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VMware upgrades vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, Automation 7.1

Right before VMworld 2016 US, VMware released upgrades, debuting vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, vRealize Automation 7.1, and vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 to whet users' appetites.

As VMware administrators get ready to flock to Las Vegas to see the latest updates and releases at VMworld, the company released a handful of updates just before the show to help whet users' appetites.

VMware released a handful of management updates, including vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, vRealize Automation 7.1, vRealize Orchestrator 7.1 and vRealize CloudClient 4.2. While none of the products received major upgrades -- those will likely be released at VMworld 2016 US -- some of the releases contain some interesting info.

VRealize Operations Manager 6.3 is the fourth update to the product in 2016, but the first in nearly four months. When VMware released vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 in early February, it had to release 6.2.0a one week later to address a schedule setting issue among other bugs. In April, VMware debuted vRealize Operations Manager 6.2.1 to correct some vSphere 6-related issues as well as other upgrade-based bugs.

Now, just before VMworld 2016 US -- where a good amount of upgrades and products could debut -- VMware has released vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, which is more than just bug fixes we've seen in the other changes this year.

One of the more notable updates is the enhanced integration with vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). The integration with DRS, which is known for balancing computing workloads with available resources, adds a data collection notification toolbar and displays recommended actions on the landing page.

VRealize Operations Manager 6.3 also improves integration with Log Insight and vSphere Monitoring. When it comes to Log Insight and vRealize Operations Manager, alerts have always been important. The 6.3 release also addresses Simple Network Management Protocol Trap Alerts, allowing the user to filter through them.

In vRealize Automation 7.1, there is a new migration tool that allows users to securely migrate data from the previous version to the latest release. The source of the migration process is preserved during the move, which means downtime for it will be minimal. One of the other new vRealize Automation features is also a new Silent Installer, and users can manage scaled-out existing vRealize deployments with the new command-line interface.

VMware didn't add a ton of new features in vRealize Orchestrator 7.1, but a new option to push the configuration from one node to each of the other nodes in the same cluster is now available. Users can also restart all of the nodes in the same cluster from just one node. The 7.1 release included a laundry list of issues from past releases that were resolved, including issues with Log Insight and Active Directory.

VRealize CloudClient 4.2 introduces a handful of new commands, including one related to closing vRealize Orchestrator and ones to manage and upgrade CloudClient. VRealize Code Stream 2.1 introduces nearly a half a dozen out-of-box integrations, a new dashboard and enhancements to nested pipelines and inline scripts.

VRealize Business for Cloud 7.1 is compatible with multiple versions of vRealize Automation. It also introduces integration with external VMware Identity Manager, which means users can use it without deploying vRealize Automation.

While these updates are small for the most part, users can expect much bigger news in the near future at VMworld 2016 US.

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