You must start the newly added vCloud Director vApp or vSphere virtual machine to confirm that your vCloud Application Director installation was successful and to complete the remaining set up procedures.

Note

You cannot upgrade an older version of the vCloud Application Director appliance to the latest version.

You can also use the vCloud Director Web Console to access a powered on virtual machine. Verify that your Web browser has a copy of the vmware-vmrc plug-in installed. See vCloud API Programming guide.

Verify that you have the VMRC plug-in for vCloud Director installed to work with your browser. For information about compatible Web browsers, see vCloud Application Director System Requirements.

Verify that the vSphere client meets the Web browser requirements. See VMware vSphere documentation.

1

Open the vCloud Application Director appliance.

a

From the vCloud Director My Cloud view, click the image under the consoles column that corresponds to your vCloud Application Director appliance and click inside the VMRC console.

It might take a few seconds until the connection to the appliance is established and the vApp console view opens.

b

From the vSphere client, locate the powered-on virtual machine and click the Console tab.

2

At the prompt, type the vCloud Application Director serial number and press Enter.

3

Type a password for the root user account and press Enter.

4

At the prompt, retype the password to confirm it and press Enter.

5

Type a password for the darwin_user account and press Enter.

Select a password for the darwin_user account that you can remember easily. When you are prompted for this password again, you have only three attempts to type the correct password.

6

At the prompt, retype the password to confirm it and press Enter.

Note

It takes less than a minute for the boot scripts to install and start other required software processes in the background, before you are prompted to set the admin user account password. During this time, the system might appear to be unresponsive.

7

Type a password for the vCloud Application Director admin user account and press Enter.

8

At the prompt, retype the password to confirm it and press Enter.

The boot up script should finish starting the necessary services and display the Web URL and DHCP or Static IP address for accessing the vCloud Application Director server

9

Navigate to the Web URL using a supported browser.

The Web URL format is https://Application_Director_IP:8443/darwin.

10

Log in as the admin user.

Use the password you set for the admin user account. The admin user can use the CLI to enable the preconfigured user accounts and create additional users and groups with specific roles.

The browser opens the vCloud Application Director user interface. See Using the vCloud Application Director Web Interface.

Note

Shut down the vCloud Application Director appliance you deployed in vCloud Director, from the vCloud Director user interface. Do not use vCenter Server to shut down the appliance.

If the darwin_user is locked due to multiple failed login attempts, you need to unlock the account to proceed. See Unlock Your darwin_user Account.

Log in to vCloud Application Director and familiarize yourself with the product features. See Log In to vCloud Application Director and Using the vCloud Application Director Web Interface.

Register a cloud provider for your cloud environment. See Register the vCloud Director Cloud Provider and Template, Register the vCloud Automation Center Cloud Provider and Template, or Register the Amazon EC2 Cloud Provider and Template.