In the vSphere Client, you can deploy the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance by using a single .ova file.


  • Download the VMware-Cloud-Director-Availability-On-Premises-release.number.xxxxxxx-build_sha_OVF10.ova file, containing the binaries for the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance.
  • If using vSphere Client earlier than version 6.5, install the Client Integration Plug-in to use Deploy OVF Template in the vSphere Web Client.


  1. Log in to the vCenter Server by using the vSphere Client.
  2. Navigate to a target object where you want to deploy the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance.
    As a target object you can use: a data center, a folder, a cluster, a resource pool, or a host.
  3. Right-click the target object and from the drop-down menu select Deploy OVF Template.
    The Deploy OVF Template wizard opens. The following steps depend on the vSphere version that you use.
  4. On the Select an OVF template page, browse to the .ova file location and click Next.
  5. On the Select a name and folder page, enter a name for the on-premises appliance, select a deployment location, and click Next.
  6. On the Select a compute resource page, select a host, or cluster as a compute resource to run the appliance on, and click Next.
  7. On the Review details page, verify the OVF template details and click Next.
  8. On the License agreements page, select the I accept all license agreements check box and click Next.
  9. On the Select storage page, select the virtual disk format and the storage policy for the appliance and click Next.
  10. On the Select networks page, optionally configure the network settings and click Next.
    For more information about configuring the network settings after the deployment is complete, see Network Settings Configuration in the VMware Cloud Director Availability Administration Guide document.
  11. On the Customize template page, customize the deployment properties of the on-premises appliance and click Next.
    1. Enter and confirm the initial password for the appliance root user.
      When you log in for the first time, you must change the initial root user password.
    2. Select the Enable SSH check box.
      If you do not enable SSH, you can configure the appliance later. For more information to allow the SSH access, see the VMware Cloud Director Availability Administration Guide document.
    3. In the NTP Server section, enter the NTP server address for the appliance to use.
      Important: In your disaster recovery environment, ensure that vCenter Server, ESXi, Platform Services Controller, VMware Cloud Director, and the VMware Cloud Director Availability appliance all use the same NTP server.
  12. On the Ready to complete page, review the settings, and to begin the .ova installation process, click Finish.


The Recent Tasks pane shows a new task for initializing the .ova deployment. After the task is complete, the new appliance is created on the selected resource.