vCloud Director depends on vShield Manager to provide network services to the cloud. Install and configure vShield Manager before you begin installing vCloud Director.

You must associate each vCenter Server that you add to vCloud Director with a unique instance of vShield Manager. For information about the network requirements and supported versions of vShield Manager, see vCloud Director Hardware and Software Requirements.


This procedure applies only to new installations of vCloud Director. If you are upgrading an existing installation of vCloud Director, you can optionally upgrade its associated vShield Manager installation. A new release of vShield Manager cannot work with an existing release of vCloud Director. See Upgrade vShield Manager.


Use the vSphere Client to log in to your vCenter Server.


Select File > Deploy OVF Template.


Browse to the location of the vShield Manager.ovf file and follow the prompts to deploy the OVF file.


After the OVF file is deployed, power on the vShield Manager virtual machine and open the console.


Log in to the console with the user name admin and password default.


At the manager prompt, type enable.


At the Password prompt, type default to enable setup mode.

When setup mode is enabled, the prompt string changes to manager#.


At the manager# prompt, type setup to begin the setup procedure.


Enter the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for the vShield Manager virtual machine.

You need this information to attach a vCenter Server to Cloud Director.


Type exit to log out.


Close the console and leave the virtual machine running.

It is not necessary to synchronize vShield Manager with vCenter or register the vShield Manager as a vSphere Client plug-in when you use vShield Manager with vCloud Director.