VM Lifecycle Policy for VMware

Use this wizard to create a VM Lifecycle Policy for VMware virtual machines.

Enter the Policy Name and Description

Policy Name

Use this box to enter a name for the VM Lifecycle Policy.

Description

Use this box to enter a description of the VM Lifecycle Policy.

Advanced Policy Features

Opens the Advanced Policy Features dialog box.

Maximum Allowed Virtual Machines Per User

Select this option to specify the maximum number of virtual machines each user is allowed to own at one time.

Decommission VM after

Select this option to specify the number of days between the time virtual machines exist before they are deleted permanently.

Associated Client Group

Select this option to specify the client group that can use this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Select the vCenter and Datacenter

vCenter

Specifies the vCenter where end users will create their virtual machines.

Datacenter

Specifies the datacenter where end users will create their virtual machines.

Update vCenter and datacenter Information

Refreshes vCenter and datacenter information on the Virtualization client.

Select ESX Servers

The options on this page allow you to specify which ESX servers end users can use to create virtual machines.

Select All

Makes all ESX servers available for virtual machines.

Available

Lists all ESX servers that can be selected for use in this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Selected

Lists all ESX servers that can be used with this VM Lifecycle Policy

Add

Moves the ESX servers selected in the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove

Moves the ESX server selected in the Selected list to the Available list.

Add All

Moves all ESX servers from the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove All

Moves all ESX servers from the Selected list to the Available list.

Select Datastores

The options on this page allow you to specify which datastores end users can use to create virtual machines.

Select All

Makes all datastores available for virtual machines.

Available

Lists all datastores that can be selected for use in this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Selected

Lists all datastores that can be used with this VM Lifecycle Policy

Add

Moves the datastores selected in the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove

Moves the datastores selected in the Selected list to the Available list.

Add All

Moves all datastores from the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove All

Moves all datastores from the Selected list to the Available list.

Select Templates

This page allows you to specify which software templates end users can use to create virtual machines.

Select All

Makes all software templates available for virtual machines.

Available

Lists all software templates that can be selected for use in this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Selected

Lists all software templates that can be used with this VM Lifecycle Policy

Add

Moves the software templates selected in the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove

Moves the software templates selected in the Selected list to the Available list.

Add All

Moves all software templates from the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove All

Moves all software templates from the Selected list to the Available list.

Enter Resources

# of CPUs

Allows you to specify settings for the CPUs used in virtual machines created with this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Min

Specifies the minimum number of CPUs required to create a virtual machine.

Max

Specifies the maximum number of CPUs that can be used to create a virtual machine.

Cost ($/Core)

Specifies the number of dollars to be charged per CPU.

Memory (GB)

Allows you to specify Memory settings used in virtual machines created with this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Min

Specifies the minimum amount of memory required to create a virtual machine.

Max

Specifies the maximum amount of memory that can be used to create a virtual machine.

Cost ($/GB)

Specifies the number of dollars to be charged for each gigabyte of memory.

# of NICs

Allows you to specify settings for Network Interface Cards used for virtual machines created with this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Min

Specifies the minimum number of NICs required to create a virtual machine.

Max

Specifies the maximum number of NICs you can use to create a virtual machine.

Network Names

Available

Lists all network names that can be selected for use in this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Selected

Lists all network names that can be used with this VM Lifecycle Policy

Add

Moves the network names selected in the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove

Moves the network names selected in the Selected list to the Available list.

Add All

Moves all network names from the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove All

Moves all network names from the Selected list to the Available list.

Enter Storage Information

Disk Type

Allows you to specify the disk type, either Thin or Thick, that can be used in virtual machines created with this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Number of Disks

Allows you to specify the maximum number of disks that can be used to create a virtual machine with this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Disk Space (GB)

Allows you to specify settings for disk space used in the virtual machines.

Min

Specifies the minimum amount of disk space that must be used to create a virtual machine.

Max

Specifies the maximum amount of disk space that can be used to create a virtual machine.

Cost ($/GB)

Specifies the number of dollars to charge for each gigabyte.

Number of SnapShots

Specifies the maximum number of snapshot backups allowed for the virtual machine.

Enter the Naming Pattern for VMs

VM Naming Pattern

Allows you to specify a naming pattern for all virtual machines created with this VM Lifecycle policy. You can use the asterisk (*) to require at least one additional character in each virtual machine name.

For example, the default value, VM*Eng, requires each virtual machine name to contain at least one additional character following the text, VM, and before the text, Eng. Therefore, users could give names to their virtual machines such as VMBobEng or VMJane1Eng. However, you could also use the asterisk at the end of a character string so that all virtual machine names begin with the same string of characters. For example if you enter SalesEast*, all virtual machines created with this policy will begin with the text, SalesEast, such as SalesEastBob.

Select User Membership

Use this page to specify to users or user groups who have access to this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Available

Lists all users or user groups that can be selected for use in this VM Lifecycle Policy.

Selected

Lists all users or user groups that can be used with this VM Lifecycle Policy

Add

Moves the users or user groups selected in the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove

Moves the users or user groups selected in the Selected list to the Available list.

Add All

Moves all users or user groups from the Available list to the Selected list.

Remove All

Moves all users or user groups from the Selected list to the Available list.

Summary

This page lists all of the options that you selected and configured for the VM Lifecycle Policy. You can review all of your settings on this page, and then return to a specific page to change anything, or click Finish to create the VM Lifecycle Policy.