To start the appliance deployment, you open the deployment wizard in the vSphere Web Client (Flex) or the vSphere Client (HTML5).

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client or the vSphere Client, right-click any inventory object and click Deploy OVF Template.
  2. Enter the path to the vCloud Director .ova file and click Next.
  3. Enter a name for the virtual machine and browse the vCenter Server repository to select a data center or folder on which to deploy the appliance, and click Next.
  4. Select an ESXi host or cluster on which to deploy the appliance and click Next.
  5. Review the template details and click Next.
  6. Read and accept the license agreements, and click Next.
  7. Select the deployment type and size, and click Next.
    The primary-small and standby-small vCloud Director appliance sizes are suitable for lab or test systems. The primary-large and standby-large sizes meet the minimum sizing requirements for production systems. Depending on the workload, you might need to add additional resources.
    Option Description
    Primary-small

    Deploys the appliance with 12 GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs as the first member in a vCloud Director server group.

    The embedded database in the primary cell is configured as the vCloud Director database. The database name is vcloud, and the database user is vcloud.

    Primary-large

    Deploys the appliance with 24 GB of RAM and 4 vCPUs as the first member in a vCloud Director server group.

    The embedded database in the primary cell is configured as the vCloud Director database. The database name is vcloud, and the database user is vcloud.

    Standby-small

    Used to join a primary-small cell in a database HA cluster.

    Deploys the appliance with 12 GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs as the second or the third member in a vCloud Director server group with a database high availability configuration.

    The embedded database in a standby cell is configured in a replication mode with the primary database.

    Standby-large

    Used to join a primary-large cell in a database HA cluster.

    Deploys the appliance with 24 GB of RAM and 4 vCPUs as the second or the third member in a vCloud Director server group with a database high availability configuration.

    The embedded database in a standby appliance is configured in a replication mode with the primary database.

    vCD Cell Application

    Deploys the appliance with 8 GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs as a subsequent member in a vCloud Director server group.

    The embedded database in a vCD application cell is not used. The vCD application cell connects to the primary database.

    Important: The primary and the standby cells in a vCloud Director server group must be of the same size. A database HA cluster can consist of one primary-small and two standby-small cells, or consist of one primary-large and two standby-large cells.

    After the deployment, you can reconfigure the size of the appliance.

  8. Select the disk format and the datastore for the virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks, and click Next.
    Thick formats improve performance, and thin formats save storage space.
  9. From the drop-down menus in the Destination Network cells, select the target networks for the eth1 and eth0 NICs of the appliance.
    Important: The two destination networks must be different.
  10. From the IP allocation Settigs drop-down menus, select Static-Manual IP allocation, and select IPv4 protocol.
  11. Click Next.
    You are redirected to the Customize template page to configure the vCloud Director details.