V11 SP8

Creating a Provisioning Policy for Live Mount

The provisioning policy for live mount specifies the total number of VMs that can be live mounted, how long live mounted VMs can run, and the resources that are dedicated for live mounts. This policy defines limits to the impact that live mount operations can have on the operating environment.

For more information, see Running a Virtual Machine Using Live Mount.

Before You Begin

  • Decide how you want to restrict the number of virtual machines that can be live mounted and the length of time that live mounted VMs can run.
  • Decide whether to specify a particular MediaAgent for live mounts.
  • Identify the vCenter, datacenter, ESX servers, and networks to use for live mounts.
  • Identify users or user groups who should be able to perform live mounts.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Policies, right-click VM Lifecycle Policies, point to New VMware Policy, and then click Live Mount.

    The VM Lifecycle Policy wizard appears.

  2. In the Enter the Policy Name and Description page, name the policy and configure advanced settings:
    1. In the Name box, enter a name for the policy.

      Make a note of the policy name, which users need to provide when live mounting virtual machines.

    2. In the Quota box, type or select the total number of concurrent live mounts that each user can run.
    3. In the Mount VM for box, type or select the number of hours that live mounted virtual machines can run before they are decommissioned.
    4. In the Description field, enter a description for the policy.
    5. To use a specific MediaAgent for live mounts, select Live Mount on MediaAgent and then choose a MediaAgent from the list.
    6. Click Next.
  3. In the Select the vCenter and Datacenter page, specify the vCenter and datacenter to use.
    1. From the Virtualization Client list, select the name of a previously configured vCenter.
    2. If you have not already refreshed datacenter information for the vCenter, click Update vCenter and datacenter information.
    3. From the Datacenter list, select the name of a datacenter.
    4. To modify default values for advanced settings, click Advanced Policy Features.

      In the Advanced Policy Features dialog box, you can modify the following values:

      • Associated Client Group: Select this option and choose a previously defined client computer group from the drop-down list.
      • E-mail addresses to notify: To identify users who should be notified about live mount operations, type one or more e-mail addresses separated by commas.
      • Sender's e-mail address: Type the e-mail address that should be listed as the sender for notifications.
      • Disable e-mail notifications for successful VM operations: To send e-mail notifications only for unsuccessful live mounts, select this option.
    5. Click OK to save advanced settings.
    6. Click Next.
  4. In the Select ESX Servers page, specify the ESX servers to make available for live mounts.

    By default, the Select All option is selected to make all configured ESX servers available for live mounts.

    1. To identify specific ESX servers to be used for live mounts with this policy, clear the Select All option.
    2. From the Available list, select the ESX servers, and then click Add to add them to the Selected list.
    3. Click Next.
  5. In the Enter Resources page, identify the networks that can be used for live mounted VMs:
    1. Under Network Names, select one or more networks from the Available list.
    2. Click Add to assign them to the Selected list.
    3. Click Next.
  6. In the Select User Membership page, select user groups to have access to the live mount feature.
    1. From the Available list, select user groups.
    2. Click Add to add them to the Selected list.
    3. Click Next.
  7. In the Summary page, verify the values entered for the policy and click Finish.

What to Do Next

Provide users who will perform live mounts with the policy name to be used when live mounting virtual machines. See Running a Virtual Machine Using Live Mount.