VMware vCloud Director – Cloud Resources – Part 6

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VMware vCloud Director – vCloud Cloud Resources

We now return back to vCloud Director to continue with the configuration. In this article we will focus on:

  • Attaching a vCenter Server
  • Creating a Provider VDC
  • Creating an external network

Before we continue, I have created a Resource Pool within the vCloud Cluster called vCloud_RP. This will be referenced in step 7. I have also created a port-group on my distributed switch called External-vCloud with vlan 40, this will be referenced in step 12.

vCloud Director – Attaching a vCenter Server

1. Browse to your VMware vCloud Director URL http://vcloud6director1.vmlab.local/cloud and login with your adminstrator account

vCloud Director Attaching vCenter Server

2. Click on Attach a vCenter. Etner in your vCenter DNS or IP address, User Name and Password, give your vCenter a name and finally click on Use the following URL and enter in your vSphere Web Client URL. (The vCenter Name can be seen later on in System – Manage & Monitor – vSphere Resources – vCenters)

vCloud Director Attaching vCenter Server

3. Enter the IP address, username and password to your VMware NSX controller.

vCloud Director Attaching vCenter Server

4. The Ready to Complete screen is displayed. Review your settings and click Finish.

vCloud Director Attaching vCenter Server

5. We now have a green tick next to Attach another vCenter.

vCloud Director Attaching vCenter Server

vCloud Director – Creating a Provider VDC

6. Click on Create a Provider VDC. Give the Provider VDC a name, description, click enabled and select Hardware Version 10.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

7. Select the vCenter Server on the left hand side, on the right hand side select the resource pool we created earlier, vCloud_RP.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

8. We will add all 4 tiers of storage to the this Provider VDC. Select all 4 tiers from the top window followed by clicking on Add.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

9. This step will install the vCloud Director agent on each host selected. We have the option of using one credential for all hosts, or you can specific individual credentials for each host.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

10. A summary of your settings is presented in this window. Click Finish.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

11. The green light has now appeared next to Create another Provider VDC as well as Create another network pool. At this point vCloud Director has created a Network Pool called VMLAB pVDC-VXLAN-NP. This network pool is spread across all hosts. If you are familiar with vShield and NSX, a network pool is referred to as a Transport Zone.

vCloud Director Create a Provider VDC

vCloud Director – Creating an External Network

12. Next up is creating an external network. Click on Create an external network. Select your vCenter server on the left hand side and select External-vCloud on the right hand side.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

13. Click on Add.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

14. My External Network subnet is 10.40.0.0/24. My default gateway for this network will be 10.40.0.1. On a side note a colleague of mine said do you know how to tell if a network or server guy configured the network settings ? The network guy will make the default gateway .1 and the windows guy will make it .254 🙂 Anyway, moving onw.. I enter in 10.40.0.1 as my gateway address, my network mask is 255.255.255.0 and primary dns is 8.8.8.8. I will configure a block of external IP’s that I can use to allocated to NSX edge gateways once I start deploying Organisation VDC’s. The Static IP Pool I will allocated to my Provider VDC is 10.40.0.10-10.40.0.19, click Add and Ok.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

15. The Static IP Pool has now been added into the configuration.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

16. Give the external network a name and description.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

17. The New External Network wizard is now complete. Click Finish.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

18. All lights are now green on the left side.

vCloud Director Create an External Network

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  • Berat Cakirca

    hi, i’m performing a clean install with vcd 8.10 and nsx 6.2.4. As you stated nsx controller in attaching a vcenter, is that really true? I’m a bit confused that as i try nsx controller, it says “Unrecognized vShield Manager response.” and as i try nsx edge it gives error like “I/O error on GET request for “https://nsx-edge-01.beratcakirca.local:443/api/2.0/global/config”: No route to host; nested exception is java.net.NoRouteToHostException: No route to host.” I don’t have vshield manager, but nsx edges. can you help me figure out how to attach vcenter to vcd?