Category Archive: vCloud Director

Aug 29 2017

vCloud Director 9.0 Announced

Yesterday, 2017-08-28, VMware announced a new version of vCloud Director, (vCD)  meaning the most current release will be 9.0. Latest available vCD version today is 8.2 and was released February 2017. There is not that much information available yet about new features and capabilities but here are a few: Flex UI is gone and there …

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Feb 22 2017

VMware vCloud Director 8.20 Released

Yesterday, 2017-02-21, VMware released a new version of vCloud Director (vCD) which is now version 8.20. As you all know vCD has been focusing on service providers since a few years back but since I still work with a few service providers I’m using it from time to time. There are quite a few changes/improvements …

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Feb 16 2015

vCloud Directory 5.6.4 released

A few days ago, 2015-02-12, VMware released an updated version, 5.6.4, of vCloud Director (vCD) for service provides. This release, since it’s a minor one, focus on fixing potential problem but one thing i know will be useful is the option of upgrading existing vCD installation (versions 5.5.2 and 5.5.2.1) to vCD 5.6.4. The following guest operating systems …

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Nov 20 2014

Create CentOS based NFS Share for vCloud Director

It was quite a while ago i had to create a Linux based NFS share for a 2 x vCloud Director (vCD) cell setup. For some reason Windows based NFS shares have been used during my latest vCD implementations. Below are the steps i took when creating the NFS share and mounted it on the …

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Jun 13 2014

VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b and vCloud Director 5.5.1.2 released

VMware released vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b yesterday, 2014-06-12, and the main resolved issue i can see a lot of customers will benefit from is that the “OpenSSL libraries have been updated to versions openssl-0.9.8za, openssl-1.0.0m, and openssl-1.0.1h to address the CVE-2014-0224” The release notes can be found here and you can download the software here. VMware vCloud Director version …

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May 20 2014

vCloud Director 5.5 and a .local active directory domain

In the beginning of May i was informed by @encrypturlyf about an article “Why ABM Is Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V” published by www.cio.com. A few days back a customer of mine contacted me regarding the same article. Yes that was before i moved to Nutanix, i just haven’t had the time to put together a blog …

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May 06 2014

vCloud Director SSL fingerprint mismatch detected and wildcard certificate configuration

During a vCloud Director (vCD) version 5.5 implementation the other week we started out with using self signed certificates for the vCD cells and a company external (purchased) wildcard certificate for the load balancer facing the internet. I have used this setup (not wildcard certificates) quite a few times for e.g. vCD version 1.5 & …

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Mar 11 2014

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 released

Today, March 11, VMware released the vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1 and ESXi 5.5 Update 1 and some new enhancements includes: vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client Plug-in, is now available in vSphere Web Client vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 ESXi 5.5 Update 1 includes support for VMware Virtual SAN. I have …

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Dec 17 2013

Move vCloud Director based VM between vSphere clusters

A customer contacted me a few days ago and wanted a operational procedure for moving a vCloud Director (vCD), version 5.5, based virtual machine (VM) from one vSphere cluster to another vSphere cluster. My customer uses vSphere version 5.5 and had one major requirement that had to be taken into account. The VM has to …

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Dec 01 2013

VCDX56 lab environment in the public cloud

My lab environment crashed a few weeks ago and runs with very limited capacity for the moment. Until i have a new in place i have used a Swedish based public cloud solution, provided by the company Ipeer, to host my lab environment. This is not an advertising blog post for Ipeer, i just wanted to …

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Nov 07 2013

OVF Tool to upload ova files to vCloud Director

A few days ago i was helping a customer building a vSphere 5.5 test environment in a vCloud Director (vCD) version 5.1.2 environment. My customer has changed strategy and will start using the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) instead of the Windows based vCenter Server version. I’ll not discuss the underlying cause for their decision in …

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Oct 01 2013

vCloud Director based virtual machine virtual hardware

Yesterday i received an email from a customer asking me why Virtual Machine (VM) VM version 10  was not available for his vCloud Director (vCD), version 5,5, based virtual machines. My customer was able to upgrade his vSphere based virtual machine to the most recent virtual hardware version and both types of VMs were hosted …

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Sep 03 2013

vCloud Director Allocation Model settings – Reservation Pool

This will be the last (third) article in the blog series about how the different vCloud Director (vCD), version 5.1.2, Organization virtual datacenter (Org VDC) allocation models affects the vSphere layer including the vSphere cluster resource pool backing the Org vDC and the virtual machines (VMs). The first blog post in the series covering the Pay …

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Aug 26 2013

vCloud Director Allocation Model settings – Allocation Pool

This will be the second article in the blog series about how the different vCloud Director (vCD), version 5.1.2, Organization virtual datacenter (Org VDC) allocation models affects the vSphere layer including the vSphere cluster resource pool backing the Org vDC and the virtual machines (VMs). The first blog post in the series covered the Pay As …

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Jul 30 2013

vCloud Director Organization Virtual Datacenter Network Sharing

A customer of mine called me a few weeks ago with a design question regarding the vCloud Director (vCD), version 5.1.2, Organization Virtual Datacenter (Org VDC) network sharing (Share this network with other VDCs in the organization) feature. Just wanted to share the problem and solutions discussed even though the solution used by my customer …

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Jun 18 2013

vCloud Director JMX Service quarantine function deprecated

A few weeks ago, using vCloud Director (vCD) 5.1.2, i tried to test the vCD quarantine function which is all about getting in control over the procedure of uploading files to your vCD. When it is enabled the end user uploaded files will not be available before they have been accepted by a system administrator. A …

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