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  • Brock Peterson

VMware Aria Operations Management Pack for NSX Advanced Load Balancer

Back in June 2019 VMware announced it's intent to acquire AVI Networks, a month later and the acquisition was complete. Since then, the AVI Networks Application Delivery Controller (ADC) has been rebranded to be the VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer. As is the case with other VMware Software Defined Data Center components, we built an Aria Operations Management Pack for it, which was announced in August 2022. Let's have a look.

If you're running Aria Operations you'll have to download and install the management pack, you can get it here. If you're running Aria Operations SaaS, you'll activate it via Data Sources - Integrations - Repository.

Click the tile.

Click GET, which will install it. Once installed, it must be configured. Go to Data Sources - Integrations - Accounts - ADD ACCOUNT - NSX Advanced Load Balancer - and add your target and credentials. The target in this case is the Controller URL, which can be the controller IP/FQDN or the controller cluster IP.

Documentation on the target and necessary credentials can be found here. To see what's included in the management pack itself, click the three dots top right and then Content.

The three dashboards will look something like this.

Exploring the relationships below the NSX Advanced Load Balancer itself, we can see the additional objects: Controllers, Service Engines, Clouds, Networks, Tenants, Pools, Service Engine Groups, Virtual Services, and more. Documentation of all objects, metrics and their relationships can be found here.

Using these relationships you can create your own dashboards showing all object types, like this.

The alerts (and related symptoms) can be found here.

In addition to these alerts, we also consume alerts NSX Advanced Load Balancer is generating itself, see details here.

Any notifications being made on other alerts in your Aria Operations environment can also be made against these NSX Advanced Load Balancer alerts.

I expect to have more alerts, symptoms, more comprehensive summary views, and more in the next release. For a list of all available Aria Operations Management Packs go here.

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