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VMware vRealize Operations 6.6: Plan, Manage and Scale SDDC and Multi-Cloud Environments

Sneak Preview: What’s New in VMware vRealize Operations 6.6

Today, VMware announced upcoming releases for its entire portfolio of operations management products – vRealize Operations 6.6, vRealize Log Insight 4.5, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4.

The new vRealize Operations 6.6 release will offer an integrated experience with vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Business for Cloud, delivering the complete &#rsquo;intelligent operations&#rdquo; use case. This release will deliver several game-changing innovations, redesigned user experience, and greater/deeper integration across software defined datacenter (SDDC) technologies and multiple public clouds.

Intelligent operations solution is designed to help customers plan, manage and scale their software defined data centers (SDDC) and multi-cloud environments. If you&#rsquo;d like to be notified when the new vRealize Operations 6.6 is available to download/evaluate, sign up here. For more information visit the vRealize Operations web page.

vRealize Operations 6.6 will bring together all management functions – performance management, capacity, log analytics, cost analytics, planning, topology analysis, troubleshooting and automated workload balancing – in one integrated, highly intuitive, scalable and extensible platform.

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 integrated with vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 delivers core capabilities around:

  • Application-aware SDDC and multi-cloud monitoring to help customers accelerate adoption of SDDC and integrate public clouds. Native SDDC integrations such as with VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation, redesigned intuitive user interface, unified visibility from applications to infrastructure and actionable insights combining metrics and logs deliver quick time to value. Customers get a unified operations view into applications and infrastructure health, visualize key performance indicators and infrastructure components dependencies. Predictive analytics and smart alerts enable proactive remediation of performance problems. Simple actionable out-of-the-box persona-based dashboards, metrics and logs side-by-side, custom dashboards, reports and views enable role-based access and smarter troubleshooting.
  • Automated and proactive performance management helps customers simplify operations, avoid disruption and free up time for more strategic tasks. The new capabilities in vRealize Operations 6.6. include fully automated workload balancing across hosts, clusters and datastores supporting both VMotion and Storage VMotion. It also offers full Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) management and predictive DRS. Predictive DRS combines predictive analytics from vRealize Operations with DRS capabilities to inform DRS of an expected spike in load so that DRS can move VMs before contention occurs. Anomalies and issues can be proactively detected and automatically remediated before end users are impacted.
  • Cloud Planning, capacity optimization and compliance – Upcoming vRealize Operations 6.6 includes tight integration with vRealize Business for Cloud which appears as &#rsquo;Business Management&#rdquo; tab within the vRealize Operations UI. Now vRealize Operations can correlate operational metrics with cost insights to understand how capacity utilization drives cost optimization. Fine grained cost analysis for private cloud and ability to compare costs across private and multiple public clouds such as AWS and Azure accelerate cloud planning, budgeting and procurement decisions, control costs and reduce risk. Customers can optimize cost and resource usage through capacity management, reclamation and right sizing and improve planning and forecasting. Also included are new SDDC health dashboards and hardening across the entire SDDC stack including NSX and VSAN.

 

 

 

Below are some of the &#rsquo;spotlight&#rdquo; features and capabilities:

1. Redesigned User Interface

  • Simplified Usability – New HTML5 UI has easier and consistent experience across all operations products
    • Quicker Navigation – New &#rsquo;Getting Started&#rdquo; dashboard points you to the right place
    • Accelerated Remediation – Persona-based dashboards provide the answers in one place – Operations, Troubleshooting, Cloud Capacity, Compliance and Config
  • Quicker Time To Value – OOTB integrations
    • Storage (vSAN), Logs (vRealize Log Insight), Business (vRealize Business for Cloud) and Automation (vRealize Automation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Best for SDDC Management

  • Complete native vSAN management
    • Performance, Capacity, Logs, Configuration and Health
    • No management pack required, 1-click to enable rich VSAN metrics/data
  • Centralized management across vSAN stretched clusters
  • Deploy vSAN with confidence with complete visibility down to disk level
  • Operationalize vSAN with performance and capacity monitoring, including dedup and compression benefits
  • SDDC Health Dashboard, including vSphere, NSX and vSAN
    • SDDC-App-Operations-View with Health breakdown for each product
    • Correlation of SDDC-App-component to underlying Infrastructure health (deployment instances and corresponding VM health)
  • Service Discovery Management Pack
    • Discover and list services and display the relationship between selected service and other services on other VMs.
    • Visualize relationship of selected VM with other VMs
    • Service Breakdown Across Environment
    • Validate SRM protection group and recovery plan membership

 

 

