vRealize Operations Manager for View is a ‘must have’ in every View based VDI environment. Its capabilities for capacity and performance monitoring are priceless. Any kind of troubleshooting is much more easy when you have a tool like this deployed in your environment. Following my previous articles for Installing/Configuring and View Adapter Installation, now I will share with you what you can find in the box as a predefined dashboards, although the power of the vROps is in the customization feature and the ability to monitor your network and storage using external adapters or integrated ones.
- View Overview – you can find here your Top View Alerts, View Indicator Metrics, Pod Session Metrics and Pod Capacity Metrics. Very easy you can see the load of your View VDI and if there is anything wrong which could lead to unhappy end user.
- View Infrastructure – from this dashboard you can instantly understand, if there is anything wrong related ESXi hosts, Datastores, View Desktops and RDS hosts, using a color based maps. If all is green, you don’t have anything to worry about.
- View Users – this dashboard gives you more information about the VDI Users. It includes Sessions details, Session related objects and Alerts. I personally like this dashboard because it could help you in investigating user experience issues.
- View Remote Sessions – opening this dashboard you will access mainly color based statistics. If all is green, everything is fine. By clicking on any non-green object you can see more details about what is the issue with it. Included charts here are VDI Desktop sessions, RDP Desktop sessions, Application Sessions. The Top charts are also very useful, since you can see who is consuming most resourses and if the numbers are not in the ‘normal’ borders, you can be pro-active and investigate. Top charts include – Top VDI Desktop Session PCoIP Latency, PCoIP bandwidth, Top Application PCoIP latency, bandwidth and many more.
- View VDI Pools – from this dashboard you get aggregated statistical information per Desktop Pools. You can easily find which pool consume most CPU, Memory, Bandwidth. Also you can get some more details about Top VDI usage.
- View RDS Pool – the dashboard is similar to the previous one, but it is related only to the RDS usage. You can see who is consuming what and if there is need for future changes to get better performance to the end user.
- View TS Pools – All you need to know about Terminal Server pools. How you can configure TS pools you can fine here. Similar to the previous one data you can find here, but this is only related to your TS sessions and their metrics. Data for RDP provided APPs is not included.
- View Applications – at this dashboard you will find mainly a health status of your Application infrastructure.
- View Desktop Usage – here you will find details about desktop usage per pool. You also will get some Trends, Connected and Disconnected sessions per Pool.
- View Remote Session Details – similar to Sessions dashboard you will get information for VDI sessions. You can easily identify the used protocol, log-in time, connection status. Session health and metrics could also be found at this dashboard.
- View RDS and TS Host Details – you will find a list with all your RDS and TS hosts (TS pools and RDS applications). Indicator metrics are included for each server in the list. You can also find Users, Sessions, Events and Health for the hosts.
- View Adapter Self Health – If you have more than one View adapters reporting to the vROps instance, you should see all of them here. If there is a problem with the adapter and it doesn’t report any date, you will find it here. Information about metrics, last reporting time, Alerts, Licensing issues and much more.
- Recommendations – vROps monitor your VDI and if there is something which could be changed in order to deliver better performance and availability it will appear here. The new feature in vROps is that you can make changes from its interface. For example it recommends to add more memory or CPU to a desktop or connection server, you can just click to apply the recommendations and it will do everything for you.
- Diagnose – this dashboards help you to find the relations between all infrastructure components and find where the problem could be. By selection a virtual desktop, you can see on which host it is, which datastore it use, Resource Pool, VDI pool, VLAN and session (if any). Metrics picker is placed on a very handy place, so you can basically get graph for every metrics vROps collects.
- Self Health – this dashboard gives you information about vROps infrastructure components (Operations Nodes, Product UI and etc.)
The power of the vROps is not in the built-in dashboards. Your environment may need specific monitoring, so you can build your own dashboards and monitor the most critical components for your. Don’t forget reporting features, could be use for providing reports on a regular basis used from the management.
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