24.0 Creating Workload Templates

Roles that Can Perform This Task: Cloud Administrator, Catalog Manager

Workload templates are used to create the workloads for requested business services.

  1. On the main navigation bar, click Catalog.

  2. On the Workload Templates tab, click Create.

  3. If your Cloud Manager system has multiple zones, the Select Zone dialog box is displayed. Select the zone that contains the VM template you want, then click OK to display the Create Workload Template dialog box.

  4. In the General section, provide the following information for the workload template:

    Name: Specify a name for the workload template. The name should be different from any other workload template name.

    VM Template: Select a VM template.

    After you select a VM template, the template’s operating system, hypervisor, and primary disk information is displayed. You cannot change these settings.

    OS Type: Displays the workload’s operating system. You cannot change this setting.

    Hypervisor: Displays the hypervisor running the workload. You cannot change this setting.

    Zone: Displays the zone you selected for the workload template. You cannot change this setting.

    Creation Date: Displays the current date. You cannot change this setting.

    Image: You can upload an image file for the organization. Three formats are supported: PNG, JPG, and GIF. Any size is acceptable. Cloud Manager resizes the image to a maximum of 192x192 pixels (for dialog boxes), and to a minimum of 72x72 pixels (for display in organization lists), maintaining the width-to-height proportions. For example, a 432x225 image would be resized to 192x100. The image file is stored on the Cloud Manager Server.

    Description: Provide any additional information to identify the workload template.

    Tags: Specify a list (comma-delimited) of one or more keywords or categories that business service requestors can later choose as keyword filters when searching the catalog. You can create any tag you want, and as many as you want, but to be useful, the tag should be descriptive of the template in some way.

    To upload a file, mouse over No Image, then click Upload New Image. Browse for and select the image, then click OK to upload it to the Cloud Manager Application Server.

  5. In the Costs section, provide the following details for the workload template:

    Setup Cost: Specify the cost associated with setting up the workload. This is a one-time fee.

    License Cost: Specify the license cost associated with the template’s software. This cost is per month.

  6. In the Resources section:

    The template’s resource information (CPUs, memory, network interface cards, and total storage) is also displayed. You can customize this information as necessary.

    1. Customize the following settings to increase or decrease the workload resources.

      Number of CPUs: Select the number of CPUs for a workload. The maximum allowed vCPUs cannot exceed the number supported by the hypervisor.

      Each resource group includes a vCPUs per Host setting that defines the number of available vCPUs per host in the group. You should makes sure the number you select here does not exceed the per host number for any resource group that might service the workload. Otherwise, the workload will not be able to run.

      Memory: Select the megabytes (MB) of RAM to allocate to a workload.

      Number of NICs: Select the number of network interface cards (NICs) to allocate to the workload.

      Total Storage: Displays the maximum amount of total disk storage available for this template. You add disks and define their storage minimums and defaults on the Disks page. The disk information is then displayed in these fields.

    2. By default, each resource setting is locked, which means that a business service requestor cannot change it. If you want to enable a requestor to change a setting when creating a workload from the template, deselect the check box.

  7. If you want to quickly define the maximum amount of disk space to allocate to this workload template, click Disks, then in the Resources section, set the maximum file storage space that you want to allocate.

    NOTE:The associated VM template in the hypervisor environment normally has an allocated storage repository that the future workload can use. This storage is “locked” and cannot be reconfigured.

  8. If you want to add more file storage space to the workload template, you can define up to 10 additional disks.

    1. Click the Disks tab.

    2. Click Add to add a disk to the list, then in the Name field, specify the name you want to use for this new disk.

    3. Make sure the new disk is selected in the list, then specify a size (in the Size field below the list).

      As you add new disks, keep in mind the actual amount space available in the hypervisor environment for this future VM and the amount of “costable space you want to allocate.

    4. In the Cost field, select the check box if you want to charge money for the new disk.

      If you don’t enable the Cost option, the disk becomes a free disk and is not included when calculating the cost of a business service.

    5. Select Allow users to change disk size if you want to enable users to change the size of the disk when they configure a workload to create a business service.

    6. Repeat to include up to 10 disks.

      NOTE:The Source field is read-only. It is populated with data from the Orchestration Server after the workload template is cloned and the virtual disk is actually created in a repository.

  9. If the template is a Windows-based template and you want to pre-populate some of the Windows settings, click Windows Settings and fill in the following fields, then click OK.

    1. Configure the Domain Settings:

      Computer Name: You cannot pre-populate this field. It must be filled in when creating the business service request (by the Business Service Owner) or when performing the pre-build configuration (by an administrator).

      Domain or Workgroup: Select Domain or Workgroup, then specify the name of the domain or workgroup to which you want the virtual machine added.

      Domain Administrator User ID: This applies only if you are adding the virtual machine to a domain. Specify a domain administrator user ID that can be used to add the virtual machine to the domain specified in the Domain field.

    2. Modify the Installation Settings:

      Windows Product Key: Specify the product key for the workload’s Windows operating system.

      Registered to Name: Specify an individual, department, company or so forth to whom the Windows operating system software is registered.

      Run Once Commands: Specify any Windows RunOnce commands that you want run during the first log in to the virtual machine. For information about Windows RunOnce commands, see the Microsoft Windows documentation.

  10. If the template is a Linux-based template and you want to pre-populate some of the Linux settings, click Linux Settings and fill in the following fields, then click OK.

    Hostname: You cannot pre-populate this field. It must be filled in when creating the business service request (by the Business Service Owner) or when performing the pre-build configuration (by an administrator).

    Domain Name: Specify the domain for the virtual machine (for example, novell.com or provo.novell.com).

  11. (Optional) If you want to add applications or services to the workloads based on this template, click Add-ons, then complete the following steps:

    1. Click either the Applications tab or the Services tab.

      The process of adding either an application or a service is the same. Build Administrators provide these applications or services during the post-configuration phase of the request workflow, then Business Service Owners can select from the listed add-ons when they request new services or edit existing services.

    2. Click Add to add an application or a service to the list.

    3. (Optional) Select the application or service in the list, then click Lock if you want to define this application or service as required for the template. You can multi-select items in the list for locking.

    4. Click OK to save the association of the application or service to the template.

      There are other things you can do as you edit add-ons in the template:

      • If you want to remove the association of the legal agreement from the workload template, select the legal agreement from the list (you can also multi-select) then click Remove.

      • If you want to see the configuration of a legal agreement, select it from the list, then click View.

  12. If you want to associate a resource pricing package to a workload template, select the workload template you want to use, the select Packages.

    1. On the Resource Pricing Packages page, click Add to display a list of the available packages.

    2. From the list, select one or more packages, then click OK to transfer your selections to the Resource Pricing Packages page.

      Warning text is displayed with any resource pricing package that is not compatible with the workload template.

  13. If you want to add legal agreement to a workload template, select the workload template you want to use, click the legal agreements tab, then follow these steps:

    1. Click Add to add a legal agreement to the list.

    2. Select the legal agreement in the list, then click OK.

NOTE:The Workload Templates list displays only the workload templates from the organization where your business group resides. You must assign workload templates at the organization level before they become available for selection at the business group level.