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  • vROps and vRLI Integrations

    vROps has been deployed, vRLI is up and running, let's integrate them! In vROps, to integrate with vRLI, you activate the vRLI Integration. Go to Data Sources - Integrations - Repository. You will first Activate the Integration by finding the vRLI tile and clicking the ACTIVATE button. Once done, you will configure it by clicking ADD ACCOUNT. Give it your vRLI IP address or FQDN. Click VALIDATE CONNECTION to confirm the connection. Notice that you don't provide credentials here, you do that later at authentication time. Once successful, click OK, then ADD. You will now have a vRLI Account (among others). So, what did this do? It presented the vRLI UI via Troubleshoot - Log Analysis. Before activating the vRLI integration and creating the account, it looked like this. Next, let's configure the integration from the vRLI side. Go to Integration - vRealize Operations. Here you will provide the vROps Hostname and credentials, with the ability to confirm your connecting with the TEST button. On the right there are three check boxes. Enable alert integration: When enabled, Log Insight user alerts can optionally be sent to vRealize Operations. Alerts can be automatically mapped to a vRealize Operations object based on a Log Insight field (e.g. hostname). This can be accomplished by creating a Log Insight alert that groups by a field that vRealize Operations can recognize. You can enable vRLI alert integration from multiple vRLI Clusters, they will all send their alerts to the destination vROps Cluster. Enable launch in context: Launch in context allows vRealize Operations to open Log Insight and query for selected object logs, and provides the ability for Log Insight to navigate to the vRealize Operations object that generated the event. This can be used from the Troubleshooting Workbench. It can also be used from the Object Summary page. Launch in context was designed for one vROps instance and one vRLI instance. If you've configured multiple vRLI Clusters to point to the same vROps Cluster, the last one you've configured will override all others. Enable metric calculation: When enabled, Log Insight can optionally calculate and send metrics to vRealize Operations. Metrics can be automatically mapped to a vRealize Operations object based on a Log Insight field (e.g. hostname). You can enable metric calculation on multiple vRLI Clusters, they will all send their metrics to the same vROps Cluster as configured. The official documentation on the vROps and vRLI integrations can be found here. For more information and trials of each product, go here for vROps and here for vRLI.

  • Send vROps Alerts to Microsoft Teams

    In our last blog we sent vRLI Alerts to Microsoft Teams via Webhooks, in this blog we'll send vROps Alerts to Microsoft Teams the same way. What do we need? Microsoft Teams Channel and Incoming Webhook vROps Webhook Outbound Notification Plugin vROps Webhook Payload Template vROps Notification Rule Let's first configure the Teams Channel and Incoming Webhook. Go to your Team, create a new Channel, then go to Connectors, and configure the Incoming Webhook, this is the URL we will use later. Next, let's create the vROps Outbound Notification Plugin Instance. This is where you'll use the Microsoft Teams Incoming Webhook URL you previously created. A couple things to note here: The TEST won't work. It's trying both an HTTP POST and PUT, one of them will fail, rendering the test unsuccessful. The TEST is sending a default payload which gets rejected by Teams, rendering the test unsuccessful. My TEST looked like this, rest assured it'll work when we test with an Alert and custom payload template. Next let's configure the Payload Template, mine looks like this. I've used the Webhook Notification Plugin previously created and adjusted my Payload Template to use JSON, HTTP POST, and a custom Payload. Next we'll create a Notification Rule and an Alert to trigger it. My Notification Rule looks like this. The Alert I'm using to trigger looks like this. Now we wait...and here they come! For an even richer experience, using Microsoft Teams Cards, check out the Payload Template on VMware {code} contributed by VMware Senior Staff Technical Marketing Manager John Dias. Using that template, your Teams messages will look like this. For more information about vROps go here!

  • Send vRLI Alerts to Microsoft Teams

    Today we can send vRLI Alerts to vROps, we can generate emails on them, and there are out of the box Webhooks for Slack, Pager Duty, and vRO. What about Microsoft Teams? Well, we can create a custom Webhook for it, so what does that look like. Let's first generate a TEAMs URL to which we will point our Webhook. Go to Teams, select your Team, then go to the three dots top right. Select Connectors. Click Add and then Add which will add the Incoming Webhook to the Channel. We now need to configure it. Go back to the three dots top right and select Connectors. You'll notice it shows a Configure button now, select that. You'll give it a name, adjust the associated image if you want, then click Create. Once you click Create, a URL is generated for you. This is the URL to which you will send your vRLI Alerts. Click Done. Let's now configure the Alerts in vRLI to be sent to Teams. Log into vRLI, go to Alerts - Webhook and select NEW WEBHOOK. From the Endpoint dropdown, you'll have four options. There are built-in Endpoints for Slack, Pager Duty, and vRO. There is a Custom option for others, like Microsoft Teams. Each Endpoint has its own Advanced Settings and Payload, the Custom Endpoint looks like this. The Webhook URL is the Teams URL we previously created. Content Type provides the payload format (JSON or XML). Action determines the method (POST or PUT). Authentication is optional and provided via the Authorization fields. You can add Custom Headers if you wish. The payload and its parameters are available at the bottom, this is how you format your message to Teams. Mine looks like this. Click TEST ALERT to test the Webhook. As you can see, I've been testing, and my latest test is shown at the bottom. At this point, we can now use the Microsoft Teams Webhook in vRLI Alert definitions. I've created an Alert around the query "failed" using our new Webhook. I've adjusted the Webhook payload to include a link to vRLI, it looks like this. We now wait for a "failed" log in vRLI, which we just got. Which generated a Microsoft Teams message. Clicking the link in the message takes the user back to the vRLI query. This is just one use case for vRLI Custom Webhooks, they can be used for other endpoints as well. VMware Staff Technical Account Manager Brian Wuchner published a nice video on this same topic, you can see it here. For more information on vRLI and vRLI Cloud, go here.

