SCOM or vCOPs? VMware says: “Both!”

By | February 17, 2014

This year one of the main parts of my job has been to develop an offering for the VMware practice around vCenter Operations Manager. I’ve used the product extensively, know it well, and last year alone attended 22 days of training on it. So when someone where I work says “vCOPs” (btw… it’s “Vee” +”Cee” +”Ops”), they get forwarded my contact info.

Lately I have found myself on client calls where I am pitching vCOPs directly against Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). Doing my due diligence, I went to Partner Central to see what sales collateral VMware already has that I could use. There is a large amount and it all says 3 things:

1.  “vCOPs is an Analytics Engine, SCOM is an event logger and notifier.” This, for the most part, is true.

2. “If you already have SCOM, vCOPS makes it better.” This is slightly less true, only because the features VMware are talking about require at least Advanced Edition.

3.“vCOPS weeds out the chatter of SCOM to make it more useful.” Although true, it is probably the least compelling (and honestly dumbest) reason why point #2 is sometimes true.

Point #1 sets vCOPs in a completely different class of product. Point #3 means your admins are lazy. Just sayin…

Now if you, the customer, already own SCOM and purchase rights to at least vCOPs Advanced then you are in luck, because it actually does make your decent event logger, much better. The integration of the two is slightly less than intuitive so I will walk through the steps.

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1. Download vcops-MSSCOMAdaapter-3-1036195.pak from here.

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2. Launch the admin page of your UI VM. This will be “https://vcopsuiIP/admin” Login and click the “Update” tab.

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3. Browse for the file you just downloaded and click the “Update”button. Click Ok to confirm and wait a few minutes.

4. Click the check box to agree to the EULA and click OK to confirm again.

5. Grab a drink while it the “Updating…” bar flashes, it’s going to be a little while…

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6. One you see “Last update completed successfully” close the page and open “https://vcopsuiIP/vcops-custom/

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7. Navigate to Admin > Support and Click on the Info tab. Click the describe button. Click Yes. Click OK.

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8. Navigate to Environment > Configuration > Adapter Instances. Click Add New Adapter Instance.

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9. The Theme of the Questions here is “How do I connect to my SCOM SQL database, not my SCOM server.” Answer accordingly. Click Add by the Credential box.

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10. Same thing here, just this box is for credentials to your database.

11. Once you have completed both forms, click “Test”.

12. If “Test” returns successful. you have completed integrating SCOM and vCOPs.

13. You can use the default dashboards, or make your own with the new metric, make Super Metrics, or what ever you’d like.

Please enjoy vCenter Operations Manager. It is a deep and powerful tool.

 

 

  • Michael Monberg

    Hi Byron
    Thanks for the helpful blog.
    Can you share some more around the life after integrating SCOM with vCOps? Which data are you pulling? How are you using data? Have you created some useful dashboards?

    Thanks!

    – Monberg