Set up vRealize Operations for Azure VMware Solution

vRealize Operations Manager is an operations management platform that allows VMware infrastructure administrators to monitor system resources. These system resources could be application-level or infrastructure level (both physical and virtual) objects. Most VMware administrators have used vRealize Operations to monitor and manage the VMware private cloud components – vCenter, ESXi, NSX-T, vSAN, and VMware HCX. Each provisioned Azure VMware Solution private cloud includes a dedicated vCenter, NSX-T, vSAN, and HCX deployment.

Thoroughly review Before you begin and Prerequisites first. Then, we'll walk you through the two typical deployment topologies:

Before you begin

Prerequisites

  • A VPN or an Azure ExpressRoute configured between on-premises and Azure VMware Solution SDDC.
  • An Azure VMware Solution private cloud has been deployed in Azure.

On-premises vRealize Operations managing Azure VMware Solution deployment

Most customers have an existing on-premise deployment of vRealize Operations to manage one or more on-premise vCenters domains. When they provision an Azure VMware Solution private cloud, they connect their on-premises environment with their private cloud using an Azure ExpressRoute or a Layer 3 VPN solution.

On-premises vRealize Operations managing Azure VMware Solution deployment

To extend the vRealize Operations capabilities to the Azure VMware Solution private cloud, you create an adapter instance for the private cloud resources. It collects data from the Azure VMware Solution private cloud and brings it into on-premises vRealize Operations. The on-premises vRealize Operations Manager instance can directly connect to the vCenter and NSX-T manager on Azure VMware Solution. Optionally, you can deploy a vRealize Operations Remote Collector on the Azure VMware Solution private cloud. The collector compresses and encrypts the data collected from the private cloud before it's sent over the ExpressRoute or VPN network to the vRealize Operations Manager running on-premise.

Tip

Refer to the VMware documentation for step-by-step guide for installing vRealize Operations Manager.

vRealize Operations running on Azure VMware Solution deployment

Another option is to deploy an instance of vRealize Operations Manager on a vSphere cluster in the private cloud.

vRealize Operations running on Azure VMware Solution

Once the instance has been deployed, you can configure vRealize Operations to collect data from vCenter, ESXi, NSX-T, vSAN, and HCX.

Tip

Refer to the VMware documentation for step-by-step guide for installing vRealize Operations Manager.

Known limitations

  • The cloudadmin@vsphere.local user in Azure VMware Solution has limited privileges. Virtual machines (VMs) on Azure VMware Solution doesn't support in-guest memory collection using VMware tools. Active and consumed memory utilization continues to work in this case.
  • Workload optimization for host-based business intent doesn't work because Azure VMware Solutions manage cluster configurations, including DRS settings.
  • Workload optimization for the cross-cluster placement within the SDDC using the cluster-based business intent is fully supported with vRealize Operations Manager 8.0 and onwards. However, workload optimization isn't aware of resource pools and places the VMs at the cluster level. A user can manually correct it in the Azure VMware Solution vCenter Server interface.
  • You can't sign in to vRealize Operations Manager using your Azure VMware Solution vCenter Server credentials.
  • Azure VMware Solution doesn't support the vRealize Operations Manager plugin.

When you connect the Azure VMware Solution vCenter to vRealize Operations Manager using a vCenter Server Cloud Account, you'll see a warning:

Warning adapter instance creation succeeded

The warning occurs because the cloudadmin@vsphere.local user in Azure VMware Solution doesn't have sufficient privileges to do all vCenter Server actions required for registration. However, the privileges are sufficient for the adapter instance to do data collection, as seen below:

Adapter instance to perform data collection

For more information, see Privileges Required for Configuring a vCenter Adapter Instance.