Cool Tools – vOPS Explorer


Few days back Vkernel releases nice tool, vOPS server explorer and it is for free :-0 , I know, it is not usual to get something good and free of charge from vKernel but this time it is worth to look at it closer.

vOPS server explorer is a virtual appliance running on OpenSuse and it is available in ovf package which you can download from vKernel website. Configuration is very simple and intuitive, like almost every modern tool management interface is accessible over web browser.  vOPS server explorer is a capacity monitoring and planning tool for virtual environments which gives admin global overview over its virtual infrastructure and highlight a performance or capacity issues which occurring or might occur in near feature.

Lets look at tool itself, what does it offer ?

  1. Assess the performance, capacity and efficiency health of an environment at a glance

    VM performance global overview

    Green squares presents VM without any performance problems whereas Yellow and Red VM’s suffers 🙂

  2. Gain insight into what is causing performance issues in virtual machines and hosts

    VM performance details

    As you can see above one of the Red VMs experiencing memory problems, now is your turn to figure out what is a root cause of that problems 🙂

    host preforamnce problems details

    host preference problems details

    The same situation is when change view to host overview, vOPS tells what is wrong and you must figure out how to fix it.

  3. Gain insight into capacity of your virtual environment.
    From capacity tools shows capacity per ESX host which is a bit tricky because you would have to put all capacity information together to get whole picture for a cluster. Situation changes for standalone hosts.

    Hosts capacity overview

  4. Efficiency – find out where you can save money
    This feature brings a lot of value, from one place you can have overview for all VMs and simply going from one to another a verify resources overallocation on VM.

    VM efficiency

System requirements:

  • 4 vCPU
  • 8GB RAM

vKernel overestimated system requirements, I set up 2vCPU and 3GB RAM for 15 hosts and 400 VMs and works OK.

Summary: in general vKernel finally releases a tool which is useful and makes life easier for day to day operational admin work and it is really worth to spend few minutes on configuration to see results.

But however,  using vCheck 6.15 will gives further more detailed information than vOPS in Free version.

[box type=”info”]vCheck 6.15 – how to

vKernel website – Additional informations[/box]


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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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