Author: Arun Krishnan/Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Categories: General, Windows Azure Pack, VConnect
The Request Management Service (RMS) helps to monitor and respond to the deployment request for a virtual machine creation within an organization. Earlier tenants create virtual machines and use them on their own. The tenant admin will come to know it only after the virtual machine is created. Due to this lots of virtual machines are created unnecessarily. To overcome this issue, Cloud Assert brings in VConnect Request Management Service (RMS). VConnect drives the Request Management Service to track and approve the requests for a VM creation. VConnect helps in setting the structure for approving the deployment request within the organization in Windows Azure Pack.
Admin configures the user details as well as connection details. The Admin also configures the plan, add the WAP users and creates the levels of tiers within the ApprovalTier setting. Windows Azure Pack will provision the resources to the users in the organization to utilize. The tenants who utilize these resources through the RMS are workflow users. The workflow for VConnect users can be categorized into three different roles,
Roles of Tenant Requestor
Any user in the user list or employee of the organization who creates a Virtual Machine Deployment Request using Windows Azure Pack is a “Tenant Requestor”. The request will be sent to the approver by checking the approval tier. Each user will come under an approver for VM creation in the ApproverTier setting. The approver before approving or denying the request, checks for the parameters like CPU core, memory, number of Virtual Machines. In addition, the approver will also check for file attachments and the purpose for the VM creation. The requestor receives an acknowledgment with either an acceptance or a rejection message.
Role of Tenant Approver
The approver is the person (listed in the approval tier list) who authorizes or rejects the request from the tenant requestor. The virtual machine request reaches the approver by depending upon the “Business unit” or “Department”. There are different levels set in the approver tier list. Let us assume, tenant requestor as a software developer in an organization and the approver as a Tech Lead or a Senior Software Engineer. The Department for example Engineering, and Business Unit for example IDC. He sends a deployment request for a VM creation. The request reaches the tenant approver as per the business unit or department. Now the approver receives the request for a VM creation. If the request is valid, he approves the request and the system sends a notification through an email automatically. The approver can also add notes to his approval or denial. For example, to customize the virtual machine size, number of virtual machines, CPU size, etc. If the request is invalid, then the approver can reject the VM creation request and system sends a notification through an email automatically.
Role of Contributor and Inform
The system would send an email notification stating the acceptance or rejection of the request to the contributor and inform role users, whenever a virtual machine is deployed. For example, IT Admin, Finance Lead, and Sales Lead of the company will receive an email notification once the VM is deployed.
Flowchart for VM Service Request Deployment Process
VConnect Admin Portal
Step 1: Configuring RMS users
Initially, the admin creates the list of users. The employee details like designation, department, business unit, etc. are added here.
Managing the Users
The admin can customize the user details using the buttons - “Add User”, “Edit User” and “Delete User”.
Enter the basic user details like user id, name, email id, designation, company name, manager id, country code, business unit, and department.
Business unit” and “Department” are mandatory details for approval process. The ApprovalTierMapProvider appsetting will use “business unit” or “department name” while moderating the request.
Step 2: Managing approval tiers
Approval Tiers List
Navigate to RMS → Approval Tiers tab and click ‘Add Tier’ present at the bottom of the page.
Enter the approval tier name in the format of <BU Name>-Tier<Level> or <Department Name>-Tier<Level>
Step 3: Add approval Participants
Approval Participant is a workflow user for specific tier who will approve/reject virtual machine request, receive email notifications based on roles configured.
Navigate to RMS → Approval Tiers → specific Approval tier and click on Add Participant present at the bottom of the page.
Enter the participant details in Approval participant wizard.
VConnect Tenant Portal
Request Management Service initiates with a tenant request for a virtual machine deployment. The tenant user can login through the login portal by entering their email id and password. Once the user gets logged in, the user can send a request for deployment. Requestor can create the deployment request from the tenant portal for a single Virtual Machine or for a bulk Virtual Machine deployment. It will be automatically notified to approver. Approver can approve or reject the request.
Creating a Deployment Request
Deployment Request Approval
Step 1: Approval via VConnect tenant portal
Incoming Requests will be listed under Pending Approvals grid. Request which are approved or rejected will be listed under Recent Approvals grid.
Drilldown the specific request to view the Request Information, Attachments, VM details, Deployment details and Approvers information
Response Options with Approve/Reject will be displayed at bottom in contextual commands. Based on Approver’s response, Approve/Reject wizard will be opened. Provide your valid response message in Approve/Reject wizard
Step 2: Approval via EMAIL
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