How to install VMware Log Insight 2.0

Log Insight is a fairly new product from VMware and has been getting some good attention since its release. It was just updated with version 2.0 and I thought it was time to write a few posts about it. In this one I will cover the base setup to get you up and running and collecting logs.

The install is started by downloading and deploying the Log Insight virtual appliance. I am not going to cover the appliance deployment since its like other VMware virtual appliances. To deploy all you must do is supply it with networking details or choose DHCP and follow the prompts. What I wanted to cover was the post appliance deployment steps and those are covered below.

Once the virtual appliance is deployed and powered on you will need to navigate to the appliance in the browser of your choice. The link should be similar to the one below. You will see the following page and only need to click on Next to get started.

Https://IP_address_of_appliance

log-insight01

Log Insight – Step 1

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Whats new in vSphere 5.5

With all the crazy media traffic going on this week with VMworld this post will probably get little attention. But I wanted to put something together that summarizes the updates in vSphere 5.5

I’m not going into in depth coverage of each of these you can find that at the link to the VMware PDF at the end of the post. I have offered my commentary on the items that I think are the most interesting.

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

  • Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi™ 5.5
  • Expanded vGPU Support (Now support GPUs from Intel and AMD, good to see the hardware list expand this will only help in adoption)
  • Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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How to use VMware VisualEsxtop

Esxtop is a powerful tool and you should be using it, if you are not then start today. It just got easier to use this powerful tool with the release of VisualEsxtop as a VMware Fling from the labs team. This allows admins an easier to understand and work with method to using esxtop. The new Gui that was added allows for people of all technical levels to use the tool and gain insight into their environments.

Upon launching VisualEsxtop you will see some very familiar looking details from the CLI version of the tool. You will be greeted with the same summary at the top as seen with the original tool. The summary gives you a high level view based on the tab that you are looking at. Below I am showing an example showing CPU related details.

summary

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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vCenter Operations Management – vC Ops Foundation now free with vSphere

It was mentioned on Twitter last night that VMware is now offering vC Ops Foundation for free with your Paid vSphere licensing. This was news to me, not sure if this is new along with the vSOM announcement yesterday also. This is a pretty cool thing, now shops have access to the base performance analytics that VMware vC Ops offers. Sure you are not going to get the advanced reporting, capacity planning, right sizing or custom options. But this will give you much more visibility into the performance of your environment than you are getting with vCenter stats.

I definitely recommend that all shops should look into purchasing the higher vC Ops licensing level but if you have nothing you will benefit from running Foundation product. You can view the different licensing levels for vC Ops here. So I recommend that you find out how to get access to this and get it installed and collecting data.

Below is a copy of the text from VMware’s site here.

vCenter Operations Manager Foundation

Get started with this new, entry-level edition of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. Gain deep operational insights and visibility to improve the performance and health of your vSphere environment. vCenter Operations Manager Foundation is included with every vSphere edition free of charge.

 

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Say hello to vSOM or vSphere with Operations Management

Continuing on its recent path of creating Software Suites out of its popular products, VMware has announced the creations of vSOM. vSOM is the marriage of vSphere and vCenter Operations Management Standard edition. I think these seems like a pretty good idea, it will allow customers to purchase vC Ops and license it per socket much like in the vCloud Suite. But vSOM will allow customers not ready for vCloud to take advantage of Suite pricing.

Pricing and Availability
VMware vSphere with Operations Management is expected to be available in Q1 2013, and will be offered in three editions: Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.  Pricing starts at $1,745 per processor with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits. Go to VMware vSphere Pricing/Buy page. For a limited time, existing VMware vSphere edition customers will be able to upgrade to VMware vSphere with Operations Management editions or Acceleration Kits at 15 percent off the list price. New customers will be able to purchase VMware vSphere with Operations Management Acceleration Kits at 15 percent off the list price.

Based on the above paragraph it seems that VMware will offer three versions of vSOM. They seem to mirror the 3 upper versions of vSphere being sold. What is not clear at this point is if the version of vC Ops also follows the same pattern or will vC Ops Standard be part of each level of vSOM with only the vSphere level changing.

You can review the versions of vC Ops available and their features here.

VSOM

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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