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 system, an NSX Manager instance, 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

vCenter Server instances and ESXi hosts intended for use with vCloud Director must meet specific configuration requirements.
  • vCenter Server 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 data center simplifies the task of adding new vCenter Server instances to vCloud Director.
  • vSphere Distributed Switches are required for isolated networks and network pools backed by NSX Data Center for vSphere.
  • vCenter Server 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 Server instances 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.

Disk Space, Memory, and CPU Requirements

Physical requirements such as disk space, memory, and CPU for vCloud Director cells are listed in the vCloud Director Release Notes.

Shared Storage

NFS or other shared storage volume for the vCloud Director transfer service. The storage volume must be expandable and accessible to all servers in the server group.