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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials

Lauren Malhoit

This book, written by an expert, tackles the complexities of the vCenter Operations Management Suite to make your life easier. Its step-by-step approach brings a new level of clarity to administering large virtual machines.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782176961
Paperback246 pages

About This Book

  • Written by VMware expert Lauren Malhoit, this book takes a look at vCenter Operations Manager from a practical point of view that every administrator can appreciate
  • Understand, troubleshoot, and design your virtual environment in a better and more efficient way than you ever have before
  • A step-by-step and learn-by-example guide to understanding the ins and outs of vCenter Operations Manager

Who This Book Is For

This book is for administrators, engineers, and architects of VMware vSphere as well as those who have or are interested in purchasing the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. It will particularly help administrators who are hoping to use vCenter Operations Manager to optimize their VMware environments as well as quickly troubleshoot both long-term and short-term issues.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to vCenter Operations Manager
What is vCenter Operations Manager?
Benefits of troubleshooting with vC Ops
Benefits of capacity planning with vC Ops
Feature comparison of versions
Using vC Ops with other solutions
Chapter 2: Installing vCenter Operations Manager
System requirements
Preparing the vCenter Server
Deploying the vCenter Operations Manager's vApp
Configuring the vCenter Operations Manager
vC Ops custom dashboard
Upgrading vC Ops
Chapter 3: Dashboards and Badges
Navigation overview
Major badges
Minor badges
Heat maps
Custom dashboards
Chapter 4: Troubleshooting Our Virtual Environment with vCenter Operations Manager
Drilling in on major and minor badges
Troubleshooting VM performance
Troubleshooting network performance
Troubleshooting slow applications
Finding future risks
Chapter 5: Capacity Planning with vCenter Operations Manager
Optimizing our environment
What-if scenarios
The capacity analysis page
Chapter 6: Reports
Built-in reports
Understanding built-in reports
Custom Reports
Chapter 7: vCenter Configuration Manager
Basic vCenter Configuration Manager installation
Connecting VCM and vC Ops
Using VCM metrics within vC Ops
Chapter 8: Log Insight
Installing and configuring Log Insight
Using Log Insight with vC Ops
Chapter 9: VMware Horizon View Integration with vCenter Operations Manager
High-level installation overview
Connecting Horizon View with vC OPS
Using vC OPS for View
Practical uses
Chapter 10: vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
Overview of Infrastructure Navigator
Using VIN with vC OPS
Chapter 11: EMC Storage Analytics
Deploying ESA
Using ESA with vC OPS

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure VMware vCenter Operations Manager
  • Connect VMware vCenter Operations Manager to your virtual server environment, VMware Horizon View environment, EMC VNX storage analytics, and VMware Log Insight
  • Troubleshoot various performance issues
  • Plan your hardware capacity efficiently
  • Discover the differences between “one off” events and consistent stress within your VMs and storage
  • Explore the difference between normal behavior and anomalous behaviour
  • Find specific events that cause issues within your environment

In Detail

vCenter Operations Manager offers a powerful solution to administrating a large virtual machine deployment, allowing you to automate processes and plan your resource capacity to maximize hardware efficiency.

This book contains step-by-step tutorials, detailed descriptions, and real-world solutions that will allow you to overcome the complexity of a powerful but often overwhelming suite of tools for the modern network administrator. Install, configure, troubleshoot, and expand your virtualization deployment with this essential handbook.

The vCenter Operations Management Suite contains so much information within one solution that it can be intimidating. It can make administrators feel overwhelmed or think that they are not using it properly. This book is a practical guide to using vCenter Operations Manager for the everyday administrator. It not only gives step-by-step instructions but also makes admins more comfortable with the user interface so they can maintain, troubleshoot, and design their infrastructure and virtual environment in the most efficient way possible.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials guides you through installing and configuring vCenter Operations Manager and shows you how to maximize its potential. vCenter Operations Manager helps you maintain and troubleshoot your VMware environment as well as your physical environment. It goes beyond using the simple alarms vCenter gives you by explaining the virtual environment and how to track, explain, and find solutions to anomalous behavior. You're taught how to deploy the power of vCops to maximize your ability to plan capacity and design your environment, enabling more efficient use of your hardware than ever before.


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