Get Started

Learn how to quickly get started with Commander. This section takes you through the primary required tasks after it has been installed.

For release notes and installation information, see Setup.

To get started quickly with Commander, here are the main tasks:

  1. Configure Active Directory Integration and/or Configure LDAP Integration

    Integrate with directory services for Commander user accounts and for assignment of owners to specific resources.

  2. Configure Email Integration (SMTP)

    Allow email notification for scheduled reports, service request policy alerts, and application lifecycle management alerts.

  3. Create Organizations

    Create distinct organizations for your users. This allows you to segregate data for different consumer groups, set up distinct cloud automation configurations, and delegate administrative tasks.

  4. Add Cloud Accounts to Commander

    Add a cloud account. This can be an AWS, GCP, Kubernetes, Azure, Microsoft SCVMM, or VMware vCenter cloud account.

  5. Automatically Assign Ownership to New Resources

    Assign resource ownership to organizations and users, so that costs are properly allocated.

  6. Retrieve Public Cloud Billing Data or vCenter Historical Events

    Retrieve additional information from your public and private clouds for use in reporting, trending, and cloud expense management.

  7. Sync Public Cloud Tags and Commander Custom Attributes

    Sync tags and attributes for Tag Compliance Policy enforcement, reporting, and power schedule recommendations.

  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each cloud account.

What's next

After going through the above steps for each cloud account, you should consider doing the following:

Getting started with cloud automation

Help > Getting Started with Cloud Automation

  1. Configure Organization Quotas

    Limit the compute resources granted to organizations so that resources are allocated to cloud consumers based on business requirements.

  2. Configure Application Placement Strategy

    Customize the default placement strategy by prioritizing the factors most important to you. Optional for initial deployment.

  3. Configure Placement Attributes

    Configure placement attributes to define the capabilities of a deployment destination and the requirements of an application. Optional for initial deployment.

  4. Add Entries to Service Catalog

    Make services available for users to request. Publish services that can be deployed on multiple clouds.

  5. Create Service Forms

    Configure New Request Service forms and Change Request forms that support your existing service request and provisioning process.

  6. Prepare Approval and Pre-Provisioning Workflows

    Set up approval and pre-provisioning workflows for new service requests and change requests.

  7. Configure Provisioning and Automated Deployment Options

    Customize application naming conventions and automated deployment destinations for published services.

  8. Prepare Completion Workflows

    Set up post-provisioning workflows for change requests and new service requests.