A shiny new version of vRealize Operations Manager has been released, bumping the version number up to 6.2. ┬áHere’s a few highlights that come with the new version.

vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 is the latest release of the VMware integrated vRealize Operations Suite. Updates cover all major areas of the product including installation, configuration, licensing, alerting, dashboards, reports, and policies. This release introduces the following enhancements.

  • Enhanced Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Integration
    vRealize Operations now offers enhanced integration with the vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) when making and executing workload placement recommendations. The vRealize Operations Manager analytics determine cross-cluster placement opportunities, while vCenter Distributed Resource Scheduler determines the best destination within clusters. The enhanced integration uses all DRS rules, constraints, and enterprise-class capabilities.
  • New Workload Utilization Dashboard
    The Workload Utilization Dashboard enables you to see the object workload utilization for Cluster, DataCenter, and Custom DataCenter containers. The new dashboard incorporates an updated Utilization widget, capable of operating in either a capacity or workload utilization mode.
  • Ability to Import Single Sign-On Users
    As an Administrator, you can now add and authorize new users for vRealize Operations Manager by importing them from a Single Sign-On source.
  • Telemetry Enablement on Upgrade
    This release includes a one-time dialog after you upgrade that allows you to participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program. This program collects anonymous product configuration and usage data to enhance future versions of vRealize Operations.
  • Portable Licensing
    The portable licensing feature adds the ability for customers to license use of the product in vSphere as well as non-vSphere environments.

    • This is part of a larger effort to decouple VMware licensing from a single deployment method. You should be seeing more information on this in the next couple of weeks!

On top of the new features listed above, it’s now possible to mix license keys from Advanced and Enterprise deployments.

Applying License Keys

vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 allows customers to install multiple Advanced and Enterprise editions in the same vRealize Operations Manager deployment. This enhancement lets customers deploy single choice and suite licenses together.

License counting for individual license keys is handled through licensing groups. You can mix editions or licensing models in one of the following ways:

  • Deploy vCloud Suite Standard, vSphere with Operations Management, and vRealize Operations Standard together in one deployment.
  • Deploy vCloud Suite Advanced or Enterprise, vSphere with Operations Management Advanced, vRealize Operations Insight, and vRealize Operations Advanced or Enterprise in one deployment.

Note: You cannot deploy a Standard edition license with either an Advanced or Enterprise license in the same deployment.

Head on over to https://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/62/vrops-62-release-notes.html to get all the info on what’s changed and what’s new!