SmartCloud Entry - Further Configuration
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Billing and Metering
Now that we have the our SmartCloud up, we need to get familiar with how it works and what we can do with it. Now most of us will be interested in setting up request approval, billing, and user/project control. But before we do those things we need to enable them and check the values are what we require. Now in the previous blog entry we mentioned how to turn these on -
To turn on billing, configure these in the properties files in the .skc dir in the user home dir
Once this is enabled we can also look at changing and update the cpu, memory, disk value.
This is the directory tht is used by IBM SmartCloud Entry as a product catalog -
Three files that effecgt billing charges rates -
(taken from the readme) -
default collector will look at a specific virtual machine property (as
defined by the Cloud) and use the value of the property as the units of
product to buy, at the products price. For example, IBM VMControl 2.3.x
exposes a VM property called "Pro
For example take a look at the following product:
The product above specifies that the default SKC collector will
collect charges on virtual machines using the amount of CPUs assigned to
them, exposed via the "Pro
SmartCloud Entry can send e-mail notification for several user and admin related events, such as the completion of a workload, account creation, and more. In order to get these notifications it is necessary to configure a properties file in the home directory.
To setup notification for SmartCloud Entry follow the steps described below:
You can globally disable e-mail notifications in SmartCloud Entry completely by setting the com.
Configuring Advanced Features
The administrator can pre-configure the appliances to simplify its deployment for the users. Configuration the properties can be made through the SmartCloud Entry web user interface or through the depl
In order to simplify the deployment process for the users, it is recommended that an administrator configures all of the virtual appliances prior to making SmartCloud Entry available to its users. Virtual appliance customisation often requires knowledge of the low level details of the environment or having advanced knowledge of the data centre of which the user may not be familiar.
Configuring a staging project
By default, SmartCloud Entry will scan the cloud for new appliances periodically. When SCE finds a new appliance it places it in the Public project where anyone can deploy it. SCE also allows configuring of a 'Staging' project where newly discovered appliances will show up rather than having them put directly into the Public project. This allows the adminstrator to configure the the appliances and to then move them to a different project (Public or a specific project) to give the correct visibility to the users.
So to configure this staging project add or uncomment this line in the depl
You can also choose whether you want your users to see the advanced deployment options or just the basic options.
Notes - These are by no means all the advanced features of SmartCloud Entry, if you want to know more then I would recommend that you take a look at the Administrators Guide