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A Reservation Target is a system that contains resources such as CPU, Memory, and Storage. They can also contain reservation items such as Virtual Machines in a VMware vSphere cluster. You can evaluate the status of Reservation Targets (and its resources), and subsequently plan Onboarding events to allocate additional resources as required.

The following sections provide descriptions for the fields displayed:

Viewing Reservation Targets

Click Reservations > Reservation Targets to view the Reservation Targets table, which lists all Reservation Targets that are aggregated to one or more Capacity Pools.

For Resource Comparison Method, select Allocation to view values that include reservations or select Utilization field to display the current values.

FieldDescription
Resource consumption level

Indicates the resource consumption level in comparison to the threshold. Possible values are below, above, and critical.

IndicatorStatus
Reservation Target resource consumption is below threshold
Reservation Target resource consumption exceeds error threshold
Reservation Target resource consumption exceeds warning threshold
NameName of the Reservation Target.
TechThe virtualization technology used by the Reservation Target.
Capacity PoolName of the capacity pool(s) to which you added the Reservation Target.
#vCPU
Number of vCPUs available on the Reservation Target.
Powered ON VMs
Number of Virtual Machines that are powered on and available on the Reservation Target.
Spare VMs
Number of Spare Virtual Machines available on the Reservation Target.
Forecasted Spare VMsDisplays the number of spare VMs that will be available over the predefined period of time.
P1 label - Specified in Settings
Displays the availability of the forecasted spare Virtual Machines after a specific number of hours/days/months. For more information on setting this period, see Settings.
P2 label - Specified in Settings

Displays the availability of the forecasted spare Virtual Machines after a specified number of hours/days/months. For more information on setting this period, see Settings.

Limit resourceName of the resource that is used to limit the usage.
#Committed ReservationsNumber of reservations that have been committed.
Spare VM basisCustom or Typical is displayed. An average VM for cluster based on the past 30 days is used for Typical, whereas Custom indicates that custom VM data (Average utilization of CPU, Memory, and Datastore ) is specified. To edit the value that has been set, click the value displayed in this column.

Viewing details for a Reservation Target

Click the name of the Reservation Target to view details.

The Type of virtualization technology used by the Reservation Target and Tags added to the Reservation Target are displayed on top.

Tags that are relevant to the Reservation Target type are added by default. Click to add custom tags to the Reservation Target, these tags can be used during Reservation placement.

For Resource Comparison Method, select Allocation to view values that include reservations or select Utilization field to display the current values.

The first table on the screen displays the details for the Current Resources and Virtual Machines.

FieldDescription
Current Resources
CPU AllocationDisplays the current CPU allocation (in %), and the forecasted saturation (if available).
Memory AllocationDisplays the current memory allocation (in %), and the forecasted saturation (if available).
Storage AllocationDisplays the current storage allocation (in %), and the forecasted saturation (if available).
Note: If a value is not available for any of the Current Resources, click the message displayed after the warning icon () to manually set the value.
Virtual Machines
Powered ON VMsNumber of Virtual Machines that are powered on and available on the Reservation Target.
Spare VMsNumber of Spare Virtual Machines available on the Reservation Target.
Forecasted Spare VMs (P1)Displays the availability of the forecasted spare Virtual Machines after a specific number of hours/days/months. For more information on setting this period, see Settings.
Forecasted Spare VMs (P2)Displays the availability of the forecasted spare Virtual Machines after a specific number of hours/days/months. For more information on setting this period, see Settings.

If you select Allocation, the Current Resources bars are populated only if there are reservations that are in the realized status. For more information, see the following table:

Reservations in Committed statusReservations in Realized status

The Current Resources bars are not populated because the resources are not allocated.

The Current Resources bars are populated based on the resources planned for the reservation.

 

The charts show the reserved capacity of the reservation target, that is, the resources that are supposed to be allocated from the start date to the end date of the allocation, after it change status from Committed to Realized.

 

The charts show the allocated capacity, and not the reserved capacity.

