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Introduction

vCloud Connector (vCC) allows you to link your internal VMware vSphere environment to LinkBermuda's vCloud platform. vCC provides a single pane of glass for managing both environments allowing you to transfer VMs between environments and sync content. For a full list of features please consult the VMware website.

Installation

As shown in the diagram above you will be required to deploy a vCC Server and two vCC Nodes on your vSphere platform. The vCC Server and vCC Node appliances are deployed from OVF and can be downloaded for free from VMware. Deploy the vCC Server and two vCC Nodes assigning the IP addresses, default gateway and DNS settings to each appliance.

Before powering on the two vCC Nodes you should adjust the size of the Hard disk 2 on each vCC Node. Hard disk 2 is the data disk used as storage when transferring VMs between platforms. As such this should be sized large enough to transfer your largest VM when compressed in OVF format. The vCC Node on the LinkBermuda side is currently sized to allow up to 500GB. For example, if you have a VM with a 400GB thin provisioned virtual disk that is only half full then you should be able to size the vCC Node's Hard disk 2 to about 250GB. Check the VMDK size of the VM in the datastore for the actual size allowing for a little bit of buffer. The disk space can be adjusted as necessary if insufficient. Refer to the following VMware Knowledgebase article for the full procedure of increasing disk space on the vCC Node.

Configuration

vCC Server

  1. Power on the vCC Server and go to the URL https://<IP Address of vCC Server>:5480.
  2. Login with the default credentials - username: admin / password: vmware (you can change this under the Server > General tab).
  3. Go to the System > Time Zone tab and choose your timezone.
  4. Next go to Server > vSphere Client. Enter the IP address, username and password of your vCenter Server and click the Register button.
  5. Next use your vSphere Client to connect to your vCenter Server and go to Home. The vCloud Connector icon will be displayed in the Solutions and Applications section.

vCC Node

  1. One of your vCC Nodes will be local (talks to your vSphere) while the other will be remote (talks to vCloud Director).
  2. Login to the first vCC Node at the URL https://<IP Address of vCC Node>:5480 with the default credentials - username: admin / password: vmware (you can change this under the Node > General tab).
  3. Go to the System > Time Zone tab and choose your timezone.
  4. Next go to Node > Cloud and set the Cloud Type to vSphere. Enter the URL for vCenter Server (e.g. https://<IP Address of vCenter Server>). Click the Update Configuration button.
  5. Login to the second vCC Node at the URL https://<IP Address of vCC Node>:5480 with the default credentials - username: admin / password: vmware (you can change this under the Node > General tab).
  6. Go to the System > Time Zone tab and choose your timezone.
  7. Next go to Node > Cloud and set the Cloud Type to vCloud Director. Enter the URL for LinkBermuda's vCloud Director -  https://vcd.link.bm. Uncheck "Ignore SSL Cert". Click the Update Configuration button.

Register Nodes with Server

  1. Login to the vCC Server at the URL https://<IP Address of vCC Server>:5480.
  2. Go to the Nodes tab.
  3. Click the Register Node button to register the local vCC Node. Enter a name to describe the node and the node's URL (e.g. https://<IP Address of the vCC Node>). Set the Cloud Type to vSphere and enter the username and password of the vCenter Server. Click the Register button.
  4. Click the Register Node button to register the remote vCC Node. Enter a name to describe the node and the node's URL (e.g. https://<IP Address of the vCC Node>). Set the Cloud Type to vCloud Director and enter the name of your Org on the vCloud platform and the username and password to your Org. Click the Register button.

Managing vCloud Connector

vCloud Connector is managed using the vSphere Client connected to your vCenter Server. Go to Home and click on the vCloud Connector icon in the Solutions and Applications section.

Click on Clouds in the menu on the left and click the green plus symbol to add a connection to the local vCC Node.

Select the local vCC Node you defined earlier and enter the username and password to your vCenter Server. Click the Add button.

Click the green plus symbol again to add a connection to the remote vCC Node. Select the remote vCC Node you defined earlier and enter the username and password to your vCloud Org. Click the Add button.

You will now have visibility of resources on your local vCenter Server as well as resources in your vCloud environment.

From this interface you will be able to copy VMs from your vSphere environment into LinkBermuda's vCloud platform as well as control the power state of VMs in both environments. You also have the ability to deploy VMs on the vCloud platform. Please consult the vCloud Connector documentation for further information on using vCC.

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