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vCOPS Operations Manager

Hi Experts,

I have vcenter 5.5 installed.
Now I have seen, there is a tool called Operations Manager.
Is it possible to install it after a vcenter installation ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you download the OVF from VMware, and Import the Appliance (OVF).

Using Deploy OVF.

(Make sure you have a vApp pool configured before Deployment).

see here

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vcops-5-installation-guide.pdf
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Don't forget to get the license for it, the foundation version is free and is a good root cause analysis tool.  The standard/advanced version give you a lot more options for monitoring and you can trial with an eval license.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok,
I tried to create a new vAPP pool but it is greyed out.
my license is Essentials plus.
Is it not enough ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to select:-

1. Your Datacentre

2. Select and Edit the IP Pools Tab

3. Add an IP Pool

This is the pre-req for the vCOPS vApp....
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
You'll be able to use VCOPs foundation.  It will give you a lot of good information but not all the bells and whistles.
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bluedanCommented:
Note on the IP Pool.  After you assgined the IP subnet and Gateway for the VCOP vApp. You must click on "Associations" tab on the IP Pool and pick a Assoicated network (Same subnet vCOP VMs) that should use with the IP Pool or it will not work.

Help this helps.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I cannot find it to download from vmware.
Do you have a link ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Login to MyVMware, and it should be available under your VMware vSphere section

here is the download link

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VCOPS-582-FOUNDATION&productId=353&rPId=6277
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok now it works but just with IE
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I work with IE, Firefox and Chrome, and it works for me with all.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Ok I see,
The last question, can you explain me, what is a vAPP and for what I need it here ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's a combination of two virtual machines, and that's how vCOPS is supplied with a UI and Analysis VM.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
The vApp ensures that the Database VM (Analytics) comes up before the front end (WEBUI).
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
...ok and what is a vApp by default ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok on the web client I can click vCenter Orchestrator but I think it is not configured.
Do you have a manual to do it with the web client ?
See the Picture:

vCOPS
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I think this is the wrong question.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
you are right, sorry.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
the vAPP is a container where I can put some VMs into it.
And I can manage them with one click, like shutdown or restart.
Right ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you create a vApp - yes.

But they are usually defined, where VMs interact.....

e.g. Web front end with SQL DB backend.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I have now created the IP Pool, but cannot deploy the ova file.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
still the new vAPP is greyed out.
I have Essentials Plus license, is it a problem ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What is the error message?

Do you have a Cluster, because this maybe the issue that vCOPS expects DRS to be enabled on the cluster, when deployed, and you have no DRS enabled due to license...

when you select Deploy OVA?

it's got nothing to do with vApp (which can be created, if you have a Datacenter, Cluster and DRS enabled).
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I have a datacenter and a cluster but no DRS.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I cretaed the IP Pool and then I tried to deploy the OVF file...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and the error was ?

do you have a HA Cluster?

do you have a DRS Cluster ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I have a HA Cluster.
The errors was something like cannot go on because it is invalid...sorry dont know the exact message anymore.

I have seen this KB
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2013695
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, there is a little issue, you need to go through for deployment....

because vCOPS and vApps require DRS....

so you need to do this...

Remove one of your servers from the Cluster.

Deploy to a standalone host, using a static IP Address.

Power on vCOPS and License the Server in vCenter Server

Then MOVE the vCOPS vAPP back to the Cluster

this will break the vApp relationship, but the VMs will work!

This will work for you.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok then I have to enable DRS, because yet its off
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well if you are Licensed for DRS, it would be easier to turn it on....

but if not follow the last post.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
let me check If I have DRS....
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