VCDICM: VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [v5.5]

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Course Overview

This course demonstrates to technical personnel how to deploy and manage the ongoing operation of VMware® vCloud Director® for a small private cloud environment. This course focuses on the private cloud in an engineering or quality assurance solution. It covers all of the fundamentals needed to install, configure, and manage any small private cloud with vCloud Director.

This course is the prerequisite for other courses that cover more advanced vCloud Director configurations in enterprise deployments.

Course Overview



  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v5.0]
  • VMware vCloud Director: Essentials/Fundamentals [v5.1]
  • Solid understanding of TCP/IP networking

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you should understand the features and operation of vCloud Director and be able to do the following:
Deploy vCloud Director

  • Manage vCloud Director to satisfy small private cloud business needs
  • Configure VMware vSphere® storage to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual data centers
  • Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and VMware vSphere® vApps™ to satisfy business needs
  • Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps
  • Create an interface between vCloud Director and Microsoft Active Directory servers
  • Understand the interactions between VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters and vCloud Director

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Course Introduction
Review course goals
Review course objectives
Review the course outline
Recognize vCloud Director Essentials/Fundamentals course elements

Lesson 2: VMware vCloud Director Architecture and Components
Describe how VMware products use the cloud computing approach
Review vCloud Director components and explain their functions
Examine integration with other VMware products such as VMware® vCenter™ Chargeback™ and VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™
Determine the licensing needs

Lesson 3: VMware vCloud Networking
Describe the network types available in vCloud Director
Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices
Describe the functions of network pools
Explain how to share content between organizations and vApps

Lesson 4: VMware vCloud Providers
Identify storage resources for vCloud Director
Configure and manage storage for providers
Examine provider space allocation to an organization
Recognize VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® issues
Manage storage requirements for linked clones and shadow virtual machines

Lesson 5: VMware vCloud Director Organizations
Create and manage organizations
Recognize resource allocations for an organization
Create and manage catalogs

Lesson 6: Basic Security
Describe role-based access
Create custom security roles
Describe and configure LDAP integration with Microsoft Active Directory
Describe single sign-on

Lesson 7: Managing Cloud Resources
Understand and identify how vSphere fulfills vCloud Director requests
Manage provider and organization virtual data centers

Lesson 8: Managing VMware vSphere Resources
Manage VMware® vCenter Server™ instances
Manage VMware® ESXi™ hosts
Manage vSphere datastores
Manage stranded items
Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level

Lesson 9: Monitoring VMware vCloud Components
Monitor usage information at provider and organization virtual data centers
Analyze vCloud Director logs to monitor vCloud Director cells

Lesson 10: Organizations Users
Describe the catalog tasks available to organization users of various roles
Describe the vApp tasks available to organization users in various roles

Lesson 11: VMware vCloud Director Installation
Describe the required prerequisites for a vCloud Director installation
Install vCloud Director

Who Should Attend
Consultants, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators