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vCloud Resource Management – Allocation Pool WITH Elastic vDC

A couple of days ago I posted some information on how the vCloud Allocation Pool Model manages resources with Elastic vDC is not enabled.  This is the follow-up post to run through the same scenario except enabling the Elastic vDC Option.  When you do this some things change.  I will try to use the same basic example setup so we ... Read More »

vCloud Resource Management – Allocation Pool Without Elastic vDC

Many service providers have been deploying their services using vCloud Director of the past couple years.  Of the various models I have seen the Allocation Pool used most often, but there is two ways it can be configured and each way changes the way your virtual machine resources are handled.  With vCloud Director 5.1 you have the option of enabling ... Read More »

Gotcha: NTP Can Affect Load Balanced vCloud VMRC

This is short and sweet, but something we spent almost two weeks trying to resolve.  The environment was setup using my documentation on Load Balancing Cells but the Remote console was not load balancing correctly.  It worked if one cell was removed from the pool but not if both were live in the load balancer.  As it turns out we saw the following error: ... Read More »

[INFO] vCloud Director 1.5.1 Released!

I know I am about 8 hours late to the party on this one, but there is a few things I wanted to point out.  Although this is a minor release, with some feature enhancements, to me there is a lot to this in the way of fixes.  The feature enhancement list is not that long but some are key ... Read More »

Disaster Recovery in vCloud Director

Note: This is a re-post of the article written for the VMware vCloud Blogs. This article assumes the reader has knowledge of vCloud Director, Site Recovery Manger, and vSphere. It will not go in to depth on some topics, we would like to refer to the Site Recovery Manager, vCloud Director and vSphere documentation for more in-depth details around some of ... Read More »

Gotcha: Disabling VMware DRS with vCloud Director

In the past week there have been a rash of reports about people disabling VMware DRS, while vCloud Director was in place.  I have tweeted multiple times about this and also brought it up on the Community PodCast yesterday.  The more I bring it up the more people are asking why someone would do such a thing, and second what ... Read More »

vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 3 (Design Considerations)

In part one of this series, we examine the minor issue of the clone process being managed and loaded onto a single host in a cluster under vCloud Director.  In part two, we expanded on that to see how the different vApp deployment scenarios actually clone to other hosts.  Now in part three we want to understand what if anything ... Read More »

Gotcha: vCloud Director Clone Wars Part 1 (Overview)

A couple weeks ago there was a community post about a possible issue around vCloud Director and the I/O load of the clones hitting all one ESX host.  Duncan Epping and I did a little investigation on this and we discovered that this is not a vCloud Director issue so much as it is a function of vSphere’s cloning process. ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 4

The last phase of the upgrade deals with the final changes to vCloud Director to fully support all advanced features with vSphere 5. This final step should NOT be performed until all the ESXi hosts have been upgraded and are verified to function properly at the current stage. Verify all licensing for vSphere 5 and vShield Manager 5 is in ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 3

Upgrading the ESXi hosts is a standard documented process using VMware Update Manager and explained in detail in the vSphere Installation documentation. Specific to vCloud Director, there is nothing the system administrator needs to do, provided that the vSphere admin follows the proper steps. Personnel Resources Needed VMware vCenter Administrator VMware ESX Administrator with Root credentials VMware vCloud Director Administrator ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 2

After the VMware vCloud Director, vShield Manager and vCenter Chargeback components have been upgraded, customers can choose to pause the upgrades here, which is recommended. Customers may want to ensure that the vCloud layer is properly running while the backend is still vCenter 4.1 and ESX 4.1. Once they have decided that vCloud Director is still running properly, they can ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 1

This outlines the steps for performing an “End-to-End” upgrade of a vCloud deployment. “End-to-End” for the purpose of this guide refers to all aspects of the installation from the vCloud Director cells all the way to the deployed virtual machines running inside the vCloud. What this document will not cover is the specific click through steps on certain components, as ... Read More »

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