You can add a rule by linking a customer to specific objects in your vCenter Server inventory. Each object has a value type that uniquely identifies it for metering by vCloud Usage Meter. When you construct a rule, the value type varies, depending upon the object.

Object Type Definitions

Object types aid you in metering and reporting specific customer activity.

Table 1. Object Type Definitions

Object Type in Inventory

Definition

vCenter Server

A vCenter Server as identified by a unique ID, holds all object types.

Cluster

Server group in the virtual environment.

Data center

A required structure in vCenter Server under which hosts and their associated virtual machines are added.

Host

Physical computer on which virtualization or other software is installed.

Resource Pool

Divisions of computing resources used to manage allocations between virtual machines in your inventory.

Folder

Grouped objects of the same type. For example, folders help set permissions across objects, to set alarms across objects, and to organize objects in a meaningful way.

VM

Virtual machine. A software-based computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications. Virtual machines that have been deleted from a vCenter Server inventory but that remain in the vCloud Usage Meter database are shown as dimmed out.

VM vCenter Server Name

Virtual machine name in your vCenter Server inventory.

VM DNS Name

A DNS name of a virtual machine in your inventory.

vApp

A format that packages and manages applications containing multiple virtual machines.

IPv4 address

An IP network address in your inventory.

Supported Object and Value Type Combinations

Each combination of supported objects requires specific value types, and some also need identification of the vCenter Server. Exact string, substring, regular expression, and CIDR notation apply to all vCenter Server instances registered with vCloud Usage Meter.

Table 2. Supported Object and Value Types

Object Type

Value Types

vCenter Server Needed

VM, host, cluster, data center, or vCenter Server

Unique ID

Yes

VM vCenter ServerName or VM DNS Name

Exact string

Yes

Substring

Yes

Regular expression

Yes

IP V4 address

IP V4 CIDR notation

Yes

Folder, resource pool, or vApp

Unique ID

Yes

Exact string

Yes

Substring

Yes

Regular expression

Yes