3. Intelligent Workload Placement featuring Fully Automated Workload Balancing

  • Ensure performance across the datacenter with fully automated workload balancing
    • Across clusters
    • Across data stores (w/ storage vMotion)
    • Easily automatable
    • Schedulable at a convenient maintenance window
  • Ensure DRS Configurations – View and set DRS settings to drive better balance
  • Avoid contention – Predictive DRS takes action before the contention occurs
  • Proper Initial Placement - Utilize Operations analytics to optimize placement of workloads through vRA

 

4. Full 360-Degree Log Integration with vRealize Operations 6.6

  • Full Integration in-context within vRealize Operations for faster troubleshooting
    • Direct launch into Log insight Dashboard
    • Direct launch into Log Insight Interactive Analytics mode
    • Object auto-initiated log management
    • vRealize Operations alerts auto-initiated log management

 

5. Cost Management Gets Easier with vRealize Operations 6.6

  • Optimize Public Clouds Spending with more visibility
    • Cost Visibility: Costing analysis for all services on AWS and Azure
    • Usage Visibility: VM level usage visibility into public clouds
  • Enhanced planning by correlating capacity and costs
    • Fine grained cost analysis for private cloud
    • Makes capacity optimization quantifiable
    • Procurement planning

6. OOTB Compliance and Hardening

  • Tackle compliance problems
    • What is out of compliance
    • New vSphere hardening dashboard
    • Hardening across all SDDC components, vSAN, NSX, vCenter
  • Extend Compliance – PCI & HIPAA compliance for vSphere
  • Ensure business configurations - New cluster, host and VM configuration dashboards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit the vRealize Operations web page.

Again, if you&#rsquo;d like to be notified when the new vRealize Operations 6.6, vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4 become available to download/evaluate, sign up here.

 

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Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy!

If you have been integrating VMware IDM with Active Directory using AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC), and need to switch to IDM connector to take advantage of various features such as MFA integration, Horizon & Citrix desktops/apps integration and others, then we have made it easier to switch without having to reconfigure application entitlements.

If you have been holding off from deploying the IDM connector because you don’t havevSphere license to deploy the virtual appliance, then there’s good news. IDM connector is now available on the Windows platform and integrated with the ACC installer. Read this blog post for details.

Using ACC Switch to Using IDM connector

Readdetailed description below on how to make this switchby Vishal Gupta, Product Managerwho drove this feature.

How to switch?

We believe switching should as easy as flipping a switch!

And that is why we have introduced an easy step-by-step few click process to switch from ACC to IDM connector. New &#rsquo;Convert&#rdquo; feature will eliminate significant downtime.

Watch this video for step-by-step how-to instructions.

After the conversion is complete ensure to disablethe sync settings from AirWatch console.

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Switching from ACC to VMware IDM Connector made easy!

If you have been integrating VMware IDM with Active Directory using AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC), and need to switch to IDM connector to take advantage of various features such as MFA integration, Horizon & Citrix desktops/apps integration and others, then we have made it easier to switch without having to reconfigure application entitlements.

If you have been holding off from deploying the IDM connector because you don’t havevSphere license to deploy the virtual appliance, then there’s good news. IDM connector is now available on the Windows platform and integrated with the ACC installer. Read this blog post for details.

Using ACC Switch to Using IDM connector

Readdetailed description below on how to make this switchby Vishal Gupta, Product Managerwho drove this feature.

How to switch?

We believe switching should as easy as flipping a switch!

And that is why we have introduced an easy step-by-step few click process to switch from ACC to IDM connector. New &#rsquo;Convert&#rdquo; feature will eliminate significant downtime.

Watch this video for step-by-step how-to instructions.

After the conversion is complete ensure to disablethe sync settings from AirWatch console.

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Introducing VMware Enterprise Systems Connector

You asked for it, and we delivered. Happy to announce availability ofVMware Enterprise Systems Connector (VESC), a unified installer to install bothVMware IDM connector and AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC)on the Windows platform starting with AirWatch 9.1 release. You can download the VESC installer from the AirWatch console.

Here’s detailed description onVMware Enterprise Systems Connector by Andrew Hornsby, Product Manager responsible for this component.

Overview

In AirWatch 9.1, the AirWatch Cloud Connector (ACC) and VMware Identity Manager connector have been included as components in a new Windows installer called the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector. During the installation process, you will be able to choose which components to install, as shown below.

With the VMware Identity Manager connector now available on Windows, vSphere license and an additional server are no longer required to connect your identity manager tenant to your on-premises enterprise systems like Active Directory. Prior to the release of the VMware Enterprise Systems connector, the identity manager component was only available as a Linux virtual appliance.

