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This topic only applies to Armor Complete users. 

To fully use this screen, you must have the following permissions assigned to your account:

  • Read Workload(s)
  • Write Workload
  • Read Virtual Machine Stats
  • Read Virtual Machine(s)
  • Write Virtual Machine
  • Scale Virtual Machine
  • Read Location(s)
  • Read Virtual Data Centers
  • Read Tasks
  • Write Tasks
  • Read Storage


Workloads and tiers are visual tools used in the Armor Management Portal (AMP) to help you organize your virtual machines and corresponding resources. Workload refers to a container of virtual machines that live inside the Armor data center. Tiers are levels within workloads.

The Virtual Machine screens also displays:

  • Load Balancer
  • Backup & Recovery Server
  • Persistent Data Encryption Manager
  • Advanced WAF



Review available virtual machines

Armor offers the following types of virtual machines:

Windows
Operating system
  • Windows
Version
  • 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • 2008 R2 Standard
  • 2008 R2 Web
  • 2012 Datacenter
  • 2012 R2 Standard
  • 2012 Standard
  • 2016 Standard (Desktop Experience)

Windows servers require a minimum of 2 CPU and 2GB of memory.

2008 R2 Web and 2008 R2 Standard does not support CPUs 12 and above.

CPU
  • 2
  • 4
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
Memory (GB)
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
  • 4
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
  • 24
  • 32
  • 64
  • 8
  • 16
  • 24
  • 32
  • 48
  • 64
  • 12
  • 24
  • 36
  • 48
  • 72
  • 96
  • 16
  • 32
  • 48
  • 64
  • 96

Linux
Operating system
  • CentOS
  • RHEL
  • Ubuntu
Version
  • 6
  • 7
  • 6
  • 7
  • 16.04
  • 18.04

Linux servers require a minimum of 1 CPU and 2GB of memory.

CPU
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
Memory (GB)
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
  • 4
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
  • 24
  • 32
  • 64
  • 8
  • 16
  • 24
  • 32
  • 48
  • 64
  • 12
  • 24
  • 36
  • 48
  • 72
  • 96
  • 16
  • 32
  • 48
  • 64
  • 96


Create a virtual machine with a new workload

  1. In the Armor Management Portal, in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Hover over the plus ( + ) icon, and then click the Virtual Machine icon.
    • If you do not have any virtual machines listed, then click Deploy New, and then select Virtual Machine.
  4. Locate and select the desired operating system and operating system version.
  5. On the right side, use the Region drop-down menu to select the data center to host your virtual machine.
  6. Select the desired virtual machine based on your CPU and memory needs (GB).
    • You can click High CPU or High Memory to filter the list of virtual machines. You can also click Show All Options to see every virtual machine offering.
    • Armor labels virtual machines by CPU and memory features. For instance, 2x4 indicates that the virtual machine has 2 CPU and 4 GB of memory.
  7. In Name, enter a descriptive name for your virtual machine.
  8. In Workload, select New Workload
  9. In New Workload Name, enter a descriptive name.
  10. In New Tier Name, enter a descriptive name. 
  11. In Location, select and verify the data center to host your virtual machine. 
  12. Under Access Credentials, note your username to access the virtual machine. 
  13. In Password, enter a secure password to use to access the virtual machine. 
    • Your password must contain:
      • An upper-case letter
      • A lower-case letter
      • A number
      • A special character: ! @ # $ % ^ * ( ) { } [ ]
    • You can also click Generate Password to allow Armor to create a password. 
  14. (Optional) For additional storage, under Storage Substrate and Disk Size, select your desired storage, and then click Add Disk
  15. On the right-side menu, review the pricing information, and then click Purchase
    • When you order a virtual machine, you are also ordering Intelligence Security Model (ISM) for the virtual machine. Prices for ISM will vary based on the number of virtual machines you have ordered. IMS pricing is based on the following tiered structure: 

      TierNumber of virtual machines
      11 - 10
      211 - 25
      326 - 100
      4101- 250
      5251 - 500
      6500 +
  16. To view the status of your newly created virtual machine, in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure, click Virtual Machines, and then search for your newly created virtual machine. 

After you create a virtual machine, Armor recommends that you:

  1. Create a firewall rule
    • By default, outbound and inbound traffic are blocked from virtual machines. To allow traffic, you must create a firewall rule. To learn more, see Firewall Rules.
  2. Download the SSL/VPN client.
    • To access the virtual machine, you must download the SSL/VPN client. To learn more, see SSL VPN.



Create a virtual machine with an existing workload

If you create a virtual machine with an existing workload, then your Location and Virtual Data Center will be automatically selected.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal, in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Hover over the plus ( + ) icon, and then click the virtual machine icon.
  4. Locate and select the desired operating system and operating system version.
  5. Select the desired virtual machine based on your CPU and memory needs (GB).
    • You can click High CPU or High Memory to filter the list of virtual machines. You can also click Show More Options to see every virtual machine offering.
    • Armor labels virtual machines by CPU and memory features. For instance, 2x4 indicates that the virtual machine has 2 CPU and 4 GB of memory.
  6. In Name, enter a descriptive name for your virtual machine.
  7. In Workload, select an existing workload. 
  8. In In Workload Tier, select an existing tier.
    • To create and use a new tier, select New Tier, and then in New Tier Name, enter a descriptive name. 
  9. Under Access Credentials, note your username to access the virtual machine. 
  10. In Passwordenter a secure password to use to access the virtual machine. 
    • Your password must contain:
      • An upper-case letter
      • A lower-case letter
      • A number
      • A special character: ! @ # $ % ^ * ( ) { } [ ]
    • You can also click Generate Password to allow Armor to create a password. 
  11. (Optional) For additional storage, under Storage Substrate and Disk Size, select your desired storage, and then click Add Disk
  12. On the right-side menu, review the pricing information, and then click Purchase
    • When you order a virtual machine, you are also ordering Intelligence Security Model (ISM ) for the virtual machine. Based on the number of virtual machines that you order, the price of ISM may change. 
  13. To view the status of your newly created virtual machine, in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure, click Virtual Machines, and then search for your newly created virtual machine. 

