Add a vCenter Cloud Account

Prerequisites

For Workload Manager to deploy jobs in vCenter using a particular user account, that account must have the permissions identified in the table below.

vCenter ObjectRequired PermissionReason
NetworkAssign NetworkIf the default network in a template/snapshot must be changed
Datastore

Allocate space

For persistent disk operation


Browse datastore
Low level file operations
Remove file
FolderCreate folderFor user folder creation
Resource

Apply recommendation

For datastore cluster support
Assign VM to resource poolFor resource pool selection
Tasks

Create task

For VM operation

Update task
Virtual MachineAll permissions
Global RoleSet Custom AttributesTo add custom attributes on virtual machines
Manage Custom Attributes

Configuration Process

To add a vCenter cloud account, follow this process:

  1. Locate the vCenter cloud in the Clouds page and click Add Cloud Account button. This will display the Add Cloud Account dialog box as shown in the figure below.

  2. Assign a new cloud account Name

  3. Provide the vCenter cloud credentials: vCenter User Name and vCenter Password.

  4. Click the Connect button. CloudCenter Suite will now attempt to validate your account credentials.
  5. After the credentials are verified, the Connect button changes to an Edit button and two new fields appear Enable Account For and Enable Reporting By Org Structure, as shown in the figure below.



    1. Set the Enable Account For dropdown per the table below.

      ValueUsage
      ProvisioningWorkload Manager can deploy jobs using this account.
      ReportingCost Optimizer and Workload Manager will track cloud costs for this account. Typical usage: master cloud accounts which are used for billing aggregation.
      Provisioning, ReportingDefault. Account is used for both provisioning and reporting.
    2. For AWS and Google clouds only: Set the Enable Reporting By Org Structure toggle to On to cause Cost Optimizer to import the cost hierarchy created in the cloud provider portal. This saves the time of manually creating a comparable cost hierarchy within Cost Optimizer. See Cost Groups Configuration for more information on cost hierarchies in Cost Optimizer.

  6. Click the Save button when done.

After you add cloud accounts, they will appear in the Cloud Accounts list in the Accounts tab for the cloud as shown in the figure below.

The cloud account list contains columns for data you entered into the Add Cloud Account dialog box: Account Name, Description, Enabled For; and two additional columns: Billing Units and Actions. The third column, Billing Units, is dual function. If the cloud account contains only one billing unit, the ID for that billing unit is displayed. If the cloud account contains multiple billing units, such as an AWS master account, the number of billing units in that account is displayed followed by the text "Billing Units". 

A billing unit is the most granular level of cloud cost recording in CloudCenter Suite. The definition of billing unit varies by cloud provider as shown in the table below.

Cloud ProviderBilling Unit
AWSAccount ID
AzureRMSubscription ID
GoogleProject ID
vCenterCloud Group Prefix - Datacenter Name
OpenStackProject ID
KubernetesNamespace UID

The last column, Actions, contains links to let you edit or deleted the cloud account, or manage instance types for the cloud account.


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