Tenant administrators or business group managers can use leases to place time limits on resource consumption.

Tenant administrators or business group managers can optionally define a lease duration when creating a blueprint.

  • If a blueprint does not specify a lease period, machines are provisioned from that blueprint with no expiration date.

  • If a blueprint specifies a single value for lease duration, machines are provisioned from that blueprint with the lease duration specified in the blueprint.

  • If a blueprint specifies a range of possible lease durations, a user can select the desired lease duration when submitting the machine request. Machine requests can be subject to approval based on the requested lease duration.

The lease duration can be changed after a machine is provisioned. A typical use case is for a machine owner to extend the lease past its original expiration date. The following considerations apply to modifying the lease on a provisioned machine:

  • Users must be entitled to the Change Lease action to modify a lease.

  • The new expiration date is not subject to the constraints on lease duration specified in the blueprint.

  • Tenant administrators or approval administrators can create approval policies of the type Service Catalog - Resource Action Request (Change Lease). The policy can be configured so that approval is always required for lease modifications, or approval can be conditional based on criteria such as the new lease duration or the cost of the machine.

Tenant administrators can also request that a machine owner release a provisioned machine for reclamation, which might result in a shortened lease period.