vCloud Air Native Installer in vCenter • Chris Colotti's Blog

vCloud Air Native Installer in vCenter

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Most people noticed that Update 1 for vCloud Suite was released.  However there is one small addition I’d like to point out to those that have not manually installed already and that is the vCloud Air Plugin.  As of vCenter 5.5 Update 1 the installer is now available in the vSphere web client.  However, I noticed as someone who manually installed the 1.0 release you do get a few messages you need to contend with to get 1.0.1 installed to track future updates.

The first thing I noticed is after the vCenter upgrade, there were two vCloud Air icons as you can see below:

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Obviously I did not do anything yet but upgrade vCenter.  When I clicked on the installer I got the following message:

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In order to install the 1.0.1 version, which also notifies of new updates you must remove the original manually installed 1.0 version.  You can either do this BEFORE you upgrade vCenter, which might make more sense, or afterwards.  In hindsight, knowing this I would simply do it before the upgrade of vCenter so you don’t need additional web client restarts.  The procedure is documented in This Article from the message above and is pretty easy to manage.  If you simply do it before your upgrade, when vCenter is finished rebooting you will simply see the installer icon.

vchs_plugin_installer

From there it’s pretty easy to install and you will need to log out and log back in once the installation completes.

About Chris Colotti

Chris is currently a Principal Architect at Cohesity. In his role he spends the majority of his time supporting Cohesity events and creating outward facing content. He also acts as an active interface between the field and engineering/product management as customer zero in the TAG production lab. Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years.

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