Operations Manager 2007 vCenter Management Pack (pre-alpha)

I’ve been working on a vCenter Management Pack for Operations Manager for a little over 4 weeks. I was driven to create this MP as an open alternative to nWorks since it’s so incredibly pricey! It doesn’t work nearly as well as nWorks, and it’s -really-, REALLY rough. I also haven’t done much documentation or testing. I’m posting it here in case anyone wants to poke around and test it out, or even help with the development! (wishful thinking, I’m sure).

Features left until 1.0:

  • Collect some Host and Datastore performance counters
  • Collect vSphere events

Features planned for 2.0:

  • Standardized, defensively programmed, optimized scripts
  • Documented MP Elements
  • Rules and Alerts on MP misconfiguration

To get it going:

  1. Install OpsMgr Command Shell and VMWare PowerCLI on your vCenter server.
  2. Install a VM for syslog collection. This will need OpsMgr Command Shell and VMWare PowerCLI as well. Configure the syslog receiver per this post: Monitoring ESXi Syslogs with OpsMgr 2007 R2 (Part 1).
  3. Import the MP.
  4. Add your vCenter Server and Syslog Collection server as ‘MOM Operators’.
  5. Change the discoveries to a shorter time if you’d like. Be careful though, they can cause significant load!

Download Here: JPPacks.VMWare.vCenter

For the download, see my latest post (sorry, you might have to search around a bit).

Good luck, let me know if it works for you. I’ll keep this post updated when I release new versions. It likely won’t be useful for at least a month.

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4 thoughts on “Operations Manager 2007 vCenter Management Pack (pre-alpha)

  1. Hello
    I don’t understand the “Add your vCenter Server and Syslog Collection server as ‘MOM Operators’.”
    Can you explain ??

    Good works!

    Patrick

    • I needed to create an active directory group arbitrarily called “ADM_OpsMgrOperators”, add the vCenter Server and Syslog server to this group, then assign this group the “MOM Operators” permission in OpsMgr Console. This is probably a security risk since if someone roots your vCenter server they then have access to some OpsMgr operations as well. I’m working on this, and trying this as ‘read only’ is on my list as well.

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