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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 »

Gotcha: Partitioning a vCloud Director Cell File System

This seems to be something that most people are forgetting to look at.  The most common question I get is how big to make the “Transfer” space, however recently we ran into a situation where root on the cell filled up from logs and other items.  It begged the question about how to size the cell, and I found out that is ... Read More »

vCloud on Vblock Design Considerations (Updated 10/04/11)

Update for 8/22/11 – Kendrick Coleman has added some more details and revised the document for version 1.1 Update for 10/4/11 – Kendrick Coleman has updated some of the networking sections In a previous post a few months ago regarding vCloud on Vblock – Findings from the field, I posted some raw data that was more around what we saw ... Read More »

How To: Configure vCloud Director Load Balancing

I realized yesterday in talking to a friend and colleague of mine that there is a lot of confusion about load balancing vCloud Director cells.  I had written a detailed post about considerations and many of these were also incorporated into the new vCAT 2.0.  However it seems there is still something lost in translation so I wanted to break it down to very some very ... Read More »

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