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Opvizor VMware Health Analyzer 3.0 setup

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Opvizor released VMware Health Analyzer 3.0 providing a deep insight into your VMware environment offering best practices and configuration recommendations.

A great new feature introduced in release 3.0 is the remediation capability that allow to fix automatically issues detected by the system. 

The software shows the administrator the adequate solution of the problem so that necessary changes can be done immediately but it doesn't make any changes to the components of the virtual environment.

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Installed on a computer of the network, the application must have access to the vCenter Server in order to collect data about the virtual environment to be transferred via a secure connection (data are encrypted AES 256) to Opvizor servers.

To use VMware Health Analyzer you need the following:

  • an opvizor account
  • a valid license
  • a computer connected to Internet

 

Editions and licensing

Opvizor Health Analyzer 3.0 is available in two editions:

  • Enterprise - all functions available: analysis of the hosts, which were licensed, the detailed issue description and the dashboard. For Remediation capability a separate license must be purchased.
  • Trial - limited to 30 days, it shows only the top-five problems with a detailed description, all other notes report only a sample description.

The software is licensed per ESXi host and you can find detailed info about pricing at Opvizor website.

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Requirements

To run Opvizor service you need the following components:

  • An updated Java Environment installed
  • Supported OSs: at least a Windows XP
  • Supported environments: vSphere 4 or higher

Hardware requirements

  • 2GB of memory
  • 50 MB of disk space, the log files size depends on the size of your environment and up to 1.5 GB may be temporarily required

 

Opvizor service account

From Active Directory create a dedicated account to run the service and grant the user the following permissions in vCenter :

All Privileges -> Datastore -> Browse datastore
All Privileges -> Global -> Cancel task
All Privileges -> Global -> Diagnostics
All Privileges -> Host -> CIM -> CIM interaction
All Privileges -> Host -> Configuration -> Change settings

In order to use the new Remediation feature, you need to grant Administrator permissions.

 

Install Opvizor

From Opvizor website download the opvizor service then run the installer.

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Accept the EULA then click Next.

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Leave default location and click Next.

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Enter Proxy Settings if any then click Next.

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Leave default HTTPS Port and check Automatically create inbound firewall rule... option then click Next.

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Click Install to start installation.

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Opvizor is being installed.

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When the installation completed successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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Configuration

To start the configuration, from main screen click the Edit button.

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Enter Username and Password to access Opvizor Platform and SMTP Settings. Click Save to save the configuration.

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To collect data of the virtual infrastructure, the service must be connected to a vCenter Server. Click Configure vCenters to add vCenter to the system.

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Click on Add New vCenter button.

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Enter the requested parameters then click Save New vCenter. The account used to connect vCenter must be granted with privileges previously specified.

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Click Back to return to main screen.

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Click Edit to configure the scheduled Full/Incremental uploads.

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Select the Scheduler tab and specify the schedule for the upload. Click Save when done.

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In Advanced Settings tab check Enable unlimited performance metrics requests at vCenter option and click Save.

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Enabling the above parameter, you can avoid the following error:

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When vCenter and upload schedule have been configured, click Analyze & Upload Now to collect and transfer data to Opvizor systems.

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Data are collected from the vCenter Server.

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When you see the green circles, the process completed successfully and data have been transferred to Opvizor.

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Now insert your Opvizor account and click Log in to access the Dashboard.

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The Opvizor Dashboard is displayed showing info related to the overall status of the virtual infrastructure.

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Select the different tabs to access specific areas of the virtual infrastructure.

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Issues Overview

This panel shows the statistics related to issues detected by the system.

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Datastore View

This view displays info related to datastore usage, free space and issues.

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Virtual Machine View

Detected issues and all VMs statistics are displayed in this view.

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Health Monitor

Shows the global status of the infrastructure.

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Health status

The status of each component of the virtual infrastructure (cluster, host, resource pool, etc) is displayed in the Level column and marked as Error, Warning or Info depending on the detected status.

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Selecting a VM with a detected issue, you get a detailed explanation of the error with suggestion to fix problem.

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Problems are displayed also with a Level set to Warning when the issue is not critical.

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Remediation feature

A new feature introduced in release 3.0 is the Remediation capability that allow to fix automatically an issue detected by the system.

Select the items with Remediation marked as Automatic then click on Fix it! button to fix the problem.

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Click Yes to confirm Remediation.

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The process is scheduled. Click OK to close the window.

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When the Remediation procedure completed successfully, a message is displayed by the system.

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Processed VMs are removed from the list.

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To try and test new features, Opvizor Health Analyzer is available as 30-day trial.

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