With VMware vCloud Director 1.5 the GUI now includes the ability to enable some new features which are included in the latest version with vShield 5.0. I have listed the new features below and show the corresponding screen shots related to these features. In part 2 of this article I will dive into each of these new features and how to configure them. New Features: Five-Tuple Firewall Site to Site VPN Static Routing
I have seen this asked a few times over the past year, and I also experienced it last week working on a customer deployment. How do you get a remote Syslog configuration to work when you have already done your vCloud installation. These are the steps that I took last week to enable Remote Syslog after installation and configuration Stop the vCD Cloud cell using command service vmware-vcd stop Edit the line “audit.syslog.host” and add your remote syslog server in the response.properties (normally located at /opt/vmware/cloud-director/etc) Run the configuration script installation-file -r <path to response file> (installation file is the vCloud director installation binary) Edit the line “audit.syslog.host” and add your remote syslog server in the file global.properties (normally located at /opt/vmware/cloud-director/etc) Restart the vCD Cloud cell using command service vmware-vcd start Watch your syslog server for entries That it. Hope this helps stop people completely re-building the vCloud environment.
The schedule for the session has been announced: Tuesday 30th August 10.00 – 11.00 Wednesday 31st August 08.00 – 09.00 Make sure you sign up. Update: I am very pleased to announce that Chris Colotti (@ccolotti), a Consulting Architect from the Americas Cloud Practice will also be presenting this session with me. My session has been accepted for VMworld 2011! I am extremely excited about presenting at VMworld, having never had the opportunity previously attend VMworld!! So with this being my first VMworld, what a way to attend. I previously presented this session at PEX2011 in Orlando and won an award for it so I hope the second time round this will be another success. For those who attended at PEX, the session will be completely overhauled to include the latest vCloud Reference Architecture. I hope to see lots of familiar faces in the audience, and especially hope to see lots of faces I don’t recognise. Session Abstract Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing Cloud Computing as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and its partners to help them deploy VMware
A few people have been asking me the past week or so where VMware keeps its documents in relation to vCloud Director. I thought I would quickly post some of the links, just in case you cant find them on VMware.com. Main product location: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html Main product documentation location: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html vCloud Security Hardening Guide :: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMW_10Q3_WP_vCloud_Director_Security.pdf
VMware vCloud Director is the product used to provide cloud consumers with the ability to have self service provisioning and to deploy workloads without the need to understand the underlying technologies. VMware vCloud Director has been around for about a year now. VMware officially announced VMware vCloud Director version 1.5 yesterday. I thought I would provide some insight into some of the new features that have been included in the latest release. New Features: Fast Provisioning (Linked Clones) Third Party Distributed Switch support for VLAN based and vCDNI vApp Custom Guest Properties VMware vCloud Messages vSphere 5 Support Microsoft SQL Server Support Five tuple firewall services IPSec VPN Services I think the two most important features to be included is the support of Microsoft SQL databases, and the ability to use Fast Provisioning. Lots of customers that I have spoken too, have wanted SQL Support for a long time. Oracle is an expensive database product and if you do not currently use this in your environment then purchasing licenses for this have been difficult to justify to some CTO’s. SQL support will now allow all those who only use SQL to easily deploy vCloud Director without the necessary expense and