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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 13: Add vCenter Operations Manager

So far the vCloud Suite proof of concept has been installed and configured with the vCloud Director with vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Connector and vCenter Chargeback Manager. In this part we will take a look on how to proactively manage the health of vSphere infrastructure, virtual machines and applications. But also how to spot potential bottlenecks and how to remediate the problems. To do this, VMware offers vCenter Operations Manager, which is also part […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 12: vCenter Chargeback Manager Cost Analysis and Reporting

Now the installation and configuration of vCenter Chargeback Manager is completed, a new chargeback hierarchy can be created. A chargeback hierarchy is an organization of vCenter Server entities and vCenter Chargeback Manager entities. The vCenter Server entities include virtual machines, hosts, data centers, resource pools, host folders, and virtual machine folders. Create New Hierarchy To identify the resource utilization and generate a usage or cost report, we must first create a chargeback hierarchy and add […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 11: Install and Configure vCenter Chargeback Manager

Now that the installation requirements are met, we can proceed with installation of the vCenter Chargeback Manager. In this case, I’ve created a dedicated virtual machine with default settings running Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1. I assume you already downloaded the software and extracted it to a directory. Install vCenter Chargeback Manager Start the executable and wait for the installation wizard. Click Next at the Introduction screen. Accept the EULA and click Next. Click […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 10: Add vCenter Chargeback Manager

So, the cloud environment is up and running. The organizations are created and vApps populated with virtual machines. The next question that arises is how to determine the resource utilization and how to calculate the costs for virtual machines that use resources in the cloud. The VMware vCloud Suite includes the vCenter Chargeback Manager which is suited for the job. Before we begin with the preparation, installation and configuration of vCenter Chargeback Manager, let’s first […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 9: Move VM to the Cloud

In the previous part we’ve deployed and configured all vCloud Connector components needed to move virtual machines to the cloud infrastructure. But there is one more thing that needs to be configured before a virtual machine can actually be moved from one environment to another and that is adding the vCloud Connector Nodes to the vCloud Connector UI. Please note that only the environments whose nodes are registered with the vCloud Connector Server will be […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 8: Add vCloud Connector

Before we begin let’s define what vCloud Connector actually is. vCloud Connector is an enterprise product that provides a single user interface for overseeing multiple public and private clouds and for transferring cloud content from one cloud to another. It allows you to connect multiple clouds, both internal and external, in a single user interface. Source: Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector The vCloud Connector consist of three components: vCloud Connector UI – This is a […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 7: Create New vApp

Now the vCloud Director is up and running, new vApps can be created and populated with VMs. Before we begin, let’s define what a vApp actually is. A vApp is a virtual system that contains one or more individual virtual machines, along with parameters that define operational details. Source: vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide So, let’s build a new vApp in the vCloud Director. Build new vApp Open the organization URL created earlier in a web […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 6: Add and Publish Catalogs

The final step in the initial vCloud Director deployment is creating a catalog where vApp templates and media files will be stored and made available to other organizations. Before the catalogs can be published, the catalog publishing must be enabled first. Enable Catalog Publishing Open the vCloud Director home URL and login with the administrator account. Click the Manage & Monitor button, next to Home. Select the organization, click the blue gear icon and click […]