The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides a centralized monitoring and alerting to the solution providing the virtual infrastructure or cloud admin through a single interface to review and act on events and alerts allowing them to deliver proactive management of system failures.

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Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

The implementation tasks for some design decisions are automated by SDDC Manager. You must perform the implementation manually for the rest of the design decisions as noted in the design implication.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets as code-based alternatives to completing certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can directly reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

Intended Audience

The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation documentation is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software and the Intelligent Operations Management solution for VMware Cloud Foundation.

Support Matrix

The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is compatible with the certain versions of the VMware products that are used for implementing it.

Table 1. Software Components in Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation Version Product Group Component Versions
4.3.1 Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 Release Notes.
Solution-added products
  • vRealize Operations Manager 8.5
  • SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.6.
4.3.0 Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Release Notes.
Solution-added products
  • vRealize Operations Manager 8.4
  • SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.4.

Before You Apply This Guidance

To design and implement the Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, your environment must have a certain configuration.

Table 2. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment
Workload Domain Deployment Details
Management domain
  • Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder
  • Required availability overlay-backed or VLAN-backed NSX segments in NSX-T Data Center for traffic in the same VMware Cloud Foundation instance and between VMware Cloud Foundation instances.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying the management domain, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide.
  • For information on designing the management domain, see VMware Cloud Foundation Design Guide for the Management Domain.

(Optional) One or more virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domains

Automated deployment using SDDC Manager.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying the VI workload domain, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.
  • For information on designing the VI workload domain, see VMware Cloud Foundation Design Guide for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and clustered Workspace ONE Access
  1. Automated deployment of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager by using SDDC Manager.
  2. Automated deployment of the clustered Workspace ONE Access instance by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and the clustered Workspace ONE Access instance, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.
  • For information on designing vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and the clustered Workspace ONE Access, see Design for vRealize Suite Lifecycle and Access Management.

Overview of Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation

By applying the Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, you implement centralized monitoring for the management and workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.

Table 3. Implementation Overview of Intelligent Operations Management
Stage Steps
1. Plan and prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation environment Work with the technology team of your organization on configuring the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.
2. Enable centralized monitoring for the management and workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.
  1. Deploy a vRealize Operations Manager analytics cluster with an associated NSX load balancer.
  2. Add vRealize Operations Manager remote collectors in each VMware Cloud Foundation instance.
  3. Configure each vCenter Server instance as a cloud account.
  4. Configure each NSX Manager cluster as a cloud account.
  5. Enable SDDC health monitoring.
  6. Configure Ping adapters.

Update History

This Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation is updated when necessary.
Revision Description
30 NOV 2021
26 OCT 2021
05 OCT 2021 This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1.
24 AUG 2021 Initial release.