This post is going to be relatively short and simple today. Pure Storage has officially released Management Pack (MP) 3.0.2 for vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) today.
While this version doesn’t bring any new features or enhancements it is an important release nonetheless. Let’s take a look into why.
Pure Storage MP 3.0.2 contains only a single fix and nothing more. While this doesn’t seem worthy of a new release I can assure you it is.
Ever since MP 3.0.0 was released for vROps 8.0 and 8.1 I have received reports from customers that collection job run times are inconsistent at best. Some collection cycles will complete in 2 minutes while others may take upwards of 2 hours or more.
Along with the inconsistent run times other end-users were reporting problems with collection jobs failing to complete all together, often due to an error similar to the following:
“Could not send ‘Get Relationships’ task to Controller”
Since the purpose of the vROps Management Pack is to deliver timely and accurate information for data analysis, these problems effectively render the management pack useless. By default the collection job is programmed to run every 5 minutes, so if you have jobs taking hours to complete then you are not going to get the granularity needed to accurately monitor the environment. The good news here though is that after a thorough investigation into these problems the underlying issue was finally discovered.
All of these issues were found to be a result of the Pure Storage MP utilizing several deprecated APIs while communicating with vROps and vCenter Servers within the environment. While the APIs were available and still functional they weren’t optimized for larger and more scaled out environments which is why there was so much inconsistency.
Once this was discovered all of the offending code was modified to utilize the newer APIs and confirmed that jobs no longer failed with the aforementioned error and the collection jobs were more consistent. Jobs that were previously taking hours to complete are now completing within minutes.
So if you are noticing that your jobs are not completing within a timely manner, or jobs are erroring out, you should upgrade to this version of the management pack to take advantage of these fixes. It will almost undoubtedly resolve those issues for you.
There are no new enhancements in this version.
Below is the link to download 3.0.2 along with the 3.0 User Guide and Release Notes:
Pure Storage Management Pack 3.0.2 Download
Pure Storage Management Pack 3.0 Release Notes
Pure Storage Management Pack 3.0 User Guide
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Management Pack is only available via GitHub for the time being (just download the pak file). This is due to VMware updating their VMware Solutions Exchange MarketPlace. Once the transition has been completed to their new website, the pak will be made available there for download.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask! I am happy to assist in any way that I can!