A vCloud Director server group consists of one or more vCloud Director servers. Each server in the group runs a collection of services called a vCloud Director cell. To create a server group, you install vCloud Director software on each server, configure its network and database connections, and start its vCloud Director services.

Important

This procedure is for new installations only. If you are upgrading an existing vCloud Director installation, see Upgrading vCloud Director

Before you begin installing and configuring vCloud Director, complete all of the following tasks.

1

Verify that a supported vCenter server is running and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported versions and configuration requirements, see Supported vCenter Server, ESX/ESXi, and vShield Manager Versions.

2

Verify that a supported vShield Manager server is running and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported versions, see Supported vCenter Server, ESX/ESXi, and vShield Manager Versions. For installation and configuration details, see Installing and Configuring vShield Manager.

3

Verify that you have at least one supported vCloud Director server platform running and configured with an appropriate amount of memory and storage. For supported platforms and configuration requirements, see Supported vCloud Director Server Operating Systems.

Each member of a server group requires two IP addresses: one to support an SSL connection for the HTTP service and another for the console proxy service.

Each server must have an SSL certificate for each IP address. All directories in the pathname to the SSL certificates must be readable by the user vcloud.vcloud. This user is created by the vCloud Director installer. See Create SSL Certificates.

For the transfer service, each server must mount an NFS or other shared storage volume at $VCLOUD_HOME/data/transfer, typically /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/data/transfer. This volume must have write permission for root.

Each server should have access to a Microsoft Sysprep deployment package. See Create a Microsoft Sysprep Deployment Package.

4

Verify that you have created a vCloud Director database and that it is accessible to all servers in the group. For a list of supported database software, see Supported vCloud Director Databases.

Verify that you have created a database account for the vCloud Director database user and that the account has all required database privileges. See Installing and Configuring a vCloud Director Database.

Verify that the database service starts when the database server is rebooted.

5

Verify that all vCloud Director servers, the database server, and all vCenter and vShield Manager servers can resolve each other's names as described in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements.

6

Verify that all vCloud Director servers and the database server are synchronized to a network time server with the tolerances noted in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements.

7

If you plan to import users or groups from an LDAP service, verify that the service is accessible to each vCloud Director server.

8

Open firewall ports as shown in Network Security Recommendations. Port 443 must be open between vCloud Director and vCenter servers.