vCommander Views

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

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.

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). See also note below.

Stacks don't have children in the tree, because stack resources are already displayed in the appropriate location in the tree.

Microsoft Azure

A hierarchy of Azure 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 don't have children (in contrast to the Deployed view). When you click a resource group in any view, you can see a list of its resources on its Resources tab.

GCP

A hierarchy of GCP resources, grouped by region and zone. Because this view is region-centric, it's the view you should use when thinking about geographic distribution. VM images are not shown in this view.

Kubernetes

An infrastructure-centric view showing the logical grouping of pods and containers, based on the node where they reside.

Hyper-V SCVMM

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

To support both VPCs and EC2 Classic in AWS 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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Deployed 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.

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 don't have children in the tree, because stack resources are already displayed in the appropriate location in the tree.

Microsoft Azure

A hierarchy of Azure 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.

vCommander supports only VM images, not OS images.

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 Deployed 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 a resource group in any view, you see a list of its resources on its Resources tab.

Google Cloud Platform

A hierarchy of VMs and images. This view provides an application-centric view of GCP resources, logically grouped by organization, folder and project.

Kubernetes

An application-centric view of the Kubernetes cluster, composed of pods, containers and other resources, broken down by namespace.

Hyper-V SCVMM

Templates in the SCVMM library.

Storage view

A view of storage resources in the Operational hierarchy.

  • vCenter: The Unmanaged folder in this view shows out-of-inventory VMs (VMs that exist on a datastore but don't exist in vCenter's inventory).
  • AWS: Shows both the EBS and S3 datastores. For more information on AWS storage, see the Root Device Type property for VMs.
  • Azure: Shows both managed and unmanaged storage. The view is region-centric, which means that it doesn't provide a resource group–centric view of storage accounts. For more information on Azure storage, see Storage Accounts.
  • Google Cloud Platform: Shows storage resources grouped by region. For GCP, all storage resources are displayed under the Managed folder. Both regional and zonal storage resources are organized into vCommander datastores, which are logical groups aggregating persistent VM disks. When you look at a datastore, you can see which VMs have persistent disks, as well as the total storage usage in that zone or region. Disks for images and local disks are not attached to any datastore, so they're not visible in the Storage view.
  • Kubernetes: Provides a storage footprint view of all volumes in the cluster, as well as a list of volumes for each pod, broken down by volume type. It doesn't show volume backings or storage classes.

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.