VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.1 supports the VMware Cloud Director Multisite feature and you can use your external identity provider to authenticate to the remote site and manage geographically distributed installations as single entities.


  • Both sites must be running VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.1 and must be paired.
  • Both VMware Cloud Director instances must be associated.
  • The source and destination organizations, for example source@VCD1 and destination@VCD2, must have an active association member status. That means, they must have successfully established bidirectional association and the communication between the two organizations must also be successful.
  • Important: Both organizations must have the same users imported. For example, if you use LDAP or SAML authentication, configure both organizations to use the same Identity Provider, and import the same user in each site. The same user that you use to log in to the local site must also exist in the remote site.


  1. Log in to the tenant portal of the source VMware Cloud Director instance.
    1. In a Web browser, navigate to the tenant portal URL of your organization.
      For example, https://VCD1/tenant/source_org.
    2. Enter tenant user credentials.
    3. Click Log In.
  2. In the source VMware Cloud Director instance, create a replication.
    1. From the main menu, select the Availability plug-in.
    2. Click Outgoing Replications.
      In the top-right corner, verify that the destination site is the remote site.
    3. Click New Replication.
  3. Configure the multisite authentication.
    1. In the credentials prompt, click the Use multisite authentication link.
    2. From the Organization drop-down menu, select the destination organization.
      For example, select the remote destination organization.
    3. Click Log in.
    Your session is now extended to the remote site and you now have the same privileges as in a session extended by using local users credentials. For more information on the extended session, see Authenticating to Remote Sites.

What to do next

  • You can browse the remote inventory, such as virtual machines, vApps, VDCs, and others.
  • You can perform management operations, such as starting a new replication, failover, and others.