To configure the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance by using the appliance management interface, you must first change the initial root user password that you set during the OVA deployment. Then you register the on-premises appliance with the vCenter Server Lookup service.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance is installed and powered on. For more information, see Deploying the VMware Cloud Director Availability On-Premises Appliance.
  • Verify that the cloud provider enabled the replication policy for your organization.
  • Verify that the VMware Cloud Director Availability Service Endpoint address from the cloud provider is obtained.

Procedure

  1. In a Web browser, go to https://On-Prem-Appliance-IP-address.
  2. Log in by using the root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
  3. If you log in to the appliance for the first time, you must change the initial root user password.
    1. Enter the initial root user password that you set during the OVA deployment.
    2. Enter and confirm a new password.
      The password that you enter must be a secured password with a minimum of eight characters and it must consist of:
      • At least one lowercase letter.
      • At least one uppercase letter.
      • At least one number.
      • At least one special character, such as & # %.
    3. Click Apply.
      The Getting Started tab opens.
  4. Click Run initial setup wizard.
    The Initial Setup wizard opens.
  5. On the Site Details page, enter a Site Name, optionally enter a Site Description, and click Next.
    Important: The site name is used as an identifier and cannot be changed later without impacting the active replications.
  6. Optionally, to bypass pairing with the cloud site select Provide cloud pairing details later and skip to step 10.
  7. On the Lookup Service Details page, enter the vCenter Server Lookup service details and click Next.
    1. In the Lookup Service Address text box, enter the IP address or the FQDN of the vCenter Server Lookup service.
      Note: To use the VMware Cloud Director Availability vSphere Client Plug-In without errors, when navigating to the on-premises vSphere Client, use the same method as configured in the Lookup Service Address text box - an IP address or an FQDN.
    2. Enter the single sign-on user credentials for the vCenter Server Lookup service.
  8. Verify the thumbprint and accept the SSL certificate of the vCenter Server Lookup service and click Next.
  9. On the Cloud Details page, pair the on-premises VMware Cloud Director Availability appliance and the cloud provider.
    1. Enter the VMware Cloud Director Availability Service Endpoint address, provided by the cloud provider.
    2. Enter the VMware Cloud Director admin@org organization user credentials.
    3. (Optional) Select Allow Access from Cloud.
      By selecting this option, you allow the cloud provider and the organization administrators without authenticating to the on-premises site to perform operations from the VMware Cloud Director Availability Tenant Portal:
      • Discover on-premises workloads and replicate them to the cloud.
      • Reverse existing replications to the on-premises site.
      • Replicate cloud workloads to the on-premises site.
      By leaving this option deselected, only users authenticated to the on-premises VMware Cloud Director Availability Tenant Portal can configure new replications and existing replications cannot be reversed from the VMware Cloud Director Availability Tenant Portal.
    4. Verify the thumbprint and accept the SSL certificate of the VMware Cloud Director Availability Service Endpoint.
  10. Optionally, join or leave the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program, confirm your choice and click Next.
  11. On the Ready to complete page, optionally select to configure the local placement, and to complete the initial setup wizard click Finish.
    • You can configure on-premises to cloud replications and you can leave Edit / configure local placement now deselected.
    • To enable the cloud to on-premises replications, select Edit / configure local placement now.

What to do next

If you skipped configuring local placement in the last step of the wizard, you can proceed with Configure Local Placement.