It should be no surprise to any of my regular readers or followers that I am a huge fan of vCenter Operations. Being a VMware customer I find that it is a huge time-saver when trying to pin point performance issues within our environment, as well as giving us a great first step in trying to do capacity planning and figure out where we are going to need to go next. So, it should also be no surprise that I get just a little excited when there is a new release of the product; be it only a .1 release, still super awesome none the less.
It goes without saying that you should see a few posts diving deeper into some of the new features listed below as well as in the official release notes, as well as a quckie about how to upgrade, but for now, without further ado, the newest features from vCenter Operations 5.7 from vmware.com…
More Flexibility with Capacity Planning
This release introduces new diagnostics metrics to monitor the health and availability of vCenter Operations Manager components, such as Analytics, Collector, Active MQ, Web server, database, and operating system.
Widgets with Improved Flexibility and Usability
New Custom Relationship Widget
Allows you to build a custom resource hierarchy and relationship view, just like the existing out-of-the-box vCenter Server view.
Custom UI Import and Export Changes for Dashboards and Super Metrics
Balanced Metrics Profile
This release introduces a new metrics profile that reports a reduced set of metrics. Increase the scalability of vCenter Operations Manager to support more resources by changing the metrics profile to the new “Balanced” profile in vCenter Operations Manager Administration.
VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Filtering Capability
You can configure how resources discovered by vCenter Infrastructure Navigator are displayed in vCenter Operations Manager. This release introduces a configurable filtering capability to the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator adapter to control Application service and Application resource reporting. For each resource type, you can configure either “blackList” or “whiteList” filtering in the configuration file filterList.txt.
New Browser Support
This release adds new support for the following browsers: Apple Safari version 6, Google Chrome versions 24 and 25, and Mozilla Firefox 18 and 19.
This release includes additional security hardening and increases compliance with The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and The Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) guidelines.