The Node tab allows you to change the vCloud Connector node administrator password, adjust log levels, and manage SSL certificates. It also lets you select a data transfer protocol and change the maximum number of concurrent tasks. You also use this tab to register the vCloud Connector node with a cloud.

In the Cloud Registration section, you register the vCloud Connector node with a cloud.

Note

For public or private vCloud Director clouds that have a vCloud Connector node deployed as a multi-tenant node for use by multiple organizations, this task is performed by the service provider or network administrator of the cloud.

Cloud Type

The type of cloud.

Cloud URL

The URL of the cloud. You can specify either the IP address of the cloud or its fully qualified domain name (FQDN):

https://CloudIPaddress

For example: https://10.10.100.10

https://CloudFQDN

For example: https://cloud1.company.com

Ignore SSL Cert

Select this option if the cloud does not have a valid SSL certificate.

Note

If the cloud has a valid certificate, deselect this option. Also, import the root certificate of the Certificate Authority that issued the cloud's certificate into the trusted keystore of the vCloud Connector node. See Add CA Root Certificate to Trusted Keystore for information on importing the certificate.

Use Proxy

Select this option if there is an HTTP proxy server between the vCloud Connector node and the cloud. If you select this option, you must also specify proxy settings in the Network - Proxy tab.

The General Settings section allows you to change the administrator password for the vCloud Connector node, set log file severity levels, download log files, select the maximum number of concurrent tasks, and select the data transfer protocol.

Change admin user password

Specify a new administrator password for the vCloud Connector node, then click Confirm new password. You should change the default password.

Log levels

Set the severity level for vCloud Connector node log files, then click Change log level.

Download logs

Click to download a zip file of vCloud Connector node log files.

Note

If you are using a multi-tenant node that has been deployed by a public vCloud service provider or private vCloud Director cloud system administrator for use by multiple organizations, you do not have access to the node. You can download your log files from the vCloud Connector server Admin Web console.

Concurrent Tasks

Specify the maximum number of concurrent tasks that are allowed for the vCloud Connector node, then click Change Maximum Concurrent Tasks. The default is 10.

Note that if you increase the maximum number of concurrent tasks, you should also increase the vCloud Connector node storage. The amount of storage you need depends upon the size of your tasks. Approximately 50GB is recommended for each added task.

See Increase Maximum Concurrent Tasks and Configure vCloud Connector Node Allocated Storage for more information.

UDT

UDT is a data transfer protocol that can be used instead of HTTP(S) to copy data.

UDT Status displays whether UDT is currently enabled or disabled. Select Enable UDT or Disable UDT to enable or disable UDT.

When UDT is disabled, HTTP(S) is used to copy data.

See Selecting Copy Options for more information.

UDT Proxy

Specify information about the proxy sever that you want to use with UDT data transfer, then click Configure UDT Proxy.

Proxy Server IP address

The IP address of the proxy server. For example, 10.10.10.10.

Port

The SOCKS port.

Username

(Optional) The user name for the proxy server, if the proxy server requires authentication.

Password

(Optional) The password for the proxy server, if the proxy server requires authentication.

Note

UDT data transfer is only compatible with SOCKS5-compliant proxy servers, as these proxy servers support the UDP protocol. You cannot use UDT data transfer with any other types of proxy servers.

See Using a Proxy Server with UDT for more information.

Encryption

By default, data is transferred as plain text when UDT is enabled. To enable data encryption with UDT, select Enable Encryption.

Encryption Status displays whether encryption for UDT is currently enabled or disabled in the node.

Note that the encryption status on the destination node determines whether UDT transfer is encrypted or decrypted.

See Data Encryption for more information.

The Manage SSL Certificates section allows you to disable or enable SSL and to manage your certificates. vCloud Connector nodes have SSL enabled by default and include a self-signed certificate. Before going into production, replace the certificate with a valid certificate.

Disable SSL/Enable SSL

Select Disable SSL if you want to disable HTTPS communication and use HTTP. When you disable SSL, the port that is used to communicate with the node changes from 443 to 80.

Note

After you enable or disable SSL for a node, you must update the node's registration with the vCloud Connector server.

Note that for copy, the SSL status on the destination node determines whether data transfer to that node is encrypted or unencrypted.

Key Info

Displays information about the default key provided.

Certificate Info

Displays information about the self-signed certificate that is provided with the vCloud Connector node.

Generate New Key

If you need to generate a new private key to obtain a valid certificate from your Certificate Authority, type the required information and click Generate Key. In the Common Name field, specify the IP address or fully-qualified domain name of the vCloud Connector server. For example, 10.10.10.10 or myNode.mycompany.com.

You can only generate a 1024-bit key from the UI; to generate a 2048-bit key, use the command line interface.

Generate and download CSR

Click to create a Certificate Signing Request and save it to your computer. Use the saved hcagent.csr file to get a certificate from your Certificate Authority.

Upload a new X.509 SSL Certificate

Once you have your certificates, use the Browse button to locate the root, intermediate, and signed certificates, then click Upload.

You must upload all three certificates. If your Certificate Authority issues only two certificates, upload them from the command line. See Upload Certificates from the Command Line.

For more information on installing valid certificates, see Add Valid SSL Certificates.