vCloud Automation Center (vCAC): Endpoints
As I have pointed out before vCAC allows you to pool resources, both private and public, into a central location for your users to consume. The product obviously also gives you the ability to choose who has access to what resources and what they can consume. Today, I would like to talk about how to add Endpoints in vCAC.
So what is an Endpoint? In vCAC Endpoints are connections into management components that have sets of resources you want to make available for management or consumption by end users. They could be a vCenter, UCS Manager, Dell iDracs, HP iLO, Hyper-V (SCVMM), vCloud, vCO, etc. For example, a vCenter Endpoint would collect data from vCenter about its Host Clusters. With A vCloud Endpoint it would collect data on its ORG vDCs. Now that you know what an Endpoint is in vCAC on to how to configure one. I want to note that most Endpoint are assoicated with a Proxy Agent that actually collects the data. The Endpoint is more of a object that has the associated credentials to connect to the resource.
Browse to the URL of the vCAC server normally in the format of https://FQD/dcac. This will present you with the welcome screen like below.
Please not that when using vCAC with IEs default settings it does a Single Sign On. So make sure that you are logged in with a user that is a vCAC admin, run IE as another user, or reconfigure IE.
Next browse to vCAC Administrator and then Endpoints on the menu bar:
In the top right corner select New Point and the type of Endpoint. In this example I am going to add a vCenter.
You will then be present with the following screen. You will need the IP Address or DNS name for the Endpoint and credentials for it.
You will need to provide a Name for the Endpoint, the Address and then click in the Credentials field. This will bring up a screen that lists all the credentials for Endpoints that vCAC is aware of.
If the credentials needed are already available select them and click ok, if not click on New Credentials. Let’s assume we need new credentials. When you click on New Credentials you are asked to provide a Name, Description, Username, and Password.
When finished entering in your new credentials click the green check mark and then ok. You will notice a section below Credentials called Customer Properties. I am not going to get into the details around their use in this post because I am not really sure of a good case for using them with Endpoints. But I will go more detail around Custom Properties in a future posts related to Blueprints and Build Profiles. Click the OK button at the bottom of the New Endpoint Screen.
Now that the Endpoint has been added vCAC will launch a Data Collection. This will allow vCAC to gather information about the Host Cluster within the vCenter and the associated Compute resources. To view the Compute Resources, mouse over the arrow to the right of the Endpoint name and select View Compute Resources.
You will then be taken to a screen that shows all the Compute Resources available from that Endpoint, along with information as to how much compute is available from each.
You have now created an Endpoint in vCAC and have resources available to apply Reservations and Reservation Policies too. I will cover these in future posts.
i want to note that there is a vSphere Endpoint that is installed on the seperate box that acutally gathers the info and populates its in vCAC. I will follow up with another post on how to install these agents and add them to vCAC.