Creating usage label categories

Categories provide contextual meaning, which helps users choose appropriate values for labels that they add to environments and templates.

Administrators can define label categories for anything that helps track the resource information that must be reported. For example, you might create the category class_name to help track paid software licenses. After an administrator defines the category class _name, users can apply it to an environment and add values for each of the licensed software applications installed in the environment.

Pre-defined, curated categories help users associate accurate values to resources. These categories can then be later used to perform deeper analysis of reporting data. For more information, see Using labels for in-depth usage reporting

Notes

  • An account can have a maximum of 100 active categories.
  • An account can have a maximum combined total (active and inactive) 200 categories.

Creating label categories

To create a label category
  1. In the navigation bar, click Admin > Label Categories.
  2. Click new category (New Label Category).
  3. Type a category name.

    Notes

    • Category names are not case-sensitive.
    • Category names have a 128-character limit.
    • Category names cannot begin with the word Skytap:.
  4. Choose a label type:
    • Single-value – Each label category can have only one value. This is the most efficient type for usage reporting, where usage is attributed to only one instance of a category. For example, you might have a Cost center category and assign an environment to cost center 2011.
    • Multi-value – Each label category can have multiple values. This type is best suited for general-purpose reporting, searching, and filtering.

    You can’t change a label type.

  5. Click create category (Create Label Category) to add the category to your account.

Renaming label categories

To rename a label category
  1. In the navigation bar, click Admin > Label Categories.
  2. Next to the category you want to rename, click edit.
  3. In the Rename label category dialog, type the new name for the category, and then click save (Save).

Deleting (deactivating) label categories

You can rename or disable label categories but any usage history associated with that category is preserved.

To delete a label category
  1. In the navigation bar, click Admin > Label Categories.
  2. Next to the category you want to delete, click delete category (Delete label category).

Adding label values

Add labels to all the resources for which you want to generate reports.

For more information, see Adding and removing labels for VMs and other resources.