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Runecast Analyzer v1.7 with VSAN Support and Web Plugin

Runecast recently released the v1.7 with VSAN support and it has some greater improvements. The major improvement is VSAN support, and vCenter integrated Web plugin. In this post i’d like to discuss these new features and improvements of this release.

Runecast is a greater solution which can provide the best practises and security hardening measures based on the VMware knowledge base. Customers can have a greater visibility of their datacenters and proactive measures can be taken based on the guidelines and knowledge base articles provided in the dashboard. With the release of v1.7 it has extended its support for VMware VSAN as well.

It has three main added improvements to this release:

  • VSAN Support
  • Layered Risk Virtualization Widget
  • Improved Webplugin to the vCenter

Greater visualization of your datacenter with it’s interactive dashboard and it’s widgets, now it has a improved dashboard called VMware Stack View Dashboard.

I’d like to highlight VMware Stack View dashboard as it show you the severity of the issue and where it exist in the layer of your VMware environment. It’s a simple pane of glass to all your vCenter resources.

Runecast Analyzer v1.7 Provides the VSAN best practises and recommendations

VSAN is one of the excellent software defined storage solution provided by VMware which can have greater benefits to its customers with highly performenced and scalable solution. Runecast provide the best practises and recommendations for VMware VSAN against the VMware’s larger knowledge base database. It is critical and should be monitored closely with extra care to avoid the possible future issues which can make a serious impact to your Virtual Machine workloads.

Runecast Analyzer is completely working in the offline mode and does not send any data over the internet, so your data stores in your on-prem datacenter.

Runecast Analyzer v1.7 initial configuration and vCenter Plugin configuration

Runecast Analyzer added another valuable configuration item to this release, vCenter plugin which can see the Runecast analysis status and the recommendations in the vCenter.

Once you deployed the Runecast Analyzer as a generic OVF deployment, you can add your vCenter server to Runecast Analyzer by Add vCenter option. Go to Settings->vCenter Connection and click on Add vCenter

Provide your vCenter details and credentials

You can see the Thank you note after the successful configuration to the vCenter

To install the vCenter web plugin click on the Edit button under Action and select Install plugin option

Click on Install in the next window to install the plugin

Let this installation to complete

You can see the plugin status under settings as Installed

After the successful installation of the plugin, you will be able to see the Runecast option in the Home dropdown menu as well as the Home tab of the vCenter. If you were logged in please logout and login to the vCenter to see the plugin

To setup the plugin click on the icon and you can see Runecast Main View, click on GO TO SETTINGS

Now Runecast API Access Token should be configured to start the connection.

To Setup the API Access Token, go back to Runecast Settings -> API Access tokens and click on Generate API access token

Provide a description , functionality mode and Generate the Access Token

Copy the generated token

Provide the FQDN, Generated Access Token and SAVE SETTINGS

You can see the empty Runecast main view and click on PERFORM SCAN to do a scan of your environment

Wait for couple of seconds and it will pull out the details for you and you can see all these details in your vCenter server view

Another good thing….

Runecast Analyzer has added the Spectra and Meltdown analysis Knowledge Base to its database and you can scan your environment against the latest security vulnerabilities and harden your VMware based environment

My Thoughts

Runecast Analyzer with the new release of the VSAN support is a greater product in terms of proactive analysis of your VMware based virtual environment. There is no doubt of the continuous improvement of the product and adding new features in the future.

From the update point of view if you have the active subscription you have the online auto update but it will work with more secure environment without the internet access using it’s offline database, so your data is completely secure.

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Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Lead at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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