OYW: Installation

Deploying Operationalize Your World kit should only take a few minutes, if you understand its components well.

Download the kit from here. Download each file. Yup, it’s just a dropbox link. No login required.

If you do not zip when downloading, you do not need to unzip when importing

Login to vR Ops with account with administrator privilege. It’s easier if you just use the built-in admin account as you’re overwriting contents, and will be sharing these with others.

Import the super metrics. See below on how to do it

Enable all these super metrics in default policy. No need to modify other policies, as they will automatically inherit.

Make sure it’s your Default Policy. It is the last policy. Lowest priority.

To do a mass enable, click Attribute Type, and deselect Metric and Property. This will only show super metrics, which makes it easier to mass select.

Now that only super metrics are shown, you can mass enable them

To mass enable, sort by Object Type. This will push All Object Types to the bottom, which is what we want as we do not want them. If you do that, every single types of objects will have these super metrics, which is not what you want.

From the Actions menu, choose State \ Enable.

Once you select all, then click save. It takes 5 minutes for the super metrics to start calculating. It may take longer for larger environment and clustered vR Ops.

Enable some existing metrics. You need to enable these metrics

Cluster object:

  • Max VM CPU Ready
  • Max VM CPU Co-Stop
  • Percentage of VMs facing CPU Co-Stop
  • Percentage of VMs facing CPU Ready
  • Percentage of VMs facing Memory Contention

VM Object:

  • CPU Overlap
  • CPU Run
  • System Heartbeat Latest
  • Guest|Context Swap Rate.
    This is the CPU Context Switch, which is useful in identifying application performance issue

Now that you’ve got the data, it’s a matter of visualizing.

Import the views. See screenshot below. Repeat for each views.zip file.

Again, do not forget to overwrite existing.

Import the dashboard. Again, choose to overwrite

That’s it! Wait for around 10 minutes and the dashboards will be initialized.

Go to Dashboards drop down menu, and you will see see 5 new top-level categories. They are highlighted in green.

Operationalize Your World replaces the existing ones. Think of it like a powerpack! 🙂

This is how the old category vs new category

If you want to tidy up, use the built-in admin accounts, and simply disable or delete the dashboards under those category.

Yes, that’s it! No need to create new policies, custom group, group type, XML, etc.

Bonus step!

If you want, you can overwrite the home page of vSphere Optimization Assessment. This is just for convenience.

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