Deploying vCloud Director

Let me first start by saying thank you to Mohamad Alhussein for sharing his experience with community in his blog post. It provided the motivation and knowledge sharing I was looking for and decided to share my experience as well. I’d also like to mention that I reached out to Mohamad before publishing my blog post out of professional respect for his efforts and also because I did not want anyone to assume I took his work, and parlayed it into my post. If anyone knows anything about me, that’s not something I would ever do but I felt it was necessary to consult with Mohamad first.

As noted by Mohamad, you have the option to download vCloud Director 10.3.1 here, or you can do so here if you’re a current vExpert from the portal. Side note, vExpert applications for the first half of 2022 will be accepted until January 28th, 2022 and for more information, please click here. If you’re interested my thoughts on the program, please use this link.

Once the appliance has been successfully downloaded, log into your vSphere environment to deploy it as an OVF template (please keep in mind, the deployment was done in my homelab environment). Then select the Local File option and Upload Files to navigate to the file.

Next, provide a name for the virtual machine and then select Next. On the following screen, please select a Compute Resource and then select Next. Review the details and then select Next, followed by accepting the License Agreement.

At the Configuration window, please select your desired deployment configuration and then Next. When prompted for Storage, please select the desired Datastore and Disk Format, following by Next.

At the Networks window, select the Destination Networks and as Mohamad pointed out, eth0 and eth1 must be placed on separate subnets. On the following screen, you have the option to customize the template (please scroll through the entire window). Please review the list of options carefully. Some are required, while some are not. Once you’re ready, select Next to proceed to the Ready to Complete window and then select Finish to complete the deployment.

Once the task to Import the OVF package is complete, you now have the option to power on the virtual machine.

As I look ahead, I have a lot to learn about this product including its various features. My biggest need will be to learn more about the networking integration. While deploying this VM was relatively straightforward, I’m unable to access the web UI at this time and all signs point to networking. Hopefully, more to come on that in the future.

Thanks again Mohamad for the inspiration to learn more about the process. If I have missed anything or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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