vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 Release Notes
VMware vRealize Operations Manager Appliance 6.5 | 02 March 2017 | Build 5097674
VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 PAK Updates | 02 March 2017 | Build 5097678
VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 Endpoint Operations Agents | 02 March 2017 | Build 5041485
Updated on: 28 Mar 2017
Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.
What's in the Release Notes?
The release notes cover the following topics:
New Patches to Address Security Advisory
- On March 13, 2017, a critical severity privilege escalation was disclosed. The details of this vulnerability are documented in VMSA-2017-0004. To address this issue, install the public patch documented in KB 2149591.
vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 focuses on enhancing product scalability limits and troubleshooting capabilities.
- Additional monitoring capabilities
- Adds ability to increase memory and increase the scope of monitoring within the same environment.
- Enables you to monitor larger environments with the same footprint through platform optimization.
- XL size node enables you to monitor more objects and it processes more metrics.
- Automatic upgrade of Endpoint Operations Agents:
The new Endpoint Operations Agent upgrade bundle allows you to automatically upgrade the agent through the vRealize Operations Manager user interface.
- Enhanced troubleshooting capabilities:
- Quickly correlates logs and metrics in context for any monitored object using Log Insight within vRealize Operations Manager.
- Creates custom metric groups that enables you to focus on most relevant metrics
- Improved collaboration:
- Simplifies export and import of custom groups and eases dashboard sharing between different vRealize Operations Manager installations.
- Understands Private Cloud costs and Public Cloud spends by accessing vRealize Business for Cloud from within vRealize Operations Manager.
For more information on these enhancements, see the vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 VMware product page
Review this section before you install or update vRealize Operations Manager.
Sizing and Scaling
The CPU, memory, and disk requirements that meet the needs of a particular environment depend on the number and type of objects in your environment and data collected, which includes the number and type of adapters installed, the use of HA (High Availability), the duration of data retention, and the quantity of specific data points of interest. VMware updates
Knowledge Base article 2093783 with the most current information about sizing and scaling. The Knowledge Base article includes overall maximums and spreadsheet calculations that provide a recommendation based on the number of objects and metrics you expect to monitor.
You can deploy vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 with the following installation formats:
- VMware virtual appliance
- RHEL installation package
Note: vRealize Operations Manager 6.4 was the final version of the product to support Microsoft Windows installations. If you are running windows based vRealize Operations Manager 6.4, do a fresh OVA installation for vRealize Operations Manager 6.5.
If you are deploying a vRealize Operations Manager virtual appliance, use a VMware vSphere Client to connect to a VMware vCenter Server, and deploy the virtual appliance through the vC, enter Server instance. The vRealize Operations Manager virtual appliance must be deployed on hosts that ESX/ESXi 5.1 U3 or later managed by VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Update 3 or later.
Note: Although the RHEL-based installation option is fully supported in vRealize Operations Manager 6.5, we will be deprecating this support. The future availability of the RHEL options is not guaranteed.
VMware recommends the use of our Virtual Appliance option rather than using a Linux-based option. The announcement of the End-of-Availability (EOA) for Linux-based options will be provided in a future release.
You can install and upgrade the standalone version of vRealize Operations Manager on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5, 6.6, and 6.7 operating systems.
Applying License Keys
In addition to the existing per operating system instance (OSI) licensing, vRealize Operations Standard edition is also available on a per processor (CPU) basis. Licensing for other editions of vRealize Operations is unchanged and continues to be available on a per OSI metric.
Customers can install multiple Advanced and Enterprise editions in the same vRealize Operations Manager deployment. Customers can deploy single choice and suite licenses together. License counting for individual license keys is handled through licensing groups. You can mix editions or licensing models in one of the following ways:
- Deploy vSphere with Operations Management (any edition) and vRealize Operations Standard together in one deployment.
- Deploy vCloud Suite/vRealize Suite Standard, Advanced or Enterprise and vRealize Operations Advanced or Enterprise edition together in one deployment.
Note: You cannot deploy a vRealize Operations Standard edition license with either an Advanced or Enterprise license in the same deployment.
