vCloud Hybrid Service walkthrough demo vCHS
So if you are reading this you are probably interested in learning more about VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Server or vCHS. By the time you finish this I hope that you will be familiar with the basic operation of vCHS and what the user interface experience is like.
Enough with the small talk and promises lets get down to business and see what this vCHS offering looks like. To access the vCHS portal to manage your environment you simple head over to https://vchs.vmware.com and enter in the credentials that were sent to you when you purchased your capacity.
Once logged in you will get to see the main portal page like the one shown below. From this view you will get information about the amount of capacity you have purchase, what you are consuming in resources and numbers of VMs and IPs used. In my image below the account that I’m using should be viewed under the following circumstances. For this demo lets say that I am a customer and I have purchased 4 virtual private clouds (VPC) from vCHS. So the image below is shown three of the Virtual datacenters, the fourth was shown off the bottom of the image. Each of these VPC’s have resources or capacity that was purchased as part of them.
The green bars on the main dashboard represent the amount of resources purchased rather than the amount being consumed. As you drill down into the individual VPCs these green bars will then represent the actual amount of resources being consumed.
vCHS Virtual Machine List
If I want to take a look at the virtual machines (VMs) running in my vCHS account I can simply click on the Virtual Machines tab from the top menu. You will see a list of VMs running in your various datacenters. In my example below you can see that there are a number of VMs running and what virtual datacenter they are running within. Also listed is the owner of each VM, which I blacked out because it showed other users email addresses. You can also see from the image that other basic VM data such as resouces and operating system are listed.
If I want to interact with one of the VMs on the far right column that is a drop down list. You can see from the image below that I have a few options to choose from. This menu allows me to view/edit the details of the VM, power off/on or suspend the VM, work with snapshots and launch the VMRC console. There is also a backup option, this will allow you to enable backup of your VM on a set schedule.
If you want to see the process for adding a new virtual machine you can read my How to create a VM in vCHS post.
vCHS Gateway list
As we work our way through the vCHS portal the next thing up is the gateways tab. This tab provides you with details about the vCloud networking and Security (vCNS) gateways that are deployed to your virtual datacenters. In this demo account we have four VPCs each with a single gateway deployed to them.
Each tile gives you details on where it is deployed to along with the important IP related details. You get a gas gauge display that lets you know how many of the available IPs you are using. You can also see if the gateway is enabled ad how many networks exist. And lastly you can see which configuration the gateway was deployed in. These are all compact version, but if you deployed an HA version you would be able to see that so that you could see the big picture from this display.
vCHS User list
There is also the option to edit the user accounts from this screen. This would allow you to assign various roles to the user and control their access. Unfortunately in this demo environment I do not have that level of rights so I cannot show that.
vCHS VPC Dashboard
Within a vCHS account a user might have access to multiple or just a sign VPC. In this section I will show you what it looks like to view the different areas of a single VPC. The image below shows the view of a VPC and the gas gauge view now represents the “Used Capacity” within the VPC rather than the purchase amount I showed earlier.
The next image is showing the Virtual Machine list for VMs running within this VPC. I have highlighted with a red box the ability to manage these resources in the vCloud Director portal and button to create a new VM.
Now the Gateways tab is being shown below. This provides details on the vShield edge device thats running in the VPC. There is also an option to link to the vCloud Director portal for additional management options. There are still a small amount of tasks that must be executed from the old vCloud portal. VMware is working on enabling these options in the vCHS portal.
And we move on to the networks tab that is displaying details about the Organization and vApp networks that are configured within the VPC.
Last up in the Users list that is showing which users have been configured with access to this VPC. You have the option to edit their access from this screen if you have the right permissions.
Next I am showing what the edit access pop up looks like. I did not have enough permissions to change anything, but you can get the idea.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design