Stuff about vCenter Configuration Manager [5.7] (3/3)
This is the last part of this series of posts about VMware vCenter Configuration Manager.
For more information about VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, check documentation.
- Powerful reporting engine.
- By creating a report there is the options to look at the SQL statement.
- Types of report
- Report form wizard
- SQL Report
- Imported SQL Server Reporting Service report
- A important feature is the possibility to export data, so you can use Excel or SQL Server Reporting Services to build according to you CI.
- There are these roles: Machine Groups, Access Rules, Logins.
- Access is based on access rules and roles. There are basic (for access of applications respectively collected data) and administrative rules (for access to administrative functionality).
- A Login (comes from AD) can be assigned to a security role.
- Change Restricted role is like a “read-only” Admin role. So it can collect data, run reports, … but can’t change stuff.
Customizing and Managing vCM
- Filter Sets are combined filters. A filter set can be Machine Based Filter Set or a Active Directory Filter Set.
- There are pre-defined filters for LAN-, Dialup and Broadband connections (General Settings –> VCM Remote). But when there is too much data to collect across a small link, think about installing collectors at remote site.
- Take care about change settings for SQL performance!
- When changing SQL database name or server name, change the SQL side first.
- Show/change default directories at Administration –> Settings –> General Settings –> VCM Input/Output Directories.
- When for security reasons on windows machines Admin$ is removed, you have to create an alternative share or install the agent manually.
- You can choose different retention settings for different type of data.
- Debuging tool: EcmDebugEventViewer in c:\Program Files\VMware\VCM\Tools.
- Use backup guide to configure backup for vCM.
(last but not least) Installing vCM
- Components of vCM Server
- Installation Mananger
- vCM Collector
- Collector Service
- SQL Server
- SQL Server Reporting Services
- Typical Installation
- single-tier: everything on one machine
- two-tier architecture without Kerberos authentication. Keeps SQL Services on a dedicated machine.
- Advanced Installation
- three-tier architecture. Keeps SQL, IIS and Collector Services on different machines.
- two-tier architecture with Kerberos authentication. Check installation guide for more details on Kerberos authentication.
- vCM upgrade
- On multi-tier installations check firewall settings
- SQL Cluster is supported, SQL Mirroring is not supported!
- Authentication types
- Windows authentication or Kerberos
- For sizing considerations check installation guide.
- Requirements for vCM Server
- Install OS (Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Disable RDS host
- Join domain
- Add AD user for vCM to local administrators
- Install as vCM administrator
- During foundation checker, SQLXML seems to fail always.