Consolidated list of configuration settings for vCenter provisioning

The following sections consolidate all the information you must provide when configuring Quick Start to use VMware vCenter to provision virtual machines. You may want to review this list before you start using Quick Start.

Connector Settings

When defining a connector, provide the following information.

Connection information for BMC Server Automation

Option

Description

vCenter Web Service Protocol

Select http or https. BMC recommends https.

vCenter Hostname

Fully qualified name or IP address of the vCenter server.

vCenter Web Service Port

Port number for the web service interface to the VMware vCenter. The port number can be any value between 1 and 9999. 443 is typical.

User Name

User name of an administrator for the vCenter server who can access BMC Server Automation. Providing user credentials allows Quick Start to instruct BMC Server Automation to perform certain actions. The user you identify must have a set of minimum privileges on the vCenter server.

Password

Password for the administrator of the vCenter server who can access BMC Server Automation.

Confirm PasswordRe-type the password.

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Credentials required for networks

Option

Description

Data Center Location

Select the location of the datacenter. For new installations, you must enter the data center location rather than selecting an option from a list.

Network Switch Type

Select the types of switches included in the network you are defining. The page displays different options depending on the type of switch you select.

  • vSwitch/dvSwitch—Virtual or distributed virtual switch.
  • Nexus 1000V—Cisco Nexus 1000V switch
  • Both—Network includes both a virtual or distributed virtual switch and a Cisco Nexus 1000V switch.

User Name

Name of the vCenter server administrator who can access BMC Network Automation, which creates network pods. This option only appears if you have set Network Switch Type to vSwitch/dvSwitch or Both.

Password

Password for the BMC Network Automation administrative user.

Confirm PasswordRe-type the password for the BMC Network Automation administrative user.
Nexus 1000V User NameName of a user who can view and modify Cisco Nexus 1000V switches. This option only appears if you have set Network Switch Type to Nexus 1000V or Both.
Nexus 1000V PasswordPassword for the Cisco Nexus 1000V user.
Confirm PasswordRe-type the password for the Cisco Nexus 1000V user.

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Network information at the pod level

Option

Description

Port Group

The port group that aggregates the ports available to the network you are provisioning.

Management

A flag indicating whether the network is used for management purposes.

CustomerA flag indicating the network is used for customer purposes. 

Network Alias

An identifying name for the network. Select from the list of typical aliases or enter your own name.

Gateway

Address of the IP router that is used to forward traffic to destinations outside of the local network. For example, 10.0.0.1.

Network

The IP address for this network. Available addresses within the network address can be further specified using the subnet value. For example, 10.0.0.0.

Subnet Mask

A range of IP addresses that are available to the network address. For example, 255.255.255.0.

If you want to exclude IP addresses from a network, you must also know those addresses.

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Environment settings

When defining an environment, provide the following information.

Environment information

Option

Description

Environment Name

Name to assign to the vCenter environment. Quick Start uses the environment name when it creates a network container and a tag in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management.

Description

Description of the vCenter environment.

vCenter Server

The vCenter server that is specified for the vCenter connector.

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Data store and compute pool information

Determine the data stores to include in the environment's disk repository pool. 

Also determine the clusters and resource pools managed by the VMware Distribute Resource Scheduler (DRS) to include in your environment's compute pool.

Network information at the network container level

Option

Description

Port Group

The port group that aggregates the ports available to the network you are provisioning.

Management

A flag indicating whether the network is used for management purposes. If you do not specify a network at the pod level and you only specify one network at the environment level, you must indicate that the network be used for both management and customer purposes.

CustomerA flag indicating the network is used for customer purposes. If you do not specify a network at the pod level and you only specify one network at the environment level, you must indicate that the network be used for both management and customer purposes.
Network Alias

An identifying name for a network created in BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management. Choose from the list of typical aliases or enter your own name. The alias is also used for generating a tag.

For pod-level networks, identified while connecting to a vCenter, you can modify the Network Alias.

Gateway

Address of the IP router that is used to forward traffic to destinations outside of the local network. For example, 10.0.0.1.

Network

IP address for this network. Available addresses within the network address can be further specified using the subnet value. For example, 10.0.0.0.

Subnet

A range of IP addresses that are available to the network address. For example, 255.255.255.0.

If you want to exclude IP addresses from a network, you must also know those addresses.

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Service settings

When defining offerings that users can choose in a service catalog, provide the following information:

VM template information

Option

Description

Service Name

Name of the service you want to offer in the service catalog.

Service Description

Descriptive text for the service.

vCenter Server

The vCenter server identified when you establish a vCenter connector.

VM Template

A VM template chosen from the list of VM templates available to the vCenter server.

Note

Starting with BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management 4.5 patch 1 and later, if the VMs in the VM templates are configured to connect to a vApp network, BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management creates the blueprints with VM NICs tagged with the corresponding vApp network. When you provision a new SOI with this blueprint, the vApp is created with VMs connected to the vApp network.

OS Key

The key to the operating system license you are using, including all hyphens in the key. This license is only required when provisioning Windows VMs.

Admin Password

A phrase that will be configured as the administrator's password on the virtual machine.

Confirm PasswordRe-type the password for the administrator.

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VM characteristics

Option

Description

CPU Count

Select the number of CPUs for the VM being provisioned.

Memory (MB)

Select the amount of memory, in megabytes, that is available to the VM being provisioned.

Price

(Optional) Enter the amount a user is charged for use of a virtual machine for a specified period of time. For example, 20 dollars per month.

Currency

Select the type of currency, such as U.S. dollars (USD).

Period

Select the length of time for which a user is charged for use of a virtual machine.

Include CPU & Memory OptionsIndicates the service offering will include out-of-the-box options that allow the end user to specify the CPU count and memory.

Network interface card information

Option

Description

Network Alias

Identifying name for the network to which this NIC connects. Choices are derived from network aliases specified while connecting to a vCenter (that is, defining a connector) and defining networks for the environment.

Address Pool

Select one of the following options. You must designate at least one NIC for management purposes.

  • Static — An IP address for the NIC is based on the network, subnet, and excluded address information provided while connecting to a vCenter and defining networks for the environment.
  • DHCP — An IP address for the NIC is automatically obtained from a DHCP server each time the virtual machine boots up.

Management Network

A flag indicating whether the network is used for management purposes. At least one management network is required.

Tenant settings

Option

Description

Name

Name of the tenant.

Location

Location of the tenant.

This location does not have to be the same as the location of a vCenter server you specify when creating a vCenter connector.

Environment Entitlement

Associates the tenant with an environment.

Offering Entitlement

Identifies the service offerings to which the tenant is entitled. For each offering you select, you must ensure that the associated environment (specified with the Environment Entitlement option) is also selected.

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Tenant user settings

Option

Description

First Name

User's first name.

Last Name

User's last name.

Login Name

User's logon ID

Password

User's password.

Confirm PasswordRetype the user's password.

Role

One of the following user roles:

  • Cloud Admin—Manage the full life cycle of the cloud environment, including its initial planning, deployment, and configuration, and its continued administration, operation, and maintenance.
  • Org Admin—Manage a subset of the cloud to perform tasks such as monitoring usage, administering virtual firewalls, and maintaining virtual load balancers.
  • End User—Request services, such as the deployment of virtual machines (VMs), through the BMC My Cloud Services Console.

Tenant Company

Tenant that is associated with this user.

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