I introduced Opvizor a couple of days ago and figured why not give it a spin with a vm-support files of one of my hosts in my lab. I used vCenter to create the vm-support file, for those who have never done that it is really simple:
- open the vSphere Client
- Click Administration
- Click “Export System Logs”
- Select the server of which you want to dump the system logs and select the location where they need to be uploaded to
The next thing you will need to do is create an account on the opvizor website and login. After that you can simply upload the System Log File of the server. After uploading it takes a few seconds before the System Logs are processed but you can actually see the status at the lower right by clicking the icon. After uploading you can use one of the following two options:
I guess it is pretty obvious what isLogViewer does. It enables you to view the logfiles of VMs and your Host. But not only logfiles, you can for instance also see the vmdk meta files and your vmx files. This can come in handy when troubleshooting issues and I can imagine that at some point opvizor will warn you when invalid or insecure settings / statements are used in those files. The isLogViewer also enables you to search logfiles as shown in the following screenshot where I did a search on “aam”.
Although it isn’t completely intuitive yet; it definitely has potential. Couple of things I would like to see added:
- color coding for error types
- direct linking to KB articles for known error codes
The second feature that is currently offered is “isClient”. This feature currently shows you more details about for instance the VM configuration and the host configuration. For me the most valuable feature here is “Issues”. Clearly it still needs to be expanded as many sections are not available, but again this has a lot of potential as you can see in the screenshot below:
Again I would like to see things like color coding added and possibly links to KBs and for instance references to best practices and recommendations. Think about things like Network redundancy, Storage PSP used, HCL check… you can go anyway with this and this could be the ultimate troubleshooting / health check tool. If all of this is added and if it is possible to upload support files of a full environment instead of just a single host.
All in all, I realize that opvizor is just in an early beta phase and because of that some features aren’t fully implemented yet. It clearly has a lot potential though and if everyone takes the time to check it out and give feedback I think this can become a killer tool.