Usage Insight service is decommissioning components of the cloud service that are used for ingestion and processing of older Usage Meter 4.1 and 4.2 agents. This means that any partner using Usage Meter 4.1 or Usage Meter 4.2, will no longer be able to meter, upload, and process usage into a Monthly Usage Report.
Why is this happening?
As the Usage Insight service continues to build and enhance on user/partner needs, it becomes apparent that there are components that need to change or be rebuilt. VMware came to this crossroad last year as we started working on some future enhancements. We tried to extend this functional support for as long as we could, but Usage Insight is at a point that these older components are now blocking future work. Due to these blockers, extended functional support for Usage Meter 4.1 and 4.2 must come to an end so that Usage Insight can keep enhancing.
When is this happening?
End of Functional support will happen on July 5th, 2021. This allows any Usage Meter 4.1 or 4.2 appliance to still be used for the June Monthly Billing Order which is available in July.
How to tell if I am affected?
There are two ways to see what version you are running:
- Login to the Usage Meter appliance, go to the top right and click on the user icon, then click “About”.
- Login to Cloud Partner Navigator, then download a copy of a monthly usage report. All reports contain the Usage Meter version
Alternatively, you could look for emails that came from VMware stating that Usage Meter 4.1 and 4.2 are going End of Support. Emails are being sent to partners still running these versions every day based on users in the Navigator organizations.
What do I need to do?
Not much really, just perform an in-place upgrade from Usage Meter 4.1/4.2 to Usage Meter 4.5.
What If I do nothing?
Partners that fail to upgrade to a supported version of Usage Meter (As is required in VCPP) are considered out of technical compliance and will not have a monthly usage report generated. This means that automatic reporting will cease to function. Partners are required to run supported versions of Usage Meter according to the program guide.
Licensing Compliance will be reaching out to these partners directly as part a compliance review due to running unsupported versions of Usage Meter.