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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How To: Manually Remove the vCloud Director Agent

David Hill, my VMware vCloud partner in crime, has already put together a post about how to completely Uninstall vCloud Director, that also explains the manual removal of the vCloud Host Agent for version 1.0.1.  As we are seeing with my recent post about Properly Stopping a vCloud Cell, some …

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How To: Properly Shut Down a vCloud Director Cell

Many folks may or may not know this but there has been a tool added for VMware vCloud Director 1.0.1 to properly Quiesce and shutdown a cell in order to let open tasks finish.  It you simply stop the services you can fail out running tasks.  For vCloud Director 1.0.1 you …

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Gotcha: The Importance of NTP to VMware vCloud Director

So here I am again after working a couple days on a troubleshooting issue for a customer during a VMware vCloud upgrade that we finally got fixed.  I seem to now be the resident expert on getting the entire stack of VMware vCloud products upgraded in the right order and …

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