You can deploy the VMware Cloud Director appliance as an OVF template by using the vSphere Web Client (Flex) or the vSphere Client (HTML5). After you deploy the OVF template, you must complete the configuration in the appliance management user interface.

You must deploy the first member of a VMware Cloud Director server group as a primary cell. You can deploy a subsequent member of a VMware Cloud Director server group as a standby or VMware Cloud Director application cell. See Appliance Deployments and Database High Availability Configuration.

Important: Mixed VMware Cloud Director installations on Linux and VMware Cloud Director appliance deployments in one server group are unsupported.

For information about deploying OVF templates in vSphere, see vSphere Virtual Machine Administration.

As an alternative, you can deploy the appliance by using VMware OVF Tool. See Deploying the VMware Cloud Director Appliance by Using VMware OVF Tool.

Note: Deploying the VMware Cloud Director appliance in VMware Cloud Director is unsupported.

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