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Monitoring vCloud Director MKS connections (2046719)

This article provides methods to audit the vCloud Director (vCD) MKS connections and to determine the user account that opened the connection to a vCloud cell.   Note: The vCD interface shows the connection origin, but does not maintain the co ...
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Adding the vCloud Agent to an Auto Deploy Image Profile (2064580)

vCloud Director releases earlier than 5.5 installed an agent on each ESXi host they managed. Beginning with vCloud Director 5.5, the system no longer requires that agent on ESXi 5.5 hosts unless the host must support creation of vCloud Network Isolation b ...
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Microsoft Sysprep Change in vCloud Director 5.5

If you’re like me, you still support legacy Windows operating systems from time to time.  Let’s face it, Windows Server 2003 was a great server operating system and will probably remain in some environments for quite a while.  I won’t at all be ...
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vCloud Director Backups: The VMs are the easy part!

There is one thing that we all can agree on, vCloud Director is materially different from what we’ve done in vSphere by itself. With the rich capabilities of self-provisioning, virtual data centers, additional storage options and more; there is more than ...
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How to Create a Multi VM vApp in vCloud Director

I was talking to some users recently and was having a discussion about how to create a vApp in vCloud Director. I thought to myself that creating a VM will by default create a vApp. But in most peoples minds a vApp translates to a multi-VM vApp. I have pr ...
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vCloud Resource Management – Reservation Pool (Chris Colotti's Blog)

A couple of weeks ago I posted some information on how the vCloud Allocation Pool Model manages resources with Elastic vDC is not enabled as well as when Elastic vDC is enabled.  This is the follow-up post to run through the same scenario e ...
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Import vCenter Operations (vCOps) as an OVF into a vCloud Director environment

Having a standard in the virtualization world like OVF or OVA is a real cool thing. Nevertheless from time to time I stumble about some issues with it. Just happened while trying to import vCenter Operation to a vCloud environment at a customer site. Eve ...
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VMware vCloud Director and vSphere Metrocluster (Eduardo Meirelles da Rocha)

vSphere Metrocluster or as sometimes knows as Stretched Cluster is a vSphere architecture design that decreases recovery time when disaster/downtime avoidance is a key requirement. It’s based on the concept that you have your computer resources split bet ...
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PowerCLI: Calculate the allocated size, in GB, of a catalog in vCloud Director (Phil the Virtualizer)

Here is a quick hitter for you to calculate the size, in GB, of a catalog in vCloud Director:

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DBaaS with vCloud Director

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is an additional service on top of IaaS offering that gives the tenant opportunity to easily provision databases for her VMs without the need to have DB Admin skills. Although database could be provided as a VM catalog templa ...
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Generate a List of PoweredOn vApps per User in vCloud Director (Phil the Virtualizer) PowerCLI

It is important to know what your users are doing in vCloud Director with the content, how many vApps that have Powered On and each user’s memory allocation. Here is how to do it!

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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 ...
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Understanding Datastore Metrics in vCloud Director

I got question from a customer what is the meaning of the various datastore metrics in vCloud Director: used, provisioned and requested storage. These can be viewed at the Datastores & Datastores Cluster screen in the Manager & Monitor tab. ...
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Fast Provisioning Enhancement in vCloud Director 5.5

Fast provisioning was introduced with vCloud Director 1.5 and enables speeding up a cloning process when deploying vApps from catalog or copying VMs. It utilizes vSphere linked clones where the base image is not cloned, instead a delta disk is created to ...
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Security as a Service using Deep Security and vCloud Director

Had a couple of meetings this week with vendors that is looking to offer Security as a Service. One of our products that I work with is TrendMicro Deep Security. It has very good integration with vShield Manager and vShield App. What I did not realize is ...
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Datastore Migrations in vCloud Director – Part 3 of 3: Datastore Clusters

In this scenario we are exposing to vCloud Director only datastore clusters. vCloud Director cannot disable individual datastores, on the other hand we could leverage SDRS Maintenance Mode. We can also break the cluster and remove the old datastore from i ...
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Enabling Uber Admin mode in VMware vCloud Director 1.5.x, 5.1 (2006922)

This article provides information on enabling Uber Admin mode in VMware vCloud Director 1.5.x, 5.1.

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Datastore Migrations in vCloud Director – Part 2 of 3:  Individual Datastores

In this scenario we are presenting to vCloud Director individual datastores, not datastore clusters. New datastores were provisioned with the same Storage Capability and to the same hosts as the old ones which we want to evacuate and subsequently remove b ...
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Datastore Migrations in vCloud Director – Part 1 of 3: Introduction

Part 1: IntroductionPart 2: Individual DatastoresPart 3: Datastore Clusters In cloud environments the end-user is completely abstracted from the actual physical hardware which hosts cloud workloads. Therefore it is expected that any hardware replacement ...
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