After you prepared your environment and verified the prerequisites, you can begin creating the VMware Cloud Director server group by running the VMware Cloud Director installer on the first target Linux server.

VMware Cloud Director for Linux is distributed as a digitally signed executable file with a name of the form vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-v.v.v-nnnnnn.bin, where v.v.v represents the product version and nnnnnn the build number. For example: vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-10.4.0-19780584.bin. Running this executable installs or upgrades VMware Cloud Director.

The VMware Cloud Director installer verifies that the target server meets all platform prerequisites and installs VMware Cloud Director software on it.


  • Verify that you have superuser credentials for the target server.

  • If you want the installer to verify the digital signature of the installation file, download and install the VMware public key on the target server. If you already verified the digital signature of the installation file, you do not need to verify it again during installation. See Download and Install the VMware Public Key.


  1. Log in to the target server as root.
  2. Download the installation file to the target server.
    If you purchased the software on media, copy the installation file to a location that is accessible to the target server.
  3. Verify that the checksum of the download matches the checksum posted on the download page.
    Values for MD5 and SHA1 checksums are posted on the download page. Use the appropriate tool to verify that the checksum of the downloaded installation file matches the checksum shown on the download page. A Linux command of the following form displays the checksum for installation-file.
    [root@cell1 /tmp]# md5sum installation-file
    The command returns the installation file checksum that must match the MD5 checksum from the download page.
  4. Ensure that the installation file is executable.
    The installation file requires execute permission. To be sure that it has this permission, open a console, shell, or terminal window and run the following Linux command, where installation-file is the full pathname to the VMware Cloud Director installation file.
    [root@cell1 /tmp]# chmod u+x installation-file
  5. Run the installation file.
    To run the installation file, enter the full pathname, for example:
    [root@cell1 /tmp]# ./installation-file
    The file includes an installation script and an embedded RPM package.
    Note: You cannot run the installation file from a directory whose pathname includes any embedded space characters.
    If you did not install the VMware public key on the target server, the installer prints a warning of the following form:
    warning:installation-file.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 signature: NOKEY, key ID 66fd4949

    The installer performs the following actions.

    1. Verifies that the host meets all requirements.
    2. Verifies the digital signature on the installation file.
    3. Creates the vcloud user and group.
    4. Unpacks the VMware Cloud Director RPM package.
    5. Installs the software.
    When the installation finishes, the installer prompts you to run the configuration script, which configures the network and database connections.
  6. Select whether to run the configuration script.
    1. To run the configuration script in an interactive mode, enter y and press Enter.
    2. To run the configuration script later in an interactive or unattended mode, enter n and press Enter.