Getting Started

To get started quickly with Commander, here are the main tasks:

  1. Configure Active Directory Integration and/or Configure LDAP Integration

    Integrate with directory services for Commander login accounts and for assignment of owners to specific resources.

  2. Configure Email Integration (SMTP)

    Allow email notification for scheduled reports, service request policy alerts and application lifecycle management.

  3. Create Organizations

    Segregate data for your consumer groups, set up distinct cloud automation configurations and delegate administrative tasks.

  4. Attach Cloud Accounts to Commander

    Add an AWS, GCP, Kubernetes, Azure, Microsoft SCVMM managed system or VMware vCenter.

  5. Automatically Assign Ownership to New Resources

    Assign resource ownership to organizations and users, so that costs are properly allocated.

  6. Retrieve Public Cloud Billing Data and/or Retrieve vCenter Historical Events

    Retrieve additional information from your public and private clouds for use in reporting, trending and cloud expense management.

  7. Sync Public Cloud Tags and Commander Custom Attributes

    Sync tags and attributes for Compliance Policy tag enforcement, reporting and power schedule recommendations.

  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each managed system.

What's next

After going through the above Getting Started steps for each managed system, you should consider doing the following:

If you want a high level view of how Commander can be used to manage public and private clouds, see the Knowledge Base article, Understanding the Commander Ecosystem.

Getting started with cloud automation

Once you've performed the initial configuration steps on the Getting Started page for each of your managed systems, you're ready to configure the service request process. Go to Help > Getting Started with Cloud Automation for an overview of the steps involved in setting up Commander.

  1. Configure Organization Quotas

    Limit the compute resources granted to organizations so that resources are allocated to cloud consumers based on business requirements.

  2. Configure Application Placement Strategy

    Customize the default placement strategy by prioritizing the factors most important to you. Optional for initial deployment.

  3. Configure Placement Attributes

    Configure placement attributes to define the capabilities of a deployment destination and the requirements of an application. Optional for initial deployment.

  4. Add Entries to Service Catalog

    Make services available for users to request. Publish services that can be deployed on multiple clouds.

  5. Create Service Forms

    Configure New Request Service forms and Change Request forms that support your existing service request and provisioning process.

  6. Prepare Approval and Pre-Provisioning Workflows

    Set up approval and pre-provisioning workflows for new service requests and change requests.

  7. Configure Provisioning and Automated Deployment Options

    Customize application naming conventions and automated deployment destinations for published services.

  8. Prepare Completion Workflows

    Set up post-provisioning workflows for change requests and new service requests.

  9. Go to Commander Solutions Overview: Views > Solutions > Solutions Overview

See also the Knowledge Base article System and Browser Settings.

Additional Learning Resources

Video Learning Series

Our Cloud Cost Optimization video shows how Commander features such as power scheduling, rightsizing and reporting help you reduce your public cloud bill.

The Commander Private Cloud Quickstart video covers the basic getting started tasks.

Other videos cover tasks such as VM naming and reporting.

Knowledge Base

Go to the Embotics Support website to access the Technical Support Knowledge Base and find articles designed to assist users and administrators. The Support webite also provides access archived documentation.

Technical Support

Check your License Agreement for the support terms.

Contact us by sending an email to or by calling 877-599-0494 in Canada and the US, or +1 613-599-0494 from other countries.

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