Each server in a vCloud 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, NSX Manager, and one or more ESXi hosts.

Compatibility With Other VMware Products

For the most recent information about compatibility between vCloud Director and other VMware products, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes at http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide/sim/interop_matrix.php.

vSphere Configuration Requirements

VMware vSphere ® servers and ESXi hosts intended for use with vCloud Director must meet specific configuration requirements.
  • vCenter networks intended for use as vCloud Director external networks or network pools must be available to all hosts in any cluster intended for vCloud Director to use. Making these networks available to all hosts in a datacenter simplifies the task of adding new vCenter servers to vCloud Director.
  • vSphere Distributed Switches are required for isolated networks and network pools.
  • vCenter clusters used with vCloud Director must specify a vSphere DRS automation level of Fully Automated. Storage DRS, if enabled, can be configured with any automation level.
  • vCenter servers must trust their hosts. All hosts in all clusters managed by vCloud 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.

vSphere Licensing Requirements

The vCloud Director Service Provider Bundle includes the necessary vSphere licenses.

Supported Platforms, Databases, and Browsers

See the vCloud Director Release Notes for information about the server platforms, browsers, LDAP servers, and databases supported by this release of vCloud Director.