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Enabling Windows Azure Pack to display Cloud Cruiser data

HPE offers extensions to Microsoft Windows Azure Pack that allow HPE Consumption Analytics Portal charges to display in the Windows Azure Pack management portals for administrators and tenants. HPE periodically releases updates to these extensions to fix bugs and enhance functionality. If some time has elapsed between your installation of Windows Azure Pack and your installation of HPE Consumption Analytics Portal, you should make sure you have the latest versions of the extensions installed.

Installing the Windows Azure Pack extensions

To view cost data from HPE Consumption Analytics Portal in the Windows Azure Pack portals, you must install HPE Consumption Analytics Portal extensions in the Windows Azure Pack Admin Site, Tenant Site, and Usage API computers. You might have already installed them as part of your Windows Azure Pack installation. The Windows Azure Pack Admin Site, Tenant Site, and Usage API can be deployed on one, two, or three computers. The following diagram shows where to install HPE Consumption Analytics Portal's Admin Site Extension and Tenant Site Extension in each of these deployment architectures.

Make sure your Windows Azure Pack data source points to the Usage API computer, not the Admin Site computer. HPE Consumption Analytics Portal collects data from the Usage API.

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If one of these computers does not have Internet access, see the knowledge base article Installing Azure Pack extensions without Internet access.

To install the latest extensions for Windows Azure Pack

  1. On your Windows Azure Pack Admin Site computer, launch the Microsoft Web Platform Installer.
  2. Click the Products category and then use the navigation or search controls to find these extensions:
    • Cloud Cruiser for Windows Azure Pack: Admin Site Extension
    • Cloud Cruiser for Windows Azure Pack: Tenant Site Extension
  3. For each extension, look at the Install column. If it shows Installed, you already have the latest version installed, and if both are installed you are finished with this procedure. Otherwise, click Add to add the extension to the installation queue.
  4. Click Install and follow the prompts in the installer to install the extensions.

Displaying costs in the Windows Azure Pack admin portal

After installing the extensions on the admin site, connect it to the HPE Consumption Analytics Portal server by registering the Cloud Cruiser REST API endpoint.

To enable the display of costs in Windows Azure Pack

  1. In your browser, log in to the management portal for administrators.
  2. Click User Costs, then click the second action, Register your Cloud Cruiser REST endpoint.
    You can ignore the action Complete the Cloud Cruiser Express installation, which pertains to the free version of HPE Consumption Analytics Portal available to Windows Azure Pack customers.
  3. Enter the following information:​
    • Endpoint URL: The URL to the REST API method that fetches tenant cost data from the HPE Consumption Analytics Portal server.
      This is in the format <ccServerURL>/rest/v2/wap, where <ccServerURL> is the URL to your Cloud Cruiser Portal. For example:
      http://cloudfinanceserver:8080/rest/v2/wap.
    • Username: The ID of the user account with which to connect to HPE Consumption Analytics Portal.
      This user must have the Report User role and be a member of a group with permission to view data for all customers. To reduce the likelihood of password maintenance issues, HPE recommends choosing a user account that isn’t also used by humans.
    • Password: The password for this user
  4. Click the check-mark button to save these settings.

You can now view tenant costs from the Summary and Reports pages. Online help is available from those pages.

Allowing tenants to view their costs

In addition to the views of costs for all tenants available in the Windows Azure Pack management portal for administrators, you can also enable tenants to view their own costs in the management portal for tenants. This visibility can often encourage tenants to use cloud services more judiciously.

A tenant can only see costs for their own account, not for other tenant accounts.

Before you begin

You must enable viewing in the management portal for administrators as described in, Displaying costs in the Windows Azure Pack admin portal.

To allow tenants to view costs

  1. In your browser, log in to the management portal for administrators.
  2. Click Plans to view a list of plans.
  3. For any plan whose tenants you want to be able to view costs, double-click the plan, then click Add Service.
  4. Select the Cloud Cruiser service, then click the check-mark button to save the new service.
    Leave the default Instance selection.
  5. Repeat this procedure for each plan whose tenants you want to be able to view costs.

Tenants of the plans you modified can now view their costs from the My Costs menu item available in the navigation pane of the management portal for tenants. Online help is available from within My Costs.

If after performing this procedure you click the Cloud Cruiser service in the Plan Services list of any plan, you receive the message Failed to load configuration for service 'Cloud Cruiser'. This is normal. There is nothing to configure for this service, so the message does not indicate that anything is wrong.

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