You can view details of how the cost of your virtual infrastructure is spread across different consumers. This helps you in budgeting and comparison across different consumer groups within the enterprise. You can define or map the virtual machines based on business units in vRealize Business for Cloud. You can categorize your consumer lists according to your vCenter Server, vRealize Automation, and vCloud Director hierarchies.


  1. Log in to vRealize Business for Cloud as an administrator.
    • https://vRealize_Automation_host_name/vcac/org/tenant_URL (for the vRealize Automation integrated setup)

    • https://vRealize_Business_for_Cloud_host_name/itfm-cloud (for the vRealize Business for Cloud standalone setup)

  2. Click Business Management.
  3. Expand Consumption.
  4. Select Business Unit Consumption.
  5. From the Edit menu, click Edit Business Hierarchy.
  6. Click Edit on the datasource bar to define or edit the group strategy for each hierarchy.

    The Group Configuration window opens.

  7. Perform the following to configure each group strategy.
    1. Enable or disable the group status.
    2. Select a group strategy for the business units or business services.


      Grouping Strategy

      vRealize Automation

      • For the business units, select Business Group.

        Grouping or categorization is done according to the business groups present in vRealize Automation. Each tenant is considered as a line of business and each business group is listed as a business unit.

      • For the business services, select Blueprint.

      vCloud Director

      • For the business units, select Organization or Virtual Data Center.

      • For the business services, select vApp.

      vCenter Server

      For business units and business services, define the strategy by setting rules or uploading a CSV file.

      • If you are setting rules, define the business units according to one of the following options:

        • Categorize by folder. For example, folders whose name or labels begin with BU_.

        • Select all folders at vCenter Server hierarchy level


          The selected folder level corresponds to folders in the VMs and Templates view of vCenter Server. When you select this option, vRealize Business for Cloud identifies virtual machines that are within the folders and ignores the virtual machines that are at same level as folders. To see all virtual machines regardless of folder structure mentioned in the VMs and Templates view of vCenter Server, you must use the categorize by tags or by virtual machine name options.

        • Categorize by tags - select the VMs with tag family

        • Categorize by virtual machine name


          Enter the group pattern within parenthesis. For example, to list the virtual machine names having vRB in the beginning or at the end of the name, enter ((vRB)(.*)) or ((.*)(vRB))respectively. To list all virtual machines with vRB anywhere in the name, enter((.*)(vRB)(.*)).

      • If you are uploading a CSV file, click Upload and select a valid CSV file.

        The CSV file that you are uploading must contain the information under the headings vmMoid, vcServerUUID, and businessUnitName.

      Amazon Web Services

      Select Account Name as the grouping strategy.

    3. Click Save.
  8. To change the logical name of a business unit, perform the following steps.
    1. Expand a datasource section or group.
    2. Click on the logical name that you want change.
    3. Rename the business unit.
    4. Click Save.


vRealize Business for Cloud refreshes its data if the business unit definition has changed.