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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 5: Creating new Organization

Before we begin to create a new organization, let’s define what an Organization actually is within the vCloud Director environment. Organizations provide resources to a group of users and set policies that determine how users can consume those resources. Source: vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide Create an Organization Open the vCloud Director URL and login with the administrator account. Click Create a new Organization under the Quick Start section. Provide a name, full name and optionally […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 4: Creating a new Provider vDC

Before we begin, let’s define what a Provider vDC is. Provider virtual datacenter (vDC) combines the compute and memory resources of a single vCenter Server resource pool with the storage resources of one or more datastores connected to that resource pool. Source: vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide In other words, a Provider vDC is a collection of CPU, memory and storage resources from a vCenter Server that gives the vCloud Director the ability to manage, distribute […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 3: vCloud Director Configuration

Okay, the vCloud Director is up and running as installed in the previous post. Now it is time to start the initial configuration of vCloud Director. Initial Configuration Open a web browser, in my case Internet Explorer, and navigate to the vCloud Director URL. For example: https://<vCD_FQDN_or_IP>/cloud/ You will be presented with the VMware vCloud Director Setup wizard. Click Next to continue. Read the EULA, accept it and click Next. Enter a license key and […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 2: Installing vCloud Director Cell

As we now know what vCloud Suite is from part one of this series, we can now start preparing the environment for deployment of the vCloud Director. Before we can start with the installation, there are certain components that must be configured first. Prepare the Database Before you begin with vCloud Director Installation, you have to create a database with specific configuration. You can use Oracle or Microsoft SQL to do it. In this case, […]

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ESXCLI Basics: Configure Syslog Host

Another basic command, but essential for health monitoring of your hosts when using a Syslog Server. Here is a quick how-to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target Syslog Server and place logs in an unique subdirectory: # esxcli system syslog config set –logdir-unique true –loghost=udp://10.10.10.10:514 Open the ports for Syslog on the firewall: # esxcli network firewall ruleset set –e true –r syslog Apply the configuration with: # […]

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ESXCLI Basics: Setup SNMP on ESXi 5.x

This is really basics stuff, but here is a quick how to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target SNMP server, port and community string: # esxcli system snmp set –t <ip_or_fqdn>@/<community_string> Enable SNMP: # esxcli system snmp set –e yes Logout. Done! 🙂 Verify the snmpd service is running and check if the ports are open on the host though vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client. Please note […]

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Upgrading ESXi 5.0 host to ESXi 5.1

In the last article I have covered the upgrade process from vCenter Server 5.0 to vCenter server 5.1. In this article I will cover a quick how to on upgrading your ESXi host to version 5.1. In this case, I will perform an in place upgrade of the host. Before you proceed with upgrade in your production environment, please read chapter 6 “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” from the vSphere Upgrade guide. Boot your server […]