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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Usage Meter 3.6.1 and vRealize Operations 8.1 Authentication

On our VMware Cloud Provider Partner Slack workspace, a question came up on why Usage Meter 3.6.1 (UM) was failing to connect to a newly deploy vRealize Operations (vROps) 8.1 instance.

The failure message that was being received was “incorrect username or password”, even though the credentials were correct. Firewall rules were not blocking accessibility.

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VMware Cloud Director – A New Day.

I look back at the (short) time I’ve been at VMware and still fascinated by how technology evolves. VMware vCloud Director has been near and dear to my heart throughout this journey, for better or worse.

Today we announce VMware Cloud Director Service at VMworld Europe. I’ve been testing Cloud Director Service (CDS) and stoked I can finally discuss it in public. My man Ari Paul wrote about our other awesome announcements for VMware Cloud Providers here.

It’s pretty amazing to see Pat on stage discussing Cloud Director Service –

Before we get started, I wrote a blog post in April of 2018, stating the following –

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VMware vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 – Metering of vCloud Availability 3.x and Logic Review

Last week, the VMware Cloud Provider team released a hot patch for VMware vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1. Usage Meter can now automatically meter vCloud Availability (vCAv) 3.x instances. This also covers Site Recovery Manager (SRM) virtual appliances along with a few bug fixes.

Prior to this hot patch, a VMware Cloud Provider would need to manually report usage by exporting the vCAv Manager report on a monthly basis. This hot patch mitigates that process by now providing automatic metering of vCAv instances within a Usage Meter appliance.

This is intended for Cloud Providers that are participating in the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP).

In this post, I will review the setup instructions and what needs to be done so proper metering is in place for vCAv 3.0.

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