VMware vRealize Operations Manager – Integration with VMware Horizon

Release date: February 20th 2019

Welcome to my VMware vRealize Operations Manager series, how I setup “vRops” in my LAB. In this session I will describe how I setup the integration with VMware Horizon. To ensure an excellent user experience from VMware Horizon, VMware vRealize Operations is essential. There are a lot of caveats which can cause a suboptimal result, although these are not always apparent, but if we have vRops installed and configured, it will assist us greatly in identifying the reasons and what to do to remediate the issues.

In order to do this setup, there are a few prerequisites that I have to meet first:

  • Download necessary installation media

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  • Ensure that the proper firewall ports are open between vRops and the Horizon components: Network Ports in VMware Horizon 7
  • Acquire license-key
  • Administrative access to vRops and Horizon infrastructure.

 

To complete this setup I need to complete the following tasks:

  • Install Horizon Adapter in VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Add license for vRealize Operations for Horizon
  • Configure Horizon Adapter in VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Install VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent on Connection Server
  • Configure VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent

 

Install Horizon Adapter in VMware vRealize Operations Manager

The first thing I do is to log in to the admin-interface on vRops

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From Software Updates, click “Install a Software Update…”

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Click “Browse” to find the downloaded PAK file

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Upload…

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Once the VMware-vrops-viewadapter-6.7.0-14841767.pak is uploaded, click Next…

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Accept the License Agreement, Next…

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Next…

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Install…

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The Adapter is now uploaded and installed with status “Completed”, I can now logout from the admin interface.

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Add license for vRealize Operations for Horizon

I log into vRops, under the Administration-tab, I select Licensing, click the plus-sign to add the VMware Horizon-license

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Select VMware Horizon and enter license key

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Once the license is active, I can now continue with configuring the Horizon Adapter

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Configure Horizon Adapter in VMware vRealize Operations Manager

From the Administration-tab, select Solutions – Other Accounts – Add Account

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Select Horizon Adapter

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I enter a Name and Adapter ID, click the plus-icon to create a Credential

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I provide a Credential name and a Server Key, the latter will be used when setting up the VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent, described below.

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I can now test this by clicking “Test Connection”, finalize by selecting Add..

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Install VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent on Connection Server

Prior to installing the VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent on my connection-server, I verify that name-resolution is working and that the necessary ports are accessible from the connection server, by running the following command in an administrative powershell session:

«Test-NetConnection -ComputerName vrops-01.ad.admin.frelab.net -Port 3091»

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Now that the prerequisites are met, I launch the installer I downloaded during preparations.

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The Setup Wizard starts, Next…

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I accept the License Agreement, Next…

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I select the “Launch the VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent configuration utility” checkbox and click Install…

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Finish

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Configure VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent

When the configuration utility launches, I start out by adding my vRops Adapter, once the pairing is successful I click Next…

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I enter my Horizon Server credentials, click Test and when the test is successful, I click Next…

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I provide the Events Database username and password, Next…

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I will be monitoring App Volumes and therefore enter the correct info, click Test, once this is successful I click the plus-sign to add it, Next…

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I will also monitor my Unified Access Gateway with vRops, I enter the necessary info, click the plus sign to add it, Next…

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Next…

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Next…

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After the above configuration is finished, I click Start and Next…

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I finalize my setup by clicking Finish…

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Back inside the vRealize Operations Manager, I verify that the Horizon Account has the status “OK”

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This concludes how I set up my vRealize Operations integrations with my VMware Horizon environment.

 

Recommended reading:

VMware vRealize Operations Manager vApp Deployment Guide

vRealize Operations Manager 6.7 Release Notes

vRealize Operations Manager Best Practices

 

VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.