Cloud Lab-30: vCloud Director- ”Basic Configuration”

Previously, we have configured and deployed vCloud Cells in the form High availability and used vCNS as load balancer. Today, lets configure some basics for vCloud Director Cell.


In this Lab we perform following tasks to configure cloud cells basic configuration.

  1. Configure Syslog Server
  2. Configure Mail Server
  3. Configure LDAP
  4. Configure Password Policy
  5. Configure Branding
  6. Configure Public Addresses
  7. Configure Federation Services (For Single-Sign-on)

Login to vCloud director
using vCloud administrator credentials (administrator/password)

Navigate from home screen to “Administration” tab


1-Configure Syslog Server

In System Settings -> General -> Scorll down to the Networking Section-> Enter Syslog Server 1 “” > Click on “Apply” button from right bottom coroner


NOTE: In my lab I have only one syslog. which, i configured  previously with named LogInsight for Cloud Environment

2-Configure Mail Server

In System Settings -> Email -> enter your mail server settings as highlighted -> Click “Apply”


NOTE: in my lab I won’t have any mail server. For sake of configuration demonstration I configured a dummy setting. You should replace according to your mail server.

3-Configure LDAP

In System Settings -> LDAP -> enter your LDAP settings as highlighted -> Click “Test LDAP Settings” to verify -> Click “Apply”



NOTE: I am using my active directory as a LDAP. which i configured here 

4-Configure Password Policy

Enable “Account lookout policy” and adjust settings if required -> click “Apply”


5-Configure Branding

You can customized some of you vCloud settings like (Insert your own company logo, Company Name, Theme etc.).

To configure go to System Settings -> Branding -> after configuration -> Click “Apply”


6-Configure Public Addresses

To configure your “Public Addresses” for vCloud Director go to -> System Settings -> Public Addresses -> Enter configuration as highlighted -> Click “Apply”


7-Configure Federation Service (for Single-Sign-on)

Navigate to system-> Manage & Monitor -> vCenter-> Select your vCenter-> Right Click-> Choose Properties.


Change vSphere web Client URL option as highlighted.


In System Settings -> Federation -> VSphere Service -> Click “Register”


Register you vCenter lookup Service -> Enter your vSphere lookup Service URL and SSO admin user/password -> Click “OK”


Verify your vSphere lookup Service URL which you registered.


In Identity provider Section -> Enable “Use VSphere Single Sign-on” -> Click “Apply”


In Next step we will add a SSO administrator for you vCloud Director.

Add SSO Administrator.

In Administration tab -> Users -> Click on “+” Sign to add a SSO administrator for vCloud.


Select Source “VSphere SSO” -> Enter SSO Administrator Administrator@vsphere.local-> Click “OK”


Verify your added SSO administrator as shown below.


Test SSO Settings.

Now access your vCloud Director using Your will notice now you will redirected to vSphere Web client.

Enter your “SSO administrator” Credentials and Click “Login”


Now you should be able to login to your vCloud Director using single sing (SSO) on as shown below




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