vCloud Application Director includes predefined sample applications, services, and virtual machine templates to help you understand the basic concepts and start using the product. Complete the tasks to install vCloud Application Director, configure, and deploy a predefined sample application to the vCloud Director, vSphere through vCloud Automation Center, or Amazon EC2 environment.

Familiarize yourself with the vCloud Application Director provisioning workflow. See vCloud Application Director Overview.


Install and set up the vCloud Application Director virtual appliance.

Preparing to Install vCloud Application Director and Start the vCloud Application Director Appliance .


Configure vCloud Application Director to use a proxy.

Perform this task when an application needs to download files from outside the corporate firewall.

See Configure vCloud Application Director to Use a Proxy for External URLs.


(Optional) Enable the predefined user accounts and set account passwords using the CLI, to provide privileges to specific product areas.

The admin user account is enabled by default.

See Predefined Users, Groups, and Roles.


Log in to the vCloud Application Director Web interface 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.

When you register a cloud provider, you map vCloud Application Director to one of the following components in your cloud environment.

Cloud Provider Types

Reference Topic

vCloud Director instance and organization

See Register the vCloud Director Cloud Provider and Template

vCloud Automation Center provisioning or business group

See Register the vCloud Automation Center Cloud Provider and Template

Amazon EC2 Region

See Register the Amazon EC2 Cloud Provider and Template


Create a deployment environment in the registered cloud provider.

Map the vCloud Application Director deployment environment to one of the following components in your cloud environment before you can deploy an application.

Deployment Environment

Reference Topic

Organization vDC within vCloud Director

See Create a vCloud Director Deployment Environment

Reservation policy within vCloud Automation Center

See Create a vCloud Automation Center Deployment Environment

Amazon VPC and associated Availability Zone

See Create an Amazon EC2 Deployment Environment


Map the cloud template to a logical template.

When you map a cloud template to a logical template, you are linking the vCloud Application Director logical template to the actual template in the cloud.

See Add a Logical Template to the Catalog.


Deploy a predefined sample application from the Deployment Profile wizard.

See Deploying Predefined Catalog Components and Create a Deployment Profile.


Check the status of the deployment.

During deployment, components are installed and configured based on the dependencies of an application. See Understanding the Deployment and Update Process.

You can use the user interface to check the status of an application deployment in real time. See Using the Deployment Summary Page.


Troubleshoot deployment failures.

If you experience deployment failures, you can examine the virtual machine-specific logs and deployment logs and troubleshoot the problem.

To access the virtual machine-specific logs, see View Deployed VM Details and Execution Plan of an Application. To resolve the problem, see the VMware vCloud Application DirectorTroubleshooting guide.