You can create a vCloud Director server group by deploying one or more instances of the vCloud Director appliance. You deploy the vCloud Director appliance as an OVF template by using the vSphere Web Client (Flex).

Important:

Mixed vCloud Director installations on Linux and vCloud Director appliances in one server group are unsupported.

The vCloud Director appliance is a preconfigured virtual machine that is based on VMware Photon™. The appliance is distributed with a name of the form VMware vCloud Director-v.v.v.v-nnnnnn_OVF10.ova, where v.v.v.v represents the product version and nnnnnn the build number. For example: VMware vCloud Director-9.5.0.0-9229800_OVA10.ova.

VMware Photon OS uses the systemd-resolved service that provides network name resolution in the vCloud Director appliance. For information about manually changing the DNS settings of the appliance, see Edit the DNS Settings of the vCloud Director Appliance.

Important:

Installing any third-party component on the vCloud Director appliance is unsupported. You can install only supported VMware components according to VMware Product Interoperability Matrices. For example, you can install a supported version of a VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ or VMware vRealize® Log Insight™ monitoring agent.

Prerequisites

What to do next

  • Configure the public console proxy address, because the vCloud Director appliance uses custom port 8443 for the console proxy service. See Customize Public Endpoints.

  • To enter the license key, log in to the vCloud Director Web Console.

  • To replace the self-signed certificate that is created during the appliance first boot, you can Create and Import a Signed SSL Certificate.

  • To add members to the vCloud Director server group, repeat the procedure.