When a machine lease is extended, the user can extend the lease beyond the normal restrictions of the blueprint.
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When a machine lease is extended, the user can extend the lease beyond the normal restrictions of the blueprint.

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Article ID: 342186

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Products

VMware Aria Suite

Issue/Introduction

Symptoms:
  • If a machine user chooses to extend the lease on a provisioned machine or multi-machine service in VMware vRealize Automation (formerly known as VMware vCloud Automation Center), they can extend the lease beyond the original blueprint restrictions. For example, if your blueprint indicates that the maximum lease is 7 days on provisioning, the owner of the provisioned machine can then extend the lease to any duration.


Environment

VMware vCloud Automation Center for Desktop 6.0.x
VMware vCloud Automation Center for Server 6.0.x

Cause

Though this appears to be a loop hole in the product lease expiration, it is standard behavior for VMware vRealize Automation (formerly known as VMware vCloud Automation Center). For additional information regarding details of extending leases, see the Managing Machine Leases section of the VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 Documentation Center.

Tenant administrators or business group managers can use leases to place time limits on resource consumption.

Tenant administrators or business group managers can optionally define a lease duration when creating a blueprint.
  • If a blueprint does not specify a lease period, machines are provisioned from that blueprint with no expiration date.
  • If a blueprint specifies a single value for lease duration, machines are provisioned from that blueprint with the lease duration specified in the blueprint.
  • If a blueprint specifies a range of possible lease durations, a user can select the desired lease duration when submitting the machine request. Machine requests can be subject to approval based on the requested lease duration.
The lease duration can be changed after a machine is provisioned. A typical use case is for a machine owner to extend the lease past its original expiration date. These considerations apply to modifying the lease on a provisioned machine:
  • Users must be entitled to the Change Lease action to modify a lease.
  • The new expiration date is not subject to the constraints on lease duration specified in the blueprint.
  • Tenant administrators or approval administrators can create approval policies of the type Service Catalog - Resource Action Request (Change Lease). The policy can be configured so that approval is always required for lease modifications, or approval can be conditional based on criteria such as the new lease duration or the cost of the machine.
Tenant administrators can also request that a machine owner release a provisioned machine for reclamation, which may result in a short lease period.

Resolution

This is expected behavior for VMware vRealize Automation 6.0 (formerly known as VMware vCloud Automation Center).

If you require a change to this behavior, it will require customization through the VMware Professional Services Organization. Contact your VMware Account Manager for details.
For more information, see Consulting page on the VMware website.