Two years ago at the 2017 Sydney and Melbourne UserCons, I spent time with a couple of the founders of Runecast, Stanimir Markov and Ched Smokovic and got to know a little more about their real time analytics platform for VMware based infrastructure. Fast forward to today and Runecast have continued to build on the their initial release and have continued to add features and enhancements. The most recent of those, which is the ability to report on a ESXi Hosts VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is currently in beta and will be released shortly.
Currently, Runecast checks hardware versions, drivers and firmware against existing VMware KB articles and provides proactive findings for known issues that could impact your servers. With this addition Runecast will now show the compliance status of hardware against the VMware HCL.
This feature alone literally replaces hours of work to extract the needed data and match each server from your environment against the HCL. Critically, it can inform you if, where, and why your vSphere environment is not supported by VMware because of Hardware Compatibility issues.
In terms of what it looks like, as from the screen shot above you can see the new menu item that give you the Compatibly Overview. Your hosts are listed in the main window pane and are shows as green or red depending on their status against the HCL.
Clicking on the details you are shows the details of the host against the HCL data. If the host is out of whack with the HCL you will get an explanation similar to what is seen below. (note in the BETA I have installed this was not
With this feature you can identify which component is incompatible and unsupported. From there it will also indicate what the supportability options are for you.
Runecast keep adding great features to their platform… and most of their features are ones which any vSphere admin would find very helpful. That is the essence of what they are trying achieve.
For more information and to apply for the beta head here:
Earlier this week, Runecast released into General Availability version 2.0 of their vSphere analyser platform. I’ve been a keen follower of the progress of Runecast since their inception a couple of years ago. There was a space in the market to be filled and they have been able to improve in the initial release by releasing new functionality often. It wasn’t that long ago that they added vSAN support…and more recently NSX support.
This release brings the following new functionalities:
- Ability to store and display all detected and resolved issues over time for every connected vCenter.
- The completely new monitoring dashboard with The Most Affected hosts and trending.
- Automation of PCI-DSS VMware rules and new PCI-DSS profile UI
- Support for vSphere 6.7 HTML5 plugin
- Usability, performance and security improvements for increased ease of use.
- Latest VMware Knowledge Base updates.
First thing to notice in the new release is the new Dashboard that has been improved and for mine is now more logically laid out. But for me the biggest feature added in this release is the enhancement to Historical Trending and a new analysis function. As someone who spent a time managing and operating vSphere platforms over the years, the ability to see trends is crucial in troubleshooting.
Historical Analysis is new in version 2.0 and aims to help isolate the root cause of a reported incident as fast as possible and detect new problems caused by product update or configuration changes. 2.0 will store at least 3 months worth of vCenter, vSAN and NSX-V scan results, including issue description. This provides trending information on the dashboard.
The introduction of PCI-DSS checks is something that will assist in compliancy situations. As someone who has had the pain of going through compliancy, any tool that makes the process easier is welcomed.
Im looking forward to meeting up with the guys at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas next week and I would recommend and vSphere admin to take a look at Runecast!
You can download Runecase 2.0 from here and take it for a spin: https://runecast.biz/profile
Runecast has released version 1.7 of their Analyzer today and it has added support for VMware vSAN. By using a number of resources within VMware’s knowledge base Runecast offers a platform that looks at best practices, log information and security hardening guides to monitor your vSphere infrastructure which in turn brings to your attention issues through a simple yet intuitive interface. This now extends to vSAN as well. Also in this release is an improved dashboard called the VMware Stack view and improved vSphere Web Plugin.
Version 1.7 focuses on VMware vSAN support and proactive issue detection with remediation. vSAN, having gained market lead in the HCI space is deployed in vSphere environments more commonly these days as the storage component. It is critical to not only monitor performance but also keep the vSAN configuration in the best condition and prevent from any future failures or outages.
Runecast Analyzer v1.7 scans vSAN clusters and looks at cluster configurations against a large database of VMware Knowledge Base and Best Practices rules. This results in the ability to list issues and then offer suggestions on how to fix those issues which may affect vSAN availability or functionality. This acts as a good way to stop issues before they become more serious problems that impact environments.
As mentioned version 1.7 also offers an upgrade to the vSphere Web Client and as you can see below the integration is tight with the HTML5 client.
Finally, I wanted to highlight the new VMware Stack dashboard. This new visual component aims to very quickly prioritize what problem to solve and where it exists. The VMware stack contains 5 layers, Management, VM, Compute, Network and Storage. Runecast prioritizes and sorts all detected problems into those five categories so an admin can easily see where the critical issues are and what is the risk they pose.
Overall for those that have vSAN in their environments I would recommend a look at this release. The guys at Runecast are taking a unique approach to monitoring and I’m looking forward to future releases as they expand even more beyond vSphere and vSAN.
The latest version is available for a free 14-day trial.