Before you can install the Data Director vApp, you have to create and configure the Data Director cluster.

A cluster is a group of hosts. When a host is added to a cluster, the host's resources become part of the cluster's resources. Clusters enable the vSphere High Availability (HA) and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) solutions. Cluster settings must be compatible with Data Director.

Connect to the vCenter Server system by using a vSphere Client.

Verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a cluster.

Verify that a datacenter exists in the vCenter Server inventory.

Create a vSphere cluster for use by Data Director. See the vSphere Resource Management documentation and the vSphere Availability documentation.


In the vSphere Client, select Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.


Right-click a datacenter or a folder within a datacenter and select New Cluster.


Complete the Cluster Features page.


Name the cluster.


Select the Turn On vSphere HA and Turn On vSphere DRS check boxes.

vSphere DRS must be enabled. Do not change this setting.


Click Next.

In DRS clusters, Storage I/O Control is enabled by default. Do not change this setting.


On the vSphere DRS page, set the automation level to Partially automated and click Next.


On the Power Management page, leave power management set to Off or select a power management setting appropriate for your environment, and click Next.


On the vSphere HA page, select the HA settings required for the Data Director cluster and click Next.



Host Monitoring Status

Leave Enable Host Monitoring selected.

Admission Control

Leave Enable selected.

Admission Control Policy

Specify a policy suitable for your environment. See the vSphere High Availability documentation.


On the Virtual Machine Options page, select the settings required for the Data Director cluster settings and click Next.



VM Restart Priority

Any option that does not disable VM restart priority is acceptable. Data Director requires that VM restart priority is enabled.

Host Isolation Response

Leave the default or change the setting to support your environment.


On the VM Monitoring page, select the following settings and click Next.



VM Monitoring

Select VM and Application Monitoring.

Default Cluster Settings

Leave the monitoring sensitivity at the default.


Finish the cluster setup.


Leave VMware Enhanced vMotion Compatibility disabled and click Next.


Leave the swap file location at its default and click Next.


Review the cluster settings and click Finish.

You can customize the cluster even further to suit your environment requirements. See the vFabric Data Director Administrator and User Guide.