One of the benefits of using a virtual lab management tool over a bare hypervisor (e.g., VMware ESX, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V) is the powerful user management functionality that is offered by virtual lab automation solutions. You can read a previous post where I discuss the benefits of a virtual lab management solution over a basic hypervisor.
How do the user management capabilities in virtual lab solutions help? I can see the following benefits:
- Easily create user accounts and potentially add users to teams (e.g., all your testers would have individual accounts and be part of one or more teams; your developers would have separate accounts and be part of a different team etc.)
- Plug in your user authentication model (e.g., AD) easily to interface into the virtual lab solution
- Set the permissions on every user account – to control what lab resources the user has access to
- Set quotas on every user account – so individual users remain within bounded limits in terms of lab resource utilization
- Allow users to share lab resources (like configurations from a library, a software script etc.) with other lab users and teams (with varying permissions – read only, edit etc.)
I’ve recorded a brief movie that highlights some aspects of user management in a virtual lab solution. As always, would love to hear any comments and feedback from you.
– Srihari Palangala