Creating compute resource pools

You must add compute resources to an administrator-created compute resource pool before the resources can be used in the cloud. This topic describes how to create a compute resource pool and how to add compute resources to an existing compute resource pool. It contains the following sections:

Resource pool requirements

When creating a compute resource pool, you can either create an empty compute resource pool and add resources to it later, or you can add previously onboarded resources to the pool.

A compute resource pool can contain only:

  • Resources of the same type
  • Resources from the same pod
  • Resources from the same provider

For information about compute resource pools, see Compute resources and compute resource pools overview.

To create a compute resource pool

  1. From the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management Administration Console, click the vertical Workspaces menu on the left side of the window and select Resources.
  2. Under Quick Links on the left, click Compute Pools under the Compute section. The list of current compute resource pools is displayed.
  3. Click the Create Compute Pool icon . The Create Compute Pool dialog box is displayed.
  4. Type a name for this pool.
  5. Type a useful description. Descriptions can help you distinguish pools from each other and can help you find a pool by using Search.
  6. If needed, create or select tags, as described in Creating tag groups and tags.
  7. From the Pod menu, select the network pod to which this pool will belong.
  8. From the Resource Type menu, select the type of resources that this pool will contain:


    If you would like to place VMs on DRS-enabled clusters, make sure to set up Compute Pools of VirtualClusters. If you would like to place VMs on non-DRS clusters, make sure to setup your Compute Pools of VirtualHosts or VirtualResourcePools.

    • Virtual Cluster—You must also pick the Vendor and HW Architecture of the cluster. 

    • Physical Server—You must also pick the HW Architecture of the server. 

    • Virtual Resource Pool—You must also pick the Vendor and HW Architecture of the virtual resource pool. 

    • Virtual Host—You must also pick the Vendor and HW Architecture of the virtual host. 

    • Virtual Disk Repository—You must also pick the Vendor of the virtual disk repository. 

  9. From the Provider Type menu, select the provider for this pool. 

  10. From the Vendor menu, select the vendor for the compute resources in this pool. 

  11. From the Hardware Architecture menu, select the architecture type for the compute resources in this pool. 

  12. Click Next.
    The Create Compute Pool Resources dialog box is displayed.

    • Availability column—This column is displayed for the Virtual Resource, Virtual Host, and Virtual Disk Repository resource types. A value of Available indicates that the virtual resource can be used as an active resource in the compute pool. Items displayed as Unavailable have been marked for deletion and should not be included as a compute resource for the pool. 

    • Type column—This column is displayed for the Virtual Disk Repository resource type. If you are adding a compute pool with a Virtual Disk Repository resource type, you will also see a Type column on this dialog box. If the resource is a VMware datastore cluster, you will see the following format in the Type column: Cluster:<fileType>. For example, a VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) data store cluster would be displayed in the Type column as Cluster: VMFS

  13. Click Save to create an empty pool or continue with the following steps to add resources to the pool. 

  14. Find the resources that you want to add. 

    • You can page through a long list by clicking the Page button

    • You can search for resources by entering a search string in the Search box and clicking the search icon

  15. Select one or more resources and click the Add button to move them to the Selected Resources table. You can also drag and drop resources from the Available Resources table to the Selected Resources table. 

  16. Click Save.

The compute pool is created, and, if you added resources, they are added to the pool and are now available for cloud services. You can add more compute resources to the compute pool if necessary.

After adding resources to a pool, continue with Mapping resource pools to network containers.

To add compute resources to an existing compute resource pool

  1. From the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management Administration Console, click the vertical Workspaces menu at left and select Resources.
  2. Under Quick Links on the left, click Compute Pools under the Compute section.
  3. Select the pool to which want to add compute resources, and click Edit .
    The Edit Compute Pool dialog box is displayed.


    The Pod, Resource Type, and Provider Type cannot be changed.

    The columns displayed vary depending on the type of resource. For example, a Virtual Resource, Virtual Host, or Virtual Disk Repository resource type would show the Availability and Type columns. The Virtual Resource and Virtual Host resource types would not include the Availability column.

  4. In the Search box under Resources, enter a search string to search for resources or leave it blank to search for all resources that match the pool's PodProvider Type, and Resource Type.
  5. Click the Search icon
    The matching resources are displayed in the Available Resources table.
  6. Select one or more resources and click Add to add the resources to the compute resource pool.
  7. Click Save.

The resources are added to the compute resources pool and are available for use.

Pending activities

When background activity is required from a command issued in the user interface, the Pending Activity section opens to display the progress and status of the background activity. You can:

  • Remove a completed activity record from the Pending Activity table by selecting the record and clicking the Delete Activity icon .
  • Get detailed error information about a failed activity by selecting the record and clicking the Advanced Error Information icon .
  • Display the Audit Trail workspace by clicking the Audit Trail icon .
  • Click the Refresh icon in the Pending Activity section to refresh the table.

For information on purging, archiving, and managing pending activities, see Managing pending activity records.

After the activity is marked as complete, you can click the Refresh icon  in the upper-right corner of the window to refresh the list of Compute Pools.

Related BMC Communities videos

See the following BMC Communities video series for information about working with datastore clusters.

 Datastore Cluster Datastore Cluster and Compute Pool Configuration (Part 1 of 3) (4:19):

 Datastore Cluster Blueprint Configuration and SOI Request (Part 2 of 3) (5:11):

 How to troubleshoot Datastore Cluster issues (Part 3 of 3) (5:05):

Related topics

Onboarding and offboarding compute resources
Listing onboarded compute resources

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