VMware Hands-on Labs - HOL-1806-03-CMP


Lab Overview - HOL-1806-03-CMP - vRealize Business for Cloud - Getting Started

Lab Guidance


Note: It will take more than 90 minutes to complete this lab. You should expect to only finish 2-3 of the modules during your time.  The modules are independent of each other so you can start at the beginning of any module and proceed from there. You can use the Table of Contents to access any module of your choosing.

The Table of Contents can be accessed in the upper right-hand corner of the Lab Manual.

vRealize Business for Cloud is a cloud planning, budgeting, and cost visibility tool that helps make decisions across enterprise IT data centers. It provides a single pane of management for both private cloud or public cloud infrastructure. In this introductory lab, you will explore some of the many use cases vRealize Business for Cloud can address.

Lab Module List:

Lab Captain:

Matthew DiCapua, Staff Systems Engineer, USA

This lab manual can be downloaded from the Hands-on Labs Document site found here:

http://docs.hol.vmware.com 

This lab may be available in other languages.  To set your language preference and have a localized manual deployed with your lab, you may utilize this document to help guide you through the process:

http://docs.hol.vmware.com/announcements/nee-default-language.pdf


 

Location of the Main Console

 

  1. The area in the RED box contains the Main Console.  The Lab Manual is on the tab to the Right of the Main Console.
  2. A particular lab may have additional consoles found on separate tabs in the upper left. You will be directed to open another specific console if needed.
  3. Your lab starts with 90 minutes on the timer.  The lab can not be saved.  All your work must be done during the lab session.  But you can click the EXTEND to increase your time.  If you are at a VMware event, you can extend your lab time twice, for up to 30 minutes.  Each click gives you an additional 15 minutes.  Outside of VMware events, you can extend your lab time up to 9 hours and 30 minutes. Each click gives you an additional hour.

 

 

Alternate Methods of Keyboard Data Entry

During this module, you will input text into the Main Console. Besides directly typing it in, there are two very helpful methods of entering data which make it easier to enter complex data.

 

 

Click and Drag Lab Manual Content Into Console Active Window

You can also click and drag text and Command Line Interface (CLI) commands directly from the Lab Manual into the active window in the Main Console.  

 

 

Accessing the Online International Keyboard

 

You can also use the Online International Keyboard found in the Main Console.

  1. Click on the Keyboard Icon found on the Windows Quick Launch Task Bar.

 

 

Click once in active console window

 

In this example, you will use the Online Keyboard to enter the "@" sign used in email addresses. The "@" sign is Shift-2 on US keyboard layouts.

  1. Click once in the active console window.
  2. Click on the Shift key.

 

 

Click on the @ key

 

  1. Click on the "@ key".

Notice the @ sign entered in the active console window.

 

 

Activation Prompt or Watermark

 

When you first start your lab, you may notice a watermark on the desktop indicating that Windows is not activated.  

One of the major benefits of virtualization is that virtual machines can be moved and run on any platform.  The Hands-on Labs utilizes this benefit and we are able to run the labs out of multiple datacenters.  However, these datacenters may not have identical processors, which triggers a Microsoft activation check through the Internet.

Rest assured, VMware and the Hands-on Labs are in full compliance with Microsoft licensing requirements.  The lab that you are using is a self-contained pod and does not have full access to the Internet, which is required for Windows to verify the activation.  Without full access to the Internet, this automated process fails and you see this watermark.

This cosmetic issue has no effect on your lab.  

 

 

Look at the lower right portion of the screen

 

Please check to see that your lab is finished all the startup routines and is ready for you to start. If you see anything other than "Ready", please wait a few minutes.  If after 5 minutes your lab has not changed to "Ready", please ask for assistance.

 

Module 1 - Computing the Cost of your Private Cloud (30 Minutes)

Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:

 

NOTE: The prices you see in your environment may differ slightly from the screen shots shown here in the manual.


