Installing and Configuring VMware View Broker Agent on Horizon Connection Server

In two of my earlier post on monitoring VMware VDI Solution using vRealize Operations (vROPS for Horizon), I covered the steps involved in installation and configuration of key components. If you missed the steps, you can refer the below links before proceeding with Installation and configuration of VMware View Broker Agent on Horizon Connection Server.

  1. Deploying VMware vROPS appliance
  2. Installation & Configuration of VMware View Adapter in vROPS

VMware Horizon broker agent is a key component of vRealize Operations for Horizon need to be installed on a View Connection Server. vROPS for Horizon broker agent runs as a Windows service that runs on a Horizon Connection Server host. Once paired with vROPS for Horizon Adapter, it collects Horizon inventory information and sends that information to the Horizon adapter. You must install the broker agent on one Horizon Connection Server host in each Horizon pod in your environment.

Prerequisites

  • Server key for the Horizon adapter instance to pair with the broker agent.
  • IP address of the vROPS host where you installed the Horizon adapter.
  • Both the broker agent and the Horizon adapter must run on the same TLS version.
  • The installer of View Broker Agent.

Demonstration

Procedure

Login to Connection Server and execute the installer

Provide the IP Address / FQDN of the vROPS server where you installed & configured the View Adapter. Click on Test to validate the inputs given

Click on Pair to pair VMware Broker Agent with the View Adapter. Click Next to proceed

Provide the Horizon Connection server credentials

Provide the Event DB credentials. Click Next to procced.

Choose the option if you want to monitor App Volumes using vROPS

Choose the option if you want to monitor VMware Unified Access Gateway (UAG) using vROPS

Change the Intervals and Timeouts in case required.

Start the Broker Agent Service

Login to vROPS Admin Console to verify if vROPS is receiving the data for VMware Horizon environment.

Conclusion

This Concludes the installation of VMware Broker Agent on Horizon Connection Server.VMware Horizon broker agent is a key component of vRealize Operations for Horizon need to be installed on a View Connection Server. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!!. Be social and share if you find worth sharing this.

 

Installing and Configuring VMware Horizon View Adapter in vROPS

Introduction to VMware Horizon View Adapter

In the previous blog, I covered Key components of vRealize Operations for Horizon and the steps for deploying vROPS Linux based appliance. Post-deployment next step you are required to install and configure View Adapter which will interface with VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter to collect metrics. The ViewAdapter collects virtual desktop performance data from resources like broker agent and desktop agents. The adapter collects the topology information from View environment and other types of resource information from View Desktops. View Adapter also collects alerts, connection time and other event information from View events database.

In this post, I’m going to walk through the configuration required to get the newly installed vROPS working with Horizon View, specifically the Horizon Adapter.

Demonstration

Installing & Configuring View Adapter

Before starting the installation, download the View Adapter .PAK after login to http://my.vmware.com portal.

Login to vRealize Operations with Admin credentials. Click on  ” + “  to add the adapter.  

Browse the PAK file for View Adapter and click upload.

Click Next post successful upload.

Accept the Agreement and Click on Next

Click on Finish once highlighted.

Select the VMware Horizon Adapter for post-installation configuration. Click on the Settings icon.

Give the appropriate name. Create the credential, you will be using the same credentials at the time of view broker agent installation on connection server.

 

Choose Server Key as per organization policy. 

You can see the status as Data Receiving post successful configuration. You are required to add vROPS for Horizon licenses before it starts receiving data from connection server. Click on configure to add licenses. 

 

Conclusion

This concludes the installation & configuration of VMware Horizon View Adapter for vRealize Operations. In next post, I will be covering the steps to install View Broker Agent on the connection server. Hope this will be informative for you. Thanks for Reading !!! Be social and share if you find worth sharing it.

 

Deploying vRealize Operations Manger for Horizon (vROPS for Horizon)

Introduction

Most of the organizations are turning to desktop and application virtualization to support end users with secure access to corporate services across devices, locations, and connections. To provide these employees with the best possible experience IT organizations need to ensure that the storage, networking, and compute infrastructure being used is adequately sized, tuned and— where necessary—remediated. VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon provides end-to-end visibility into the health, performance, and efficiency of VMware and Citrix virtual desktop and application environments from the data center and the network, all the way through to devices.

In this series of post, I will be covering how you can deploy vRealize Operations for Horizon & do the necessary configuration to monitor VMware Horizon environment. vRealize Operations for Horizon leverage vRealize Operations Manager Enterprise as an underlying platform.

Key components:

  1. Underlying vRealize Operations Manager platform: vRealize Operations Manager Enterprise provides the underlying monitoring platform for your vRealize Operations for Horizon installation. It’s a virtual appliance can be deployed using VMware vCenter Client in a single node or a multi-node configuration.
  2. VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon broker agent: VMware Horizon broker agent is a key component of vRealize Operations for Horizon need to be installed on a View Connection Server in each View pod. Along with pushing configuration data to the desktop agents it collects information about the topology and View inventory, monitors the View infrastructure, and sends the collected data to the adapter.
  3. VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon desktop agents: vROPS for Horizon desktop agent runs on each virtual desktop that you want to monitor. The desktop agent collects session metrics, such as CPU, memory, disk, network, and so on. It sends performance information of the desktop it is running on to the View adapter
  4. View adapter: vROPS for Horizon is the View adapter, which interfaces with VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter to collect metrics. The adapter works along with vROPS collector to collect and process data.

 

Sizing Guidelines for vROPS appliance

At the time of deployment of vROPS appliance, you can choose the appliance configurations Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large according to the existing infrastructure to be monitored. One vROPS instance exceeds the existing size, you can expand the cluster to add nodes of the same size.  You can refer to the KB Article for Sizing Guidelines for vROPS before doing a production deployment.

Demonstration

Deploying vROPS Virtual Appliance

Login to vCenter and start process to “Deploy OVF Template”. Click on Browse and select the OVA to import.

Type the name you want to register virtual appliance with.

Choose the Cluster

Click Next

Accept the agreement and Click Next

Choose the size of the appliance depending on the requirement. You can refer to the KB Article for Sizing Guidelines for vROPS before doing a production deployment.

Select the disk format & Datastore where you want to host virtual appliance.

Assign the IP Address. If you want to assign IP Address using DHCP leave the fields blank.

Click Finish to start the deployment process.

Connect to vROPS for Horizon appliance using http://<IP_Address_of_the_appliance>. As this is the first vROPS instance click on New Installation

Click on Next

Choose the Admin password

Choose whether you want to use the default certificate or want to install new third party certificate

Provide IP Address of the current node as the Master node IP &  provide the NTP Server details

Click on Finish to start appliance configuration.

Post configuration, you need to start the vROPS Manager. Click on “Start vRealize Operations Manager”

Once started you will be redirected to login screen to do further configuration.

Conclusion

This concludes the deployment of vROPS for Horizon. In next post I will be covering vROPS Adapter Installation & Configuration. Hope this will be informative for you. Please share if you find this worth sharing. Happy Learning !!!