We’re blissful to announce the overall availability of VMware Cloud Supplier Lifecycle Supervisor (VCPLCM) model 1.5 as on 18th April 2023.
VMware helps companies suppliers to maintain up with the tempo of improvements that enables them to supply the newest and biggest instruments to their tenants to assist their companies. That is straightforward stated than completed. Service suppliers must additionally give attention to deployments, upgrades, and configuration of product stack to ship seamless companies and meet SLAs. Operations like, upgrades, deployment and general administration turns into an overhead that impedes time and innovation.
With this model of VCPLCM, we have now launched many options that are useful to the suppliers each when it comes to administration and notification concerning the present surroundings. We have now delivered enhancements and refinements that allow improved operational expertise and fast course of occasions, thereby permitting companions to give attention to delivering progressive differentiation and seamless companies to their tenants and ship improved SLAs with sooner time to market.
With model 1.4 (that was introduced in October 2022) we delivered GUI enhancements, prolonged hassle capturing and parallel activity dealing with capabilities. Constructing on the identical, we have now delivered options that present an enhanced person expertise with simplified operations.
Let’s now see what are the brand new options that VCPLCM 1.5 provides:
We have now centered extra on providing important enhancements that enables companions to expertise a refined and enhanced operational toolset.
- First, we have now enabled the Auto registration of VMware Utilization Meter on the Commerce Portal, which means, customers can now begin metering their VMware merchandise proper from the deployment that eases the suppliers to register their home equipment individually.
- Subsequent, we have now launched notifications for duties. Customers can now both see the standing proper from the GUI as earlier than or can arrange a notification e-mail that may free the customers from often checking in.
- Process Execution enhancements – That is one other main characteristic that has been added. Ought to there be any failures whereas upgrading, the customers now have the choice to Roll-back or resume their upgrades from a “examine level” decreasing the time and effort for upgrades.
- The Restart choice has been launched within the UI that helps customers to Restart the product deployment and register datacenter part in case it fails. Barring the necessity to enter the main points once more.
Isn’t this nice? I’m certain you wish to know extra, let’s speak about these intimately.
Beneath are the important thing options that are options that are included with model 1.5.
- Utilization Meter Auto Registration
- Notifications for VCPLCM
- Interop Reporting
- Enhanced Process Execution
- Various Product Model definition
- API model 3 has been launched.
Utilization Meter Auto Registration
Deployment & Administration of Utilization Meter and configuring collectors is without doubt one of the options of VCPLCM. We have now gone past simply that and have included auto-registration together with deployment.
When deploying the Utilization Meter, it is possible for you to to register that with the VMware Commerce portal.
Beneath are the steps you want to observe to register Utilization Meter with the VMware Commerce portal utilizing VCPLCM.
- Whereas deploying Utilization Meter you want to choose UM Auto Register
2. Present the under particulars:
- CSP Token – API token to be retrieved from VMware Cloud Companion Navigator
- Metering Mode- Manufacturing/Check
- Connectivity Mode- On-line/Offline
- Contract Quantity
- Website Identify
It’s also possible to present the under proxy particulars for connectivity:
Upon offering the above particulars, you possibly can auto-register the Utilization Meter with VMware Commerce portal throughout the deployment utilizing VCPLCM.
Notifications for VMware Cloud Supplier Lifecycle Supervisor
VCPLCM is executing duties primarily based on the API requests. Such duties may be long-running till (together with) VCPLCM 1.4 the one technique to discover out if a activity was completed was to confirm the standing recurrently.
Nonetheless, particularly for long-running duties, customers may not stick with the person interface to get an replace on the duty. As a substitute, it will be good to get data on activity updates by way of e-mail.
Along with activity execution, customers may wish to obtain data on essential product-related occasions, reminiscent of expired certificates or passwords.
To get knowledgeable about such occasions with out explicitly logging in to VCPLCM and querying merchandise or different extra particular particulars, VCPLCM 1.5 have launched a notification system that might inform customers if configured accordingly, additionally notify them by way of e-mail of the standing of the duties executed and ship notifications for expired passwords and certificates.
So as to add the notification performance, VCPLCM provides a notification service.
This notification service gives an choice so as to add a notification in case some occasion happens. Beneath are the situations.
- The duty completes – both profitable, failed or cancelled.
- Certificates expires.
- Password expires.
- A certificates is about to run out (configurable threshold)
- Password is about to run out (configurable threshold)
The notification service is configurable by API, please discuss with the VMware documentation for extra particulars and obtain the newest Postman assortment for a similar.
Interop reporting has been launched, the place particulars in regards to the present environments and their integrations with co-existing merchandise are displayed, indicating model incompatibilities or pending/upcoming points. Other than model incompatibilities, it additionally exhibits the password standing, expiration date and certificates standing as properly.
You’ll be able to outline the present or goal model and it’ll listing associated merchandise, doable upgrades, upcoming expiring certificates or passwords.
The report is downloaded in JSON format, and you should use the respective software to view the identical.
Enhanced Process Execution
The wait is over; you don’t must enter the main points once more for any failed or cancelled activity. We have now launched the “Restart” choice in UI which is accessible for product deployment and datacenter part registration as of now. You get an choice to retrieve the unique activity payload by deciding on “Obtain request Payload” and might begin the deployment with modifying enter.
Rollback and Resume Choice:
Rollback and resume choice has been launched in case of any failure throughout the improve.
Allow Rollback choice was obtainable within the earlier model, for any failure throughout the improve course of, the product will likely be rolled again to the present model. Nonetheless, with this model, you get an choice to disable that Computerized Rollback characteristic and get an choice to roll again or resume from a checkpoint. These checkpoints are outlined as sub-tasks, and you’ll choose these checkpoints as per your requirement to renew/rollback.
Alternate Product model definition
Now you possibly can view alternate product variations together with the construct quantity in VCPLCM GUI.
That is launched to keep away from confusion whereas deciding on the product model for deployment.
With earlier variations, we needed to preserve a particular folder construction to repeat the product binaries however now these binaries may be copied wherever contained in the /cplcmrepo listing.
The above adjustments have been integrated to make sure simplicity when it comes to product deployment.
VCP LCM REST API has been up to date and stays with model 3.
Model 1 and a pair of of API are nonetheless accessible, however it is strongly recommended to make use of v3.
Beneath are the operations included:
- Restarting, resuming, and rolling again duties
- Retrieve the request payload of a activity.
- Generate an interop report.
- Retrieve notifications and archive/learn notifications.
CLI and GUI are utilizing v3, nonetheless, CLI has an choice to work with v1 or v2 API as properly.
For extra data on the discharge, please discuss with the launch notes. It’s also possible to go to our documentation web page for extra particulars. You’ll be able to obtain the product from the downloads web page.
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