The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides instructions for implementing a centralized monitoring and alerting platform to deliver proactive management of system failures through a single interface to review and act on events and alerts.

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Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager® automates the implementation tasks for some design decisions. For the rest of the design decisions, as noted in the design implications, you must perform the implementation steps manually.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets using an open-source module as code-based alternatives to complete certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook. The PowerShell procedures provided in this validated solution can be executed only in a connected environment.

For additional information, see PowerShell Module for VMware Validated Solutions.

Intended Audience

The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solutions is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to provide a centralized monitoring and alerting platform to deliver proactive management of system metrics, events , and failures.

Support Matrix

The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is compatible with the certain versions of the VMware products.

Table 1. Software Components in Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation Version Product Group Component Versions

5.1.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations 8.16.1

VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle 8.16.0

5.1.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations 8.14.0

VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle 8.14.0

5.0 Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0 Release Notes.
Solution-added products VMware Aria Operations 8.14.0
VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle 8.14.0
4.5.2

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations 8.14.0
VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle 8.14.0
Table 2. End of General Support Software Components in Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

4.5.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.8.2 (EOGS)

vRealize Operations 8.6.3 (EOGS)

4.5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Operations 8.6.3 (EOGS)

VMware SDDC Health Monitoring Solution™ 8.6.1

4.4.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Operations 8.6.2 (EOGS)

VMware SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.6

4.4.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Operations 8.6.2 (EOGS)

VMware SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.6

4.3.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Operations 8.5 (EOGS)

VMware SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.4 (EOGS)
4.3.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Operations 8.4 (EOGS)

VMware SDDC Health Monitoring Solution 8.4 (EOGS)
Note:

The software component versions in this table are in End of General Support (EOGS) phase and are no longer generally supported by VMware. At the time of initial release and during the General Support phase, the software component versions in this solution are actively implemented, tested, and validated by VMware. See VMware Lifecycle Policies.

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 3. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment

Workload Domain

Deployment Details

Management domain

  • Automated deployment using VMware Cloud Builder™

  • Required availability of overlay-backed or VLAN-backed NSX segments in VMware NSX for traffic in the same VMware Cloud Foundation instance and between VMware Cloud Foundation instances.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

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

Automated deployment using SDDC Manager.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle and clustered Workspace ONE Access

  1. Automated deployment of VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle by using SDDC Manager.
  2. Automated deployment of the clustered VMware Workspace ONE® Access™ instance by using VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on designing VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle and the clustered Workspace ONE Access, see VMware Cloud Foundation Design Guide.
  • For information on deploying VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle and the clustered Workspace ONE Access instance, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Cloud Foundation Operations Guide, and VMware Cloud Foundation Administration Guide.
  • To ensure correct version support for VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle and the clustered Workspace ONE Access instance for your VMware Cloud Foundation version, follow the implementation guidance in this validated solution. See Deployment of VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle and Workspace ONE Access for Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation.

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 the workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.

Table 4. Implementation Overview of Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation

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 save these in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

2. Provide centralized monitoring for the management and workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.

  1. Deploy a VMware Aria Operations analytics cluster with an associated NSX load balancer.

  2. Add VMware Cloud Proxies for VMware Aria Operations in each VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

  3. Configure the VMware Cloud Foundation cloud account

    1. Configure each vCenter Server instance as a cloud account.

    2. Configure vSAN as a cloud account.

    3. Configure each NSX Manager cluster as a cloud account.

  4. Configure Ping adapter.

Note: The UI procedures in this document are valid for VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2 and later.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, see VMware Validated Solutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Update History

The Intelligent Operations Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is updated when necessary.

Revision

Description

26 MAR 2024

30 JAN 2024

07 NOV 2023

For more information on the VMware Aria rebranding, see Multi-Cloud Management and VMware Aria.

29 AUG 2023
25 JUL 2023

30 MAY 2023

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.1.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.3.0.

25 APR 2023

  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 13.0.0.
  • The VMware.vSphere.SsoAdmin PowerShell module is now version 1.3.9.
  • The ImportExcel PowerShell module is now version 7.8.4.
  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.3.0
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.2.0.

28 MAR 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.1.0.

28 FEB 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.0.1.

31 JAN 2023

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.0.0.

29 NOV 2022

  • The VMware.PowerCLI PowerShell module is now version 12.7.0.

  • The VMware.vSphere.SsoAdmin PowerShell module is now version 1.3.8.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.10.0.

25 OCT 2022

27 SEP 2022

31 MAY 2022

  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.4.1.

  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.2.0.

  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.7.0.

28 APR 2022

The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 1.6.0.

29 MAR 2022

22 FEB 2022

25 JAN 2022

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.