You deploy the vCloud Usage Meter appliance with vSphere Web Client.

Prerequisites

  • vCloud Usage Meter requires the following hardware resources.
    • Two virtual CPU cores
    • 12 GB of memory
    • 80 GB storage
  • Download the vCloud Usage Meter OVA file from the VMware Customer Connect download product page and save it locally.
  • Verify that you have access and sufficient privileges to deploy an OVA file with vSphere Web Client.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client as a user who has sufficient privileges to deploy an OVA file.
  2. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to Hosts and Clusters.
  3. Right-click a target host or cluster for your vCloud Usage Meter appliance, and select Deploy OVF Template.
  4. In the Deploy OVF Template wizard, navigate to the vCloud Usage Meter OVA file, and click Next.
  5. Enter a unique name for the vCloud Usage Meter appliance, select the target deployment location, and click Next.
  6. On the Select a compute resource page, select the deployment target resource in which you want to run the vCloud Usage Meter appliance, and click Next.
    You can select a cluster, a host, a vApp, or a resource pool.
  7. Verify the OVF template details and click Next.
  8. Review and accept the end-user license agreement, and click Next.
  9. On the Select storage page, select where and how vCloud Usage Meter must store the files.
    Select the virtual disk format, the VM storage policy, and the datastore for the appliance.
  10. Select a network for the deployed template and click Next.
    Note: By default, the appliance deploys with IP allocation set to Static-Manual and protocol set to IPv4. If you leave the network properties fields blank, the appliance is deployed with IP allocation set to DHCP.
  11. On the Customize template page, set the passwords for the local user accounts, and configure how vCloud Usage Meter manages the collected product consumption data.
    Note: All passwords must meet a set of password requirements. For more information, see Password Requirements for the vCloud Usage Meter User Accounts.
    Deployment Property Note
    Initial root password Set the root password and keep a record of the password. If you enter a root password that does not meet the security requirements, vCloud Usage Meter prompts you to change the password on your first login to the appliance. You cannot recover the root password, but you can reset it. See Reset the Root Password for instructions on changing the vCloud Usage Meter root password.
    Initial usagemeter password Set the usagemeter password. After the deployment of the appliance, verify that the usagemeter password meets the security requirements. For information, see Verify the Password Strength Compliance.If the password does not meet the existing security requirements, you must change the usagemeter password. For more information, see Change the User Account Passwords for the usagemeter and the umauditor User Accounts.
    Initial umauditor password Set the umauditor password. After the deployment of the appliance, verify that the umauditor password meets the security requirements. For information, see Verify the Password Strength Compliance.If the password does not meet the existing security requirements, you must change the umauditor password. For more information, see Change the User Account Passwords for the usagemeter and the umauditor User Accounts.
    Hostname Enter a hostname for the vCloud Usage Meter appliance. Reqiured in case of a static IP allocation network mode. In case of DHCP network mode, leave the field blank to try to reverse lookup the IP address.
    Host Network Default Gateway Enter the default gateway address of the vCloud Usage Meter appliance. Required in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
    Domain Name Enter the domain name of vCloud Usage Meter appliance. Reqiured in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
    Domain Search Path Enter the domain names that you use as a domain search path for the vCloud Usage Meter appliance in a comma-separated list. Reqiured in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
    Domain Name Servers Enter the domain name servers IP addresses for the vCloud Usage Meter appliance in a comma-separated list. Reqiured in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
    Network 1 IP Address Enter the IP address for this interface. Required in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
    Network 1 Netmask. Netmask in CIDR notation For vCloud Usage Meter appliances with a static IP address, configure the netmask in CIDR notation. For example, enter 24 for 255.255.255.0, 28 for 255.255.255.240. Required in case of a static IP allocation network mode.
  12. On the Ready to complete page, review the information and click Finish.
    Important: To avoid compliance issues with Partner Connect Program, do not clone vCloud Usage Meter appliances. If you need an additional vCloud Usage Meter instance, you must deploy a new vCloud Usage Meter appliance.

Results

The default time zone of the deployed vCloud Usage Meter appliance is UTC and you cannot change it.

What to do next

Set the vCloud Usage Meter appliance vRAM as needed. Most service providers can run well with 12GB. On the Support page, you can monitor and increase the memory use.

If you want to set up the vCloud Usage Meter appliance in an offline mode, see Managing vCloud Usage Meter Instances in an Offline Mode.