LoboCloud.unm.edu. An introduction to VMWare vCloud Automation Center. Presented by Damion Terrell - Systems Analyst - Virtual Infrastructure & Storage Luke Abeling - Systems Analyst - Windows Enterprise Services. Agenda. ∙ Pre-Bake Demo ∙ Why are we here?
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An introduction to VMWare vCloud Automation Center
Damion Terrell - Systems Analyst - Virtual Infrastructure & Storage
Luke Abeling - Systems Analyst - Windows Enterprise Services
∙Why are we here?
∙Brief of “What is LoboCloud?”
∙Current VM Request Process
∙Process Automation through LoboCloud
∙Diving into LoboCloud
You have an interest or a need for requesting Virtual Machines
You have done so through UNM IT, Amazon, etc.
Understanding the benefits of Virtual Machines over physical
Learn about the delivery of Virtual Machines through UNM’s Private Cloud
IT – Service Catalog: Hosting – Virtual Machines & LoboCloud Automation Center
Virtual Machines can help departments or individuals manage their software without needing to maintain the underlying operating system, hardware and infrastructure. This allows departments to focus their staff's efforts towards their specialty while offloading the cost of day-to-day infrastructure maintenance to IT.
Base Configuration $100/month for maintenance for LoboCloud provisioned machines including base OS requirements of storage, cpu, and Memory; and 7 days of nightly snapshot backups.
Add-Ons include: Additional Storage: $16.66 / 250 GB; CPU: $25/per CPU; Memory $8.33/per GB
What is LoboCloud? LoboCloud Automation Center
LoboCloud (https://lobocloud.unm.edu/vcacselfservice) allows authorized customers to rapidly build and manage new virtual machines to their specifications.
Using VMWare‘s vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), UNM – IT’s LoboCloud provides a secure portal to the IT Private Cloud, streamlining the New Virtual Machine (VM) request process.
Once “On-Boarded”, customers will be able to spin up new VM within minutes.
Initial offerings are Active Directory joined Windows Servers.
Requested by Department Organizational Unit Administrators,
aka OU Admins.
Note: The LoboCloud Automation Center does NOT yet offer Linux servers, mysql databases, sqlserver on Windows, and large storage requests.
Who has ever requested a Virtual Server from IT?
How long did it take?
Was it an easy process?
Were there setup fees?
Sample workflow for creating virtual file server
Over 100 manual steps to provision a VM
Streamline the process through LoboCloud
Using VMWare Applications to automate manual processes
Cutting down provisioning time
Cutting out the setup fees
How do I gain logon access to LoboCloud? LoboCloud Automation Center
For authorized access to the LoboCloud URL or self-service portal site, first complete an Access Form at Help.UNM. Please visit help.unm.edu (link located at bottom of this FastInfo) and search for the keyword, "LoboCloud.“
Business Line: Accounts & AccessCategory: Enterprise Applications: GeneralService: LoboCloudRequest: Type: New
The OnBoarding Process LoboCloud Automation Center
“OnBoarding” is a one-time setup process
Identify your Department’s “Tech Support / Sys Admin” aka OU Admin
Identify who can approve purchases for your department
Provisioning Account creation
Actions that will take place in your Active Directory Organizational Unit
Set Server OU Permissions
LoboCloud Access Groups
Reservations, and Blueprints
Approval Request Example LoboCloud Automation Center
[LoboCloud] Machine [ABC153TECHDAYS001]
[ABC] Your Approval is required
Name: ABC153TECHDAYS001 [ABC153TECHDAYS001.colleges.ad.unm.edu]
Banner Index Code: XXXXXXX
Cost Center: Cost
Blueprint Windows 2008 R2 $100
Memory(MB) 0 $0.00
Cpu's 0 $0.00
Storage(GB) 0 $0.00
Total Daily Cost$3.29
Total Monthly Cost$100
Total Yearly Cost$1,202
*Costs reflected above may be more than actual charges due to rounding. For a complete overview of UNM-IT's Virtual Servers costs and services please visit: http://it.unm.edu/servicecatalog/service.php?service=230
In order to approve or reject this request, please follow the link below. Your approval authorizes IT to post charges for the services selected to your Banner index code: XXXXXXX. You acknowledge that you are authorized to sign on the index provided.
To complete this process, you must log in to the LoboCloud as your Provisioning Group's Approver/Manager. Please browse to this link.
Example Approval LoboCloud Automation CenterRequest
[LoboCloud] Machine [ABC153TECHDAYS001]
in order to continue.
Access requires you must be on a “UNM Trusted Network”
On-campus wired networks
Off-campus via Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rules apply to:
VM Management access via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) / SSH
VPN is also required from:
LoboCloud Dashboard way?
Summary of Current Activity
My Machines way?
Connect using RDP
Navigating the Dashboard options
New Request Options
Connect to New Machine via RDP
What’s Next? way?
∙Multi-Tenancy / vCloud Network & Securty
∙File Level Restore
∙All-The-Things-As-A-Service (Storage, Applications, Desktops, etc)
∙Why were we here
∙Brief of What LoboCloud is
∙Defined the current VM Request Process
∙Automation through LoboCloud
∙Diving into Using LoboCloud
IT Online Support way?
IT – Service Catalog: Hosting - Virtual Machines and LoboCloud Automation Center
FastInfo.unm.edu search for LoboCloud
What is LoboCloud?
What is a LoboCloud Access group?
Is access to the LoboCloud restricted or controlled in some way?
More information and how-to videos are available