How to access advanced monitoring using the vRealize Operations Tenant Appliance
UKCloud for VMware provides advanced monitoring, powered by the vRealize Operations (vROps) Tenant Appliance, as part of its Advanced Management bundle (additional charges apply). Using advanced monitoring, you can view metrics and reports relating to your UKCloud for VMware environment.
Advanced monitoring enables you to:
Monitor and manage workloads - Over 400 different metrics available for CPU, memory and storage
Identify workload optimisation options - Use analytics displaying the overall health of the platform to optimise your workloads
Rightsize your VMs - Identify if your VMs can be resized to reduce costs or improve performance
View optimisation history - Identify issues over a given time frame and make adjustments as necessary
To access advanced monitoring you must be a VMware Cloud Director administrator.
Accessing advanced monitoring metrics
To access advanced monitoring metrics:
In VMware Cloud Director, in the top menu, select More, then Operations Manager.
In the left navigation panel, under Dashboards, select Organization Overview
In the Organization Overview dashboard you can view basic metrics and reporting for your organisation, including CPU, memory and storage.
The overview dashboard also provides:
A summary of VDC, vApp and VM metrics
A list of recent alerts that have been generated
A set of key metrics
You can drill down into any of these for further details.
In the left navigation panel, select a different dashboard to drill down into metrics for:
Click a VDC, vApp or VM to view metrics for a specific resource.
Creating custom reports using the Metric Selector
The vRealize Operations Tenant Appliance provides several out-of-the-box charts to get you started and provide the basic information you need to monitor your environment. However, to fully leverage the hundreds of metrics collected by vRealize Operations, you can create your own custom charts to view the exact information you need.
To create custom reports:
In the left navigation panel of the Operations Manager, under Dashboards, select Metric Selector.
At the top of the Metric Selector, choose the resources to include in your custom chart.
In the bottom half of the Metric Selector, in the left panel, select the metrics that you want to show for your selected resources.
Above the chart, select a Start Date and End Date to apply to your selected metrics.
To export your custom chart, click the Export button.
Viewing monitoring alerts
If objects in your environment are not behaving as expected, vRealize Operations creates alerts to inform you of potential issues so that you can take steps to remediate them.
To view monitoring alerts:
In the left navigation panel of the Operations Manager, under Monitoring, select Alerts.
The Alerts dashboard provides an overview of the alerts raised against your organisation.
You can drill down into any of these alerts for further details.
Accessing advanced monitoring metrics via the vRealize Operations API
vRealize Operations provides a REST API that you can use to programmatically interact with the collected metrics. The entry point URL for the API is:
For more information about the vRealize Operations API, see the vRealize Operations Manager API Programming Guide.
For a useful blog showing how to use the vRealize Operations API, see https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2019/02/extracting-data-from-vrealize-operations-with-the-rest-apis.html.
If you encounter any problems accessing monitoring metrics and reports, see Troubleshooting the vRealize Operations Tenant Appliance for advanced monitoring.
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