Overview of Private Cloud Expenses


Expenses are the costs that are incurred in managing a data center. You can input the expenses manually. If you do not input the expense, the values are obtained from the reference database of the vRealize Business for Cloud. After you determine the total expense for your cloud infrastructure, you can allocate these costs to the underlying resources that constitute the services. These resources are CPU, RAM, storage, and operating system (license and labor).

The private cloud expenses are categorized into different types such as Hardware, Storage on Demand, Licensing, Maintenance, Labor, Network, Facilities, and Additional Costs. You can see the total projected expense on your private cloud accounts for the current month and the trend of cost over time. You can modify the expense of your data center. These costs can be in terms of percentage value or unit rate, and might not always be in terms of the overall cost. Based on your inputs, the final amount of expenses is calculated. If you do not provide inputs regarding expenses, the default values are taken from the reference database. You can see the projected cost of private cloud for the current month and the trend of total cost over time. For all the expenses, vRealize Business for Cloud displays the monthly trend of the cost variations, the actual expense and a chart that represents the actual expense and the reference cost of the expense.

Expense Types:


Editing Private Cloud Expenses - Licensing


You can manually edit monthly cost of all the eight expense types from the current month onwards.

The configuration used for cost drivers determines how vRealize Business for Cloud calculates and displays the cost.


 

Open Browser

 

1. Open the Google Chrome Browser on the Desktop

 

 

Log In to vRealize Automation

 

  1. Log in to vRealize Automation portal as cloudadmin
  2. Enter the VMware1! password
  3. Click Sign In

 

 

Navigate to Business Management

 

  1. Click on the Business Management tab.

 

 

Edit the Expenses for Private Cloud

 

  1. Expand Expenses
  2. Select Private Cloud (vSphere)
  3. Click Edit Expenses

 

 

Navigate to Licensing

 

  1. Select the Licensing tab

You can see the following information about the licensing cost

  1. Name: Displays the category of the operating system. If the operating system is not Windows or Linux, vRealize Business for Cloud categorizes the operating system under Other Operating Systems.
  2. VMs: Displays the number of virtual machines that are running on the specific operating system.
  3. Sockets: Displays the number of sockets on which the specific operating system is running.
  4. Charged by: Displays whether cost is charged by socket or ELA.
  5. Total Cost: Displays the total cost of the specific operating system.
  6. Reference Cost: Displays the reference cost as defined in the vRealize Business for Cloud reference database

 

 

Edit the Windows Server Monthly Licensing Costs

 

  1. Note the Total Cost of Windows Licensing is $162 based on 18 sockets at $9 each
  2. Click the Edit icon on the Windows Server line to edit the monthly cost of the operating systems

 

 

Modify the Licensing Cost for Windows Server

 

  1. Select the monthly cost of a operating system per socket
  2. Modify the cost value to $25
  3. Click Save

 

 

Refresh the Page

 

After a few seconds, you will see a message appear requesting for global synchronization to update the new pricing

  1. Click Yes to refresh the page

 

 

View the Updated Licensing Cost for Windows Server

 

  1. Click back on to the licensing tab
  2. Notice that the Monthly Licensing Costs for Windows Server has changed to $450 based on 18 sockets at the new price of $25 each

 

Editing Private Cloud Expenses - Additional Costs


You can manually edit monthly cost of all the eight expense types from the current month onwards. In this lesson you will edit additional costs.

The configuration used for cost drivers determines how vRealize Business for Cloud calculates and displays the cost.


 

Edit the Private Cloud Expenses

 

  1. Expand Expenses
  2. Select Private Cloud (vSphere)
  3. Click Edit Expenses

 

 

Navigate to Additional Costs

 

  1. Select the Additional Costs tab
  2. Click the plus button to add a monthly cost for an expense that is not calculated in any other expense type.

 

 

Add Disaster Recovery Monthly Cost

 

  1. Let's add an additional monthly cost for Disaster Recovery by entering it into the Cost Type field
  2. Leave the default setting of Global for the Data Center Field
  3. Enter $25 in the Monthly Cost field for our Disaster Recovery expenses.
  4. Click the Save button to save changes

 

 

Refresh the Cost Data

 

You will see a message appear requesting for global synchronization to update the new pricing (it may take a few seconds after you clicked "Save" for this dialog to appear).

