Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Attention EMC/VMware partners and customers!

This thread is to announce the new capability (in beta) for performing VMware Capacity and Configuration assessments through the miTrend assessment tool.  The current iteration is focused highly on what currently exists in VMware, how it is configured, and how the capacity is being used.  The tool can be useful in all sorts of scenarios but mostly focused on sizing and implementation.  It is purely complimentary to our current miTrend assessment focused on performance of datastores.

There is a simple process to run the tool.  This involves downloading and executing the VMware assessment tool from miTrend, running it, and providing an EMC secure HTTP site to send the tool's results.  These results are then used as part of the miTrend assessment web services to create a assessment.  Contact your partner or EMC rep to get your hands on the tool and documentation!

The assessment will currently create a detailed Excel file that can be sorted and filtered in many ways and has numerous tabs of data to be manipulated.  There's not much else to say!  Take a look at the following example screenshots!

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This detailed information can then be used as source information to create Powerpoints with slides similar to the following to provide good overviews of environments.  The screenshots below represent just a small percentage of what is available in the Excel sheet.

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We are focused specifically on vCenter Instances, Clusters, Datastores, VMs and dependent details between these objects.

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dynamox
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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Clinton,

what is the name of the tool that i should ask from my EMC SE ? So this tool runs against my vCenter infrastructure or do i need something else (vCops) ?

Thanks

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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

It is called the VMware Capacity and Configuration tool which is available from the miTrend site that a Sales Engineer or Partner has access to under the VMware section.

The tool leverages PowerCLI to perform the collection and relies solely on information that is available currently through the vSphere APIs.  The default collection behavior of vCenter provides enough information to fully populate this report so we aren't asking for any additional information from hypervisors.

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dynamox
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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

thank you, you mention that after running the tool i will need to provide "EMC secure HTTP site to send the tool's results". I am a customer, what do i do ?

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duhaas1
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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Thanks for sharing Clint, running against our environment now.  Will be a great additional tool we can use to help customers understand what they have a little bit more.

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duhaas1
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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Any thoughts on why after submitting manually through MITRENDS i'm only getting a .xls output in return vs the .xls and the pp slides?

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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

The collection document provides the steps to complete the assessment.  As a step, a secure HTTP URL is requested which is provided by an EMC representative which allows for automatic upload of results immediately following collection.  This can be used, or the results can simply be emailed prior to processing in miTrend.

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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Duane,

Thanks for the feedback!

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dynamox
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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

Clinton Kitson wrote:

The collection document provides the steps to complete the assessment.  As a step, a secure HTTP URL is requested which is provided by an EMC representative which allows for automatic upload of results immediately following collection.  This can be used, or the results can simply be emailed prior to processing in miTrend.

Clinton,

so everytime i need to run a discovery i will need to get my EMC rep to provide me a "new" URL ?

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Re: Announcing: miTrend VMware Capacity and Configuration Assessment!

In order to get the consolidated XLS or PPTX (at GA), the miTrend SaaS portal is used.  The output of the collection tool is a ZIP file that includes XML files that miTrend is expecting to see.

With that said, when running the assessment there are CLIXML files created (but not included in zip) that can be leveraged natively in Powershell or with Import-CliXml and Out-GridView cmdlets to review results soon after running.  As well there are global variables that contain the same results.  The collection document briefly discusses this.  These CliXml files can be found in a directory called Content where the collection ZIP is located.  Thosre familiar with PowerCLI could adapt the collection cmdlet to run on-demand and in any way they desire but overall this was intended to contain logic and presentation at the miTrend SaaS layer.

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