Configuring and Applying Power Schedule Recommendations

Power schedule groups help to ensure that VMs are powered on when needed and powered off when not needed, to minimize cost without hindering productivity. Commander issues power schedule recommendations for VMs.

By default, power schedule recommendations are issued for VMs that:

  • don't belong to a power schedule group
  • are public cloud instances
  • have any custom attribute whose value is dev, qa, sandbox, staging, or test
  • have an uninterrupted uptime greater than 24 hours

Notes:

  • We recommend importing AWS tags, GCP labels and Azure tags as custom attributes so that Commander can use these values as a basis for power schedule recommendations.
  • Power schedule recommendations are just one feature of Commander cloud expense management. See Cloud expense management and watch our Cloud Cost Optimization video to learn about other features that work together to reduce your cloud costs.

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Required Service Portal permissions

The Service Portal permission Show Recommendations: Cost Decrease allows users to view power schedule recommendations. (This permission is also used for rightsizing recommendations.)

The Service Portal permission Modify Power Schedule Groups allows users to apply power schedule recommendations.

See Customizing Service Portal Roles for End Users to learn how to configure permissions.

Customizing power schedule recommendation rules

Access through:

Configuration menu > Groups > Power Schedule

Available to:

Commander Role of Superuser, Enterprise Admin

To customize the rules that control power schedule recommendations:

  1. On the Power Schedule tab, click Configure Recommendations.
  2. In the Power Schedule Recommendation Settings wizard, configure settings for public cloud instances:
    • Enable power schedule recommendations: By default, power schedule recommendations for public cloud instances are enabled. Clear this setting if you don't want to see power schedule recommendations for public cloud instances.
    • Recommend power schedules when uninterrupted uptime > x hours: By default, recommendations are issued for public cloud instances that have been powered on for more than 24 hours. Optionally, enter a whole number to edit this field.
    • Applies to services with the following custom attribute values: By default, recommendations are issued for instances with any custom attribute with a value of dev, qa, sandbox, staging, or test (non-case-sensitive). If you want to pick a specific custom attribute, select it from the drop-down list. You can also change the list of custom attribute values that will trigger a recommendation by editing the comma-separated list.

      We recommend importing AWS tags, GCP labels and Azure tags as custom attributes so that Commander can use these values as a basis for power schedule recommendations.

  3. Click Next to configure the same settings for private cloud VMs.
  4. Click Next to review your changes, and click Finish to save your changes.

    If you enabled recommendations, you must wait for the number of hours you specified in the wizard before seeing recommendations.

Viewing power schedule recommendations

Access through:

Tools menu > Recommendations

or

VM Summary tab

Available to:

Any level of access rights on the VM

To view all power schedule recommendations:

  • Go to Tools > Recommendations.

    All active recommendations in the system are displayed.

    Because Commander also generates rightsizing recommendations, you may see a large number of recommendations. You can filter the list by typing in the text field. For example, to view only power schedule recommendations, type power.

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To view power schedule recommendations for a single VM:

  1. Navigate to the VM in the tree and view its Summary page.

    If there are active recommendations (either rightsizing or power schedule), a pop-up box is displayed.

  2. Click the pop-up to view recommendation details.

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Applying power schedule recommendations

Access through:

Tools menu > Recommendations

or

VM Summary tab

Available to:

Administrator and All Operator Levels of Access Rights

You can apply recommendations from Tools > Recommendations and from the VM Summary tab, as shown above in Viewing power schedule recommendations.

  1. When viewing a power schedule recommendation, click Apply.
  2. In the Set Power Schedule Group dialog, select a power schedule group and click OK.

    The recommendation is closed and disappears from the VM Summary tab and the Recommendations page.

Disabling power schedule recommendations for some or all VMs

Access through:

Configuration menu > Groups > Power Schedule

Available to:

Commander Role of Superuser, Enterprise Admin

To disable power schedule recommendations for a specific VM, do at least one of the following:

To disable power schedule recommendations for all VMs, all public cloud instances, or all private cloud VMs:

  1. Go to Configuration > Groups > Power Schedule.
  2. Click Configure Recommendations.
  3. In the Power Schedule Recommendation Settings wizard, clear the setting Enable power schedule recommendations on the Public Cloud Instances page, the Private Cloud VMs page, or both pages, as required.
  4. Click Next to complete the wizard, and click Finish to save your changes.