VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage v9.x

In this five-day course, you will focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director® 9.x for service providers. You will learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers (VDCs), and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks, as well as the integrated use of VMware vSAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs and the integration and use of VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® and VMware vCloud® Director Extender

Retail Price: $3,000.00

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Cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in a service provider or managed services environment.



By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

• Deploy vCloud Director
• Manage vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs
• Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs
• Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs
• Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of vCloud Director
• Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX
• Use NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between a public cloud and a private cloud
• Discuss various customer onboarding scenarios with vCloud Director
• Configure the integration with vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
• Use vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding



This course requires completion of the following course:

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] or equivalent knowledge

Completion of the following eLearning courses is recommended:

VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals [V8.x]
VMware Virtual SAN: Fundamentals [V6.x]
VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.



1. Course Introduction

• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives

2. Software-Defined Data Center

• Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center

• Cloud computing overview

• Characteristics of cloud services

• Categories of cloud computing

• Describe the VMware product stack for the software-defined data center


3. vCloud Director Concepts

• Explain vCloud Director concepts

• Configure and manage provider VDCs

• Identify storage, compute, and network resources for vCloud Director

• Create and manage organizations

• vCloud Director organization VDCs

4. Organization VDC

• Organization VDC allocation models

• Recognize resource allocations for an organization

• Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, organization, vApp)

• Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices

• Examine the function of network pools

5. Virtual Machines and vApps

• Discuss the use of virtual machines

• Design and manage vApps

6. Catalog

• Create and manage catalogs

• Manage vApp templates


 7. Users and Role-Based Access 

• Describe role-based access
• Create custom security roles
• Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
• Describe single sign-on
• Enable a SAML identity provider
• Describe two-factor authentication

8. Advanced Networking

• Describe the use and placement of NSX edge services gateways in relation to vCloud Director
• Review routing with the distributed logical router and edge services gateways in combination with vCloud Director
• Firewall management in vCloud Director with edge services gateways and the distributed firewall

9. Resource Management and Monitoring

• Manage provider and organization VDCs
• Manage VMware vCenter Server® instances and VMware ESXi™ hosts
• Manage vSphere datastores
• Configure and manage resource pools at the vSphere level
• Monitor usage information at provider and organization VDCs
• Analyze vCloud Director logs
• Monitor vCloud Director environments with VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ and
• VMware vRealize® Log Insight™
• Use VMware vRealize® Business™ for cost management

10. Customer Onboarding and Hybrid Cloud

• Tenant layer 2 VPN access
• Tenant SSL VPN access
• Review options for external connectivity with VPN
• Import existing infrastructure managed by vCenter Server into vCloud Director
• Use vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding


11. vCloud Availability for vCloud Director 

• Architecture for vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
• Prerequisites of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director
• Implementation of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

12. vCloud Director Installation

• vCloud Director network, hardware, and software requirements
• vCloud Director setup overview
• vCloud Director cell design
• Install and configure the vCloud Director database (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle database, or PostgreSQL)
• Create SSL certificates
• Configure VMware NSX® Manager™ for a new vCloud Director installation
• Install and configure an AMQP broker
• Download and install the VMware public key
• Use and set up vCloud Director federation

13. vCloud Director API and Metadata

• Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director
• Use of REST API in VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™
• Describe access to vCloud Director using VMware PowerCLI™
• Create and update metadata on objects

14. (Optional) vCloud Director Upgrade

• vCloud Director upgrade overview
• Upgrade prerequisites
• NSX requirements
• Additional information
• Best practice for upgrades

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