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  • VMware vRealize | bpatvmware

    vRealize Automation (vRA) vRealize Automation is a modern infrastructure automation platform that enables private and multi-cloud environments on VMware Cloud infrastructure. It delivers self-service automation, DevOps for infrastructure, configuration management and network automation capabilities that help you increase business and IT agility, productivity, and efficiency. Integrate, streamline, and modernize traditional, cloud-native, and multi-cloud infrastructures with vRealize Automation and simplify IT while preparing for the future of your business. vRealize Operations (vROPs) VMware vRealize Operations delivers self-driving IT operations management for private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments in a unified, AI-powered platform. ​ Offering full-stack visibility from physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure – including VMs and containers – to the applications they support, vRealize Operations provides continuous performance optimization, efficient capacity and cost planning and management, app-aware intelligent remediation, and integrated compliance. vRealize Operations is available on premises and SaaS . vRealize Log Insight (vRLI) vRealize Log lnsight is a log analysis tool that delivers highly scalable log management with intuitive, actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual and cloud environments. vRealize Lifecycle Manager (vRLCM) vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager delivers a comprehensive application lifecycle and content management solution for the vRealize Suite, accelerating time to value, minimizing ongoing management, and improving end user productivity. vRealize True Visibility Suite (vRTVS) Bring data depth and context to your hybrid cloud using vRealize True Visibility Suite. This suite of management packs offers the ability to monitor heterogeneous environments within vRealize Operations, delivering the information you need to make intelligent decisions about managing your environment. vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) VMware vRealize® Network InsightTM delivers intelligent operations for software- defined networking and security. It helps customers build an optimized, highly available, and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation planning and deployment, enables visibility across virtual and physical networks, and provides operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments.

  • About | bpatvmware

    Brock Peterson Senior Cloud Solutions Architect | Multi-Cloud Management | VMware ​ At VMware, I'm a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect in the Multi-Cloud Management Group within the Modern Apps and Management Business Unit. I help customers design and build cloud management solutions using the VMware vRealize suite of products: vRealize Operations (vROps) vRealize True Visibility Suite (vRTVS) vRealize Automation (vRA) including SaltStack and SaltStack SecOps vRealize Log Insight (vLI) vRealize LifeCycle Manager (vRLCM) CloudHealth and CloudHealth SecureState ​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bpatvmware ​ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brock-peterson-5756534/ Brock Peterson Principal Solutions Architect | True Visibility Group | Blue Medora At Blue Medora, I was a Principal Solution Architect in the True Visibility Group (TVG). I helped customers design and build monitoring solutions using VMware vRealize Operations and the True Visibility Suite (TVS) of management packs. ​ VMware acquired the TVG from Blue Medora in July 2020 and has since re-branded TVS as vRealize TVS (vRTVS). Details around vRTVS can be found here: https://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-operations/true-visibility-suite.html Brock Peterson Certified IT Specialist | Enterprise Automation Distributed Systems | IBM ​ At IBM, I held several roles over the years, but the most recent was as an IT Specialist working on distributed systems monitoring environments for customers that had outsourced monitoring and management of their IT infrastructures to IBM. ​ We used primarily the IBM Tivoli Monitoring suite of products for monitoring and the IBM Tivoli Netcool Omnibus product for event management. ​ Brock Peterson Education and Certifications Education M.S. | Applied Mathematics | Iowa State University B.A. | Mathematics | Gustavus Adolphus College Certifications VMware vEXPERT 2019-2022 VMware vEXPERT Cloud Management 2020-2022 VMware VSP 2020 - VMC on AWS VMware VTSP 2020 - Cloud Foundation VMware VTSP 2019 - MO/VMC on AWS VMware VSP and VTSP 2018 - HCI/SV VMware VSP 2017 - CP/MO VMware VSP 2016 - BC/Cloud/SE/CP/DaaS/DV/Hybrid/MA/MO/Mobility/NV/SDS/SV

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