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What’s New in vCommander 4.7?

Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

This release introduces support for Hyper-V hosts managed by Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). vCommander™ provides a management and cloud automation platform for organizations wanting to use multiple hypervisors. With vCommander, you can make the right technology and economic decisions specific to your environment, for your chosen virtualization platform.

vCommander supports a wide range of features with Hyper-V, including inventory and reporting, change and configuration management, policy automation, cost visibility and chargeback, and self-service and provisioning automation.

Chargeback and IT Costing

We have introduced multi-tenant cost model capability and a new VM Billing Report in the Chargeback and IT Costing category.

Multi-tenant Cost Models

vCommander now offers the ability to create cost models and assign them to parts of your virtual infrastructure. Each cost model contains distinct CPU, memory, storage, operating system, support and custom costs. You can assign different costs to high-end versus low-end compute resources, to different hypervisor platforms, or to different groups of consumers.

New VM Billing Report

The VM Billing Report provides a metered view of actual VM usage and associated costs. The VM Billing Report shows summarized daily costs for any period you choose; for example, the last week or the last month, as well as costs for VMs assigned to a particular owner.

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VM Migration

You can now migrate VMs from a vCenter managed system to an SCVMM managed system. vCommander allows easy adoption of Hyper-V into your environment by providing a reliable mechanism to transfer VMs from VMware to Hyper-V, while retaining key metadata.

Performance and Resource Optimization

New features in the Performance and Resource Optimization category include an enhanced Storage Summary Report, Guest OS disk usage information, maximum disk latency metrics, and VM uptime statistics.

Automation and Self-Service

This release offers several improvements in the Automation and Self-Service category.

  • Workflows – You can set form-based automation options in approval workflows for change requests. This enables you, for example, to allow automatic fulfillment for decommissioning requests, while requiring manual fulfillment for resource change requests.

  • Report Scheduling – When scheduling reports, you can now specify that when reports and search results are sent via email the parameters used to create the report will not be displayed. You can also schedule a task to be run only once.

  • Export Reports to PDF – You can now export any of our reports to PDF by clicking a button in the report itself, by right-clicking a report in the reports list, or by attaching a PDF to an email as part of a scheduled task.

  • Custom Component Types – Create custom component types for non-VM service requests so that you can add the same component type and cost to different Service Catalog entries. Custom components include both non-virtual assets, such as a phone, and tasks that modify existing assets, such as the installation of a database instance on an existing server. Custom component types are associated with their own forms so that users can specify values in a service request; for example, the request form can prompt users to specify the required size for a database component.

  • Component-based New Service Request Forms – vCommander now provides default New Service Request forms for VMs and for vApps, as well as for any custom component types that you create. You can create additional component forms and assign them to various users and groups. Component-based forms provide complete control over what fields appear on the New Service Request form for each component type; for example, the default vApp request form does not include the CPU Count or Memory fields.

  • Form-based Custom Attribute – You can now create custom attributes that are used only on service request forms. These custom attributes are not attached to deployed infrastructure or VMs. Form-based custom attributes are useful for capturing information required only during the service request process.

User Experience

In the User Experience category, we have improved searching in both vCommander and the Service Portal, and we have made creating Service Catalog entries easier.

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Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) vCommander