Viewing the committed Reservations

The Committed Reservations section lists the reservations committed for the selected Reservation Target.

FieldDescription
Icon

Displays the feasibility or status of the corresponding Reservation.

IndicatorStatusDescription
Reservation newly created or already released/expired.The Reservation has been newly created and the feasibility has not been calculated OR the Reservation has already released or expired.
At least a quota is exceeded by the associated tenant OR Realization mode is manual. Start date is passed but Reservation still not placed.The realization mode for the newly created Reservation is set to manual and the start date has passed without the Reservation being placed.
The Reservation is feasible.The Reservation has been evaluated based on the Reservation Targets and is considered as feasible.

The reservation will be infeasible because the capacity of the reservation target where the reservation items has been placed will be exhausted.

The Reservation has been evaluated and is considered infeasible because the capacity of the Reservation Target will be exhausted by this Reservation.

The reservation will be infeasible because another reservation will exhaust the capacity of the reservation target where the reservation items will be placed OR

This Reservation will be infeasible because another Reservation will exhaust capacity of the Reservation Target - Realization mode is manual. Start date is passed but Reservation still not realized.

The Reservation has been evaluated and is considered infeasible because the capacity of the Reservation Target will be exhausted by an existing Reservation. OR

The realization mode of the newly created Reservation is set to manual and the start date has pass without the Reservation being realized. Also, the Reservation has been evaluated and is considered infeasible because the capacity of the Reservation Target will be exhausted by an existing Reservation.

The reservation will be infeasible because a reservation target is no longer valid or The associated tenant is no longer a child of root domain.The Reservation has been evaluated and is considered infeasible because the assigned Reservation Target is no longer in the system.
NameThe custom name entered for the Reservation.
IdA unique ID generated by the system for each Reservation.
External IdThe ID assigned while creating the Reservation.
PriorityThe priority assigned to the Reservation.
Start dateThe date from which the Reservation is applicable.
End dateThe date after which the Reservation will release/expire.
TenantThe name of the tenant to which the Reservation is associated. This column is available only if the Tenants feature has been enabled. For more information, see Tenants.
Capacity PoolThe capacity pool used by the Reservation. The cell is blank if a Capacity Pool was not selected while creating the Reservation.
RequirementsDisplays various requirements, such as number of Virtual CPUs, CPU (speed/core fractions), Memory, and Disk space.
Status

Displays the status for each Reservation:

Accepted: The Reservation was accepted as valid, but it is not assigned to any Reservation Target.

Pending: The user has defined target Reservation Targets. The confirmation of available resources and assignment on target Reservation Targets is still pending.

Evaluating Commit: The Reservation Target have been selected, and the Auto Forecasting Service (AFS) is evaluating resource impact of this Reservation.

Committed: The Reservation Target were selected and the Reservation is now confirmed.

Realized: The provision date of a Reservation has elapsed, but the decommission date has not been reached.

Expired: The decommission date of the Reservation has elapsed, or the provision date has elapsed, and the decommission date was not set.

Declined: The Reservation request is declined. The Reservation exists, but is ignored by the Auto Forecasting Service (AFS).

Viewing and adding Onboardings

The Onboardings section lists the Onboarding and Offboarding events for the selected Reservation Target.

Adding an Onboarding event

Follow the steps given below to add an onboarding event.