  1. Click Yes to refresh the page

 

 

View the Updated Disaster Recovery Monthly Cost

 

  1. Click back on to the Additional Costs tab
  2. Notice that a monthly cost for Disaster Recovery has been added to the Additional Costs field

 

Conclusion


Congratulations on completing  Module 1.

Proceed to any module below which interests you most.


 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Module 2 - Viewing Public Cloud Information (30 Minutes)

Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:

 

NOTE: The prices you see in your environment may differ slightly from the screen shots shown here in the manual.


Overview of Amazon Web Services Expenses


The Amazon Web Services Overview page lets you view estimated total monthly expense, expense per account, expense distribution per service and virtual machine summary.

Expense Types:


View Amazon Web Services (AWS) Charges


You can view the details of virtual machines that are hosted on AWS account including service, account cost, price and availability information


 

Open Browser

 

If you are already logged into vRealize Automation from a previous module, you can skip the next couple steps to get logged in and navigate to the Business Management tab.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Browser on the Desktop

 

 

Log In to vRealize Automation

 

  1. Log in to vRealize Automation portal as cloudadmin
  2. Enter the VMware1! password
  3. Click Sign In

 

 

Navigate to Business Management

 

  1. Click on the Business Management tab.

 

 

Overview of Public Cloud (AWS)

 

  1. Expand Expenses
  2. Select Public Cloud (AWS)
  3. Click Overview

The Overview tab shows you expense trending by month, the relative costs of AWS services which are configured AWS endpoint account(s), and your current VM states with average per VM cost.

 

 

View AWS Instances

 

You can find more details about your EC2 instances as well as the costs assocated to each individual instance.

  1. Click Instances
  2. Be sure to click the Clear Filters button at the top of the page to view all data
  3. Click the Instance Name of the Development0004 virtual machine  to see the details of that instance

NOTE: The prices you see in your environment may differ slightly to the screen shots shown here in the manual.

 

 

AWS Instance Details

 

You see all the details of virtual machines that are configured to the AWS accounts. The information includes

1. Header: Displays the instance name, total cost for the current month, state of the instance, and availability zone. You would also see any AWS tags that have been applied to this VM, if there are any (this VM doesn't have any).

2. Widgets: Display the operational details for the instance, such as

 

 

View Total Cost And Operational Statistics of EC2 and EBS Services

 

  1. Click EC2/EBS

This view shows you summary data for your EC2 and EBS services

  1. Header: Displays information such as the total cost of EC2 for the current month, the total number of EC2 instances, and the total number of EBS volumes.
  2. Widgets:

 

Overview of Microsoft Azure Expenses


Microsoft Azure Overview lets you view estimated total monthly expense, expense per account type, expense distribution per service and virtual machine summary.

Expense Types:


View Microsoft Azure Charges



 

View Azure Instances Information

 

  1. Expand Expenses
  2. Select Public Cloud (Azure)
  3. Click Overview

The Overview tab shows you expense trending by month, the relative costs of Azure services which are configured in your Azure endpoint account(s), and your current VM states with average per VM cost.

 

 

View VMs at a Glance

 

You can see more details about the VMs you have running in Azure.

  1. Click the VMs at a Glance widget graph.

 

 

Select Virtual Machine Instance

 

If you don't see any VMs listed when you open this screen, it may be due to having a filter applied.  To remove the filter:

  1. Click the Clear Filters button at the top of the list

The list of Azure running virtual machines shows important details, including:

  1. Account Name and ID
  2. Virtual Machine unique ID
  3. Date it was provisioned
  4. Total Monthly Cost
  5. Virtual Machine name
  6. Click the ubuntu-server-16-04 instance name to see the statistics of that instance

 

 

View Virtual Machine Expenses

 

1. Header: Displays the instance name, total cost for the current month, state of the instance, and region.

2. Widgets: Display the operational details for the instance, such as:

 

 

View Azure Non-EA accounts

 

You can similarily see statistics for Non-EA accounts.

