A vCloud Director server group consists of one or more vCloud Director servers that share a common database and other configuration details. To create a server group, you install and configure vCloud Director software on the first member of the group. Installation and configuration of the first group member creates a response file that you use to configure additional members of the group.

Prerequisites for Creating a vCloud Director Server Group

Important: This procedure is for new installations only. If you are upgrading an existing vCloud Director installation, see Upgrading vCloud Director

Before you begin installing and configuring vCloud Director, complete all of the following tasks.

  1. Verify that a supported vCenter Server system is running and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported versions and configuration requirements, see Compatibility With Other VMware Products.
  2. Verify that a supported version of NSX Manager is running, associated with the vCenter Server system, and properly configured for use with vCloud Director. For supported NSX versions, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes at http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide/sim/interop_matrix.php. For NSX installation and configuration details, see Install and Configure NSX Manager for a New vCloud Director Installation.
  3. Verify that you have at least one server platform that is supported for running the vCloud Director software and that server platform is configured with an appropriate amount of memory and storage. For supported platforms and configuration requirements, see the vCloud Director Release Notes .
    • Each member of a server group must support two different SSL endpoints. One endpoint is for the HTTP service. The other is for the console proxy service. These endpoints can be separate IP addresses, or a single IP address with two different ports.
    • Each server must have an SSL certificate for each endpoint. All directories in the pathname to the SSL certificates must be readable by any user. See Create SSL Certificates.
    • For the transfer service, each server must mount an NFS or other shared storage volume at /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/data/transfer. This volume must be accessible to all members of the server group. See Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.
    • Each server should have access to a Microsoft Sysprep deployment package. See Install Microsoft Sysprep Files on the Servers.
  4. Verify that you have created a vCloud Director database and that it is accessible to all servers in the group. For a list of supported database software, see the vCloud Director Release Notes.
    • Verify that you have created a database account for the vCloud Director database user and that the account has all required database privileges. See Installing and Configuring a vCloud Director Database.
    • Verify that the database service starts when the database server is rebooted.
  5. Verify that all vCloud Director servers, the database server, all vCenter Server systems, and those vCenter Server systems' associated NSX Manager components can resolve each other's names as described in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.
  6. Verify that all vCloud Director servers and the database server are synchronized to a network time server with the tolerances noted in Summary of Network Configuration Requirements for vCloud Director.
  7. If you plan to import users or groups from an LDAP service, verify that the service is accessible to each vCloud Director server.
  8. Open firewall ports as shown in Network Security Requirements. Port 443 must be open between vCloud Director and vCenter Server systems.