Automation Central is where you can create jobs to automate optimization actions which reclaim or rightsize VMs. Once you set up recurring jobs, you can track and obtain reports on them. You can customize jobs so that they only run based certain on parameters. For example, if you choose to delete a snapshot as an action, you can specify how old the snapshot must be before it is deleted.
Where You find Automation Central
Click Automation Central in the left pane.
How Automation Central Works
- View the Summary of Scheduled Jobs
- When you click on a date in the calendar, you see a summary of the job. The summary displays the frequency of the job, the type of job, and if the job is enabled or disabled. You can click Preview to see more details about the job, or click Disable All Recurrences to disable the job. To edit the job, click the Edit link.
- View a Report of Jobs
- View reclamation and rightsizing reports. The reclamation report displays graphical and numerical data on the total cost saving, CPUs reclaimed, memory reclaimed and storage reclaimed for different time periods.
- The rightsizing reports displays graphical and numerical data on the CPUs downsized, memory downsized, CPU oversized, and memory upsized for different time periods.
- View Job History
- You can also view the history of configured jobs which have run. Click the History tab above the calendar to see the job name, and job details in a tabular format. Use the search to search for a Job or VM. Click the drop-down in the search box to perform an advanced search.
- The job history page only displays the status of jobs. For detailed information about the task, go to . Failed recurring jobs are triggered during the next run.
- If VM Power Off is not allowed, the action fails and is indicate as such in the logs.
- View Configured Jobs
- The Jobs tab is where you see a list of configured jobs. For each job, clicking the ellipses icon brings up a menu from where you can edit, delete, clone or disable the job. If a job that you created is not visible in the list, search for it by entering the name in the search box. Alternatively, you can check by the job status by clicking the drop-down in the search box for advanced search options.
Prerequisites to Run Actions
Actions are run through VMware tools. vCenter privileges required to run each actions is documented in topic, Privileges Required for Configuring a vCenter Adapter Instance. Automation Central calls vCenter APIs with the credentials supplied to the vCenter adapter in vRealize OperationsVMware vRealize Operations Cloud.
Automation Central is available for users who have the advanced license and above. You must have the necessary perimission to schedule and manage jobs in the Automation Central page which you can access from the left menu. An administrator can manage these permissions in . Make sure that the Manage Job Schedules permission is selected in the Permissions section of the screen. This is available when you expand the Automation Central permission.
To schedule a job of a specific type, you must have permission to run the corresponding action defined under. To view permissions assigned to the users and roles, navigate to .
Operational Actions must be enabled in the vCenter cloud adapter instance to run actions from Automation Central.
To use alternate user credentials for actions, see Configure a vCenter Server Cloud Account in vRealize Operations
Troubleshooting Automation Jobs
Or, go toand and search for action execution in analytics-.log.