A license key assigned to a vRealize Operations Manager instance only counts towards virtual machines that are powered on. In order to be compliant, you need enough licenses to cover average powered-on VMs over trailing 365 days.
To ensure compliance of your vSphere 6.0 and 5.5 objects, vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 includes compliance alerts for VMware vSphere Hardening Guide versions 6.0 and 5.5. These hardening guide alerts are based on object type.
In addition to the VMware solutions (vSphere, Endpoint Operations Management, and vRealize Log Insight), see the compatibility table in the Solution Exchange marketplace for many more solutions. These solutions works with Virtual Appliance single or multiple node, RHEL single or multiple node.
Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 is enabled by default in vRealize Operations Manager. TLS 1.0 is a superseded version of TLS and is enabled for vRealize Operations Manager compatibility with external products.
To disable TLS 1.0, see KB 2138007
VMware Product Compatibility
This vRealize Operations Manager release has been certified as compatible with the following VMware products:
- VMware vSphere 5.5 and later
- vRealize Hyperic 5.8.5 and later
- vRealize Infrastructure Navigator 5.8.5 and later
This vRealize Operations Manager release supports all current Web browsers, although only the
following browsers have been tested with this release:
- Google Chrome: Version 53 and 54
- Mozilla Firefox: Version 48 and 49
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Version 11
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Installing and Updating vRealize Operations Manager
Note: Customers upgrading older versions of vRealize Operations Manager (6.0.x or 6.1) must use a two-step upgrade: They must first upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 6.3 and then upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 6.5. Customers with recent versions of Realize Operations Manager (6.4, 6.3, 6.2, or 6.2.1) can upgrade directly to vRealize Operations Manager 6.5.
The vRealize Operations Manager Information Center has detailed information about installation and software updates.
You can also download the following guides before installing or updating vRealize Operations Manager:
Note: Under New Known Issues, see the Installation and Update section for issues related to installing vRealize Operations Manager or updating the software. There are also some older known issues regarding installation or upgrading that may be relevant. Please look in the lower toggled set of notes for these issues.
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Resolved Issues From Previous Releases
This section contains the titles of previous known issues that are resolved in this release:
- The limit of using Predictive DRS with only 4,000 VMs per cluster as indicated in the release notes for version 6.4 of vRealize Operations Manager no longer applies.
New Known Issues in This Release
The new known issues that have been identified since the previous release of the product are grouped as follows:
New Installation and Upgrade Issues
EP OPs agent upgrade from 6.3 to 6.5 might fail
EP Ops agent upgrade from 6.3 to 6.5 might fail on a few agents in case of large environments. This is shown in the summary report available in the vRealize Operations user interface
Workaround: Try the agent upgrade again by checking the option Install the PAK file even if it is already installed.
New General Issues
Minimum version of vRealize Business for Cloud for vRBC Launch in context with vRealize Operations Manager is 7.2.1
- When using Internet Explorer 11 to access the Log Insight and Business Management tab pages and dashboards, the data is blocked
When using Internet Explorer 11 to access the new Log Insight and Business Management tab pages and dashboards, the data is blocked and the page remains blank.
Workaround: Use the Firefox or Chrome browser.
- vRealize Operations Manager only works with the standalone mode of vRealize Business for Cloud
vRealize Operations Manager only works with the standalone mode of vRealize Business for Cloud. You cannot use other deployment scenarios of vRealize Business for Cloud.
- When integrating vRealize Business for Cloud into vRealize Operations Manager, you should only add one vRealize Business instance.
When integrating vRealize Business for Cloud into vRealize Operations Manager, you should only add one vRealize Business instance. If you add more than one instance of vRealize Business for Cloud, only data from the first instance of vRealize Business for Cloud is displayed on the Business Management tab.
Workaround: Only add one vRealize Business instance.
PDF reports generated from Log Insight or Business Management dashboard, display a login screen image
When you generate PDF reports with Log Insight or Business Management dashboards, the PDF report file instead of displaying dashboard related content, always shows login screen image.
