Exercise 1.14 - Examine Policies

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Exercise 1.14 - Examine Policies

Exercise Description

Policy profiles are groups of policies that you can apply to entities within CloudForms. Two common types of policies are Compliance policies, which check for a specific state in a host or VM, and Control policies, which control a host or VM, depending on certain criteria.

In this exercise, you will learn how to work with policies, events, conditions, actions, alerts, and profiles.

Section 1: Examine Policies

Step 1. Select ControlExplorer.


Control Explorer

Step 2. Select the Policy Profiles accordion.


Policy Profile Accordion

Step 3. Select All Policy ProfilesLinux Compliance CheckVM and Instance Compliance: Shell-Shock VulnerabilityVulnerable bash Package (ShellShock).


Shell-Shock Vulnerability

Step 4. On the right, observe the Expression used for this policy.

Section 2: Explore Events

Step 1. Select the Events accordion.


Events Accordion

Step 2. Select All EventsContainer Image Discovered.


Container Image Discovered

Step 3. Observe that the imported policy shows up as assigned.

Section 3. Explore Conditions

Step 1. Select the Conditions accordion.


Conditions Accordion

Step 2. Select All ConditionsAll VM and Instance ConditionsVulnerable bash Package (ShellShock)


Conditions ShellShock

Step 3. Examine the Expression.

Section 4: Explore Actions

Step 1. Select the Actions accordion.


Actions Accordion

Step 2. Select All ActionsSend Email to Security Team.


Send Email

Step 3. Observe what this action does and the policies to which it is assigned.

Step 4. Examine other actions and results.

Section 5. Explore Alerts

Step 1. Select the Alerts accordion.


Alerts Accordion

Step 2. Select All AlertsVM Memory was decreased.


VM Memory Alerts

Step 3. Review the Hardware Reconfigured Parameters section to see what this alert monitors.

Section 6. Explore Alert Profiles

Step 1. Select the Alert Profiles accordion.


Alerts Profile Accordion

Step 2. Select All Alert ProfilesVM and Instance Alert Profiles.


All VM and Instance Alert Profiles

Step 3. Add an alert profile:

  1. Click (Configuration) → Add a New VM and Instance Alert Profile.
  2. Enter VM Memory Decrease for Description.
  3. In Alert Selection, select VM Memory was decreased and click .
  4. Click Add.


Add Alert Profile

You cannot assign an alert directly to an entity; you must put alerts into an alert profile as you did here.
An alert profile can contain many alerts or just one.

Step 4. Assign your alert profile:

  1. Select the new alert profile you just created.
  2. Click (Configuration) → Edit assignments for this Alert Profile.
  3. Choose Selected Cluster/Deployment Roles for Assign To.
  4. Check the Raleigh box.
  5. Click Save.


Assign Alert Profile

You have now assigned this alert to any VM in the Raleigh cluster.

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