In Part 1 – vCloud Air OnDemand – Special Promo, I have covered the sign-up process including some special promo. Part 2 – vCloud Air OnDemand – Deploy your first VM, covered the deployment of VMs and how easy it is to use.
Today, I will cover how to make use of the vCloud Connector. vCloud Connector links your local cloud/private cloud with vCloud Air and provides you with an easy-to-use interface. vCloud Connector is fully integrated into vSphere vCenter and once configured, you’ll be able to manage all your clouds through it.
Note: Only vCloud Air and local vClouds are supported. No AWS, Azure etc.
The following steps will cover the steps to get your private and public cloud connected.
Before we get started, make sure you have downloaded the vCC Server and vCC Node from here.
- Deploy both OVFS to your local vCenter instance and power them on.
- Connect to the vCloud Connector Node . The default credentials are admin/vmware.
- Click on the “Node” tab and go to “Cloud”. Select vSphere as your Cloud Type and specify your local vCenter Server.
- Once the Cloud Registration was successful, go to your vCloud Connector Server . The default credentials are admin/vmware.
- Click on the “Server” tab and go to “vSphere Client”. Specify your local vCenter credentials and click on “Register”. This will register the vCloud Connector extension to your vCenter.
- Once the registration has completed, go to the “Nodes” tab and click on “Register Node”. Fill in all the details your local vSphere environment and click “Update”. You should now see two Nodes configured. The Local Content Library of your vCC Server and your local vCenter instance.
- Next, let’s add your vCloud Air OnDemand to the mix. Click on “Register Node” again. The Node URL will depend on the location of your vCloud Air OnDemand setup. You can find the URLs listed here.
Note: Your VCD Org Name can be found when you login to https://vca.vmware.com and open the vCloud Director -> Administration -> General. It’s a little hidden.
- Once your local vSphere environment and your vCloud Air OnDemand setup are configured, go to your local vCenter and open the vCloud Connector.
- You should now be able to see both setups and manage them from here.