After you create a virtual machine, Armor recommends that you:

  1. Create a firewall rule
    • By default, outbound and inbound traffic are blocked from virtual machines. To allow traffic, you must create a firewall rule. To learn more, see Firewall Rules.
  2. Download the SSL/VPN client.
    • To access the virtual machine, you must download the SSL/VPN client. To learn more, see SSL VPN.

Reboot, reset, or turn off a virtual machine

These instructions only apply to virtual machines in a Powered On status.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
    • You can also hover over the desired virtual machine, and then click the vertical ellipses that appear. 
  4. Next to Instance State, click the vertical ellipses. 
  5. Select and confirm the action: 
    • Power Off - This action will turn off your virtual machine.
    • Force Power Off - This action will forcefully turn off your virtual machine if Power Off does not respond. 
    • Shutdown Guest - This action will turn off the operating system on your virtual machine. 
    • Reboot Guest - This action will reset the operating system on your virtual machine. 
    • Reset - This action will reboot your virtual machine. 

If the state of your virtual machine does not change after 5 minutes, please contact Armor Support. 



Delete a virtual machine

Armor recommends that you regularly review, and possibly remove, virtual machines that are offline. These virtual machines may affect the data that appears in the Security Dashboard.

You can only delete virtual machines that are offline (Power Off). 

If you delete a virtual machine before the end of the billing cycle, you will still be charged for the full amount; however, in the next invoice, you will receive a credit to offset the cost.

Additionally, any add-on products or add-on subscriptions associated with the deleted virtual machine must be canceled separately.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and hover over the desired virtual machine.
  4. Click the vertical ellipses.
  5. Click Power Off.
  6. Click Power Off again.
  7. Hover over the virtual machine, and then click the vertical ellipses.
  8. Click Delete.
  9. Click Delete VM.



Resize a virtual machine

You can use these instructions to learn how to upgrade or downgrade a virtual machine. 

Upgrade a virtual machine 

If you upgrade a virtual machine's memory or CPU, then you will need to reboot your virtual machine.

When you upgrade a virtual machine, the changes will take place immediately. Your next bill will be pro-rated to reflect this upgrade.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Next to Instance Type, click Resize.
  5. Click Increase CPU / RAM.
  6. Select the desired virtual machine type, and then review the information on the right screen. 
  7. Click Resize VM.
  8. Click Resize VM again.

Downgrade a virtual machine 

When you downgrade a virtual machine, the changes will take place immediately. Also, to complete the downgrade, your virtual machine will be rebooted.

Your bill will be pro-rated to reflect this change.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Next to Instance Type, click Resize.
  5. Click Decrease CPU / RAM.
  6. Select the desired virtual machine type, and then review the information on the right screen. 
  7. Click Resize VM.
  8. Click Resize VM again.

Add disk space to an existing virtual machine

You can add the following types of storage to your virtual machine: 

Storage typeMinimum (In GB)Maximum (in GB)
RAW2502000
SSD10500
Fluid502000
  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Next to Storage, click Manage Storage.
  5. Click Add A Disk.
  6. Select your desired Storage and Disk Size, and then click Add Disk

Move a virtual machine to a different workload

You can use these instructions to move a virtual machine from one workload into a different, existing workload. 

You cannot create a workload without a virtual machine. In other words, you cannot create an empty workload. If you have not created additional workloads, see Workloads.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure
  2. Click Workloads.

  3. Select the original workload that contains the desired virtual machine. 
  4. Hover over the desired virtual machine, and then click the vertical ellipses. 
  5. Click Move
  6. Select the desired workload and tier. 
  7. Click Move



Rename a virtual machine

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Hover over the gear icon, and then click the pencil icon. 
  5. In VM Name, enter a descriptive name, and then click Rename

View CPU and memory information 

You can use the Monitoring section to view the CPU utilization (displayed in percentages) and memory utilization (measured in gigabytes) for a specified virtual machine. 

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Infrastructure.
  2. Click Virtual Machines.
  3. Locate and select the desired virtual machine.
  4. Click Monitoring
  5. (Optional) To view usage information from a particular time period, click the calendar icon, select a date range, and then click Apply
  6. (Optional) In the graph, hover over a particular point to view the specific usage information for a particular date and time. 

Based on the date and time range that you select, the display settings of the graphs will update accordingly.

Based on your time selection, review how the graphs will display: 

Selected time rangeRange of initial data returned by AMPDisplayed interval on the x-axis
Less than or equal to an hour1 hour1 minute
More than an hour, but less than 24 hours1 day10 minutes
More than 24 hours, but less than 7 days1 week1 hour
More than 7 days30 days4 hours
More than 30 days1 year1 day 





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