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Getting started with vCloud: VMware vCloud


Accessing your VMware vCloud resource pool

As soon as your resource pool is provisioned and delivered, you will receive a confirmation email from LeaseWeb. In this email, you will also receive the URL to access the management portal called vCloud Director to manage your resource pool. The login details can be found in the Customer Portal.

Overview of VMware vCloud Director (management portal)

After logging into the VMware vCloud Director (management portal), on top of the screen, you will find the main navigation bar showing your organisation name, username and role, preferences, help, and logout button. Also on this bar you will find the following tabs:

  • Home;
  • My Cloud;
  • Catalogs;
  • Administration .

The main bar is always visible and allows you to quickly navigate between the main sections of the interface.

If you require more information or help to manage a specific section of the VMware vCloud, click the icon. This will directly link you to the section of the manual which covers the topic shown in the user interface.

Setting up the organization

Perform the following steps to set up your organization after logging in for the first time:

  1. Click the “Set up my organization” link to start the wizard (it is placed directly under the main navigation bar).
  2. The “Set Up Organization” window displays.
  3. On the “Name this Organization” tab, you can change your full organization name from the default one set up by LeaseWeb. Optionally you can add a description. Click “Next” to continue.
  4. On the “Add Local Users” tab, you can add more users by clicking on the “Add…” button. These new users can be given various roles, which you can review here. Click “Next” to continue.
  5. On the “Email Preferences” tab, you can set up your own SMTP server for vCloud to send out notifications. By default, no system SMTP server is configured. Click “Next” to continue.
  6. On the ‘Policies’ step, you can set various limits and quotas. The default settings here should suffice for a typical user. Please review the settings and click ‘Next’ to continue.
  7. Review the settings and click “Finish” to complete the wizard.

Home tab

This is the overview tab. Here, you will be able to quickly access any vApp that you have created, and perform basic actions like starting, pausing, and stopping the vApp. You can also directly add a vApp from the catalog or from an .OVF file or build a new vApp. On the right hand side of the screen, you can find quick links to all tasks.

My Cloud tab

On the My Cloud tab, you will find a list of all your created vApps and virtual machines. You can interact directly with a vApp or virtual machine by right-clicking the specific item to open a context menu. By double clicking on a vApp, you will drill down into a more detailed overview showing the vApp diagram, its virtual machines, and network configuration. Double clicking on a virtual machine opens the properties window of the specific machine.

Catalogs tab

From the Catalogs tab, you can manage all your catalogs. A catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files. From here you can also upload an .OVF package as a vApp template or additional media files using the respective tabs. When uploading media files, ensure that the file ends with *.ISO.

Administration tab

From the Administration tab, you can review your resources used in your virtual data center. You can also add, modify, and delete users by clicking on Users in the Administration tree on the left. There are also several settings you can view and change from here. Some of these settings can also be found in the “Set up this organization” wizard, such as Email and Policies. From here, you can also setup Federations for central authentication.

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