HowTo: vROPS – Blue Medora Cisco UCS and NetApp Management Pack installs

Following on from installing vROPS a few month back I finally made the jump to install the Blue Medora management packs for both Cisco UCS and NetApp to get greater visibility into my virtual environment and the underlying physical infrastructure. I’m really looking forward to seeing what these management packs have to offer. While I’m not going to cover off the dashboards provided by the management packs in this post it is something I plan on revisiting once it’s been in use for a while and I’ve done a bit more playing around with it. The reason I’m posting this deployment process is that despite Blue Medora having decent installation guide it’s not always 100% clear, so I’ve done this to hopefully help guide a few others through the process a bit easier.

Cisco UCS Management Pack Deployment

Before you begin this deployment you can download trial versions from Blue Medora and if you want a permanent installation purchase some licenses from Blue Medora.

1: In vRealize Operations Manager go to the Administration -> Solutions

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2: Click Add in Solutions

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3: Click Browse and select the Cissco-UCS-Adapter-2.0.pak. Click Upload.

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4: Click Next once the file has been uploaded

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5: Accept the license and click Next.

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6: Click Finish to complete the install

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7: Next click on Licensing -> Licenses. Select the Cisco UCS Adapter and click on Configure. Enter the license key purchased from Blue Medora and click Save.

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8: Next click on Credentials -> Cisco UCS Adapter and click on Configure. Enter credentials that have access to Cisco UCS and also vROPS. I selected the admin account for vROPS and a domain account for  UCS. Click Ok.

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9: Next click on Solutions -> Cisco UCS Adapter and click on Configure. Enter a name of the UCS domain you want to add to the adapter.

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10: You can add multiple instances to one adapter. Add some details for display name and description, enter the host name for the UCS Fabric Interconnect and apply the UCS credentials created earlier.

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11: Make sure to click on Test Connection. Click OK on a successful test. If it fails then check the credentials and protocol settings.

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12: Click on Save Settings. If you complete everything, confirm the connection works a close the dialog screen you will lose all the information already input.

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13: You’ll now see the Cisco UCS adapters begin collecting data.

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14: One of the last things to do is to assign the license to specific objects within VMware. Next click on Licensing -> Licensing Groups. Select the Cisco UCS Adapter and click on Edit. Select the vCenter Operations Management Pack for Cisco UCS and click Next.

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15: Add all the Cisco UCS blades by selecting the relevant blades from vSphere Hosts and Clusters and click Add.

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16: Verify the blades being assigned a license and click next.

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NetApp Management Pack Deployment

1: In vRealize Operations Manager go to the Administration -> Solutions

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2: Click Add in Solutions

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3: Click Browse and select the NetAppAdapter-6.0.pak. Click Upload.

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4: Click Next once the file has been uploaded

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5: Accept the license and click Next

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6: Click Finish on the last screen

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7: Next click on Licensing -> Licenses. Select the NetAppAdapter and click on Configure. Enter the license key purchased from Blue Medora and click Save.

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8: Next click on Credentials -> NetApp Adapter and click on Configure. Enter credentials that have access to onCommand Manager and also vROPS. I selected the admin account for vROPS and a domain account for onCommand. Click Ok.

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9: Next click on Solutions -> NetAppAdapter and click on Configure.

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10: Enter a name of the NetApp device you want to add to the adapter. Select the NetApp credential created previously. Enter the FQDM of the OCUM/DFM host and select whether you want to connect via HTTP or HTTPS

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11: DO NOT SAVE SETTINGS JUST YET!! Make sure to expand the Advanced Settings as you’ll need to enter the name of the Resource Group for Discovery. In my case I went into OnCommand and created a group with specific NetApp storage controllers. This means I’m not managing controllers I don’t need to monitor. If you purchase significant licenses for all controllers in your environment you don’t need to do this, you can just leave the Auto Discovery to true. Once you have the settings mapped out as needed click Test Connection and then Save Settings.

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12: You can now start the collection for the adapter.

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13: Next click on Licensing -> Licensing Groups. Select the NetAppAdapter Licensing and click on Configure.

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14: Select the vCenter Operations Management Pack for NetApp and click Next.

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15: Select the NetApp controllers from the filtered objects and click Add. Click Next to continue.

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16: Verify the settings and click Finish

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And that’s it, the management packs are installed and ready for action. As I mentioned earlier I plan in the future to write a review of the dashboard and how the management packs integrate into vROPS. I’d recommend getting your hands on a copy of the software and playing around if you have time.


4 comments

    • Hi Luci,
      The guys at Blue Medora are super helpful and responsive so if you need to discuss your requirements before downloading definitely get in touch with them directly.

      Thnx
      Derek


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