Cloud Lab-26: vCloud Director Cells- ”DB Preparation and VM Installation ” (Part 1)

In my lab scenario, I am going to create two vCloud Director (cell) give us facility to load balance and High availability (in case either one failed).


LAB-26 TASKS (Part 1)

In this Lab we perform following tasks

Following are the steps to install the vCloud director (Cell) server

  1. Obtain/download the vCloud Director (.bin) from VMware site.
  2. Information required for vCloud Director Cell VM
  3. vCloud Director Cell prerequisite
  4. Create VM for vCloud Director Cell-1
  5. Installing Redhat Linux OS on vCloud director Cell-1

1-Obtain/Download vCloud Director (.bin) from VMWare Site

Go to “> products->Cloud Suits”, download 60 day evaluation version, if you not already purchased the Cloud Suit

*NOTE: To download evaluation, VMware required an account on his website. Make sure create one if you don’t have already its free*

2-Information required for vCloud Director Cell VM.

Following information will required for vCloud Director Cell VM installation.

  • Set VM name (cloud-cell1)
  • Configure an IP address (168.150.9 – 10)
  • DNS IP address (
  • Verify time and time zone settings (Asia/Karachi)
  • Enter forward and Reverse DNS Entry for and

3-VCloud Director Cell Prerequisite.

In my lab, I am going to install vCloud Director on a VM machine, following are the requirements for VMs and OS for vCloud Director 5.5 at the time of lab.

Supported OS Memory CPU Disk
  • RHEL 5 update4-9 (64bit)
  • RHEL 6 Update 1-4 (64bit)
  • CentOS 6 Update 4
At least 2 GB 1vCPU 16 GB atleast for installation and log files.

For more information visit –> Kb Article (2059451) Installing VMware vCloud Director 5.5.x best practices

4-Create VM for vCloud Director Cell-1.

  • Right Click on Server and Choose New Virtual Machine
  • Enter VM Name (cloud-cell1) and Inventory Location
  • Select Datastore
  • Select Virtual Machine Version: select latest available
  • Select “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)” as OS Version
  • # of Virtual Processors: 1
  • Amount of RAM: 2GB
  • Network
  • # of NICs: 2
  • Adapter Type: VMXNET 3
  • Select “Connect at Power On
  • SCSI Controller: Paravirtual
  • Create New Virtual Disk: 16GB


*NOTE: when you choose OS “Red hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64bit)” for VM, then it will select the best configuration for you, so leave every this as default*

5-Installing Red hat Linux OS on vCloud Director Cell-1.

Mount Red hat Linux 6 (64bit) ISO, Select connect at power on, Power on the VM.

Open the VM Console. You will get the below Welcome Screen, press Enter on default option

“Install or Upgrade an existing System” to start installation


“Skip” the Media Test.


Click “Next


Leave as default, Click “Next”


Leave as default, Click “Next


Leave as Default, Click “Next”


Select “Yes, Discard any data” (it is because, we are going to install fresh and no data is on the disk)


Enter the “hostname”, Select “configuration Network” 


Select the “Network eth0” for configuration, click “Edit”


Enter your “IP setting”, make sure “connect automatically” is checked, Click “Apply”


*NOTE: I am using eth0 for cloud http traffic*

Enter your “IP setting for eth1”, make sure “connect automatically” is checked, Click “Apply”


*NOTE: I am using eth1 for cloud vm console traffic*

Now both IP address are set, click “Close” and then click “Next”


Select your “time zone”, Click “Next”


Enter “Root” password, Click “Next”


Use default as highlighted, also choose “review and modify partition layout”, Click “Next”


Review your partition table, if there is no change. Click “Next”


Click “Format


Click “Write changes to disk”


Leave as default, Click “Next”


Choose “Minimal” installation, Click “Customize Now”, Click “Next”


Under “Base System”, Click “Perl Support”


Under “Development”, Click “Development tools”, click “Next”


Installation is started. Wait for installation to finish


When installation is completed successfully. You will get below screen, Click “Reboot”


Thats its for this part1, i will explain further in my Part2 of this lab post.


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