Part 1 | vCloud Connector 2.7 – installation and configuration

Hello to all fans of virtualization technologies, I have prepared short overview of vCloud Connector solution and how it works with vCloud Air. Same can be used to move or copy workload between OnPrem vCenter and vCloud Director, or between two vCenters or two vCloud directors. Connection that is established between the Nodes is secured and encrypted and can pass over the internet.

The presentation is divided in two parts. Part 1 – Installation and Configuration of vCloud Connector, Part 2 – Functions and Troubleshooting

In this guide I will show you how to install and configure vCloud Connector.

Let’s start with downloading of vCloud Connector (vCC) you need to have My VMware account to download the Node and the Server from Here

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Once downloaded extract them and deploy OVF to your datacenter, in my lab I am using DHCP to provide the VMs with IP and using Thin provisioning to save some storage, IP and storage policy depends on your internal procedures.

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vcc003Leave this blank if you want to use DHCP

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Once VMs are deployed and powered on we can start with configuration:

Configuration can be split in 4 sections:

  1. Configure vCC server registration with vSphere
  2. Configure vCC node and register it with vCenter server
  3. Configure vCC Server and register nodes
  4. Configure vCenter Plugin for work

Configure vCC server registration with vSphere Client

Logon vCC server config page https://<vCCServer>:5480 Default user name and password: Admin/vmware. Check network configuration tab, if you need to use proxy for internet access you can configure proxy settings from there. To connect the vCC Server to your vCenter go to Server tab -> vSphere Client:

vcc006Provide your vCenter IP or FQDN address and required credentials for access

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Click Register

To Confirm successful registration go to your vCenter client -> Home you will see in Solutions and Applications section Icon vCloud Connector     vcc06, clicking on it you will be taken to not yet configured vCloud Connector Add-on

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By this, the Step 1 is complete

Configure vCC node and register it with vCenter server

To configure the node log on https://<NodeIP>:5480 Default admin/vmware, check and confirm network section, if needed add proxy to access internet from the node. To configure the node you need to register it to desired solution currently there are two main options available:

vSphere vCenter server or vCloud Director – for more details on supported versions check here

In my demo I will connect the node to vCenter server

Go To the node tab under Cloud Registration add your vCenter IP or FQDN, tick Ignore SSL Cert and click on Update configuration you will see message in Green Cloud Registration updated:

vcc010If you have vCloud director in your environment and you want to move workloads between current registered vCenter and your vCloud Director you will have to install another Node server. For the purpose of this registration I will use vCloud Air as a second node – the Node is preconfigured there and do not need any specific configuration it.

This concludes the Part 1

In Part 2 I will show you how the process goes as well some basic troubleshooting steps that can help you to identify the point of failure.

Configure vCC Server and register nodes

In this step we need to register the nodes into vCloud Connector Server. Logon vCC server config page https://<vCCServer>:5480 under the nodes tab. We need to register the vCenter Node and vCloud Air node. Click on Register Node

Display name: Local node

Node URL: https://<Node_IP>

Leave Public and use proxy unselected

Tick Ignore SSL Certificate

Under Credentials section

Provide user name and password for your vCenter Server

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Confirm Registration and if successful you will see added Node into the list

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To add the second node from the vCloud Air we need to gather additional information:

In this Demo I there are two cloud environments Multitenant and Disaster recovery enabled cloud. I will add them both for the purpose of demonstration.

Logging to vCloud Air

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Go to the Dashboard and select Cloud Provider Address

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Grab needed details and update https://pXvY-vcd.vchs.vmware.com with  the following address  https://pXvY-vccmt.vchs.vmware.com both would work however it is recommended to use vCC node name in the example I am not changing the name

Organization Name: M267276419-XYZX

Then Register the node to vCloud Connector Server:

Display name: Remote node VPC

Node URL: https://pXvY-vccmt.vchs.vmware.com:8443     – Where X and Y are the Pod and VPC you of your environment and port is preconfigured to be 8443

As well port 443 needs to be open the same way

Tick Public

Leave use proxy unselected

Tick Ignore SSL Certificate

Under Credentials section

Select Vcloud Director

Provide the VCD Org Name:

Provide Credentials for vCloud Air

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Confirm Registration and you will see registered another node into vCC Server

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I registered same way third node pointing to DRaaS cloud

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This complete step 3 of the configuration

Configure vCenter Plugin for work

The last step of your configuration we need to add the registered nodes to the managing vCenter

Go to vCenter UI, open vCloud Connector select Clouds and add them one by one providing needed credentials:

vcc017vcc017Click on  vcc07 add the Local node with credentials for vCenter

vcc018Add again the vCloud Air nodes with needed credentials

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Once completed the registered nodes will be displayed on the left:

Right click on then and select Reload:

vcc021The VMs and templates will be loaded on the right

With this we completed registration and configuration of vCC Node and Server and they are ready go.

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Kalin is Cloud Services Engineer at VMware, he has over 4 years experience in Virtualization field. Before joining VMware he was part of Center of Excellence at IBM. His main scope of work in VMware is closely related with the cloud solution and consultation with clients looking to adopt Hybrid Cloud for their business needs. He has a master degree in engineering from Technical University of Varna and holds several IT industry leading certifications like VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DCA, and others.

About Kalin Hadzhivelikov

Kalin is Cloud Services Engineer at VMware, he has over 4 years experience in Virtualization field. Before joining VMware he was part of Center of Excellence at IBM. His main scope of work in VMware is closely related with the cloud solution and consultation with clients looking to adopt Hybrid Cloud for their business needs. He has a master degree in engineering from Technical University of Varna and holds several IT industry leading certifications like VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DCA, and others.
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4 Comments

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  2. Hello Kalin,

    post installing vCC, I’m not able to view the information in the server tab. When I select the Server tab, it is showing nothing. Can you please let me know what would be the issue?

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Hello Kalin,

    It was a browser issue, works fine with IE

  4. Can you please help me …how to integrate V cloud air 2.0 into VROPS 6.4. Do you have any screenshots?

    Thanks in advance .

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