VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 Available

The new vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 is now generally available, and one of many improvements from v5.5 is the new licensing scheme.

The new foundation edition, is the new entry-level edition which from now on is included in every licensed vSphere edition free of charge. That´s right, you can now run vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 Foundation without purchasing any additional licenses.

vCenter Operations Manager now comes in the following flavors:

  • vCenter Operations Manager Foundation
  • vCenter Operations Management Suite Standard
  • vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced
  • vCenter Operations Management Suite Enterprise

For more details on the different editions and comparisons between them have a look  VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

Of course, vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 is compatible with the new vCenter 5.1 Web Client, integrating directly into the web interface. Details on other new features and fixes in v5.6 is available in the What´s New section of the official release notes.

Also worth noting is that vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 VMware vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 and later, managing hosts running ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later, which means that if you have an active SnS with VMware, you should be entitled to run the new foundation edition even if you haven´t upgraded your infrastructure to v5.1 just yet.

In fact, you no longer have no excuse to not have a current health status for your critical virtual infrastructure.

Exporting vCenter Events with PowerCLI

One of my clients has recently been having issues with their storage solution, and wanted to export the events from vCenter that show storage performance degradation, to aid in troubleshooting with the vendor.

For some reason, and I have yet to confirm that this is a bug with the vCenter 5.0 appliance or the vCenter Desktop Client, when an event export is done, the storage related events are not exported with the rest of the events.

Thankfully we were able to get the event details exported using the following PowerCLI oneliner:

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PowerCLI C:\log> Get-VIEvent -Start 19/11/2012 -Finish 30/11/2012 | Export-Csv “events.csv” -NoTypeInformation -UseCulture

This generates an events.csv file in the current directory, containing all the events in the given timeframe, from the vCenter it is connected to. And yes, the storage related events missing from the vCenter Desktop Client export are indeed included in the file generated by the Get-VIEvent cmdlet.

Once again, PowerCLI to the rescue!

VIP VCP Club 2012

VMware Norway held their first ever VIP VCP Club yesterday in Oslo.

What is VIP VCP Club?

This a new concept by VMware Norway, for certified VMware professionals, where the idea is to gather local certified VMware Professionals for a day of hands-on labs, specialized technical sessions and general community building.


Lee Dilworth
Juggling for the Crowd

The hands-on labs covered VMware Site Recovery Manager, vCenter Operations and Horizon Suite.

The event itself was great, especially the speaker quality! Sadly the hands-on labs had too little time allotted to them, making it was practically impossible to finish the labs in the timeframes given, but we did get to play around a bit!

Thank you VMware Norway in general, and Stein in particular, for making this a reality. I look forward to the upcoming events!

The VIP VCP 2012 Smurfs Group Shot
The VIP VCP 2012 Smurfs Group Shot (c) 2012 Stein Wilhelmsen