A vCloud Director server group consists of one or more vCloud Director servers that share a common database and other configuration details. To create a server group, you install and configure vCloud Director software on the first member of the group. Installation and configuration of the first group member creates a response file that you use to configure additional members of the group.

Important

This procedure is for new installations only. If you are upgrading an existing vCloud Director installation, see Upgrading vCloud Director

Before you begin installing and configuring vCloud Director, complete all of the following tasks.

1

Verify that a supported vCenter Server system is running and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported versions and configuration requirements, see Supported Platforms.

2

Verify that a supported vShield Manager or NSX Manager is running, associated with the vCenter Server system, and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported versions, see Supported Platforms. For installation and configuration details, see Install and Configure vShield Manager for a New vCloud Director Installation and Install and Configure NSX Manager for a New vCloud Director Installation.

3

Verify that you have at least one server platform that is supported for running the vCloud Director software and that server platform is configured with an appropriate amount of memory and storage. For supported platforms and configuration requirements, see Supported vCloud Director Server Operating Systems.

Each member of a server group requires two IP addresses: one to support an SSL connection for the HTTP service and another for the console proxy service.

Each server must have an SSL certificate for each IP address. All directories in the pathname to the SSL certificates must be readable by any user. See Create SSL Certificates.

For the transfer service, each server must mount an NFS or other shared storage volume at /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/data/transfer. This volume must have write permission for root. See Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.

Each server should have access to a Microsoft Sysprep deployment package. See Install Microsoft Sysprep Files on the Servers.

4

Verify that you have created a vCloud Director database and that it is accessible to all servers in the group. For a list of supported database software, see Supported vCloud Director Databases.

Verify that you have created a database account for the vCloud Director database user and that the account has all required database privileges. See Installing and Configuring a vCloud Director Database.

Verify that the database service starts when the database server is rebooted.

5

Verify that all vCloud Director servers, the database server, all vCenter Server systems, and those vCenter Server systems' associated vShield Manager or NSX Manager components can resolve each other's names as described in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.

6

Verify that all vCloud Director servers and the database server are synchronized to a network time server with the tolerances noted in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.

7

If you plan to import users or groups from an LDAP service, verify that the service is accessible to each vCloud Director server.

8

Open firewall ports as shown in Network Security Recommendations. Port 443 must be open between vCloud Director and vCenter Server systems.