Category Archives: vCloud Director

vCloud Director Installation/Configuration/Management/Troubleshooting Posts

Find Snapshot Creation Date of a vCloud Director VM

Last month while working on a customer ticket, I came across a request from customer where he wanted to know snapshot creation date for one of his VM as he can not find this detail from vCD UI. To confirm … Continue reading

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Storage Migrate a vCloud Director VM using Rest API

If you are using vCloud Director in your environment and if you have ever tried doing a Storage vMotion of a VM from vSphere directly, you will notice a warning saying that its not recommended to modify the entity since … Continue reading

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Delete Stale Org Networks and Edge Gateway from vCloud Director

Today while working in production, I came across an issue where the edge VM’s backing the edge gateway were not present in vCenter (no idea how they got deleted). Due to this I was not able to delete the Org … Continue reading

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Install vCloud Director 8 with High Availability

vCloud Director 8.0 is the latest version available for service providers and can be downloaded from here. It’s been quite sometime that I am dealing with vCloud Director in our production environment and as well as my test lab. In past … Continue reading

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Unable to start vApp-Invalid vApp properties:Invalid property value size

I recently deployed vSphere replication appliance in vCloud Director and while powering it on I was facing one error “Unable to start vAPP- Invalid vApp properties:Invalid property value size” Due to this power on operation on vApp was failing time … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 14-Migrating VM from vSphere Infrastructure to private Cloud using vCloud Connector

In our last post  of this series we have learnt what is vCloud connector and what it does. Now its time to see vCloud Connector in action. In this post we will learn how to migrate a VM from existing … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Datastore Cluster Disappearance Issue in vCloud Director

Today I was facing a weird issue in my vCloud Lab. All my datastores have disappeared from vCloud Director and the storage policy was not showing any datastore. I have included a few snapshots from my lab here: 1: Storage … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 13-Installing and Configuring vCloud Connector

In this post we will see how to deploy vCloud Connector and use it to facilitate a hybrid cloud architecture. Before going into installation and configuration part first lets see what is vcloud connector What is vCloud connector? The VMware … Continue reading

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Importing vApp into vCloud Director catalog from vSphere

In this post I am going to cover how to import a vApp running on vSphere to a catalog in vCloud director. I have a VM “server2k3” in my vSphere environment which I will be exporting as vApp in my … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 12-Deploying vApps from Catalogs

In our last post Creating and Publishing Catalogs we have seen how to create a public catalog and share it with organizations present in your cloud infrastructure. Also I have populated the public catalog with one server 2003 vApp. In this post … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 11-Creating and Publishing Catalogs

In our last post of this series we have seen how to  Create and Configure org vDC. Now since Org vDC have been setup, next task is to create some vApps in the organization. But before creating vApps there must … Continue reading

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Setting up LDAP Authentication in vCloud Director

Logging in to your vCloud Director system/organisation via the web interface can be achieved in a number of ways. You can use local authentication (users local to vCloud Director), your Active Directory, or another LDAP v3 compliant directory service for … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 10: Creating and Configuring Org vDC

In our last post Creating and configuring Organizations we have created a new organization and went through the configuration settings. In this post we will see how to allocate resources to an organization. Basically allocating resources means configuring org vDC’s and org … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 9: Creating and Configuring Organizations in vCloud Director

In our last post of Configuring Networks in vCloud Director we have created External Network and Network Pools. Network Pools and External Network is consumed by the organizations and org vDC in vCloud Director. In this post we will learn how to … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 8: Configuring Networks in vCloud Director

In our last post Configuring vCloud Director we have seen the initial configuration of vCloud director. Also we have created one Provider VDC and prepared the Esxi hosts for setting up the vCloud infrastructure. In this post we will learn how to … Continue reading

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Understanding vCloud Networking

One of the most complex concept of VMware vCloud Director is understanding the Networking and at times it can be very confusing. In this post I will try to shed some light on the concepts of networking within vCD. Chris … Continue reading

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vCenter User has not been assigned a role on vShield Manager

Problem: Today I faced a new problem in my home lab when I was trying to install the vShield components on my Esxi Hosts. Selecting the Esxi host and navigation to vShield tab was displaying an error ” vCenter User ‘Alex\vcadmin’ has … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 7: Configuring vCloud Director

In our last post Configuring vShield Manager we have seen the initial configuration of vShield Manager. Now its time to start doing configuration of the vCloud Director. In this post I will touch down on different configurable options available in vCloud Director. So … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 6: Configuring vShield Manager

In our last post Installing vShield Manager we learnt what vShield Manager is and how to deploy it. This post will cover the steps needed for configuring the vShield appliance for first use. So let’s start. Powering-on the vShield Manager VM … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 5: Installing vShield Manager

In our last post  Installing vCloud Director we learnt how to install vCloud director on Redhat Server. Before jumping into configuring the vCloud director appliance we will install one more component of vCloud Suite i.e. vShield Manager. What is vShield  Manager … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director-Part 4: Installing vCloud Director

In our last post of this series we have configured the vCloud database and made it ready. This database will be used by the vCloud Director Installer to connect to and setup the database. I am not using the standard … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot vCloud Director Database Connection Issues

In my Last post Troubleshooting vCloud SSL Certificates Issue I have covered how to resolve the ssl certificates issue. Once the certificate is accepted by the vCloud director configuration script the next thing is that it will ask you for the … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot vCloud Director SSL Certificates Installation Issue

Prior to vCloud director installation you need to generate SSL certificates for your http and console-proxy connections. You can also you certificates purchased from certificate issuing company if you are planning to use your vCloud environment over the internet. I … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director- Part-3-Configuring Database for vCloud Director

In our last 2 posts of this series we understood the components of vCloud suite and had a look on my Lab Infrastructure. Lets move ahead and start configuring vCloud director components one by one. vCloud Director supports MSSQL and … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director- Part-2- Infrastructure Setup

In my previous post vCloud Director Introduction we have seen an overview of what are the components that makes up a vCloud suite and how each component is tied together to provide a cloud based infrastructure. For setting up vCloud environment a … Continue reading

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Building a Private Cloud with vCloud Director- Part-1- Introduction

Recently I decided to learn and implement vCloud Director in my Home Lab. Before proceeding it was important to have an overview of the components which makes the vCloud Director and the associated terms and terminology used. There are plenty … Continue reading

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