VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Horizon MP4H 2.0

9 Feb

The MP4H (Management Pack for Horizon) 2.0 was recently released – Release Notes. It was time to give it a go, and the best place IMHO is VMware Test Drive, as they have a larger environment and there is alot of data for simulation compared to our small homelab.

Let’s take a look at the following information from the vRealize Operations – MP4H:

  • New engaging Dashboards and View
  • Observations and thoughts
  • Where to download the MP4H 2.0 pack?

New engaging Dashboards and Views

Service Monitoring for Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and Connection Server (CS) – Using the Telegraf Agent, you can monitor the Tomcat services and HTTP Health Checks against the UAG and CS web services. The step by step configuration details can be found here.

Connection Server certificate validation – There are new properties around CS certificate validation. This way, you can an dashboard based on the view – Availability \ Horizon Connection Server Certificate.

Unified Access Gateway Session – There are views on UAG Session Disparity amongst different UAG Appliances and session split across internal and external UAG appliances. The UAG Overall experience widget gives a high-level overview. Note the HTTP check is using the Telegraf agent to perform the checks (It’s empty, but you get the point there is capability.)

Horizon Client Versions and Horizon User Agent Version – These dashboards are not new and were present in the previous MP4H, but these are so important to get an overview of the Client and Agent versions within the environment.

Observations and thoughts

Very excited to see the UAG Appliances inclusion as a first class citizen into monitoring & alerting. One can tell looking at the MP4H 2.0 has come a long way since its previous releases. I am personally looking forward to the built-in reports to come back in future releases, along with the inclusion of VMware App Volumes and VMware Workspace ONE alerting and reporting. If the VMware product team considers my recommendation, it can start to differentiate itself against other players within the same market segment.

Features wishlist:

  • HTTP Check and Service monitoring for App Volumes and Workspace ONE Access
  • Certificate validation for UAG, App Volumes and Workspace ONE Access
  • Builtin Reports – Previous Horizon Reports, App Volumes – AppStacks, App Volumes – Wrtiable Volumes, Workspace ONE Access – User Sessions etc.

I can’t wait to see what the next release of the vRealize Operations – Horizon Management pack beholds.

Where to download the MP4H 2.0 pack?

You can download the pack from VMware Marketplace, and the following versions of vRealize Operations are supported.

Cameron covers additional information on his blog post here – MP4H 2.0 What’s New and Use Cases – C4 | Virtually Blogging (cameronfore.com). I highly recommend following him for all MP4H content.

Disclaimer – All the screenshots are from VMware Test Drive Portal. All credits to them for their hardwork.

I hope you will find this helpful post about the latest release of MP4H 2.0. I highly recommend giving it a go on Test Drive and a small request if you find anything interesting. I hope you can share it back with me?

Aresh Sarkari

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