Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Is vSphere Web Client a requirement for tracking license utilization ?

With the new vSphere 5 licensing model, based on vRAM utilization, everybody is concern with  average utilization, if you are not, better start to be. You might be out of compliance.

vCenter has, now, a new capability to track your license utilization.
You can check that at HOME – Administration - Licensing . There will be a new tab called Reporting.

This new functionality depends on the vSphere Web Client.
This requirement is not clear on admin guides or installation guides. (well, I could not find it anywhere, if you know where this statement is, please let me know and I’ll be glad to correct this post).

If you just install vCenter and did not install the Web Client, you will end up with the following error, VMware vSphere Client is not installed or it is incorrectly configured for this vCenter Server. Install or configure the vSphere Web Client for this vCenter server and click the Retry button bellow.

That would be your first clue.
Your second clue would be when starting the vSphere installer and selecting the vSphere Web Client, on the right, will be a description saying: New improvements in license reporting require installation of VMware vSphere Web Client.

The installation is pretty straight for. (so, I would not cover that up here)

After the installation, you will need to register your vCenter with the web client.
Just open the Web Client admin page and click “Register vCenter Server”

Fill the fields with the information about your vCenter and the credentials, hit “Register” and then you are ready to go.

Back to the reporting tab you will now see all the information about your license utilization, vRAM entitlements , vRAM average for the past 12 months, etc..

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