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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



∙Pre-Bake Demo

∙Why are we here?

∙Brief of “What is LoboCloud?”

∙Current VM Request Process

∙Process Automation through LoboCloud

∙Diving into LoboCloud




Why are we here

Why are we here?

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


Disaster Recovery



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

(Fastinfo #7059)

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.

The traditional virtual server request process

The Traditional Virtual Server Request Process LoboCloud Automation Center

Who has ever requested a Virtual Server from IT?

How long did it take?

Was it an easy process?

Were there setup fees?

It vm provisioning flow chart

IT VM Provisioning Flow Chart LoboCloud Automation Center

Sample workflow for creating virtual file server

Automating the process

Automating the Process LoboCloud Automation Center

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

(FastInfo #7057)

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.“

Then select:

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

Provisioning Groups,

Reservations, and Blueprints

Approval Request Example LoboCloud Automation Center

[LoboCloud] Machine [ABC153TECHDAYS001]

To: ABC-LoboCloud-Approver;

[ABC] Your Approval is required

Name: ABC153TECHDAYS001 [ABC153TECHDAYS001.colleges.ad.unm.edu]

Banner Index Code: XXXXXXX

Owner: COLLEGES\vcacuser

Cost Center: Cost

Blueprint Windows 2008 R2 $100

Additional Components

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.

Is access to the LoboCloud restricted or controlled in some way?

(FastInfo #6995)

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

Manager Approvals

VPN is also required from:

Wireless Networks


LoboCloud Dashboard way?


My Resources

New Request

Summary of Current Activity

My Machines

Running Machines

Stopped Machines

Expiring Machines

Pending Requests


Recent Events


My Machines way?

Actions Menu

Connect using RDP

Power on/off




Demonstrations way?

LoboCloud Dashboard

Navigating the Dashboard options

New Request Options

Machine Cycles

Connect to New Machine via RDP

What’s Next? way?

∙Linux Servers

∙Multi-Tenancy / vCloud Network & Securty

∙Disaster Recovery

∙File Level Restore

∙Version Control

∙Virtual Desktops

∙All-The-Things-As-A-Service (Storage, Applications, Desktops, etc)

Summary way?

∙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