Both components are recommended for anyone upgrading to Workspace ONE, and are necessary for environments utilizing identity centric features not supported by the &#rsquo;use AirWatch to authenticate users&#rdquo; option in the Workspace ONE Getting Started Wizard. These use cases include Horizon and Citrix integration, RSA Secure ID integration, Integrated Windows authentication, and complex multi-domain and multi-forest Active Directory. The &#rsquo;use AirWatch for authentication&#rdquo; option, sometimes referred to as VMware Identity Manager &#rsquo;ACC integration&#rdquo; is still supported, but we encourage utilization of the full functionality of the Enterprise Systems Connector for the best compatibility and user experience. If you have already deployed and are utilizing Workspace ONE, but now want to start using the identity component of the VMware Enterprise Systems connector, you will be able to migrate without removing your directory or user entitlements.

Deployment Model:

Both the VMware IDM Connector and ACC components offer outbound only connections to their respective services. They can also coexist on the same Windows server, allowing you to effectively upgrade your existing ACC instances to the full VMware Enterprise Systems Connector. The resulting deployment model is shown below.

Automatic Upgrades:

As long as .NET 4.6.2 has been installed on the server, automatic update for existing ACC deployments will continue without any change in existing functionality. However, if you wish to install the VMware IDM Connector component offered by the VMware Enterprise Systems Connector, you must download and run the installer. Automatic update is not yet supported for the VMware IDM Connector, so it must be manually updated by downloading and running the installer for each new version.

Availability:

VMware Enterprise Systems Connector is available with AirWatch 9.1. The installer is available in the AirWatch Console in Enterprise Integration settings, the same location where the ACC Installer was previously available, as well as within the Workspace ONE Getting Started wizard.

Documentation:

With the release of AirWatch 9.1, existing ACC documentation is updated to reflect the updated branding and additional component installation and configuration. This documentation is available on myAirWatch here.

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New Release: PowerCLI 6.5.1

It&#rsquo;s PowerCLI release day and this is a significant one! This new release of PowerCLI is versioned at 6.5.1 rather than what you probably expected which would be 6.5 R2 (following on from our last release). We have made this change in order to fall in line with the best practices for being used in the PowerShell Gallery!

New Features

First and foremost, the largest update to this version of PowerCLI is regarding how the installation process has changed. As of this release, you no longer have an MSI file to download and install. You can now install PowerCLI directly from the PowerShell Gallery! This update streamlines the install process in multiple ways and allows module based features which PowerShell users will be used to from other PowerShell based additions.

For a detailed walkthrough on this new installation process, please see this blog post on Installing PowerCLI from the PowerShell Gallery.

The modules have also been updated to support the PowerShell auto-loading process. This allows PowerShell to automatically import the necessary modules in order to process the desired entered cmdlet. A good example would be to open a new PowerShell session, enter &#rsquo;Connect-VIServer&#rdquo; and then populate the parameters as you normally would. You&#rsquo;ll be pleasantly surprised to see the cmdlet working properly without any other input for cmdlets required.

The Core module has had some notable updates. We listened to the feedback and have added several new cmdlets that create, manage, and remove DRS cluster groups and VM/Host rules. The new cmdlets are as follows:

  • Get-DRSClusterGroup
  • New-DRSClusterGroup
  • Set-DRSClusterGroup
  • Remove-DRSClusterGroup
  • Get-DRSVMHostRule
  • New-DRSVMHostRule
  • Set-DRSVMHostRule
  • Remove-DRSVMHostRule

One other major change has happened to the main vSphere module (vim.automation.core module) concerning the Site Recovery Manager (SRM) cmdlets. The SRM cmdlets have been removed from the Core module and a new SRM module has been created. The new module is named VMware.VimAutomation.Srm and features updated cmdlets that enable users to interact with the API views for the SRM 6.5 API!

Speaking of APIs, there are a couple other modules which have been updated to work with the most current APIs. The vR Ops module has been updated to work with the views for the vR Ops 6.5 API. The Horizon module has also been updated to work with the views for the Horizon View 7.1 API. The Storage module has also been updated to work with the views for the latest vSAN 6.6 API.

