aria Operations

Problem statement Recently I was asked by a customer what would be the best way to get alerted by VMware Aria Operations when a Windows VM stopped because of a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) or a Linux machine suddenly quit working due to a Kernel Panic. Even if it looks like a piece of …

Aria Operations, Content, Dashboard, vRealize Operations, vROps

VMware Explore Follow-up 2 – Aria Operations Dashboard Permissions Management

Another question I was asked during my “Meet the Expert – Creating Custom Dashboards” session which I could not answer due to the limited time was: “How to manage access permissions to Aria Operations Dashboards in a way that will allow only specific group of content admins to edit only specific group of dashboards?“ Even …

Aria Operations, vRealize Operations

VMware Explore Follow-up – Aria Operations and SNMP Traps

During one of my “Meet the Expert” sessions this year in Barcelona I was asked if there is an easy way to use SNMP traps as Aria Operations Notification and let the SNMP trap receiver decide what to do with the trap based on included information except for the alert definition, object type or object …

vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Log Insight Cloud

vRealize Log Insight and Direct Forwarding to Log Insight Cloud

Since the release of vRealize Log Insight 8.8, you can configure log forwarding from vRealize Log Insight to vRealize Log Insight Cloud without the need to deploy any additional Cloud Proxy. It is the Cloud Forwarding feature in Log Management, which makes it very easy to forward all or only selected log messages from your …

Dashboard, Super Metric, vRealize Operations

How vRealize Operations helps size new vSphere Clusters

In ESXi Cluster (non-HCI) Rightsizing using vRealize Operations I have described how to use vRealize Operations and the numbers calculated by the Capacity Engine to estimate the number of ESXi hosts which might be moved to other clusters or decommissioned. The corresponding dashboard is available via VMware Code. In this post, I describe the opposite …

vRealize Log Insight

vRealize Log Insight Daily Disk Consumption – Quick Tip

Recently I was asked how to quickly estimate the vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) data usage per day and I have checked several, more or less obvious, approaches. Usually, this question comes up when a customer is either re-designing the vRLI cluster or migrating to the vRealize Log Insight Cloud instance. To answer that question we …

vRealize Operations, vROps, Webhook

vRealize Operations and Telegram – Alerts on your Phone

As you all know vRealize Operations is a perfect tool to manage and monitor your SDDC and in case of issues vROps creates alerts and informs you as quickly as possible providing many details related to an alert. Without any additional customization, vRealize Operations displays the alerts in the Alerts tab. Sending alerts via email …

SaltStack

Salt Extension Modules for VMware – Quick How-To

My fellow colleague Vincent Riccio described here in his blog post the open-source SaltStack Modules that provide hooks into components such as VMware Cloud on AWS, NSX-T, and vSphere.These modules are a fantastic way to implement prescriptive configuration management across various VMware infrastructure components using the same solution as you should use for software and …