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Flows in the vCenter workbook

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The vCenter workbook includes several flows that work together to import snapshot and performance data, associate that data with your resources, and present consolidated data for VMs, hosts, and datastores in a simple format that allows you to charge for the actual usage of vCenter services.

For detailed information about the raw data collected from vCenter, see Dimensions and measures collected from vCenter.

Flow Description
Snapshot Imports snapshot data from the vCenter1Snapshot collection, and then prepares that data to be consumed by other flows. It separates Host System and Datastore records into new datasets (HostSystem and Datastore), leaving Virtual Machine records in the Snapshot dataset. The flow then normalizes Virtual Machine resource IDs.
Performance

Imports performance data from the vCenter1Performance collection, and then prepares that data to be consumed by other flows.It normalizes Datastore and Virtual Machine resource IDs, and separates storage records to a new dataset (StorageDataSet).

CPUAndMemory Imports Virtual Machine data from the Snapshot and Performance datasets to aggregate allocated and used data for CPU and memory. It modifies the Start Time and End Time data to account for non-UTC time zones. Lastly, it calculates the amounts of memory (in GB), and CPU used. This data is consumed by a later flow.
Storage Imports storage data from the dataset named StorageDataSet, aggregates the data, and then prepares it to be consumed by a later flow. The flow normalizes Virtual Machine names, calculates the amount of disk space used (in GB) and the sizes of provisioned disks, and modifies the Start Time and End Time data to account for non-UTC time zones.
Ownership Imports resource-ownership data from the ResourceOwnership collection, and then creates lookup files that are used by later flows to associate owners and departments to specific resources.
VirtualMachine Imports Virtual Machine data from the CPUAndMemory and Storage datasets, and then aggregates that data. The flow calculates VM sizing data, and then compares that data to standard VM sizes defined in the lookup tables you imported. For VMs that fall outside of the definitions in the lookup table, the flow marks those records as nonstandard. The flow associates owners and departments to resources, and then publishes data to the Infrastructure schema, where it is used by reports.
ImportCustomers Imports data from the CPUAndMemory and Storage datasets, and sets resource owners and departments from the lookup files generated by the Ownership flow. The flow then deletes all dimensions other than Department and Owner, and deletes all measures. Lastly, the flow aggregates and publishes the data.
HandleUnknowns Alerts you about any resources that do not have assigned owners and departments. It begins by importing data from the VirtualMachine dataset, removing all measures, and removing all dimensions except for Department, Owner, and ResourceID. The flow then scans the Owner and Department fields for a value of Unknown. For every Unknown value, the flow generates an exception message visible in the Data > Processing > Monitoring area of Cloud Cruiser.
VMCPUAndMemory Imports data from the CPUAndMemory dataset, and prepares the data to be consumed in a way that allows you to see usage data per VM.
HostCPUAndMemory Imports data from the HostSystem dataset, and prepares the data to be consumed in a way that allows you to see VM usage data per host machine. It modifies the Start Time and End Time data to account for non-UTC time zones, and then aggregates the data.
Host Imports data from the VMCPUAndMemory and HostCPUAndMemory datasets, aggregates the data, and then published that data to the Infrastructure schema, where it is used by reports.
Datastore Imports data from the Datastore dataset, modifies the Start Time and End Time data to account for non-UTC time zones, and then aggregates the data. It normalizes datasource names, and calculates (in GB) datasource capacity and free space. Lastly, it publishes data to the Infrastructure schema, where it is used by reports
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