Assigning Groups to Services with the Default Attributes Policy
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The Default Attributes policy can automatically assign the following metadata to new services:
- expiry date
- expiry group
- guest OS scan group
- maintenance group
- power schedule group
- rightsizing group
This policy works in two ways:
- During a service deployment (automated or manual), if vCommander finds a policy targeting the selected destination, it calculates the policy actions and combines them with the other metadata (inherited from the source template and supplied on the request form). During automated deployment, vCommander applies the combined values. During manual deployment, vCommander populates the wizard with the combined values.
- The policy is triggered when a new service is created directly in the managed system (outside of vCommander).
Caution: Any configuration of this policy on a system-wide basis can affect all managed systems that are managed by vCommander now and can affect all managed systems that are added to vCommander in the future. If you don't want all managed systems to be automatically affected by this policy, configure the policy by selected infrastructure elements only.
- See Managing Service Groups to learn about other methods for assigning service groups, and which method is best in each situation.
- The Default Attributes policy assigns expiry information and groups to templates, but policy actions aren't performed for templates.
- The Default Attributes policy does not affect managed systems, so it's not possible to assign a maintenance group to a managed system through this policy.
Configuration menu > Policies
vCommander Role of Superuser and Enterprise Admin
Administrator Access Rights
Important: Before configuring the Default Attributes policy, create the groups you will assign through the policy. See Managing Service Groups to learn how.
To configure the Default Attributes policy:
- On the Policies tab, click Add.
- On the Choose a Policy page, select Default Attributes from the list of policies.
- On the Policy Name/Description page, enter a name (for example, "Default Attributes Policy for Production"), and an optional description.
- On the Choose a Target page, from the Target View Type list, select Operational or Deployed, and in the tree select a target for the policies.
If a service is deployed into a location where multiple policies target the Operational view and the Deployed view, the policy targeting the Operational view takes precedence.
Caution: Any configuration of this policy on a system-wide basis can affect all managed systems that are managed by vCommander now and can affect all managed systems that are added to vCommander in the future. If you don't want all managed systems to be automatically affected by this policy, don't select Operational or Deployed as a target. Instead, select a managed system or any infrastructure elements within a managed system.
- On the Configure the Policy page:
If you want the policy to come into effect immediately after you finish configuring it, select Enable Policy.
For Take Action, select an option:
- None: If the policy is triggered, no action is taken. An alert is created, notifying you that the policy has triggered. See also Subscribing to Policy Alerts.
- Run Workflow: Existing command workflows appear for selection, organized by target type. If the policy is triggered, the selected workflow is run.
You must choose a workflow with a target type that matches the target of the policy; otherwise, the workflow will fail. For example, if the selected workflow's target type is "VM", the workflow will fail if the policy targets a database. A workflow with a target type of "Any Inventory Type" can be run on all service types.
Click Add Workflow to set up a new command workflow.
- In the Expiry area, choose one of the following:
- If you want the service to expire in a given number of days after the service is added to the inventory, enable Set Expiry Date and enter a number from 1 to 9999.
- If you want the service to never expire, enable Never Expires.
- Enable or clear the last checkbox to set whether you want to allow children of the targets to have their own instance of the policy.
If you enable this option, other instances of this policy can be applied to any infrastructure elements and services that are children of the parent infrastructure element you've selected (an override).
You can choose one or more of the following group types: