2.2 Setting Up VM Management with the ZENworks Orchestrator Console

Before you can use the ZENworks VM Management Console, you need to:

To accomplish the latter two points, complete the following tasks in order:

  1. Discovering Physical Resources

  2. Resuming the VNC Password Job

  3. (Optional) Setting Joblet Slots on Physical Machines

  4. Discovering Virtual Machine Hosts

2.2.1 Discovering Physical Resources

After you have configured and set up your Orchestrator Server:

  1. Open the ZENworks Orchestrator Console.

    The console is displayed with the available grids displayed:

    ZENworks Orchestrator Console Showing Available Grids
  2. Click your grid in the tree view.

    The Login dialog box is displayed:

    ZENworks Orchestrator Console Login Dialog Box
  3. Enter your administrator username and password.

    The console is displayed with the information expanded for the selected grid:

    ZENworks Orchestrator Console with Information for the Selected Grid Displayed
  4. Click the Resources button to display the Resources tab:

    Resources Tab in ZENworks Orchestrator Console
  5. Click the mailbox (Mailbox Icon) in the upper left of the Resources view to open the following dialog box:

    Resource Registration Monitor Dialog Box
  6. Select Accept to register the physical resources available, then click OK to display the available resources:

    Resources Tab with Resource Set Up

    After your physical resources are registered, you can begin to build and discover the VM hosts and VMs in your data center, which brings the VMs into the control of the Orchestrator Server and allows you to install the Orchestrator Agent on any VMs that are already installed on your system. After the VM host machines have been discovered, you can also begin the process of creating VMs.

    For information on creating VMs, see Section 3.2, Building a Virtual Machine and for information on discovering VMs, see Section 3.1, Discovering Existing Virtual Machines.

  7. Continue with Section 2.2.2, Resuming the VNC Password Job.

2.2.2 Resuming the VNC Password Job

The VNC password was set when you ran the configuration script. The vmHostVncConfig job must be activated because it is shipped in a paused state. This job opens up the VNC port on the VM host machines that are part of the VM Builder group in the Orchestrator Server and sets the previously specified password.

When this job is running it allows you to open a VNC session to the ZENworks VM Management Console or any other VNC client.

To resume the VNC job:

  1. In the ZENworks Orchestrator Console, click the Scheduler button.

    The applicable portion of the console is illustrated here:

    Scheduler Section of ZENworks Orchestrator Console Showing VNC Job Not Run
  2. Select the vmHostVncConfig job (indicated in blue):

    Scheduler Section of ZENworks Orchestrator Console with Running VNC Job
  3. Click Enable, then click Run Now:

    Scheduler Section of ZENworks Orchestrator Console with VNC Job Run
  4. Continue with one of the following:

2.2.3 Setting Joblet Slots on Physical Machines

If your physical machine is going to be part of the group of Xen hypervisor-enabled machines that you want to use as VM Builder agent machines, you might want to increase the number of joblet slots on that particular physical machine.

To set joblet slot values:

  1. In the ZENworks Orchestrator Console, select a physical resource in the left pane, then in the right pane, click the Info/Groups tab:

    Info/Groups Tab of a Resource in ZENworks Orchestrator Console

    If necessary, click the Gold Arrow Icon for Closed Section icon to open the Info section.

  2. Scroll down to view the Joblets Slot field:

    Info Section of Info/Groups Tab Opened
  3. In the Joblet Slots field, change the default of 1 to a higher value (depending on the capacity of the machine), then click File > Save to make the change effective.

    Two or three slots is the recommended number of joblet slots for most machines.

    Additional joblet slots allows you to run multiple joblets on the machine, or build more than one VM at a time.

    You can also make this change on non-VM Builder servers.

  4. Continue with Section 2.2.4, Discovering Virtual Machine Hosts.

2.2.4 Discovering Virtual Machine Hosts

After you have discovered your physical resources, resumed the VNC job, and have set the correct number of joblet slots for the VM Builder host and other VM host machines, you can begin to discover and build VMs in your data center. For information on using the VM Builder to build your new VMs, see Section 3.2, Building a Virtual Machine. For information on discovering VMs in your data center, see Section 3.1, Discovering Existing Virtual Machines.

When you load ZENworks Orchestrator Console with active VM Management, you can use the console to manage VMs as resources in your data center. Before you can use your VMs, you need to discover the machines on which they reside and on which they will run.

  1. In the ZENworks Orchestrator Console, click Provision > Discover VM Hosts to display the Discover VM Hosts dialog box.

    Discover FM Hosts and Repositories Dialog Box
  2. Select your provisioning adapter (vcenter, vmserver, or xen30) from the drop-down menu.

    IMPORTANT:In order to use Xen 3.0 virtual machines, select xen30.

    For information on provisioning adapters, see Section 4.0, Provisioning Virtual Machines.

  3. Click OK.

    The following dialog box is displayed:

  4. Click Jobs to view the Jobs section in the ZENworks Orchestrator Console and verify that the job has started.

    After your VM host machines are discovered, you can refresh your tree view or wait for the automatic tree refresh to see the VM host machine listed under the provisioning adapter, although no VMs are listed.

    For a listing of the VM technologies and supported host and guest operating systems, see Section C.1, Virtual Machine Technologies.

  5. Continue with Section 2.3, First Run Tutorial.