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Keep Your Business Critical Apps Soaring with…

Keep Your Business Critical Apps Soaring with Custom Dashboards

Keep Your Business Critical Apps Soaring with…

As a systems administrator, you are pulled in a million different directions – monitoring this, ordering that, fixing environment issues, keeping up with endless emails; the list never ends. As much as you hate to admit it, at some point you’ve probably overlooked an important system in your environment and dealt with a firestorm after the system went down. In this post, I’m going to show how to monitor a business critical application — from database to storage — with a custom vRealize Operations (vROps) dashboard.


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Solarwinds NPM content pack for Log Insight

Solarwinds NPM content pack for Log Insight

Solarwinds NPM content pack for Log Insight

Overview Solarwinds NPM or Network Performance Monitor is a monitoring software that monitors faults, availability, and performance of devices connected to a network which helps in detection, diagnosis, and resolution of network performance issues and outages. SolarWinds can also monitor your databases, storage solutions, and server performance. For more information about SolarWinds, visit http://www.solarwinds.com/ . SolarWinds […] The post Solarwinds NPM content pack for Log Insight…Read More


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Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs – virtuallyGhetto

Customizing the ESXi DCUI to show number of VMs

Last week there was a question that was posted internally asking if it was possible to customize the ESXi DCUI screen to include the number of Virtual Machines? Although there is nothing out of the box, you can in fact add add almost anything to the DCUI screen by modifying the /etc/vmware/welcome configuration file which I had blogged about several years back on adding a splash of color to the ESXi DCUI. There was even a recent VMware Fling that provides a VIB that applies a variety of DoD STIG implementations, one of which was to update the DCUI screen with some specific text.


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5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize…

5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize Operations Manager

5 Common Errors While Installing vRealize…

Understanding the most common errors associated with installing VMware’s vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) can drastically improve user experience. Currently, 85% of Blue Medora’s support tickets are related to user error during vRealize Operations installation and configuration. Below, I have outlined the top five errors that we see vROps users encountering, and how to avoid them if you’re looking to install vRealize Operations or integrate third-party management packs.


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Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

Building a Home Lab for #PowerCli Testing – Notes of a scripter

Building a Home Lab for PowerCli Testing

After taking the PowerCli HOL from VMware, I been thinking of putting together a home lab. I been reading a lot of information about others bloggers using Mini PCs- such as the Intel NUCs, Mac Minis, and even custom built whitebox servers. Unfortunately, being a father of 3 kids means I have to be on a tight budget, and at the same time I don’t want to skimp and have a under powered home lab. I would also like the equipment to be quiet and fan-less if at all possible.


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Running Log Insight on Ravello – Michael Ryom

Running Log Insight on Ravello – Michael Ryom

Running Log Insight on Ravello – Michael Ryom

Continuing in the same track as the last few blog posts – It now time to get Log Insight up and running in the cloud. Unlike the last post on how to get vRops up and running on Ravello, where the main problem was getting vRops uploaded and setting a static ip. Log Insight threw a hissy fit and didn’t install at all. So starting from scratch, this is Running Log Insight on Ravello, the how to guide.


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