Category Archive: vCloud Director

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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Jun 10 2013

SMB vCloud Director design challenge – number of licenses

I have previously written about a vCloud Director (vCD) implementation where the vCD based VMs must coexists with traditional vSphere based VMs in the same vSphere cluster, post available here. A few days ago one customer added an even more interesting parameter to such a solution. The customer has an existing vSphere environment, running both …

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May 21 2013

vSphere and vCloud Director database creation script

A customer called me yesterday asking for a script to create the necessary databases to run: vCenter Server vCenter Single Sign On vCenter Update Manager vCloud Director The customer was about to perform a clean install in their test environment and will be using vCenter Server 5.1 U1, ESXi 5.1 U1 and vCloud Director (vCD) …

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May 13 2013

vCloud Director vApp VM stop action

I have been asked by a couple of customers lately why the vCloud Director (vCD) based VMs by default are being Power Off when you Stop a vApp using the vCD UI. This behavior applies to all existing vCD versions including the latest 5.1.2 release. The Power Off action does not perform a VM guest …

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May 03 2013

VMware certification preparation

Lately i have received a couple of questions regarding how to prepare (what to study and for how long) before taking VMware certification exams. Basically, it all comes down to your current knowledge meaning it is not that easy to make recommendations. In this blog post i’ll include what i personally do (practice & study) …

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Apr 30 2013

vCloud Director cell firewall management

At present time, 2013-04-30, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system (64 bit version of 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3) is the only one officially supported by VMware for vCloud Director (vCD) 5.1.2. Please see the vCD 5.1.2 release notes found here regarding the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 support since the the …

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Apr 17 2013

vCloud Director Management cluster disaster recovery

A while ago i needed to perform a vCloud Director (vCD) management cluster disaster recovery. There are four main sections in the blog post: Infrastructure – describes the infrastructure used by the vCloud Director Management cluster environment. Rollback reasons – describes why the HP LeftHand P4300 storage volume rollback was carried out. Rollback preparation – describes …

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Apr 12 2013

VSM response error – Not licensed for entity

A few weeks ago one customer changed his evaluation licenses for vCenter Server, ESXi, vCloud Director (vCD) and vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) to their newly purchased licenses. The customer runs the most recent versions, at present time 2013-04-12, of vSphere (ESXi 5.1 and VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0b 947939) and VMware vCloud Director (5.1.1 868405). Everything looked ok in …

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Apr 05 2013

vCloud Director internal server error when deploying vApps

During VMware vCloud Director (vCD) vApp deployments using the latest versions of both vSphere (ESXi 5.1 and VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0b 947939) and VMware vCloud Director (5.1.1 868405) i got the below vDC error message: The vCD cell logs located in the /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs directory told me e.g. “vCenter Server is unresponsive” These errors made me start investigating …

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Apr 03 2013

vCloud Director vApp Template IP Mode bug

2013-05-06  – I am happy to inform you that the vCloud Director version 5.1.2 does not contain the problem described in this blog post // Magnus Andersson I have been involved in several vCloud Director (vCD) implementations lately where the customer requires the following: One virtual machine per vApp and/or vApp Template. The vApp virtual …

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Apr 02 2013

vCloud Director thin provisioning & storage allocation per allocation model

I have run into several discussions lately regarding the thin provisioning option, storage over subscription and the storage allocation per Organization virtual datacenter (Org vDC) in vCloud Director (vCD). This is my way of clarifying what to expect from the different options and rule out potential missunderstandings. You activate the thin provisioning option when you …

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Mar 28 2013

vCloud Director binary has invalid MD5 checksums

When installing vCloud Director the other day i ran into a strange problem. After uploading (using pscp.exe from a Windows based PC) the vCloud Directory binary file to the vCD cell /tmp directory i run the command: ./vmware-vcloud-director-5.1.1-868405.bin The output usually tells me there are some missing RedHat packages but not this time. I received …

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Mar 25 2013

vCloud Director required RedHat packages challenge

When installing vCloud Director 5.1 the other day i ran in to one interesting challenge. It has nothing to do with the actual vCloud Director software, it was all about the vCloud Director prerequisites. The required RedHat packages are: The customer RedHat image did not include all the packages, the below packages were missing.  libXdmcp  libXi …

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Mar 20 2013

vSphere cluster resource pool configuration script

This blog will include the technical aspect (the script) which i mentioned in the blog post vCloud Director implementation for small businesses Input parameters: 4 vSphere cluster resource pools exists at the vSphere cluster root level SLA-Gold with priority value 10 SLA-Silver with priority value 5 SLA-Bronze with priority value 3 SLA-vCloud with priority value …

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