I’ve had the opportunity to be working with vCOPS in an enterprise environment since v1.0.
Over that time I have seen it evolve and have been able to basically play with it.
The one thing that has bugged me is how many metrics, Memory in particular are displayed in KB this is manageable to a point but when you have host these days sporting 128GB or 256GB that KB number soon turns into a massive number which is really unreadable at a glance. This is where the magic of Super Metrics can come in handy.
Below is a picture of a simple scoreboard widget with Total RAM displayed in GB (super metric) or KB (default) which is better?
I know I would choose the left one it takes up less real estate is more readable and its more client friendly too.
How do we make this magic happen? Its easy just some basic maths and vCOPS Advanced or enterprise editions.
3) Now search for a resource you would like change the metric on in this case I selected a cluster resource. The resource its self doesn’t matter I could choose any cluster resource as we will be using the “This” button. Select the “This” button and then select the resource you want to change, Here I am doing Total Capacity. I then add in my maths to change this to GB. Select OK.
*Note* using the THIS button allows use to use this metric against all clusters, If the THIS button was not used then the ID will be hard coded to that exact resource and would not work for other clusters.
8) Now this will not automatically apply it to all the cluster resources only to ones added after we have added the super metric package to the resource type. So now we must add all existing clusters ( in this case ) to the super metric package. In the environment menu select the first option which is “ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW”. In here select you super metric group and either add the clusters in manually or drag and drop from the cluster compute resource set. Same process is used if you were adding it to datastores or virtual machines.
I personally use this when ever the default metric is too small and the numbers im dealing with are too large. Or a dashboard is for a non technical client and just needs to be in terms they understand.