VMware has released version 5.7.1 update for VMware vCenter Operations Suite which provides the following new features:
Performance Report Pack
This release introduces new performance report pack. By default, reports now include operations status report for line of business virtual machines, alert and performance trend, cluster utilization trend, average and peak virtual machine storage latency. With these reports you can get a consolidated operational status for a group of virtual machines and identify the clusters, datastores, or virtual machines have had performance problems. You can assess any impact to performance in terms of performance or health degradation, as well as determine which datastores had performance problems for the given time and identify the impacted virtual machines from a given datastore. For more information about the new performance reports, see the topic “Reporting Tools in vCenter Operations Manager” in the VMware vCenter Operations Manager Online Help.
Launch in Context
vCenter Operations Manager is enhanced to offer in-context application launch capability. Using this feature, you can configure a button or menu item to launch an external application using a URL in a specific context defined by the active UI element and selected object. For example, you can add an “Open in” drop-down menu that launches the vCenter Web user interface, navigating to the details of a selected virtual machine. In the same menu, there might be other items that launch into Hyperic or Log Insight for the same virtual machine.
vCenter Log Insight Integration
This release introduces integration with vCenter Log Insight (GA available in Q3 2013) and vCenter Operations Manager. Log Insight can be configured to send alerts to vCenter Operations Manager about vCenter Server objects. In the vSphere UI, vCenter Operations displays links to launch Log Insight in-context from the alerts details page and from the objects details page.
vSphere Dashboards in the Custom UI
The vSphere group in the Dashboards menu contains several default dashboards for managing virtual objects in a vSphere environment. These default dashboards are available to all members of the Administrators, Operators, and Users user groups. This release introduces the following default vSphere dashboards:
- Troubleshooting Dashboard
- VM Utilization Dashboard
- VM Performance Dashboard
- Host Utilization Dashboard
- Cluster Utilization Dashboard
- Datastore Performance Dashboard
- Datastore Space Dashboard
- Heatmaps Dashboard
- Alerts Dashboard
- Host Memory Dashboard
For more information about the default dashboards, See “vSphere Dashboards” in the VMware vCenter Operations Manager Getting Started Guide.
Balanced Metrics Profile
This release introduces infrastructure improvements to the Balanced profile, which reports a reduced set of metrics. Additional improvements to the Balanced profile feature enables the ability to deliver scalable reporting without compromising vCenter Operations Manager functionality. The Balance profile is the default setting for fresh installations. For upgrades, the previously selected profile is not changed. vCenter Operations Manager displays only the monitored metrics for the selected profile.
This release includes additional security hardening and increases compliance with The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and The Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) guidelines. This release also includes the following security enhancements:
- Upgrading the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to 1.7.0 update 17 to address security fixes.
- Disabling the Network Files System (NFS) service and the rpcbind utility to increase vApp security.
- Upgrading the VMware vFabric vPostgres database from 9.0.x to 9.0.13 to address a security vulnerability.