Last, but certainly not least, the Storage module has received some tremendous updates as well. Many new cmdlets have been added to interact with vSAN&#rsquo;s iSCSI features. The cmdlets include managing an iSCSI initiator group and/or an iSCSI target, managing a resource&#rsquo;s access which are not part of the vSAN cluster, and controlling a vSAN sourced iSCSI LUN. The new cmdlets are as follows:

  • Get-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroup
  • New-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroup
  • Set-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroup
  • Remove-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroup
  • Get-VsanIscsiTarget
  • New-VsanIscsiTarget
  • Set-VsanIscsiTarget
  • Remove-VsanIscsiTarget
  • Get-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroupTargetAssociation
  • New-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroupTargetAssociation
  • Remove-VsanIscsiInitiatorGroupTargetAssociation
  • Get-VsanIscsiLun
  • New-VsanIscsiLun
  • Set-VsanIscsiLun
  • Remove-VsanIscsiLun
  • Get-VsanStat
  • Start-VsanDiskFormatUpdate
  • Get-VSANView

The Storage module has received some updates that are not vSAN related as well. The other changes are around storage policy based management (SPBM) cmdlets. These cmdlets are:

  • Start-SpbmReplicationPromote
  • Start-SpbmReplicationTestFailover
  • Stop-SpbmReplicationTestFailover

Summary

As evidenced above, PowerCLI 6.5.1 is a pretty big release. PowerCLI being available exclusively through the PowerShell Gallery allows for a streamlined process of installing PowerCLI. There have been new cmdlets added to handle the management of DRS clusters. Several modules have been updated to interact with views for the newest APIs on SRM, vR Ops, Horizon View, and vSAN. The storage module has had quite a few improvements made around the vSAN iSCSI capabilities as well as SPBM.

For more information on changes made in VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1, including improvements, security enhancements, and deprecated features, see the VMware PowerCLI Change Log. For more information on specific product features, see the VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 User&#rsquo;s Guide. For more information on specific cmdlets, see the VMware PowerCLI 6.5.1 Cmdlet Reference.

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VMware AirWatch Android Enterprise Enhancements

The recent Android Enterprise enhancements for VMware AirWatch make setting upan enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution easier than ever. Use these improvements to secure an Android bring-your-own-device (BYOD) deployment, without sacrificing user experience. To get started, check out ourVMware AirWatch Android Enterpriseinfographic which provides an overview of the enhancements and key configurations.

How Do I Get the Android Enterprise Enhancements?

To take advantage of the enterprise enhancements for Android, meet the minimum platform and version requirements. Then, download additional resources to learn more.

Minimum Requirements

To access the functionality and streamlined workflows outlined in this post, complete the following:

  • Security Challenge functionality available for Android Nougat and above
  • AirWatch Console v9.0+

MyAirWatchResources

Download full guides from MyAirWatch to learn more. (However, please note that MyAirWatch access requires credentials.)

  • Android Platform Guide- Reviewthe basics of VMware AirWatch EMM for Android. Key topics include, but are not limited toenrolling, securing, configuring and managing devices.
  • Integration with Android for Work- Learn aboutAndroid devices with special features forenterprise security,formerly referred to as Android for Work. Then, learn about what VMware AirWatch EMM can do withthese devices.
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) Guide - Reviewthe basics of VMware AirWatch EMM. Especially relevant topics include, enrolling, securing, configuring and managing devices.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide - Learn how to secureemployee access to corporate resources on personal devices.

Contact Information

If you have anyquestions or concerns about the Android Enterprise enhancements, then please email us.

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New! VMware 2016 State of the Digital Workspace Report

Download the new VMware report to gain insights on the digital workspace from hundreds of global organizations.

More effective mobile workers and satisfied users—in 2016, over half of business and IT leaders saw these results out of deploying digital workspace technology. That&#rsquo;s one of many new and valuable findings in the VMware report, The State of the Digital Workspace.

[Read the executive summary at VMware Radius.]

Last July, VMware asked more than 1,000 business decision makers and IT influencers about digital workspace adoption—the technology that unifies user, desktop and mobile device management. What are the top digital workspace goals? Which looming concerns does the technology mitigate? What are the top uses cases? Who&#rsquo;s driving the digital workspace strategy?

Out of that study, VMware also identified common competitive advantages among organizations that adopted the digital workspace: Triple-digit ROI, reduced security risks, cost-savings, faster delivery of new revenue streams and more.

[Read the press release.]

&#rsquo;The state of the digital workspace in 2016 is strong. Worldwide and across industries, organizations in the survey already embracing business mobility and digital workspace technologies to enable digital transformation are realizing 150 percent ROI and reaching new revenue streams faster, but there is more to gain. Reengineering business processes for the mobile world is a future-proof investment ready to pay dividends to innovators.&#rdquo;
—The State of the Digital Workspace

Get your comprehensive digital workspace report:

  • Discover all the benefits gained by early adopters.
  • Read what industry leaders said about deploying digital workspaces.
  • Understand the top barriers.
  • Find out in which regions organizations report the highest gains so far.
  • See which industry is leading in digital workspace success.
  • Grasp the keys to successfully implementing your own digital workspace.

Download The State of the Digital Workspace report here.

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