Before you can upload objects to VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension, you must create a bucket.

During the creation of a bucket, you can optionally activate the object lock feature. With the object lock feature, you can prevent objects from being deleted from a bucket.

If you are using Dell EMC ECS, activating the object lock is impossible. The Dell EMC ECS does not support the object lock feature.


If you are using Cloudian HyperStore and want to use the object lock feature, verify that you upgraded Cloudian HyperStore to version or later.


  1. Log in to the VMware Cloud Director tenant portal.
  2. From the More drop-down menu, select Object Storage.
  3. Select Buckets > My Buckets and click New Bucket.
  4. Enter a name of the bucket.
    Important: Bucket names are globally unique across all VMware Cloud Director organizations and must adhere to the S3 bucket names policies. For more information, see Amazon S3 Bucket Naming Requirements.
  5. (Optional) To keep multiple versions of the objects that the bucket stores, move the Activate Versioning slider.
  6. (Optional) To prevent objects in the bucket from being deleted, move the Object Lock slider.
    Note: You can only activate the object lock feature during the creation of a bucket. If you activate the feature for a bucket, you cannot deactivate it later or suspend versioning for that bucket.
    1. Select the retention mode.
      Option Description
      Governance Mode A user with specific permissions can preview the retention policy.
      Compliance Mode The retention policy is not displayed to any user.
      No Retention Does not require the selection of a retention period. If you select this option, you can define the retention period later.
    2. Select the retention period.
  7. Click Save.


The new bucket appears in the Buckets pane and you can upload objects to it.