  1. Click Non-EA VM Stats
  2. Header: Displays the total cost for the current month, and the total number of instances.
  3. Widgets:

Cost Summary: Displays the trend of total monthly expense for all Non-EA accounts configured in vRealize Business for Cloud and the expense distribution across instance types, for example, Standard_A1, Basic_A4, Standard_D5_V2, Standard_Nv24 .

Virtual Machine Summary: Displays the operational details, such as:

 

Conclusion


Congratulations on completing  Module 2.

Proceed to any module below which interests you most.


 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Module 3 - Comparing Clouds models in vRealize Business for Cloud (30 Minutes)

Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:

 

NOTE: The prices you see in your environment may differ slightly from the screen shots shown here in the manual.


Compare Cost of New Virtual Machines Across Cloud Providers


You can add new virtual machines to your private cloud and compare its cost with the cost on other public cloud providers. vRealize Business for Cloud calculates and displays the cost of running virtual machines with similar configurations in your private cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, or any other public cloud providers that is added and imported in vRealize Business for Cloud.


 

Open Browser

 

If you are already logged into vRealize Automation from a previous module, you can skip the next couple steps to get logged in and navigate to the Business Management tab.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Browser on the Desktop

 

 

Log In to vRealize Automation

 

  1. Log in to vRealize Automation portal as cloudadmin
  2. Enter the VMware1! password
  3. Click Sign In

 

 

Navigate to Business Management

 

  1. Click on the Business Management tab.

 

 

Navigate to What-If Analysis for Public Cloud

 

  1. Expand What-If Analysis
  2. Select Public Cloud

By default, vRealize Business for Cloud compares the cost of running the default virtual machine group on three providers such as, Private Cloud, AWS and Azure.

 

 

Navigate to Manage Cloud Providers

 

  1. To verify the cost on a different cloud provider, click Manage Cloud Providers

 

 

Choose Public Cloud Providers to Compare

 

You see a list of additional providers, such as Amazon Government, which can be used in place of the defaults for executing the what-if analysis.

  1. Drag and drop the Amazon Government cloud provider for cost comparison
  2. Drag and drop the VMC cloud provider for cost comparison  
  3. Click Done

You can modify the selection of all three cloud providers to see the cost of running the default virtual machine group on the selected data provider and can compare the cost on each selected providers.

 

 

Add a Virtual Machine Group to the Comparison

 

  1. Click the Add VM Group link to add new virtual machines group

 

 

Edit the New Virtual Machine Group

 

  1. Click More in the New Group Box

 

 

 

Make Modifications to the Virtual Machine Group Settings

 

  1. Modify the virtual machine settings, such as changing vCPU(s) count or the RAM (you will need to make some change for the Save button to become enabled)
  2. Click Save

 

 

View Updated Costs

 

  1. The cost of your infrastructure with additional virtual machines is updated for your private cloud and other public cloud providers.  

The costs you see may differ slightly than those shown above, depending on what values you chose when you created the group. If you select more than one virtual machine, vRealize Business for Cloud groups the virtual machines together according to their CPU, RAM, and operating system configurations and shows the number of virtual machines in this group.

 

Compare Cost of Existing Virtual Machines Across Cloud Providers


You can compare the cloud cost by importing virtual machines from your private cloud. vRealize Business for Cloud calculates and displays the cost of running virtual machines with similar configurations in your private cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure, vCloud Hybrid Service, or any other public cloud provider that you had already added and imported in vRealize Business for Cloud.


