The vCloud Director installer verifies that the target server meets all platform prerequisites and installs vCloud Director software on it.

vCloud Director software is distributed as a digitally signed Linux executable file named vmware-vcloud-director-5.1.0-nnnnnn.bin, where nnnnnn represents a build number. After the software is installed on the target server, you must run a script that configures the server's network and database connections.

Verify that the target server and the network it connects to meet the requirements specified in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements. The target server must not have an existing user or group named vcloud.

Verify that you have superuser credentials for the target server.

If you intend to create a vCloud Director server group that includes multiple servers, verify that the target server mounts the shared transfer service storage at $VCLOUD_HOME/data/transfer.

If you want the installer to verify the digital signature of the installation file, download and install the VMware public key on the target server. If you have already verified the digital signature of the installation file, you do not need to verify it again during installation. See Download and Install the VMware Public Key.

1

Log in to the target server as root.

2

Download the installation file to the target server.

If you purchased the software on a CD or other media, copy the installation file to a location that is accessible to all target servers.

3

Verify that the checksum of the download matches the one posted on the download page.

Values for both MD5 and SHA1 checksums are posted on the download page. Use the appropriate tool to verify that the checksum of the downloaded installation file matches the one shown on the download page. A Linux command of the following form validates the checksum for installation-file using the MD5 checksum-value copied from the download page.

md5sum -c checksum-value installation-file
4

Ensure that the installation file is executable.

The installation file requires execute permission. To be sure that it has this permission, open a console, shell, or terminal window and run the following Linux command, where installation-file is the full pathname to the vCloud Director installation file.

chmod u+x installation-file
5

In a console, shell, or terminal window, run the installation file.

To run the installation file, type its full pathname, for example ./installation-file. The file includes an installation script and an embedded RPM package.

Note

You cannot run the installation file from a directory whose pathname includes any embedded space characters.

The installer verifies that the host meets all requirements, verifies the digital signature on the installation file, unpacks the vCloud Director RPM package, and installs the software. The installer prints a warning of the following form if you have not installed the VMware public key on the target server.

warning:installation-file.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 signature: NOKEY, key ID 66fd4949

After the software is installed, the installer prompts you to run the configuration script, which configures the server's network and database connections.

6

Decide when to run the configuration script.

Option

Description

Run the configuration script now

Type y and press Enter.

Run the configuration script later

Type n and press Enter to exit to the shell.

For more information about running the configuration script, see Configure Network and Database Connections.