Category Archive: vCloud Director

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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