vCloud Director Install and Setup – installing RabbitMQ

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series vCloud Director Install and Setup Series

Overview

This is a continuation of a series of posts on vCloud Director Install and Setup and details the setup of RabbitMQ on Linux CentOS 6.4 (64 bit).

So again, referring to the official docs (http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html), AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol), is an open standard for message queuing that supports flexible messaging.  vCloud Director can use AMQP Brokers for notifications about events in the cloud. Well that sounds very fancy and as I haven’t used this before lets go ahead and install an AMQP Broker.  As the documentation appears to recommend RabbitMQ for this broker service lets go ahead and download/install it.

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vCloud Director Install and Setup – installing vCD

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series vCloud Director Install and Setup Series

Overview

In this collection of posts I will go through a vCD Install and Configuration in a Lab environment.  This is mainly for my own notes but may be enough to help with getting started on the build of a proper production vCloud Director Installation.  The majority of the information in these posts is taken from the VMware Documentation pages.

The VMware vCD docs can be found here http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html.

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vCloud Director Install and Setup – NFS Server

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series vCloud Director Install and Setup Series

vCloud NFS server

I am installing and testing vCloud Director in my Lab and to make sure I can add more Servers into the Group I need to make sure there is some temporary storage that the Hosts will use.  The vCD docs recommend an NFS share that is several hundred gigabytes in size but as I’m building this for a lab I have used 150GB.

In this example I am using a Linux CentOS 6 (64 bit) VM.  You will need to install NFS and set the exports.  If you are running iptables then either disable it (fine for a Lab environment) or open the relevant ports from the relevant Hosts (which is the correct/secure way).

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vCloud Director Install and Setup – SSL Certificates

Overview

This is a really simple step in configuring vCD and is required as the secure communication between clients and servers are an absolute requirement.  This step does require you to have created your vCD Member Server and have installed the “vmware-vcloud-director-5.1.1-868405.bin” binary exectuable.  This installs the “keytool” utility in /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/jre/bin/keytool and according to the docs certificates created with a “keytool” from another source are not supported.

Each member of a vCD Group requires two IP Addresses (one for the HTTP Service and one for the Console Proxy Service).  Both of these IP addresses require SSL certs. You will also need to assign each IP address an FQDN for the SSL cert creation.  In this example we will just create self signed certs on a pre-built Linux CentOS 6.4 VM.

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vCloud Director Install and Setup – Database Configuration

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series vCloud Director Install and Setup Series

Overview

In vCloud Director Install and Setup – installing vCD I run through the install and setup of a vCloud Director Host.  This procedure requires an Oracle or MSSQL DB backend.  I opted for MSSQL as I am more familiar with it.  In this post I will go through the install and setup of the DB in preparation for use with vCloud Director.

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