VCP6-CMA Section 9: Configure and Administer vRealize Business Standard

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Objective 9.1: Install and Configure vRealize Business Standard Appliance

Describe system requirements

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Disk: 50GB
    • Memory: 4GB
    • vCPU: 2
  • If managing more than 10,000 virtual machines, the server might restart or you might see out of memory errors
  • To resolve, increase the number of vCPUs to 4 and memory to 8GB, the perform the following steps
    • Stop the itbm-service
    • backup /usr/local/tcserver/vfabric-tc-server-standard/itbm-server/bin/setenv.sh
    • Open¬† /usr/local/tcserver/vfabric-tc-server-standard/itbm-server/bin/setenv.sh and make the following changes
      • Search for Xmx4096m and replace with Xmx6144m
    • Start the itbm-service

Configure and access vRealize Business Standard with vRealize Automation

  • Once the virtual machine has booted log on to the VAMI
    • https://vrb-std:5480
    • Log in as user: root
  • On the vRealize Automation tab, fill in the following information needed to register the vRB server with vRA
    • Hostname – vRA Hostname
    • SSO Default tenant: vsphere.local
    • SSO Admin user: adminsitrator
    • SSO Password: xxxxxxxx
    • Click Register
  • If registering for the first time
    • Click register. You will see the following error: “Failed to register with vRealize Automation”
    • If required, click view the vRA certificate
    • Click the Accept vRA certificate check box
    • Click Register
  • If vRB has already been registered with vRA
    • Click Register
  • The message “Registered with vRealize Automation Server” should appear
  • If changing the certificate of vRA you need to re register vRB
  • Configure time synchronization
    • Select Administration > Time Settings
      • Select one of the following options
        • Disable
        • Use ESXi host time
        • Use time server
      • Click save settings
  • To access the vRB user interface you need to ensure that a tenant has been created in vRA
  • Log on to the vRA UI
    • Click Administration > Users & groups > Identity store users & groups
    • Search for the user that you want to grant access to vRB
    • The following roles can be assigned to a user:
      • Business Management Administrator + Tenant Administrator
        • The user can perform all administration tasks such as managing connections, managing public cloud accounts and updating the reference DB
        • Ti assign the Tenant Administrator role you have to log in as a default tenant user
      • Business Management Administrator
        • View and update the cost information only
      • Business Management Read Only
        • View the details but not update the information
      • Business Management Controller
        • View the assigned tenant details but not perform any other administration
    • Click update
  • Click Update
  • Refresh the browser or log out and back in
  • The Business Management tab should now be available
  • When you select the Business Management tab you will be prompted to enter a licence key
    • Enter the key
    • Click save

Deploy vRealize Business Standard in vCloud Director and/or vSphere

vSphere

  • Download and deploy the OVA
    • File > Deploy ovf template
    • Accept EULA
    • Enter a name for the appliance
    • Select a cluster
    • Choose the appropriate storage
    • Select a destination network
    • On the properties pane, configure:
      • Root password
      • Currency
      • Enable SSH
      • Default Gateway, DNS, IP Address & netmask
    • Click next
    • Select power on after deployment
    • Click finsh

vCloud Director

  • Log in as a user that has Administrator privileges
  • Convert the OVA to OVF
  • Select the organization that you want to deploy vRB to
  • Select the catalog and click the vApp Templates tab
  • Click upload
  • Configure the UP allocation from the static pool
  • If a certificate warning appears, click OK
  • Right click on the template, select Add to My Cloud
    • In the custom properties pane, set the root user for the appliance
    • Define networking properties
    • Set the currency for the appliance
    • Select Enable SSH service, if required
  • In the Custom Hardware pane, click next
  • In the Ready to complete pane, click finish
  • Navigate to My Cloud
  • Right click on the vRB virtual machine and select properties
    • On the guest customization tab, select Enable guest customization and select Allow Local Administrator password
    • Click OK
  • Right click on the vApp and click start

Objective 9.2: Perform Basic Configuration of vRealize Business Standard

Manage connections from other VMware technologies such as vCenter Server, vCloud and SRM

  • To manage connections in vRealize Business Standard
    • Select Administration > Business Management > Manage Connections
      • Select a connection to manage
        • Manage vCenter Server Connections
          • Create a clone of the vCenter read only role and add the following permissions
            • Storage views.View
            • Profile-driven storage
            • Profile-driven storage view
            • Include Global.vCenter Operations User if you have integrated vCenter with vROPs
          • In vRA enter the vCenter server name, IP address or hostname, username and password of the vCenter server that you want to connect to
          • Click Save
          • Accept any SSL prompts
      • Manage Storage Server Connections
        • Enter the EMC SRM Server name, IP Address, username and password of the server you want to add
        • Accept any SSL prompts
      • Manage vCloud Director Connections
        • Enter the IP address, username and password of the vCLoud Director instance you want to add
        • Accept any SSL prompts
      • Manage vRealize Operations Server Connections
        • Enter the vROPs server name, IP address and credentials for the instance that you want to add
        • Accept any SSL prompts

Manage connections and public user accounts

  • To manage public cloud user accounts
    • Select Administration > Business Management > Manage COnnections
      • Select a public cloud to manage
        • Manage vCloud Air Connections
        • Manage Amazon Web Service Account
        • Manage Microsoft Azure Accounts
          • For azure you must upload your latest bills

Update the reference database

  • The reference database supplies values for cost calculations
  • Can be updated manually or by using the auto update feature
  • Ensure that the following ports are open
    • 443 > https://vrb.vmware.com
    • 22 > ¬†SaaSFTP.digitalfuel.com
  • To use the automatic update feature
    • Click the Administration Tab > Business Management
    • Click Update Reference Database
    • Click the Run the Automatic Update link
    • Accept the legal agreement
  • To manually update
    • Click the manual update process link
    • Click Generate and Download file
      • This downloads an encrypted zip to your downloads folder
    • Contact VMware support and provide them with the zip file you have generated
      • An updated reference cost file will be generated for you
    • Click browse and select the file
    • Click done

Calculate hardware cost depreciation

  • vRealize Business standard calculates the yearly depreciation values of server hard ware cost and then divides them by 12 to arrive at the monthly depreciation
  • Uses the salvage value of 0 dollars
  • depreciable cost == original cost
  • Uses the maximum value between yearly depreciation of declining balance with multiplied depreciate rate and yearly depreciation of straight line over 5 years
    • Yearly depreciation – Max( yearly depreciation of double declining balance method, yearly depreciation of straightline method)
  • Double declining balance
    • Depreciation date = 2 / number of depreciation years
    • Yearly depreciation
      • In every year, except the last year of depreciation
        • yearly depreciation = (original cost – accumulated depreciation) * depreciation rate
      • In the late year of depreciation
        • yearly depreciation = original cost – accumulated depreciation
  • Straight line
    • Yearly depreciation = ( original cost – accumulated depreciation) / number of depreciation years
  • You can set the depreciation period to three years or five years
  • You can set the calculation preferences in
    • Administration > Business Management > Calculation preferences
    • Choose between double declining balance and straight line
    • Also set the depreciation period
    • Click save