Embotics® vCommander® policies ensure that you have control over your virtual infrastructure and costs.

The policies that you can configure in Embotics® Embotics® vCommander® are:

Expiry Policy: Identify and control services based on an expiry date, allowing you to ensure that you're not paying for unused services

Default Attributes Policy: Automatically set an expiry group, expiry date and guest OS scan group for new services, ensuring that services automatically expire when no longer needed

Default Ownership Policy: Automatically set the primary owner, IT contact and other owners of a service, ensuring that you can track who is incurring service costs

Compliance Policy: Ensure that all services have required metadata, so that you can track who is incurring service costs

Unapproved Policy (deprecated): Identify and control services based on approval state, allowing you to mandate that vCommander brokers all access to the managed system

End of Life Policy (deprecated): Identify and control services marked as having reached the end of its life

Suspect Policy (deprecated): Identify and control services marked as suspect

Notes

Virtual services cannot be controlled by vCommander policy.

Each policy affects templates in different ways. See the detailed information on templates in each policy topic.

Policy actions always send alerts. You can configure these alerts to be sent to SNMP traps (see Integrating an SNMP Server with Embotics® vCommander®) or by email to vCommander accounts. In addition, alerts about services that are affected by the Expiry policy can be sent by email to the primary owner and the IT contact (see Subscribing to Policy Alerts).

Editing policies

Access through:

Configuration menu > Policies

Available to:

vCommander Role of Superuser and Enterprise Admin

Administrator Access Rights

To change policy settings:

1.On the Policies tab, select the policy you want to edit, and click Edit.

2.In the Policy Configuration wizard, follow the wizard and make any changes you want.

Deleting policies

Access through:

Configuration menu > Policies

Available to:

vCommander Role of Superuser and Enterprise Admin

Administrator Access Rights

Caution: Verify the impact on your virtualized infrastructure before you delete a policy.

To delete a policy:

1.On the Policies tab, select a policy.

2.Click Delete, and confirm the change.

The policy is removed from the list of policies on the Policy Configuration window.

Reviewing services affected by a policy

If you have been notified that the policy you set up will affect services immediately, you will see a Review hyperlink on the policy wizard Summary page. Click Review to see exactly what services are affected and which actions will be performed.

Click OK to return to the Summary page of the policy wizard, where you can make any appropriate changes or finish setting up the policy.

Managing policy when adding a new host

If you add a new host that contains VMs to vCommander, and if the Unapproved policy is configured and enabled, the policy can trigger on the new VMs.

To avoid triggering policy, perform these tasks:

1.Disable the policy in vCommander before you add the host and the VMs.

2.Approve the VMs.

3.Re-enable the policy.