Chapter 1. CloudForms Management Engine Automation

Provisioning requires the Automation Engine server role enabled. Check your server role settings in ConfigureConfigurationServerServer Control.

1.1. Automation

CloudForms Management Engine Automate Model provides flexibility to not only change parts of the provisioning process, but also to allow you to automate other operational tasks. Below are some scenarios where CloudForms Management Engine can help accomplish these tasks.

  • Intelligent Workload Management - An enterprise had a requirement that when a virtual machine has reached a High CPU Percent Ready for a specified period of time, a vMotion should occur to a more suitable host. For this reason, VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) was not practical, as the CPU Ready metric could not trigger DRS. The solution was to leverage CloudForms Management Engine Control and CloudForms Management Engine Automate to drive the management of this workflow.
  • Power on only during business hours - An organization which gave a group of self-service users CloudForms Management Engine access had a requirement to only allow certain virtual machines to be powered during business hours. This was solved with CloudForms Management Engine Automate.
  • Auto-Tagging virtual machines based on file contents - An IT organization needed a way to consume information from a text file on a virtual machine and dynamically populate vCenter. The data used to auto-tag virtual machines is also used to align unmanaged virtual machines to the business.