 

Import Virtual Machines for What-If Analysis

 

  1. Expand What-If Analysis
  2. Select Migration (by default, vRealize Business for Cloud compares the cost of running the default virtual machine group on three providers such as Private Cloud, AWS and Azure)
  3. Click the Import VMs link to browse or search the virtual machine that you want to import

 

 

Select the Virtual Machine(s) to Import

 

Virtual Machines can be located by Browsing existing registered endpoints (in this example, vRealize Automation Business Group), or through direct search of VMs.  You can search for virtual machines based on the name, tag, or folder. Once located and selected, the virtual machine is added into its own group. The corresponding cost details are updated for your private cloud and other public cloud providers.

  1. Select the Development Business Unit
  2. Under Virtual Machines, select dev-002 to compare the migration cost of this particular VM
  3. Click Done

 

 

Navigate to Manage Cloud Providers

 

  1. The selected virtual machine is added into its own group. The corresponding cost details are updated for your private cloud and other public cloud providers.
  2. To verify the cost on a different cloud provider, click Manage Cloud Providers

 

 

Select Cloud Providers for Cost Comparison

 

You see a list of additional providers, such as Amazon Government.

  1. Drag and Drop the providers that you want to select for cost comparison
  2. Click Done

You can modify the selection of all three cloud providers. You can see the cost of running the default virtual machine group on the selected data provider and can compare the cost on each selected providers.

 

Plan Your Procurement


You can add one or more virtual machine groups and verify the cost of running these groups on all data centers that exists in vRealize Business for Cloud. Based on the cost information, you can plan on where to deploy your virtual machine group.


 

Add a Virtual Machine Group to What-If Analysis

 

  1. Expand What-If Analysis
  2. Select Private Cloud - You see a sample group added by default.
  3. Click the Add VM Group link to add new virtual machines group

 

 

Run the What-If Analysis Scenario

 

  1. Modify the New Group configurations according to your requirement (you will need to scroll down to see the New group)
  2. Click Run Scenario

 

 

Analyze Procurement Planning Results

 

You see the configuration summary of the virtual machine group and the cost of running the group on each data center that exists in vRealize Business for Cloud. If the configuration does not match the data center configuration, you see the message stating that the configuration does not match.

  1. Click Back to Private Cloud to run additional scenarios

 

Conclusion


Congratulations on completing  Module 3.

Proceed to any module below which interests you most.


 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Module 4 - vRealize Business for Cloud Reports (15 Minutes)

Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:

 

NOTE: The prices you see in your environment may differ slightly from the screen shots shown here in the manual.


View Out-of-the-Box Reports


You can run out-of-the-box and custom reports including reports specific to vRealize Automation.


 

Open Browser

 

If you are already logged into vRealize Automation from a previous module, you can skip the next couple steps to get logged in and navigate to the Business Management tab.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Browser on the Desktop

 

 

Log In to vRealize Automation

 

  1. Log in to vRealize Automation portal as cloudadmin
  2. Enter the VMware1! password
  3. Click Sign In

 

 

Navigate to Business Management

 

  1. Click on the Business Management tab

 

 

Navigate to Reports

 

  1. Select Reports

A new set of out-of-the-box reports covering infrastructure and cost data enables IT teams to get the most-frequently-used data in one click.  Reports are categorized to make them easy to find, but the list is pretty long so there is also a seach option to help you locate specific reports.  You can send reports to the right person at the right time by using report scheduling.

Let's take a closer look at the Hybrid Cloud Assessment Report.

  1. Click on the Hybrid Cloud Assessment Report at the top of the list

 

 

Hybrid Cloud Assessment Report

 

To generate the report:

  1. Click the Download PDF Report button. As the report is being generated, you may see a message at the top of the screen letting you know it's working.
  2. Once the HybridCloudAssessment.pdf download appears at the bottom of your browser window, you can click on it to open the report in a new tab.

 

 

Review the Hybrid Cloud Assessment Report

 

Scroll through the report PDF to see key components of the report, including:

 

 

Return to Reports list

 

  1. Click the Back to Reports link to return to the reports list

 

 

View the vRealize Automation Virtual Machine Charge Report

 

  1. In the right hand column, scroll down and locate Expenses - vRealize Automation
  2. Click on vRA Virtual Machine Charge

 

 

Browse the Data in the Report

 

A list of all vRealize Automation managed virtual machines appears, with detailed price breakdowns per VM.

