vCD 5.1.X series – Installation

In a preparation part of vCD 5.1.X series you can find how to prepare components for vCD installation. Now let’s do installation of vCD 5.1 on CentOS.

Step 1 – vCD 5.1 installation on server
  • add execute bit to installation file

  • start installation ./vmware-vcloud-director-5.1.2-1068441.bin

[box type=”warning”] NOTE: if you planning to deploy more then one vCD cells you should have NFS export mounted before starting installation[/box]

  • choose IP for http service and for remote console proxy , in my example will be second IP

  • provide path and passwords to SSL keystore, /opt/keystore/certificates.ks
  • enter syslog server ip address or FQDN, Enter to skip instalaltion
Step 2 – DB configuration
  • choose DB engine
  • enter IP address for sql server
  • enter DB port, default for MSSQL is 1433, for Oracle is 1521
  • enter DB name
  • enter DB instance
  • provide DB username and password for vcloud DB

  • wait for installer to finish DB configuration and decide if you wish  to start vCD services

If you made a mistake during configuration or settings update is needed run vCloud director configuration script

Step 3 – Configure first vCD cell
  • browse to http address of your vCD cell – https://vcd01-http.lab.local
  • Accept license agreement
  • Add valid license key
assign vCD license key

assign vCD license key

  • create administrator account
vCD administrator account

vCD administrator account

  • define system settings:
    • name
    • installation ID,  as it is first cell should be 1
  • on summary window verify provided information and Finish to complete configuration.
  • log in to vCD portal using created previously administrator credentials


Step 4 – installing second vCloud Director cell into cluster
  • Perform preparation steps from first vCD 5.1.X series – Preparation. The easiest way to add second vCD cell in to use response file which was created during first vCD cell installation.

[box type=”warning”] NOTE: if you run second cell installation with response file make sure that certificates.ks file is located under the same path on both servers[/box]

The command to start vCloud director installation with response file is: installation-file -r path-to-response-file

You will have to choose http proxy IP and console IP the rest of information will be taken from answer file. After installation verify if vCD services are running on vCD cell

  • After installation second vCloud director cell should appear automatically under manage & monitor –> cloud resources –> cloud cells
both vCD cells

both vCD cells

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).