Load Balancing and Protecting Cloud Director with Avi Networks

This article covers protecting and load balancing the Cloud Director application with Avi Networks. It covers SSL termination. health monitoring and layer 7 HTTP filtering. It can also be used as a reference for other load balancer products such as F5 LTM or NGINX.

Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template

A quick post on how to enable the import of vShield Manager 5.0.1 OVA as a vApp Template into vCloud Director. This will allow you to spin up vCloud Director labs inside of vCloud Director for some crazy inception action. Note: that this method can be used for other appliances. As you know if youContinue reading “Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template”

A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options

VMware vCloud Director can use three different authentication mechanisms for subscriber authentication to the VCD portal. The portal is accessed using the URL https://<cloud-url>/cloud/org/<organisation&gt;. In this post, I’ll try to highlight some of the authentication options that a subscriber can use to access the VCD portal. Supported LDAP Services Platform LDAP Server Authentication Methods WindowsContinue reading “A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options”

Uninstalling vCD agent on ESXi host

To unistall the vCD agent (vslad) on an ESXi host: Enable Remote Tech Support (SSH) in Configuration | Security Profile | Properties Log into the ESXi host using your favourite SSH client Navigate to /opt/vmware/uninstallers Now run the script named vslad-uninstall.sh, or you could just do the below after logging into the ESXi host /opt/vmware/unistallers/vslad-uninstall.sh DisableContinue reading “Uninstalling vCD agent on ESXi host”

Incorrectly configured URL for Organisation in vCloud Director 1.0

VMware vCloud Director (vCD) automatically creates a URL for each organisation that is created in vCD.  There is a slight bug which does not create the URL properly and will cause the URL that is displayed under Customer | Administration | Settings | General to be incorrect. For example, if you create an organisation called Customer1,Continue reading “Incorrectly configured URL for Organisation in vCloud Director 1.0”

vShield Manager Notes

Most administrative changes to vShield Manager can be done using the command line interface (CLI) by initiating a console session to the vShield Manager virtual machine.  You can log in to the CLI by using the default user name admin and password default. You can also access the CLI by enabling SSH. To enable SSH: Log inContinue reading “vShield Manager Notes”

Creating a VMware vCloud Director Cluster

Overview A VMware vCloud Director (vCD) cluster contains one or more vCD servers, these servers are referred to as “Cells” and form the basis of the VMware cloud.  A cloud can be formed of multiple cells.  This diagram is a good representation of the vCD Cluster concept. To enable multiple servers to participate in a cluster,Continue reading “Creating a VMware vCloud Director Cluster”