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. When you construct a rule, the value type varies, depending on 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 Type 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