Proactive VMware issue scan with Runecast Analyzer

The VMware Knowledge Base (kb.vmware.com) and VMware Best Practices are the most trusted, complete and up-to-date public sources of known issues and best practices related to VMware products. This valuable information is typically used reactively after the problem already happened.

 

Up to 90% of the issues affecting virtualized environments are already known issues for which there is already a KB article describing Symptoms, Cause and Resolution. Most of these issues can be prevented by reversing the approach to working with the VMware KB articles in a proactive way.

 

Proactive VMware issue scan with Runecast Analyzer

Runecast Analyzer uses information from current VMware Knowledge Base articles to proactively scan your vSphere infrastructure and discover potential issues that would cause serious problems. It collects the vSphere configuration and logs and finds combinations of conditions or log patterns that lead to issues described in a Knowledge Base articles.

 

Since the VMware KB is updated continuously, so is the Runecast Central Repository. You can configure your Runecast Analyzer appliance to download the KB updates that are normally released on weekly basis. You can download them online or apply the offline update – in case of lack of Internet connectivity.

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With the VMware security and issue scanner you can:

  • Avoid service outages by mitigating potential issues proactively
  • Keep up to date with newly discovered issues considering the specifics of your environment
  • Detect potential issues after changes in your environment
  • Perform both configuration and log analysis
  • Explore the exact findings discover how to solve the potential issues
  • Schedule automated scans
  • Get alerted on newly detected issues

 

To help with issue identification and remediation, the reported configuration issues (be it KB, Best Practice or Security Hardening violation) will pinpoint in the Findings the exact configuration element that causes the issue to be reported

 

Runecast will also provide you with reports based on Best Practices and vSphere Security Hardening Guides. Read more on Compliance Checks.

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Runecast Analyzer discovered more than 100 issues, some of which were critical (PSOD, open ports, Network driver issues). It reduced our typical 2 issues per month to 0 and saved us lots of time.