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VMware vCloud Director Essentials

Book Description

Build VMware vCloud-based cloud datacenters from scratch

In Detail

VMware vCloud Director is a key technology in today's cloud computing market; it provides a self-service portal and catalog that enables application provisioning and automated operation management.

This book ensures that you have a comprehensive understanding of the different components of VMware vCloud Director and their interaction with the physical and logical layers. This includes the ESXi host, virtual machine, vSphere cluster, vSphere storage, and vSphere network. This book enhances your ability to install, configure, and administer complex, single, multitenant public/private/hybrid VMware vCloud environments.

This book follows a practical and step-by-step approach with ample screenshots that make it easier for you to configure and manage networks and implement a private cloud running on vCloud Director.

What You Will Learn

  • Configure centralized logging and vCloud Director for scalability
  • Get to know how to manage vSphere compute, storage, and network resources
  • Manage vCloud resources such as provider vDCs, vCloud Director network resources, vCloud Director organizations, and organization vDCs
  • Configure organization and vApp network services such as DHCP and DNS relay, firewall services, NAT, VPN, and static routes
  • Manage vCloud Director security such as SSL certificates and vCloud Director access control using LDAP and vSphere SSO
  • Explore the advanced concepts of vCloud including organization and provider virtual datacenter management

Table of Contents

  1. VMware vCloud Director Essentials
    1. Table of Contents
    2. VMware vCloud Director Essentials
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Configuring and Maintaining vCloud Director
      1. Configuring centralized logging
        1. Modifying the default Log4j configuration
        2. Configuring syslog in the vCloud Director GUI
        3. Configuring logging for vShield Manager
      2. Configuring vCloud Director for scalability
        1. Setting up the transfer storage space
        2. Using vCNS for vCloud cell load balancing
        3. Maintaining vCloud using command-line tools
      3. Using vCloud Director shell commands
        1. Understanding the vCloud support bundle
        2. Configuring alarms and notifications
        3. Managing vCenter Chargeback reports
      4. Summary
    9. 2. Managing vSphere Resources
      1. vSphere compute resources
        1. Registering the vCenter Server
        2. Managing ESXi host resources in vCloud Director
        3. Adding ESXi hosts to a provider virtual datacenter
        4. Disabling and unpreparing ESXi hosts
        5. Monitoring vSphere resources in vCloud Director
      2. vSphere storage resources
        1. Configuring storage profiles
        2. Monitoring storage profiles in vCloud Director
      3. Managing vSphere network resources
        1. Adding the vSphere network port group
        2. Understanding VXLANs
        3. Preparing VXLAN for vCloud Director
      4. Summary
    10. 3. Managing vCloud Director Resources
      1. Managing provider vDCs
        1. Creating a provider vDC
        2. Merging provider vDCs
      2. Managing vCloud Director network resources
        1. Network pools
          1. VLAN-backed network pools
          2. vCDNI-backed network pools
          3. Port group-backed network pools
          4. VXLAN-backed network pools
          5. Creating VLAN-backed network pools
        2. Provider external networks
          1. Creating a provider external network
      3. Managing a vCloud Director organization
        1. Creating a vCloud Director organization
      4. Managing organization vDCs
        1. Organization vDC allocation model
        2. Creating organization vDCs
      5. Summary
    11. 4. Managing Complex vCloud Director Networks
      1. Configuring organization network services
        1. Configuring DNS relay
        2. DHCP services in vCloud Director
          1. Configuring DHCP pools in vCloud Director
        3. Understanding VPN tunnels in vCloud Director
          1. Configuring a virtual private network
        4. Understanding static routes in vCloud Director
        5. Configuring static routes in an Org Gateway
        6. Understanding the firewall service in vCloud Director
          1. Configuring the vShield Edge device firewall
        7. Understanding DNAT rules in vCloud Director
          1. Configuring a destination NAT
        8. Understanding SNAT rules in vCloud Director
          1. Configuring a source NAT
      2. Creating and managing vShield edge and vCloud networks
        1. Configuring vShield Edge devices for compact/full configuration
        2. vCloud Org networks
          1. Configuring a Direct Connect organization network
          2. Configuring a routed organization network
          3. Configuring an isolated organization network
      3. Summary
    12. 5. Managing Catalogs and vApps
      1. Creating and deploying vApps
        1. Custom vApp properties
        2. Creating a vCloud Director vApp
      2. Understanding catalogs
        1. Creating and configuring a catalog
      3. Understanding vApp templates
        1. Importing an OVF as a template
      4. Summary
    13. 6. Managing Security
      1. Creating and processing certificate requests
        1. Creating a self-signed certificate
        2. Replacing certificates in vCloud Director
      2. Configuring and managing vCloud Director access control
      3. Configuring organization access
        1. Creating roles to improve organization security
        2. Configuring vCenter SSO as access management for vCloud Director
      4. Summary
    14. Index