Been a bit slow on the posing, I had to buy a new lab server SuperMicro sys-5028d-tn4t (I will post about it at a later date…) this is due to my other 3 i7 ESX hosts being in transit from Australia as I had to move back to Switzerland for personal reasons.

Some free vRops online classes below.

I recently attended an advanced troubleshooting session for the vRops application by VMware Education Services if you are interested in watching it click here and below you will find some useful screens from the presentation before you invest 50 minutes watching it.

vRops database’s & functions

FSDB: RAW Metrics
Cassandra (KV Store): User Preferences & Config, Alert definitions, Customisation, Dashboards, Policies, View, Reports, Licensing, Shard Naps and Activities.
Alert Postgres (data): Alerts and Alarm History
Central Postgres (repl): Resources inventory
Postgres HIS: History of Resource property, History of resource relationship

Located: /usr/lib/vmware-vcops/user/conf/persistence

User name and passwords for the various DB’s
Used to set manual Ports
SSO information
Postgres DB Properties KV store properties

Located: /usr/lib/vmware-vcopssuite/utilities/sliceconfiguration/data

Check the online status of the node in question
IP Address of the node / connection string.
Shows the role(s) that the node is performing




Located: /data/db/casa/webapp/hshql

Check the node / slice status
Check cluster status
Check HA status
Nodes UUID can be determined from this file
Find cluster names
Cache roles o the nodes

  • Checking this file from any node will give you the same information
  • Make sure to stop the CASA service before opening the file.

Can be used for troubleshooting by bringing changing, repairing roles, change the slice online / offline status etc… (examples below)

Located: /usr/lib/vmware-vcopssuite/utilities/sliceConfiguration/bin

This will help you perform the types of fuctions which can be performed in the admin GUI, bringing online / offline the cluster, nodes etc..

Located: /usr/lib/vmware-vcopssuite/utilities/sliceConfiguration/bin



Managing the services, example Actions

Log files and locations 

Troubleshooting – Thing to check before!!

Troubleshooting cluster problems


Before troubleshooting bring the cluster offline, if you can’t do it via the GUI here is the command to do it from the command line.


Troubleshooting some of the top issues with vRops!!

Waiting for Analytics

Start by looking at the analytics log on the master node.


Compare the configuration files on the nodes in the cluster


Double Master


Remove Node from Cluster when not possible via the GUI


Data collection issue