Installing vCloud Usage Meter step-by-step7. January 20147. January 2014Gert Kjerslev
In this post I will go through the steps needed to setup VMware vCloud Usage Meter (v.3.2). The vCloud Usage Meter is used to collect and generate reports for VSPP’s to send back to VMware for monthly billing of usage. You will first need to download the vCloud Usage Meter virtual appliance in OVA format from VMware here you can also get the User Guide. When you have the appliance, use the vSphere client to delopy the appliance but first you will have to make a IP Pool for the appliance.
Go to the datacenter -> IP Pools tab and click add and fill in the default gateway and subnet mask on the IPv4 tab, do not set “Enable IP Pool”.pic1           
On the DNS tab fill in the DNS setting for you’re setup.pic2
 Under the “Assoications” tab choose the correct network and then click ok.pic3
Now, go to ‘File’ and ‘Deploy OVF template’ and select the downloaded UM OFV file and click next.pic4
 Click nextpic5
 Accept the EULA and click nextpic6
 Name the UM and choose a location for it and click nextpic7
Choose a cluster or host and click nextpic8
Choose a resource pool and click nextpic9
Choose a disk format and click next. For production I would choose thick, but in my lab I choose thin.pic10
 Choose the network for the UM and click nextpic11
 Choose Fixed IP allocation and click nextpic12
 Enter a password for the root account and the IP for the UM and click nextpic13
Review the settings and click Finishpic14
 When the appliance starts you will get the familiar VMware appliance screen. You will need to login and set the password for the web access with the command ‘webpass’.pic15
 When logged in type the command ‘webpass’ and type the desired password for the UM web client.pic17
You can now login to the UM web interface using the URL https://<um-ip>:8443/umpic16
First you will have to enter you’re Service Provider contact information and click save.pic18
Next fill in the Email information for email alerts and outgoing email server, remember to click save two times. One for server and one for alerts. 🙂pic19
Now for the products tab, under vCenter Server click addpic20
You will now have to enter the IP or hostname for the vCenter server and user information. Clickpic24
In my setup I had to with for over an hour, before the there was any data not even the vCenter inventory was visible. Now you are ready to create you’re first customers and starting to collect monthly points usage to Aggregator. In and upcoming post I will show you how to setup a customer. This was a long post, many because of all the screen shots, but I hope this can help you start using the vCloud Usage Meter from VMware. Thanks!