You must ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements before you install vCloud Connector.

The vCloud Connector UI is registered as a plug-in in vSphere Client. To use the vSphere Client, you must have a Windows machine, with Internet Explorer installed. For more information on systems requirements for the vSphere Client, see the VMware vSphere documentation.

To install and configure a vCloud Connector server and nodes, you need to install the following VMware products.

VMware Products

Product

Supported Version

Notes

vSphere

4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5

Required if you are deploying the vCloud Connector server or vCloud Connector nodes on vSphere.

Note

To use the Stretch Deploy feature (Datacenter Extension), you must install vSphere 5.1 or later.

vCloud Director

1.5, 5.1, 5.5

Required if you are deploying the vCloud Connector server or vCloud Connector nodes on vCloud Director.

Note

To use the Stretch Deploy feature (Datacenter Extension), you must install vCloud Director 5.1 or later.

vShield Manager

5.1.2, 5.5

Required for the Stretch Deploy feature (Datacenter Extension) only.

vSphere Client

4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5

Required for the vCloud Connector UI. The vCloud Connector UI is registered as a plug-in in vSphere Client.

Note

The Stretch Deploy feature has special system requirements. See System Requirements for Stretch Deploy in Using vCloud Connector for more information.

To access the vCloud Connector server and node Admin Web consoles, you need a browser.

Supported Browsers

Browser

Supported Version

Internet Explorer

8, 9

Chrome

22, 23

The browser must be set to accept third-party cookies.

Note

Do not use Firefox to log in to the vCloud Connector server or node Admin Web console. Some tabs, such as the Server tab in the server Admin Web console and the Node tab in the node Admin Web console, display blank pages on Firefox.

vCloud Connector uses the following ports to communicate between its various components: server, nodes, and the server and node Admin Web consoles.

Port Information

Port Number

Use

443

Used when SSL is enabled.

This port is used for communication between the vCloud Connector server and vCloud Connector nodes and between nodes.

80

Used when SSL is disabled.

This port is used for communication between the vCloud Connector server and vCloud Connector nodes and between nodes.

8190

Required on the destination node for UDT-based data transfer.

Note

When you copy data between a private cloud and a public cloud, port 8190 needs to be open on the public cloud.

5480

This port is used for communication with the vCC server and vCC node Admin Web consoles.

Note

Ports 80 and 443 are also used for the Local Content Directory node, which is a node that is automatically installed with the vCloud Connector server and used for the Content Library. Port 80 is used when SSL is disabled and port 443 is used when SSL is enabled.

See also Cross-Cloud Data Transfer and Network Connectivity.

If there is a load balancer between a vCloud Connector node and the cloud with which it is associated, the load balancer should have session persistence enabled.