Each server in a VMware Cloud Director server group must meet certain hardware and software requirements. In addition, a supported database must be accessible to all members of the group. Each server group requires access to a vCenter Server system, an NSX Manager instance, and one or more ESXi hosts.
Compatibility with Other VMware Products
For the most recent information about compatibility between VMware Cloud Director and other VMware products, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix at http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide/sim/interop_matrix.php.
vSphere Configuration Requirements
- vCenter Server networks intended for use as VMware Cloud Director external networks or network pools must be available to all hosts in any cluster intended for VMware Cloud Director to use. Making these networks available to all hosts in a data center simplifies the task of adding new vCenter Server instances to VMware Cloud Director.
- vSphere Distributed Switches are required for isolated networks and network pools backed by NSX Data Center for vSphere.
- vCenter Server clusters used with VMware Cloud Director must specify a vSphere DRS automation level of
Fully Automated. Storage DRS, if enabled, can be configured with any automation level.Note:
When the DRS setting in vCenter Server is set to
Manual, VMware Cloud Director does not support the power on function of VMs. VMware Cloud Director supports the power on function only when the DRS automation level is
- vCenter Server instances must trust their hosts. All hosts in all clusters managed by VMware Cloud Director must be configured to require verified host certificates. In particular, you must determine, compare, and select matching thumbprints for all hosts. See Configure SSL Settings in the vCenter Server and Host Management documentation.
Supported Platforms, Databases, and Browsers
See the VMware Cloud Director Release Notes for information about the server platforms, browsers, LDAP servers, and databases supported by this release of VMware Cloud Director.
Disk Space, Memory, and CPU Requirements
For more information about disk space, memory, and CPU requirements, see VMware Cloud Director Appliance Sizing Guidelines.
VMware recommends that all hosts in a managed cluster have shared storage and no local datastores.
Local storage does not support sharing across multiple hosts. Only one host has access to a datastore on a local storage device. As a result, although you can use local storage to create VMs, you cannot use VMware features that require shared storage, such as vCenter Server High Availability and vMotion.