VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage v9.x



In this five-day course, you will focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director� 9.x for service providers. You will learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers (VDCs), and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX� networks, as well as the integrated use of VMware vSAN�. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs and the integration and use of VMware vCloud� Availability for vCloud Director� and VMware vCloud� Director Extender�.


Cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in a service provider or managed services environment

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

Deploy vCloud Director

Manage vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs

Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs

Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs

Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere� into and out of vCloud Director

Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX

Use NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between a public cloud and a private cloud

Discuss various customer onboarding scenarios with vCloud Director

Configure the integration with vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

Use vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding

1 Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics

Course objectives


2 Software-Defined Data Center

Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center

Cloud computing overview

Characteristics of cloud services

Categories of cloud computing

Describe the VMware product stack for the software-defined data center


3 vCloud Director Concepts

Explain vCloud Director concepts

Configure and manage provider VDCs

Identify storage, compute, and network resources for vCloud Director

Create and manage organizations

vCloud Director organization VDCs


4 Organization VDC

Organization VDC allocation models

Recognize resource allocations for an organization

Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, organization, vApp)

Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices

Examine the function of network pools


5 Virtual Machines and vApps

Discuss the use of virtual machines

Design and manage vApps


6 Catalog

Create and manage catalogs

Manage vApp templates


7 Users and Role-Based Access

Describe role-based access

Create custom security roles

Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory

Describe single sign-on

Enable a SAML identity provider

Describe two-factor authentication


8 Advanced Networking

Describe the use and placement of NSX edge services gateways in relation to vCloud Director

Review routing with the distributed logical router and edge services gateways in combination with vCloud Director

Firewall management in vCloud Director with edge services gateways and the distributed firewall


9 Resource Management and Monitoring

Manage provider and organization VDCs

Manage VMware vCenter Server� instances and VMware ESXi� hosts

Manage vSphere datastores

Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level

Monitor usage information at provider and organization VDCs

Analyze vCloud Director logs

Monitor vCloud Director environments with VMware vRealize� Operations Manager� and VMware vRealize� Log Insight�

Use VMware vRealize� Business� for cost management


10 Customer Onboarding and Hybrid Cloud

Tenant layer 2 VPN access

Tenant SSL VPN access

Review options for external connectivity with VPN

Import existing infrastructure managed by vCenter Server into vCloud Director

Use vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding


11 vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

Architecture for vCloud Availability for vCloud Director�

Prerequisites of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

Implementation of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director


12 vCloud Director Installation

vCloud Director network, hardware, and software requirements

vCloud Director setup overview

vCloud Director cell design

Install and configure the vCloud Director database (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle database, or PostgreSQL)� Create SSL certificates

Configure VMware NSX� Manager� for a new vCloud Director installation

Install and configure an AMQP broker

Download and install the VMware public key

Use and set up vCloud Director federation


13 vCloud Director API and Metadata

Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director

Use of REST API in VMware vRealize� Orchestrator�

Describe access to vCloud Director using VMware PowerCLI�

Create and update metadata on objects


14 (Optional) vCloud Director Upgrade

vCloud Director upgrade overview

Upgrade prerequisites

NSX requirements

Additional information

Best practice for upgrades