Creating a VM Lifecycle Policy for Azure Resource Manager

To set up VM Lifecycle Management for Azure Resource Manager clients, you must create a VM Lifecycle Policy, which functions as a template for end users to create their own virtual machines on Web Console.

Before You Begin


  1. In the CommCell Browser, expand Policies, right-click Virtual Machine Policies and then click Create New Policy.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Policy Options dialog box, select the vendor and policy options:
    1. From the Virtualization Vendor list, select Azure Resource Manager.
    2. From the Policy Type list, select Clone from Template.
    3. Click Next.

    The VM Lifecycle Policy dialog box appears.

  3. On the Enter the Policy Name and Description page, name the policy and configure advanced settings:
    1. In the Policy Name box, enter a name for the policy.
    2. In the Quota box, type or select the VM limit per user.
    3. Optional: Configure the period of time before a VM is decommissioned and then deleted. Select Enable Decommission, and then configure the time period:
      • In the Decommission VM after list, select or type a number of days.
      • In the Deletion grace period list, select or type a number of days.
    4. In the Description box, enter a description for the policy.
    5. Click Next.
  4. On the Select the Instance and the Region page, configure the client and region:
    1. In the Client list, select the name of the Azure Resource Manager client you created in the previous procedure.
    2. In the Region list, select the region you want to make available to users.
    3. Optional: Click Advanced Policy Features, and then configure any of the available settings in the Advanced Policy Features dialog box:
      • To specify the client group that can use this policy, , select Associated Client Group, and then select a client group name from the list.
      • To configure email addresses for the people who will be notified about VM operations, in the E-mail addresses to notify box, enter email addresses separated by commas.
      • To configure the email sender's address, in the Sender's email address box, type an email address.
      • If you don't want to notify users about VM operations that succeeded, select Disable e-mail notifications for successful VM operations.
      • Click OK to close the Advanced Policy Features dialog box.
    4. Optional: If you want to refresh the Azure Regions, click Update region information.

      We recommend that you perform this step before you create the VM Lifecycle Policy, at the instance level, when you create the Azure Resource Manager client, so that the Client and Region lists contain all of the clients and regions you want to use.

    5. Click Next.
  5. On the Select the Resource Group and Storage Account page, select the cloud service and storage account that you want to make available to users:
    1. From the Cloud Service list, select a service.
    2. From the Storage Account list, select an account.
    3. Click Next.
  6. On the Select Sizes page, select the processor type and memory size combinations that you want to make available to users:
    1.  From the Available list, select one or more size types.
    2. Click Add.
    3. Click Next.

    Microsoft Azure charges a different price for each processor type and memory size combination. See the Microsoft Azure Web site for more information.

  7. On the Select Templates page, select the templates that you want to make available to users:
    1. From the Available list, select one or more templates.
    2. Click Add.
    3. Click Next.
  8. On the Enter Storage Information page, specify the settings for disk type and space:
    1. Next to Number of Disks, set the maximum number of allowed disks.
    2. Next to Disk Space, enter the minimum and maximum amount of space allowed for each disk, and the cost per GB.
    3. Click Next.
  9. On the Enter the Naming Pattern for VMs page, create a naming pattern for virtual machines.This pattern will be used when users name a new virtual machine.
    1. In the VM Naming Pattern box, type text and numbers that will appear in every virtual machine name.


      Use the asterisk (*) to require at least one additional character in a portion of each virtual machine name.

      For example, the default value, VM*Eng, requires each virtual machine name to contain at least one additional character following the text, VM, and before the text, Eng. Therefore, users could give names to their virtual machines such as VMBobEng or VMJane1Eng.

    2. Click Next.
  10. On the Select User Membership page, select the user groups that will have access to the Virtual Machines module on Web Console:
    1. From the Available list, select one or more user groups
    2. Click Add.
    3. Click Next.
  11. On the Summary page, click Finish.

To begin creating virtual machines, see the End User documentation, Create a Virtual Machine - VM Lifecycle Management.


Last modified: 6/18/2019 6:38:59 PM