VMware Cloud Expert

Lab 6 - Multi-Cloud Operations Management

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Introduction

vRealize Operations Cloud delivers a unified management platform to optimize, plan, and scale hybrid cloud deployments from applications to infrastructure, powered by AI/ML, as a service.

vRealize Operations Cloud offers the same great features found in the on-premises version of vRealize Operations, but gives customers accelerated access to new innovations. This means that the software is able to deliver self-driving IT through the prediction, prevention, and automatic remediation of issues both at the application level and at the infrastructure level. 

vRealize Operations Cloud Enables self-driving IT Operations Management across private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments with a unified operations platform that delivers continuous performance, capacity and cost optimization, intelligent remediation and integrated compliance through AI/ML and predictive analytics.

With vRealize Operations Cloud you can:

  • Maximize ROI for Cloud Operations - Examine the potential return on investment (ROI), reduction in unplanned downtime and other benefits that enterprises may realize when deploying VMware vRealize Operations in today’s hybrid and multi cloud environments. 
  • Accelerate the Journey to VMC on AWS - vRealize Operations Cloud simplifies management for your hybrid cloud from migration assessment and planning to operationalizing the hybrid cloud in production. 
  • Unify visibility across multiple clouds - Delivered as a service, vRealize Operations meets the needs of modern IT strategies, including VM-based and containerized workloads, across private, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments.
  • Increase Operational efficiency - Bring data depth and context to your hybrid cloud by adding vRealize True Visibility Suite. Monitor heterogeneous environments and make intelligent management decisions.

Tasks

Task 1 - Configure vRealize Operation Accounts

You can extend the monitoring capabilities of vRealize Operations Cloud by installing and configuring management packs in vRealize Operations Cloud to connect to, and analyze data from external data sources in your environment. Once connected, you can use vRealize Operations Cloud to monitor and manage objects in your environment.

A management pack can be Login a connection to a data source, or it might include predefined dashboards, widgets, alerts, and views.

Solutions can include cloud accounts, other accounts, dashboards, reports, alerts, and other content. The cloud accounts and other accounts comprise of adapters, using which vRealize Operations Cloud manages communication and integration with other products, applications, and functions. When a management pack is installed and the adapters are configured, you can use the vRealize Operations Cloud analytics and alerting tools to manage the objects in your environment.

VMware solutions include adapters for the following:

  • Storage Devices
  • Log Insight
  • NSX for vSphere
  • Network Devices
  • VCM

Third-party solutions include AWS, SCOM, EMC Smarts, and many others.

Other management packs such as the VMware Management Pack for NSX for vSphere, can be added to vRealize Operations Cloud.

  1. From your VDI Desktop launch a web browser and access the VMware Cloud Console
    https://console.cloud.vmware.com/
  2. Log using your VMware Cloud Login if required
    • Username: vmcexpert#-xx@vmware-hol.com
    • Password: VMware1!
  3. Right Click the VMware Cloud on AWS tile and choose open in a new window
    Or, in a new browser tb go to https://vmc.vmware.com/console/sddcs
  4. Click the vRealize Operations Cloud tile
  1. In the left pane, under Data Sources, click Integrations
  2. Click the ellipsis (3 horizontal dots), then click Import from VRA
  3. Click VMware Cloud on AWS
  4. In the Default Collector Group Dropdown Select your vRops Proxy Appliance
  5. Repeat step 12 for your VMC on AWS vCenter and NSX-T Manager
  6. Click Validate
  7. At the Review and Accept Certificate Prompt, click Accept to accept the Certificate
  8. At the bottom of the page click Import
  1. Under Accounts, expand VMware Cloud on AWS
  2. Expand your VMware Cloud on AWS Collection (i.e. vmcexpert3-31_VMConAWS)
  3. Expand your VMC on AWS SDDC (i.e. VMCEXPERT3-31)
  4. Click the three vertical dots to the left of your SDDC, click Edit
  5. Check Near Real-Time Checkbox to enable it
  6. In the Real-Time Monitoring dialog check the I Understand the affects of near real-time monitoring checkbox
  7. Click OK
  8. Click Validate Connection
  9. Click the NSX-T Tab
  10. Move the slider to enable the collection of NSX-T configuration
  11. Click Validate Connection
  12. Click OK
  13. Click Save
  14. Click Accept on the Review and Accept dialog
  1. Under Accounts, expand VMware Cloud on AWS
  2. Expand your VMware Cloud on AWS Collection (i.e. vmcexpert3-31_VMConAWS)
  3. Expand your VMC on AWS SDDC (i.e. VMCEXPERT3-31)
  4. The status for all SDDC components should read OK. Note: You may need to wait for up to 5 mins and refresh as data collection happens

We will now add your AWS account to vRealize Operations Manager by importing the account information form vRealize Automation. Importing accounts from vRA ensures we don't share cloud accounts details with multiple users, management of those accounts can also therefore be done centrally.

  1. Click the 3 horizontal dots next to Add Account
  2. Click Import Accounts from vRA
  1. Select AWS
  2. Select CAS-Imported-aws-AWS from the credential drop-down
  3. Click Validate
  4. Click Import (at the bottom of the page)
  1. Expand the AWS Account Category
  2. Select the 3 vertical dots next to your AWS account and click Edit
  3. Expand the Advanced Settings section
  4. In the Regions field select the region your lab environment is deployed within
    NOTE: We only use us-west-2 (US West Oregon) for these labs
  5. Click Save

Task 1.1 - Confirm the account visibility  in vROPs Cloud

  1. In the left pane, Expand Environment
  2. Click Object Browser
  3. Expand VMC Cloud on AWS
  4. Expand VMC Hosts and Cluster
  5. Select VMC World and confirm you can see information about the following:
    • VMC Organization
    • SDDC
    • Host System
    • vCenter
    • Virtual Machines
  1. Expand  AWS
  2. Expand Accounts
  3. Select Your AWS Account
  4. Take not of the following
    • EC2 Instance
    • EBS Volume
    • VPC
  5. Expand Regions
  6. Expand US West (Oregon)
  7. Select the Account
  8. In the Relationship tile select VPC
  9. Click Expand
  10. Identify and Select your VPC (VMCEXPERT#-XX) where # is your lab environment number and xx is your student number
  11. Click Details
  1. Review the following
    • Metrics
    • Tags
    • Relationship
      • Subnet
      • Security Group
      • Internet Gateway
      • Load Balancer (the Load balancer should be visible if you completed lab 4)

Conclusion

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