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What's New in vRealize Operations 8.6

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Today, VMware is announcing vRealize Operations 8.6 which includes a ton of additional features and capabilities. These updates include numerous enhancements to public cloud support (including support for monitoring ALL AWS services including custom metrics), a revamped user interface, support for defining custom email notices within the user interface (FINALLY!), new methods to define customer groups, the inclusion of vRealize True Visibility compute and storage management packs for all editions, and new sustainability-related dashboards.

vRealize True Visibility Suite Compute and Storage Management Packs Available to All vRealize Operations Customers

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With the upcoming release of vRealize True Visibility Suite, VMware will be entitling all vRealize Operations customers with access to the compute and storage management packs available within the suite. Previously, access to all of these management packs would require a license to the Advanced (Standard+) edition of vRealize True Visibility Suite. Going forward, no additional license key will be required to install and use these management packs. After this upcoming release becomes generally available, you will be able to access the management packs by visiting the Customer Connect portal and looking for the vRealize Operations Management Packs for Compute and Storage.

VMware vRealize Operations 8.4 is Now Available

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VMware vRealize Operations 8.4 has reached general availability as of April 15, 2021. With this release, VMware has provided several enhancements and new capabilities, including: vRealize Application Remote Collector has been deprecated and replaced by Cloud Proxy Introduction of the new vRealize Operations Automation Center that allows for scheduling of automation jobs from within vRealize Operations Introduction of Alert Payload Templates that allow for easy customization of alert plugin content Simplified Alert Notifications Outbound Plugin Enhancements Telegraf-based Application Monitoring Enhancements Major enhancements regarding cost management and reporting Support for VMware Cloud on AWS Costing APIs for Pricing Rate Cards Cost Optimization Dashboards New Cost and Price Dashboards for both the consumer layer and provider layer What If – Migration Planning for Azure VMware Solution (AVS) and Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE) Tag-Based Price as Individual Metrics Costing and Pricing of Short-Lived VMs allowing for tracking VMs to a minimum granularity of five minutes lifetime Energy Consumed, OS Categories, and Number of Rack Units as new cost drivers Ability to export all content using a single button for backup/restore, cloud migration, and disaster recovery use cases Availability of a system access URL (vRealize Operations Cluster LB IP/FQDN) to support registration of vRealize Operations within Center using the load balancer URL (FINALLY!

VMSA-2020-0009: vRealize Operations Authentication Bypass and Directory Traversal Vulnerabilities

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I just wanted to provide a quick post to bring attention to the latest VMware Security advisory VMSA-2020-0009. The products affected include: vRealize Operations 7.5.0 vRealize Operations 8.0.x vRealize Operations 8.1.0 If you utilize the vRealize Operations Application Remote Collector (ARC) appliance to monitor operating systems or applications via the Telegraf agents, you should immediately implement the workaround documented in VMware KB79031. While two vulnerabilities were announced, both relating to Salt, an open-source project by SaltStack, the authentication bypass vulnerability (CVE-2020-11651) received a CVSSv3 base score of 10.

Monitoring Devices Using SNMP in vRealize Operations 8.1

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VMware’s vRealize Operations is an excellent monitoring, analytics, and self-driving IT operations platform that supports numerous applications and infrastructure systems out of the box. Management packs are available from both VMware and third-parties to extend these out of the box capabilities to a wide variety of additional applications and infrastructure systems. Unfortunately, management packs aren’t available for every hardware device that you might need to monitor. In these situations, monitoring via SNMP might be your only choice.

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