Just wanted to share a VMware vCenter Operations for View installation session. This solution is one of the most useful VMware View monitoring and Analytics solution.
Just a brief reminder about this VMware product : It’s licensed and sold in two ways depending of your situation:
- You’re already a VMware vCops customer (Adv. or Enterprise) :
So you need to install the View Adapter like any other existing adapters
- You don’t have any vCops instance installed :
You’ll get a bundled version of vCops with the adapter
So, in this post, we’ll review an installation into vCops Enterprise, similar to an Advanced one.
- VMware View 5.0 mini and above running
- VMware vCops running and configured if you install the adapter like here*
- A Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 instance, (64 bits version preferred)
- For others requirements, read the vCops integration guide available on VMware website
After downloaded the VMware vCops component, in this example “VMware-vcops-viewadapter-x86_64-1.0.2-997768.exe” on VMware website, run the installer from your Windows Server instance described in Part 1.
Accept the default options, or modify following your configuration :
You can let the box checked if you want to launch the wizard once the setup finishes and click on “install”, the setup copies files and configure the VMware vCops for View:
The setup has finished and the wizard pops up to help you configure the connection with the vCenter Operations instance and set different options (sizing, logging…)
1st Tab is “View Settings”, enter details as below:
- Server Name : Netbios name or FQDN
- Server Port : default
- Username : “domain\username” with sufficient rights
- password: password as defined
- View event database: (optional) : enter the view event username and password
Use the “test” buttons to verify if your details are correctly set and click on “next” at the bottom or click on next Tab
The “vCenter Operations settings” asking for configurations details to enter related to server name (vcops-ui) or IP address and an administrator account. Once done and tested, click on “next”.
On the “Desktop settings” enter an administrator account which is into the “local admins” group of each Desktop VM. This is optional but recommended if you want to monitor VM performance metrics (PCoIP, disk, network…). Type it in : “domain\account” mode.
When you click on “Test”, you’ll be asked to enter a Desktop Pool name to check your admin account. Once validated, click on “Next”
You’ll be at the final tab of this Wizard where you’ll define the size environment and log level collection. Set it by default and click on “Apply” and “close”.
So, the Windows installation and configuration part is done, let’s switch to the vCenter Operations configuration to add the adapter.
Prior to that, if you look into the “c:\program files\vmware\vCenter Operations\View Adapter” folder, just installed, you’ll see the PAK file, which will be added into your vCenter Operations instance. Copy it into a directory that your vCops instance can reach or remember the UNC for next step.
Go on your vCops Web admin interface, i.e : https://vcops-ui/admin and log into it.
Then, click on “Update” Tab to add the PAK file.
Click on “Browse” and indicate folder where the “VMware-vcops-viewadapter.pak” file as explained previously and confirm that you agree with the update.
Accept the EULA and wait for the adapter to be added into the vCops instance and check at upper right if “file uploaded successfully” is displayed at the end of the process.
Once PAK file copied, accept the “confirm update” message box to install the adapter.
Wait for the progress displayed into this window, it may take a while:
The adapter installation window should close automatically, check if all steps display a “done” status into the vCops-ui admin window as below:
Now that both the Windows and vCops instance are configured, let’s switch to the VMware vCenter Operations Custom View web interface.
This web interface, if you’re familiar with vCops Advanced and Enterprise editions is the additional interface where you can design and configure your views and reports.
Open a browser and go to your vCops Custom Interface, URL as following: https://vcops-ui/vcops-custom and log into the interface with an authorized Admin account.
Once logged, you’ll be able to browse among many View Adapter dashboards additionally to others already installed, for example related to Storage, EMS, etc…
This VMware adapter adds these Dashboards :
- View Main
- View Users
- View Top Sessions
- View Top Desktops VMs
- View Pools
- View Desktops sessions
So, now vCops for View is installed and you can start to monitor your View environment. Familiarize yourself with the Dashboards. We’ll see in a next post, how to work with.