 

Edit and Create a Custom Report


In addition to out-of-the-box reports, you can also create custom reports.


 

Open the vRealize Automation Virtual Machine Charge Report

 

Open the vRealize Automation - vRA Virtual Machine Charge report, if you closed it after the last exercise.

  1. In the right hand column, scroll down and locate Expenses - vRealize Automation
  2. Click on vRA Virtual Machine Charge

 

 

Edit the Report

 

A list of all vRealize Automation managed virtual machines appears.

  1. Click Edit and review the following available actions

 

 

Modify the Virtual Machine Details in the Report

 

  1. Columns is higlighted by default
  2. Expand VM Details by clicking on the Black Arrow

 

 

Add Fields to be Displayed in the Report

 

  1. Place a check in the box next to vCPUs, RAM GB (Configured), and Storage GB (Configured)

 

 

Add a Filter to the Report

 

  1. Click on the Filters tab
  2. Click Add

 

 

Create the Filter

 

  1. In the Add Filters box, leave VM Name as the Column selection
  2. Type DEV- in the Contains section to filter for all Development virtual machines
  3. Click Add

 

 

View the Added Filter

 

  1. Note the new filter called VM Name
  2. Click OK

 

 

Save the Report

 

Notice that we have successfully filtered out our Development virtual machines and have added the three new columns

  1. Click Save to create a Custom Report

 

 

Rename the Custom Report

 

  1. Add Custom Report to the end of the name to make the reports new name vRA Virtual Machine Charge Custom Report
  2. Click Save

 

 

Navigate to Reports

 

  1. Since we have already saved this as a Custom Report, you can click on Reports

 

 

Navigate to the Custom Reports

 

  1. Click on Manage Custom Reports to view your newly created report

 

 

View the Custom Report

 

All Custom Reports are saved in this section. You can execute it by clicking on the Report Name in the first column.

 

Schedule a Report


You can run a report on demand or schedule it to be run at a later time.


 

Navigate to the Report Scheduler

 

  1. Click on Reports
  2. Click Schedule Report

 

 

Create a New Scheduled Report

 

  1. Press the Add button to create the Scheduled Report

 

 

Create the Schedule for the Report

 

  1. Schedule a report by providing the details such as report category, name, frequency, date and time and the recipient email address. Note that both out-of-the-box and custom reports can be scheduled.
    • Report Category: Custom Reports
    • Report Name: vRA Virtual Machine Charge Custom Report
    • Frequency: Daily
    • Start Date: Select a date from the calendar
    • Start Time: Select a time
    • Recipients: cloudadmin@corp.local
  2. Click Save

Note: While scheduling a monthly report, if you select the date as 28, 29, 30 or 31, vRealize Business for Cloud generates the report only on the last day of each month (ignoring the selected date). This is because the number of days in a month varies between 28 to 31.

 

 

Navigate Back to Reports

 

  1. If you wish to modify the report, select the report and click the Edit option
  2. If you wish to delete the scheduled report, click the Delete option
  3. Click Back to Reports  to see all reports

 

Conclusion


Congratulations on completing  Module 4.

Proceed to any module below which interests you most.


 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Module 5 - vRealize Business Stand-Alone Mode (15 Minutes)

Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:


vRealize Business Stand-Alone Mode with vIDM


The following page shows a vRB Installation video which covers architecture and installation options. For Stand-Alone mode the specific area of interest is at 2:04 mins into the video.


 

Installing vRealize Business 7.x (10:42)

 

Conclusion


Congratulations on completing  Module 5.

Proceed to any module below which interests you most.


 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Conclusion

Thank you for participating in the VMware Hands-on Labs. Be sure to visit http://hol.vmware.com/ to continue your lab experience online.

Lab SKU: HOL-1806-03-CMP

Version: 20180321-155617