The Embotics® vCommander® Views

This article provides details on what you can access from the vCommander Views menu.

The Operational view

A hierarchy of the entire compute infrastructure. Use this view for daily operations.

Managed System Type

Details

VMware vCenter

Hosts, clusters, resource pools and any folders or datacenters that you have created in vCenter. Shows VMs and templates in the hierarchy.

Hyper-V SCVMM

Hosts, clusters and any folders or datacenters that you have created in the hierarchy. Shows VMs and templates in the hierarchy.

AWS

A hierarchy of AWS regions, stacks, Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), Auto Scaling Groups, VMs (Amazon EC2 instances), load balancers (Amazon Elastic Load Balancers), and databases (Amazon RDS database instances). Does not include templates (AMIs).

Note that stacks do not have children in the tree, because stack resources are already displayed in the appropriate location in the tree.

Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

A hierarchy of ARM regions, resource groups, virtual networks, VMs and templates (images). Because this view is region-centric, it's the view you should use when thinking about geographic distribution.

Resource groups are created in a specific region, but the contents of a resource group can span regions. Therefore, in the Operational View, resource groups do not have children (in contrast to the VMs and Templates view). Note that when you click on a resource group in any view, you can see a list of its resources on its Resources tab.

Microsoft Azure Service Manager (Classic)

A hierarchy of Azure regions, affinity groups, virtual networks, virtual services (cloud services), VMs (instances) and templates (images). Cloud services are displayed under the element where they were deployed. Does not include templates (Azure images).

NotePencil-smallTo support both VPCs and EC2 Classic in Amazon Web Services managed systems, vCommander displays instances running in a VPC as children of the VPC, and instances not running in a VPC as children of "EC2-Classic", as shown in the following image:

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The VMs and Templates view

A hierarchy of VMs and templates. Use this view for deployment.

Managed System Type

Details

VMware vCenter

A hierarchy of all folders, VMs and templates

Hyper-V SCVMM

Templates in the SCVMM library

AWS

A hierarchy of AWS templates, VMs and stacks. For each AWS region, this view shows:

the Private Templates folder, containing private AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) created in the AWS console. AWS provides a set of public AMIs; any AMIs you create in the AWS console are private AMIs. Only private AMIs are available in vCommander for deployment and for addition to the Service Catalog.

Availability zones, containing Amazon EC2 instances (identified as VMs in vCommander), AWS CloudFormation stacks and Amazon RDS databases. Does not include load balancers or Auto Scaling Groups, which can span availability zones; these objects are displayed only in the Operational View.

Note that stacks do not have children in the tree, because stack resources are already displayed in the appropriate location in the tree.

Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

A hierarchy of ARM popular public images, resource groups, private templates, virtual networks and VMs. Because this view is resource group–centric, it's the view you should use for lifecycle management.

Resource groups are created in a specific region, but the contents of a resource group can span regions, so regions are not shown in this view. In the VMs and Templates View, the children of a resource group are shown beneath the resource group in the hierarchy (in contrast to the Operational View). Because virtual networks may not be in the same resource group as the VMs within it, virtual networks and VMs are displayed at the same level in this view, right under the resource group.

Note that when you click on a resource group in any view, you can see a list of its resources on its Resources tab.

Microsoft Azure Service Manager (Classic)

A hierarchy of Azure templates and VMs. For each Azure region, this view shows:

the Private Templates folder, containing private images created in the Azure Management Portal. Azure provides a set of public images; any images you create in the Azure Portal are private images. Only private images are available in vCommander for deployment and for addition to the Service Catalog.

Affinity groups, containing cloud services and their instances (which are identified as VMs in vCommander). Can also contain virtual networks.

Virtual networks, containing cloud services and their instances

Cloud services and their instances that are deployed in the region itself

The Datastore view

A view of datastores in the Operational hierarchy.

For vCenter, the Datastore view also shows out-of-inventory VMs (VMs that exist on a datastore but do not exist in vCenter's inventory).

For AWS, this view shows both the EBS and S3 datastores. For more information on AWS storage, see the Root Device Type property for VMs.

For Azure Resource Manager, this view shows both managed and unmanaged storage. The view is region-centric, which means that it does not provide a resource group–centric view of storage accounts. For more information on ARM storage, see Managing Azure with Embotics® vCommander®.

The Dashboard

Two summary views of the number of running and non-running VMs and virtual services.

Other links

The Views menu also provides quick links to the Service Portal, the Service Requests menu, and the Solutions Overview pages.

The functionality available to you is based on your user role; some commands are restricted to certain user roles.

For the Operational, VMs and Templates, and Datastore views, as you navigate through the tree, tabs applicable to the infrastructure element are displayed. The available tabs depend on the managed system type (for example, vCenter or SCVMM).

The tree showing VMs and templates is available only from the Operational and VMs and Templates views. The tree in the Datastore view displays the datastores available for each managed system.

To learn how to change the columns that appear in the table for each tab, see Customizing the Embotics® vCommander® Display.