- Filters don't work in the Object List widget
In the Object List widget, you are unable to use filters to locate data in the columns of the widget.
- The Enable Actions advanced settings in the Manage Solution dialog box is disabled
The entry for Enable Actions in the advanced settings section in the Manage Solution dialog box is disabled. This is by design in this release.
Workaround: Use the Enable Actions button above the Advanced Settings section.
The License is invalid message appears when you view individual VM stats
When you view individual VM stats in vRealize Operations Manager, the License is invalid message might appear in the background.
Workaround: Assign license key to the group and refresh license usage.
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Known Issues From Previous Releases
For a list of previously known vRealize Operations Manager issues, click here.
Installation and Upgrade Issues
- Upgrades from 6.3 to 6.4 may fail.
A PAK upgrade from 6.3 may fail due to a node in a state of waiting for analytics and not responding.
Workaround: Before upgrading from 6.3 to 6.4, customers must take clusters offline.
- Installation fails when $HOME directory has insufficient free space.
Installation fails when the $HOME directory has insufficient free space to complete the installation. You need at least 3GB in
/home/admin or set the IATEMPDIR environment variable to a directory on a disk partition with enough free disk space.
Workaround: Run the following commands on each node and also append them to the /etc/bash.bashrc file:
mkdir -p $tmpdir
- Upgrade endpoint operations agent after upgrading the product.
Customers must upgrade the vRealize Operations product to 6.5 before upgrading the endpoint operations agent to 6.5.
Workaround: Customers should consult KB article 2138748 and KB article 2137709 before starting to upgrade.
- Default policy setting may disable some containers.
The default policy setting does not enable the memory "Demand" and "Allocation" containers at installation.
Workaround: To enable these containers, do one of these two steps:
- Disable the memory "Consuming" container in the default policy and enable memory "Demand" and "Allocation" containers.
- Go to Administration -> Policies and select the "Default Policy" policy as the system default.
- Inaccurate numbers of member objects in custom groups after upgrading.
The preview count of the members of a custom group is inconsistent with the actual number of members if the group has any Endpoint Operations objects when you upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 6.5. This will only occur during upgrades, not for new installations.
Workaround: Customers need to use a VMware script to delete the Postgres self relationship for the Endpoint Operations objects. Contact Technical Support to obtain the script.
- Object Summary blank after upgrade.
Object summaries may be blank for all objects if customers do not clean the browser cache after an upgrade.
Workaround: Clean the cache after upgrading.
- The "Reset default content" checkbox in the "Select Software Update" section does not work correctly.
Customers who are upgrading to 6.5 may find that the "Reset default content" checkbox in the "Select Software Update" section, which is a method for overriding the default content that is normally installed during an upgrade, does not work correctly.
Workaround: After the upgrade completes, go to Administration > Solutions, select the vCenter Server solution, and click Modify. Pay attention to upper right corner.
- vRealize Operations Manager calculates workloads for data center and custom data center objects differently from cluster objects, basing on provisioned capacity instead of entitlement
Entitlement is the HA capacity of a cluster. vRealize Operations Manager suggests workload placements across clusters based on the entitlement provisioned to each cluster, which depends on whether HA is enabled or disabled on the cluster.
Although the workload calculations for cluster objects are based on entitlement, the workload calculations for data center and custom data center objects are based on provisioned capacity. As a result, the workloads for data center and custom data center objects are not calculated correctly when HA is enabled, and do not match the workload calculations for cluster objects.
- When HA is disabled, the entitlement is equal to the hardware provisioned capacity of the cluster. The workload is equal to (Demand + Overhead) ÷ (Provisioned Capacity).
- When HA is enabled, the entitlement is equal to the sum of the cluster overhead and the currently computed HA capacity, minus the HA reservation. The workload is equal to (Demand + Overhead) ÷ (Entitlement).
- Some object alerts not enabled after upgrading to the current release of vRealize Operations Manager.
After users upgrade to version 6.3, 6.4, or 6.5 from an earlier version that had vSphere Hardening Guide alerts enabled, users will not see alerts related to distributed port groups, distributed virtual switches, or vCenter objects as these alerts are not enabled by default on upgrade.