  1. Click (plus) Add Onboarding to add an onboarding event.
  2. Type a Name and Description for the Onboarding event.
  3. Select an Onboarding date. The effective date from which the capacity will be onboarded to the Reservation Target OR a hypothetical Reservation Target will be added to a Capacity Pool.
  4. Select an Offboarding date. The date on which the capacity will be offboarded from the Reservation Target OR the hypothetical Reservation Target will be removed from a Capacity Pool.
  5. Select the Realization mode to be used for the onboarding event. This value overrides the value specified in the Settings tab.
    • Automatic - The onboarding event event will be automatically realized on the selected date.
    • Manual - The onboarding event has to be manually realized and expired. You must click  for a Reservation from the Reservations (Managing) screen, and then click Realize to actuate the onboarding event. After an onboarding event is realized, click Expire to end it.
  6. From Select Onboarding type, select one of the following:
    1. If you select Add capacity to a Reservation Target, you can select a Reservation Target. You must then select onboarding resources using system template instances or custom resources.
    2. If you select Add a hypothetical Reservation Target to a Capacity Pool, you can select a Capacity Pool. You must then select onboarding resources using system template instances or custom resources.
  7. From Add onboarding resources, select one of the following:
    1. If you select Use existing templates, you must select an existing template from the Onboard resource instances list. Select this option to use the resources instances available in the existing templates, the content depends on the type of Reservation Target.  For example, you can plan onboarding of a new host on a cluster or a new hypothetical target inside a pool if your infrastructure is standardized.
    2. If you select Specify custom resources, you can click (plus) Add instance to add instances to the Custom resource instances list. Select this option to specify a custom resource to be onboarded without creating a system template in the Workspace section. For example, you can plan onboarding of additional resources such as Memory on an existing Reservation Target.

      You can view and edit the following details:

      Column
      Description
      InstancesThe number of instances for each resource that you want to reserve.
      NameName of the resource that will be used for Onboarding.
      Resources
      Number of CPUs, CPU (speed/core fractions), CPU Entitlement, Memory, and Disk space available for the corresponding resource.
      OSThe operating system used by the resource. (This column is available when using an existing template only)
      TechThe virtualization technology used by the resource. (This column is available when using an existing template only)

Adding an Offboarding event

Follow the steps given below to add an offboarding event.

  1. Click (plus) Add Offboarding to add an Offboarding event.
  2. Type a Name and Description for the Offboarding event.
  3. Select an Offboarding date. The date on which the capacity will be offboarded from the Reservation Target OR the hypothetical Reservation Target will be removed from a Capacity Pool.
  4. Select the Realization mode:
    1. Automatic - The offboarding event will be automatically realized on the selected date.
    2. Manual - The offboarding event has to be manually realized and expired.
  5. From Remove capacity from a Reservation Target, select a Reservation Target that you want to remove from the Capacity Pool.
  6. Select one of the options to remove offboarding resources from a Reservation Target:
    1. Use existing templates -  Templates can be used to plan removing resources. For example, you can use existing templates to remove a host from a cluster. You can specify custom resources as well for this purpose. However, templates are easier to use if your infrastructure is standardized.
    2. Specify custom resources - Custom resources can be used to plan removing resources, for example, 2Gb of ram from an existing target.

Viewing charts for a Reservation Target

The charts are used to display the forecasted capacity for the Reservation Target. They also depict the list of all Reservations and Onboardings targeted on the Reservation Target.

ViewClickTo
Reservation Target detailsMaximize and view the chart
Chart / Data TableToggle between the views.

Click the last button to restore the chart size.
ChartZoom in
ChartZoom out
ChartView/Hide chart tooltips
Data TableView the available export options
Data TableExport data table to Excel
Data TableExport data table to CSV

Various charts are available for each Reservation Target. The following table displays the data displayed for each chart.

Charts →

CPU Utilization in MHz

Number of powered on
Virtual CPUs

Consumed Memory

Used Disk Space

Data plottedTimestampTimestampTimestampTimestamp
Allocation (MHz)Allocation (MHz)Allocation (GB)Allocation (GB)
Reserved Capacity (MHz)Reserved Capacity (MHz)Reserved Capacity (B)Reserved Capacity (B)
Total Capacity (GHz)Total Capacity (GHz)Total Capacity (GB)Total Capacity (GB)
 Warning Threshold (GB)Warning Threshold (GB) 
 Good Threshold (GB)Good Threshold (GB)Good Threshold (GB)

Viewing details for a Capacity Pool

Click the name of the Capacity Pool to view details. For more information, see Viewing the details for a Capacity Pool.