To begin monitoring your environment with vRealize Operations Cloud, you configure the VMware vSphere solution. The solution includes the vCenter Server cloud account that collects data from the target vCenter Server instances.

Where You Find the Solution - VMware vSphere

On the menu, click Administration and in the left pane click Solutions > Cloud Accounts. On the Cloud Accounts page, click Add Account, and then select the vCenter card.

Account Information - VMware vSphere Account Options

Configure and modify cloud accounts, and define monitoring goals on the Account Information page.

Table 1. Advanced Settings Options
Option Description
Advanced Settings Provides options related to designating specific collectors to manage this cloud account, managing object discovery and change events.
Auto Discovery

Determines whether new objects added to the monitored system are discovered and added to vRealize Operations Cloud after the initial configuration of the cloud account.

  • If the value is true, vRealize Operations Cloud collects the information about any new objects that are added to the monitored system after the initial configuration. For example, if you add more hosts and virtual machines, these objects are added during the next collections cycle. This is the default value.
  • If the value is false, vRealize Operations Cloud monitors only those objects that are present on the target system when you configure the cloud account.
Process Change Events

Determines whether the cloud account uses an event collector to collect and process the events generated in the vCenter Server instance.

  • If the value is true, the event collector collects and publishes events from vCenter Server. This is the default value.
  • If the value is false, the event collector does not collect and publish events.

Enable Collecting vSphere Distributed Switch

Enable Collecting Virtual Machine Folder

Enable Collecting vSphere Distributed Port Group

When set to false, reduces the collected data set by omitting collection of the associated category.

Exclude Virtual Machines from Capacity Calculations When set to true, reduces the collected data set by omitting collection of the associated category.
Maximum Number Of Virtual Machines Collected

Reduces the collected data set by limiting the number of virtual machine collections.

To omit data on virtual machines and have vRealize Operations Cloud collect only host data, set the value to zero.

Provide data to vSphere Predictive DRS vSphere Predictive DRS proactively load balances a vCenter Server cluster to accommodate predictable patterns in the cluster workload.

vRealize Operations Cloud monitors virtual machines running in a vCenter Server, analyzes longer-term historical data, and provides forecast data about predictable patterns of resource usage to Predictive DRS. Based on these predictable patterns, Predictive DRS moves to balance resource usage among virtual machines.

Predictive DRS must also be enabled for the Compute Clusters managed by the vCenter Server instances monitored by vRealize Operations Cloud. Refer to the vSphere Resource Management Guide for details on enabling Predictive DRS on a per Compute Cluster basis.

When set to true, designates vRealize Operations Cloud as a predictive data provider, and sends predicative data to the vCenter Server. You can only register a single active Predictive DRS data provider with a vCenter Server at a time.

Enable Actions Enabling this option helps in triggering the actions that are related to vCenter.
Cloud Type Provides an ability to identify the type of vCenter is used in vRealize Operations Cloud. By default, the cloud type is set to Private Cloud.
vCenter ID A globally unique identifier associated with the vCenter Server instance.
Disable collecting Guest File Systems with names containing Provide comma separated list of strings. If these strings are found in any guest files system mount point name, that guest file system will not be collected.
Collection Interval (Minutes) The interval between collection of data from the vCenter Server.
Dynamic Thresholding This setting is enabled by default.

The Define Monitoring Goals page provides you with default policy options which determine how vRealize Operations Cloud collects and analyzes data in your monitored environment. You can change the options on this page to create a default policy.

Table 2. Define Monitoring Goals Page Options
Option Description
Which objects do you want to be alerted on in your environment? Specify the type of objects that receive alerts. vRealize Operations Cloud can alert on all infrastructure objects excluding virtual machines, only virtual machines, or all.
Which types of alerts do you want to enable? You can enable vRealize Operations Cloud to trigger Health, Risk, and Efficiency alerts on your objects.
Enable vSphere Security Configuration Guide Alerts Security Configuration Guides provide a prescriptive guidance for customers on how to operate VMware vSphere in a secure manner. Enabling this option automatically assesses your environment against the vSphere Security Configuration Guide.

You can find the vSphere Hardening Guides at http://www.vmware.com/security/hardening-guides.html.

Click Save Settings to finish configuration of the solution.