XtremIO Integration with vCenter Operations

As XtremIO becomes more popular with customers, there will be a need to integrate the statistics it provides into third party monitoring systems. XtremIO has a very simple UI to work with and it shows you a decent amount of statistics already in the UI, per volume; IOPs, latency, bandwidth, etc… EMC already has a vCenter Operations adapter for the …

The New Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager

Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to participate in a beta of Cisco’s new Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM). What is VSUM? VSUM is a free virtual appliance from Cisco that integrates into the vSphere Web Client. Once deployed, VSUM allows you to do the following (all from the web client): Deploy Nexus 1000v and Application Virtual …

Operationalizing vCenter Operations – Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of work with vCenter Operations over the last few months. I spent a lot of time with custom dashboards, super metrics and custom widgets based on XML files and widget interactions. The environment I’m in has an operations team responsible for monitoring 15+ vCenter environments. Most of the time spent working on this project was …

Programmatically Push Custom Data into vCenter Operations

I’ve been doing a lot of customization with vCenter Operations Manager lately, mainly customized dashboards, and I wanted to explore ways of getting data into vCOps other than having to use a third party adapter (such as Hyperic) or make my own adapter. Enter the HTTP Post Adapter. The HTTP Post adapter comes with vCenter Operations (I believe this comes …

Finding orphaned Virtual Machines – The Python Way

For the past few years I’ve done a little dabbling in Powershell for on-demand automation. I wanted to expand my horizons outside the realm of Powershell and find something more powerful, not only for vSphere, but other technologies that have APIs accessible via Python. I had never used Python, but had to start somewhere. I decided to start with Learning Python …

Configuring vCenter Operations Custom UI with Secure LDAP

I was recently working on a vCenter Operations (vCOps) installation at the customer site I work out and ran into an issue importing users from Active Directory (AD). In case you aren’t familiar with vCenter Operations, there are two UIs that can be accessed; a standard UI and a custom UI. The standard UI uses permissions defined within vCenter to …