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Upgrade VMware vCloud Director 5.1 to version 5.5 – Part 2

In the previous part of the vCloud Director 5.5 upgrade process, we have upgraded the vCloud Director software and the database. In this part we will continue with the upgrade process by upgrading the vShield Manager the vShield Edge Appliances and the ESXi host agent. Before you begin, download the latest vShield Manager Upgrade Bundle and not the OVA appliance from VMware. Also, you should take a snapshot of vShield Manager so that you can […]

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Upgrade VMware vCloud Director 5.1 to version 5.5 – Part 1

Before we jump into the upgrade process of the vCloud Director, let’s have a quick look at what’s new in version 5.5. Enhancements to the catalog, including the ability to limit access to shared catalogs, automated versioning of catalog content, and the ability to upload any type of file to the catalog. Usability improvements for vApp provisioning and life-cycle management, including the ability to customize virtual machine hardware settings when deploying vApps from templates, support […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 19: vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center Integration

In the previous two parts of this vCloud Suite POC we have installed and configured the vCloud Automation Center and the Self-Service Portal. In this part we will integrate the vCloud Director in the vCloud Automation Center. This will enable users to provision vApps in a virtual datacenter based on an existing vApp template, bringing the software-defined services of vCloud Director together with the user-centric governance of vCloud Automation Center. Before you begin, make sure […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 7: Create New vApp

Now the vCloud Director is up and running, new vApps can be created and populated with VMs. Before we begin, let’s define what a vApp actually is. A vApp is a virtual system that contains one or more individual virtual machines, along with parameters that define operational details. Source: vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide So, let’s build a new vApp in the vCloud Director. Build new vApp Open the organization URL created earlier in a web […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 6: Add and Publish Catalogs

The final step in the initial vCloud Director deployment is creating a catalog where vApp templates and media files will be stored and made available to other organizations. Before the catalogs can be published, the catalog publishing must be enabled first. Enable Catalog Publishing Open the vCloud Director home URL and login with the administrator account. Click the Manage & Monitor button, next to Home. Select the organization, click the blue gear icon and click […]

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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 […]