Workaround: Choose one of the following:
- Enable hardening guide alerts from the adapter configuration.
- Go to the policy library, edit the active policy to enable alerts for these three objects.
- vRealize Operations Manager alerts trigger when the Management Pack for vCenter Configuration Manager (VCM) is integrated
When the Management Pack for VCM is installed and the vSphere Hardening Guide alerts are enabled for 5.5 or 6.0 objects, some of the native compliance alerts inadvertently trigger in vRealize Operations Manager. The compliance score for a selected object displays the violated native compliance rules in the Compliance tab, which results in an incorrect compliance badge score.
Workaround: Disable the native compliance alerts with these steps:
- To see the native compliance alerts that are enabled in the policy, click Content > Alerts.
- Click Administration > Policies > Policy Library.
- Edit the policy applied to the objects and disable the native compliance alerts.
- Watchdog might restart Tomcat
If there are multiple agents registered to a master node directly, then Watchdog might restart Tomcat whenever there is a need, where UI runs on it. There is, however, no such implication on the product or the cluster.
Workaround: Register agents to remote collector or a load balancer instead of to a Master node.
- Removal of directories might affect upgrade
In some cases, users have manually removed vRealize Operations Manager directories, such as directories where logs are stored. For example:
The upgrade process requires vRealize Operations Manager directories to exist. If the directories are missing, the upgrade might fail by preventing vRealize Operations Manager services from starting, or in other unpredictable ways.
Workaround: Do not manually remove vRealize Operations Manager directories.
- It might be unclear that an update has failed
If a customer reboots a node or kills some active processes during a software update, the update process continues to show that the update is still underway even though it has failed.
- Residual files prevent reinstallation on RHEL
After you uninstall vRealize Operations Manager from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), files such as logs might not be completely removed. If residual files exist, reinstallation might fail.
Workaround: Before reinstalling, manually remove residual files and directories from the vRealize Operations Manager install and data directories. The default directories are:
- RHEL uninstallation does not fully remove user accounts
After you uninstall vRealize Operations Manager from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), vRealize Operations Manager admin and postgres users still appear in the /etc/passwd file.
Workaround: None. You may manually remove the users from the file if desired.
- RHEL uninstallation does not uninstall Postgres
After you uninstall Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Postgres is not uninstalled. The following are left behind:
Workaround: Users must manually remove these files.
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Cluster Management Issues
- Cannot add nodes that are on earlier version than cluster
Once you have updated a cluster to vRealize Operations Manager 6.2.1 or later, you cannot add a node that is on an earlier release version.
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User Interface Issues
- The filter menus in Policies workspace step Collect Metrics and Properties do not work correctly
When you deselect an option from the State, KPI, or DT drop-down menus, the filter hides all attributes no matter of their settings.
Workaround: Save and reopen the policy.
- A PDF report file might not include all data from a widget that has a scrollbar
When you generate a report that contains a custom dashboard with a widget that has a scrollbar, the downloaded PDF file might not include all data of the widget.
Workaround: Increase the height of the widget in the dashboard to fit all the data.
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Endpoint Operations Management Agent Issues
- Blank password not accepted for Postgres user
The embedded Postgres database for a vCenter Server appliance is shipped without a default password for the postgres user. If you do not set the password in the vcdb.properties file, you are unable to log in as the Postgres user because the Endpoint Operations Management agent will not allow you to log in with a blank password. You might experience this problem if you are trying to monitor the Postgres database after importing the Endpoint Operations Management Adapter.
Use the Postgres DB credentials stored in
/etc/vmware-vpx/vcdb.properties for the Virtual Appliance. It is not necessary to enter the default (blank) Postgres password.
- vRealize Operations Manager Monitoring a Large Scale Environment is not Performing as Expected
If you have a large scale vRealize Operations Manager monitored environment, you may experience one or more of the following issues:
Workaround: Determine the areas of the environment in which the latency is greater than 20 milliseconds and install a remote collector in those areas.
- The user interface is responding slowly
- Metrics are slow to be displayed
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