vCloud Usage Meter meters compute resource consumption of an vCenter Server or an VMware Cloud Director inventory. With customers rules, you have detailed control and can organize consumption reporting by a customer.

When you are ready to organize consumption reporting by a customer, you can create a customer rule that associates objects in your inventory for an entire vCenter Server or VMware Cloud Director instance.

By creating customer rules in vCloud Usage Meter, you associate customers with virtual machines that the appliance meters.

vCloud Usage Meter rebuilds customer rules on every collection. If you create, change, or remove a rule, it will be applied to reports after a subsequent collection.

Overlapping of Customer Rules

You can associate a customer rule with objects on different object levels in the inventory. Configuring customer rules on different object types in the same inventory might result in overlapping of the customer rules in which case vCloud Usage Meter applies only the active customer rule. As a best practice, consider always configuring the customer rules on the same object type.

Active Customer Rules

In case of overlapping rules, vCloud Usage Meter applies an algorithm to find an active customer rule to meter the customer product consumption data. An active customer rule is the customer rule that is the closest to the virtual machine level.

If vCenter Server customer rules are overlapping with VMware Cloud Director customer rules, precedence has VMware Cloud Director.

In case of parent and child rule overlap, vCloud Usage Meter applies the rule closest to the virtual machine level.

Reporting of customer product consumption data to the cloud

The Customer Monthly Report is a snapshot of a customer product consumption data from the time the collection happens. vCloud Usage Meter reports the product consumption data for a mapped object based on the customer label the object is assigned to at the time of the collection.