By: David Davis
With hundreds of thousands of VMware vSphere admins out there, resources to learn vSphere and troubleshoot vSphere are plentiful. However, those same vSphere admins are now making the push to try out and learn about vCloud Director. This post is intended to be the ultimate vCloud Director Resource Guide, providing links to all the resources you need to learn about and troubleshoot vCD.
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This guide is a replacement for my Top Resources to Learn vCloud Director – August 2011 post as a number of new resources have come out since then (and vCD 1.5.1 has been released since that post was created).
I have broken this list of vCloud Director resources down into categories to help group similar resources together. Here you go:
VMware Official Resources
- VMware vCloud Product Page
- VMware vCloud Director Community Forum
- VMware vCloud Director Developer Community
- VMware vCloud Director Evaluator's Guide
- VMware vCloud Director Security Hardening Guide
- VMware vCloud Director Documentation
- vCloud Director 1.5.1 Release Notes
- What’s New in vCloud Director 1.5 Technical Whitepaper
Since my last guide, all of these resources have been updated for vCloud Director 1.5.
VMware vCloud Blog
With hundreds of posts on the vCloud blog (most about vCloud Director), there are many resources but here are the most popular:
- 5 Things You Need to Know About vCloud Director by David Davis
- Learn vCloud Director on a Shoestring by David Davis
- How to Get Started with vCloud Connector - Part 1 by Chris Colotti
- How to Get Started with vCloud Connector – Part 2 by Chris Colotti
- vCloud Director 1.5 Multisite Cloud Considerations by Massimo Re Ferre'
- Overview of Disaster Recovery in vCloud Director by Chris Colotti and Duncan Epping
Besides the vCloud blog, there are a ton of other vCD resources on the web.
vCloud Director Resources on the Web
- What’s New in vCloud Director 1.5 Presentation from Eric Sloof
- VMware Labs – CloudCleaner
- How to remote access a Linux GUI from a vCloud environment using a PC or an iPad?
- HyperVizor.com – Publishing the vCloud Director Portal on the Internet
- Integrating VMware vCloud Director with vShield Edge and vShield App
- Changing/Renewing your SSL certificates on vCloud Director Cells
- Advanced Guide: VMware vCloud Director in a Box (works on 4GB Laptops)
- KendrickColeman.com – Installing vCloud Director 1.5 with SQL Server 2008
- KendrickColeman.com – Installing the vCloud Director Adaptor for vCenter Operations 5.0 OVA
- KendrickColeman.com – Implementing vCloud Director 1.5.1 and Cisco Nexus 1000v 1.5
- KendrickColeman.com – How to Install VMware vCloud Director 1.5 From Beginning to End
- KendrickColeman.com – Playing with CSS and vCloud Director
- KendrickColeman.com – Understanding Lease Times in vCloud Director
- SearchCloudComputing.com – VMware vCloud Director 1.5: Small but definite step forward
- Mike D’s Blog – How to Import Existing VMs Into vCloud Director
- Mike D’s Blog – VMware Enhances Cloud Tools: vCC and vCO Plug-in
- Book: Cloud Computing with VMware vCloud Director by John Arrasjid (VCDX #1), Duncan Epping, Steve Kaplan, Ben Jin, and Raman Veeramraju
- Yellow-Bricks.com – Unloading the vCD Agent
- Yellow-Bricks.com – vCD Networking Part 1
- Yellow-Bricks.com – vCD Networking Part 2
- Yellow-Bricks.com – vCD Networking Part 3
- Yellow-Bricks.com – vCD Allocation Models
- Yellow-Bricks.com – Creating a vCD Lab on your Mac / Laptop
- FrankDenneman.com – Provider vCD- Cluster or Resource Pool?
- NTPro.NL / Eric Sloof – VMware vCloud Director Explained
- Hypervizor.com – Video Guide: Taking VMware vCloud Director for a spin… and on the go!
- Hypervizor.com – Designing your Private Cloud with VMware vCloud Director – part 1
- Hypervizor.com – Migrating your VMs from vSphere to vCloud Director and vice versa
- Hypervizor.com – vCloud Director Networking Architecture Diagram
- Hypervizor.com – vCloud Director Cell Architecture Diagram
- RTFM-Ed.co.UK – Installing VMware vCloud Director -Databases and Certificate Experience
- SearchCloudComputing.com -VMware vCloud Director: Ready for launch by Mike Laverick
- SearchCloudComputing.com -Software and licensing requirements for vCloud Director by Mike Laverick
- SearchCloudComputing.com – Setting up VMware vCloud Director by Mike Laverick
- BOOK: Foundation for Cloud Computing with VMware vSphere 4 by John Arrasjid, Duncan Epping, and Steve Kaplan
vCloud Director Videos on the Web
- Deepak Puri, VMware's Director of vCloud Business Development, speaks with Bluelock's Bill Busch, Director of Strategic Partnerships, about "Building the Cloud for Tomorrow"
- VMwareTV – VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers
- VMware Cloud Management Capacity with Seth McClusky
- VMware Cloud Management Visibility with Seth McClusky
- VMware Cloud Management Health with Seth McClusky
- VMware Cloud Management Dashboard with Seth McClusky
- vCloud Director Setup – Part 1 by David Davis
- vCloud Director Setup – Part 2 by David Davis
- Eric Sloof – Using the VMware vCloud Connector
- VMwareKB – How to Install VMware vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vCloud Director
- VMwareTV – vCloud Director Product Demo
- VMware Meet the Engineer Video: vCloud Director Catalogs with Orran Krieger
- VMware Meet the Engineer Video: vCloud Director Networking with Anupam Dalal
- VMware Meet the Engineer Video: vCloud Director Security with Serge Maskalik
- VMware Meet the Engineer Video: vCloud Director Resource Management with Tichomir Tenev
- VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit with Steve Herrod and John Arrasjid, VCDX #001
Special Thank You to Hany Michael at Hypervizor.com for the following list of vCD Videos from VMware, on YouTube:
- Understanding and using the VMware vCloud Director web interface
- How to configure Oracle databases for use with VMware vCloud Director
- How to install and configure vShield Manager for use with VMware vCloud Director
- How to install VMware vCloud Director on the first server
- How to create Sysprep packages for use with VMware vCloud Director
- How to attach a vCenter Server to VMware vCloud Director
- How to create a Provider Virtual Data Center in VMware vCloud Director
- How to create an Organization within VMware vCloud Director
- How to create External Networks in VMware vCloud Director
- How to create a Network Pool in VMware vCloud Director
- How to add a catalog to an Organization within VMware vCloud Director
- How to collect diagnostic information for VMware vCloud Director
vCloud Director Training Courses
- Video training by David Davis of TrainSignal – VMware vCloud Director Essentials
- Video training by VMware Education – VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals
- Instructor-led by VMware Education – Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud
- Instructor-led by VMware Education – vCloud Design Best Practices
With VMware vCloud Director now in its third revision with version 1.5.1, it’s gaining popularity with service providers and enterprises alike. More and more VMware Admins are wanting to learn about vCD and downloading the 60-day vCloud Director eval is the right way to start.
Stay tuned to the vCloud Blog and this blog post for updated links to download vCloud Director 1.5 bits and documentation as soon as it becomes available! And be sure to follow the @vCloud handle for future updates!
Are there new resources that aren’t listed here? Do you have a great article or link that needs to be added? Post your comments to let me know and we’ll get the ultimate guide updated!
David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.