As a system administrator of vRealize Operations Manager, you are responsible for ensuring that the objects in your vSphere environment conform to specific policies. You must ensure that your objects have enough memory and CPU to support your Test, Development, and Production environments.

Before you begin

  • Understand the purpose of using a policy. See Policies.

  • Verify that your vRealize Operations Manager instance is working properly.

  • Verify that your vRealize Operations Manager instance includes the Default Policy and one or more other policies. See Default Policy in vRealize Operations Manager.

  • Understand the sections and elements in the policy, such as the attributes, alert and symptom definitions, and how the policy inherits settings from the base policies that you select. See Policy Workspace in vRealize Operations Manager.

  • Understand the analysis settings in the policy, such as capacity remaining and stress on hosts and virtual machines, and the actions used to override the settings inherited from the base policies. See Analysis Settings Details.

About this task

Large IT environments might include four to six production environments that are organized according to object types, with a minor policy applied to each area. These large environments typically include a default policy, a single production policy that applies to the entire environment, and individual policies for dedicated areas.

You typically apply a default policy to most of the objects in your environment. To have vRealize Operations Manager monitor and analyze dedicated groups of objects, you create a separate policy for each object group, and make only minor changes in the settings for that policy. For example, you might apply a default operational policy for all of the objects in your vSphere production environment, but you also need to closely track the health and risk of virtual SQL Server instances, including their capacity levels. To have vRealize Operations Manager analyze only the virtual SQL Server instances, and to monitor them, you create a separate, dedicated policy and apply that policy to that group of objects. The settings in the policy that you create to monitor the virtual SQL Server instances differs only slightly from the main production policy.

This scenario shows you how to use multiple policies to analyze and monitor specific objects, so that you can manage them to ensure continuous operation. In this scenario, your vSphere production environment is one part of your overall production environment. You must create a custom operational policy to monitor the virtual SQL Server objects in your vSphere production environment.

What to do next

After you finish this scenario, you must wait for vRealize Operations Manager to collect data from the objects in your environment. When a violation of the policy thresholds occur, vRealize Operations Manager sends an alert to notify you of the problem. If you continuously monitor the state of your objects, you are always aware of the state of the objects in your environment, and do not need to wait for vRealize Operations Manager to send alerts.

Create a custom dashboard so that you can monitor the virtual SQL Server objects and address problems that occur. See Dashboards.