The vCloud Director cells use a database to store shared information. Before you install vCloud Director on Linux, you must install and configure an external vCloud Director database. The vCloud Director appliance uses an embedded PostreSQL database.

For information about the supported vCloud Director databases, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.

Regardless of the database software you decide to use, you must create a separate, dedicated database schema for vCloud Director to use. vCloud Director cannot share a database schema with any other VMware product.

Important: vCloud Director supports SSL connections only to a PostgreSQL database. You can enable SSL on the PostgreSQL database during an unattended network and database connections configuration or after creating the vCloud Director server group. See Unattended Configuration Reference and Perform Additional Configurations on the External PostgreSQL Database.