vCloud Director

Transfer Spooling Area is not Writable in vCloud Director

November 17, 2017 Jordansphere Linux

Issue: During a new install of vCloud Director 8.20 on Centos 6.9 the service failed to start properly for the first time.      Troubleshooting: I investigated log files # tail -f /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs/cell.log Output: Application Initialization: 'com.vmware.vcloud.common.core' 100% complete. Subsystem 'com.vmware.vcloud.ui-vcloud-webapp' started Application Initialization: 'com.vmware.vcloud.common.core' complete. Server is ready in 1:05 (minutes:seconds) Successfully handled all […]

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Renew SSL Certificates in vCloud Director

November 14, 2017 Jordansphere vCloud Director

Firstly you wil need to renew your certificates via your chosen CA. I will not delve into the instructions in the post but essentially you will need to create a .csr (my.csr) using a private key (myprivate.key) and password.  You should receive the root & intermediate files along with the certificate (my.crt). Copy these to […]

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Upgrade NSX 6.2.4 to 6.3.4 in a vCloud Environment

November 7, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

This document describes how to upgrade NSX in a VCD environment. We will be upgrading NSX from 6.2.4 -> 6.3.4 Current Components Component Version vCloud Director 8.20.0 ESXi 5.5 U3 vCenter 5.5 U3 NSX 6.2.4 Chargeback Manager 2.7.3   Check Interoperability Matrices   Pre-installation Take a clone of  NSX Manager  Take backup of NSX manager […]

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Partially Powered Off in vCloud Director

August 25, 2017 Jordansphere vCloud Director

What does Partially Powered Off mean and do you get charged when the VM is in this state?   When you shut down the guest OS from within a VM you may see a Partially Powered Off message like below:   In the above sceenshot the command shutdown -h now was used on a CentOS […]

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SSL VPN-Plus Client Fails to Connect

July 19, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

After upgrading from vShield Edge 5.5.4 -> NSX Edge 6.2.4 -> then converting to Advanced Gateway in a vCloud Director (8.20) environment all of my SSL VPN connections failed to establish. The following appeared:   "Error: Connection to gateway failed. Please contact your administrator for SSL VPN-Plus gateway settings."   Looking at the version it appeared I […]

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Upgrade vShield Manager to NSX Manager in vCloud Director Enviroment

June 28, 2017 Jordansphere vCloud Director

Components VCNS (source) 5.5.4 NSX Manager (target) 6.2.7 vCenter Appliance 6.0.0.U2 ESXi 6.0.0. U2 vCloud Director 8.0.2 Notes: As VCDNI is currently installed rather than VXLAN then nothing will change and the NSX controllers do not need to be installed at this stage. This is because VCDNI is managed by vCloud Director. At the time of […]

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Migrate vCloud Director Database from SQL 2008 to 2014

June 8, 2017 Jordansphere MS SQL

In order to upgrade vCloud Director 8.0.2 -> 8.2.0 a system requirment arose where SQL2008 was not supported. Checking the VMware compatibility matrix, SQL 2014 was on the list so I provisioned a new Windows 2012 server with the view to shutting down the old server. As this was the only DB left on the server […]

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VCNS 5.5 – Upgrade Failed. Root Fileystem Full

October 14, 2016 Jordansphere ESXi

When trying to upgrade VCNS 5.5.3 to 5.5.4 I was presented with this error: Message: Could not untar /common/em/downloads/image/image-vsm-vsm-5.5.4-2504419.img.dist   This suggested to me there was a partition full somwhere on the vShield Manager VM To check this: Open the console of the VSM VM. Default username/passwords are:  Username: admin Passowrd: default Enable: default #' show […]

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List and Remove VIBs from ESXi 5.0 Host

August 13, 2015 Jordansphere vCloud Director

Scenario: I wanted to remove the vcloud director agent from an ESXi host. vCloud director had been removed from the environment so I just wanted to tidy everything up. To do this you need to remove the VIB (VMware Installation Bundle). Firstly, list all the components on the ESXi host # esxcli software vib list […]

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Unable to Guest Customize Debian in vCloud Director 5.5

August 6, 2015 Jordansphere ESXi

  I deployed a Debian VM from the public catalogue. I then requested vCloud Director to give it an IP address from the Static IP Pool. This showed as being successful in the VCD portal but I could not ping the VM when it was powered on. I logged in via the console and the […]

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