Recently, Veeam released Business View 2.0. Business View is part of the Veeam ONE Solution that offers the convenience of a single solution for VMware management. It eliminates the need to evaluate, deploy and maintain tools from multiple vendors. Business View is a free tool from Veeam that presents VMware vSphere (and VI3) environments in terms that make sense to the organization, from the perspective of your business. This is surely different from the technical configuration, as administrators consolidate environments across various internal consumers. Even in the smallest organization, Business View can separate virtual machines (VMs), storage, clusters and host resources by departments; like accounting and engineering. For the largest VMware vSphere environments, Business View can be used to easily categorize configurations such as multi-tenant or a large organization with multiple departments.
For categorizing VMs, Business View can display the consumption within the VMware vSphere environments across business groups as shown in the example figure below:
A number of new features are available in Business View 2.0, including:
- Dynamic groups: The dynamic group is a new type of group that complements the static group, which has been available in previous releases. The dynamic group allows a conditional expression to be used to populate, delete or otherwise maintain a group membership with Business View automatically.
- Offline synchronization of attributes: This is an important new feature which allows mapping of attributes from external systems and content management databases (CMDBs). The best use case is to interface with Active Directory. With this feature, Business View categorizations will then be synchronized with Active Directory. This is done by an export of computer accounts in Active Directory via a script coupled with a CSV file of the custom attributes. These are run and imported each time the vCenter collection is run to keep all attributes in sync continually. This is done from the Import/Export section of the configuration pane, shown below:
- New rules: The rules engine allows additional criteria to be used for very specific user-defined criteria. This can be indicating VM conditions such as power state, vCPU count, disk size, memory amount, guest operating system as well as VM name. These conditions can also be applied to host and storage objects within Business View.
- Expanded categorization: Now hosts, clusters and storage resources can be defined in the categories. In previous releases, only VMs could be used for categorization.
- New dashboard: The main page of Business View includes a dashboard that displays all categories in on a single view.