Infrastructure Certificate Handling Changes in VMware Cloud Director 10.3

With the release of VMware Cloud Director 10.3, there are several new additions and enhancements to this self-service platform. I’d like to talk about some of the continued security and certificate changes that one must be aware of before upgrading to 10.3.

This is an ongoing effort to simplify certificate handling, but also conform to industry security standards.

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Using Customer Monthly Reporting in Usage Meter 4.4

With the release of vCloud Usage Meter 4.4, we have re-introduced Customer Monthly Reporting inside of Usage Meter and Usage Insight. In this post, I will walk through some of the newer capabilities and differences with this level of granular reporting.

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Using VMware Cloud Director Sizing Policies for SAP HANA Workloads

One of newer additions to VMware Cloud Director (VCD) is the ability to use a VM sizing policy – or VDC Compute Policy – to provide granular resource control on a per VM basis. In this post, I will review how a VCD provider can implement advanced VM properties on a per-workload basis. While this example is SAP HANA specific, this could be used for any additional advanced VM property.

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VMware vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 Deployment Guide

In this blog post, I will show all of the steps required to operationalize vCloud Usage Meter 4.3, or UM, within your data center. With the end of availability of Usage Meter 3.6.1, it is imperative that all VMware Cloud Providers start a plan of action to migrate to the 4.3 codebase.

Moreover, I’ll provide the full context on how UM works with Usage Insight and the VMware Commerce Portal.

While this is a long blog post, it’s important we highlight all of the necessary steps within the VMware consumption operational model for VMware Cloud Providers.

VMware vCloud Usage Meter 4.3 Download Page

Standard Documentation:

  1. VMware Usage Meter – Official Documentation
  2. VMware Configuration Maximums – Usage Meter

Sections:

  1. Usage Meter 4.3 Architecture
  2. VMware Cloud Provider Terms
  3. Usage Meter 4.3 Operating Modes
  4. Initial Usage Meter 4.3 Deployment
  5. In-Place Upgrade from Usage Meter 4.2
  6. VMware Commerce Portal Registration
  7. Usage Meter 4.3 Endpoint Configuration
  8. Typical Monthly Activity
  9. Summary
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