VMware vCloud Director is a powerful product, but isn’t really known for being easy to manage and use. For a lot of VMware cloud providers, the easiest way to improve usability (and functionality) is with OnApp.
Our vCloud Director portal simplifies vCloud management, provisioning, billing and more… and one of the ways we do that is by making it easy to manage multiple vCloud Director instances.
Since OnApp v5.6 we’ve had support for multiple Organisations within a single User Group: this enables you to give customers the ability to manage resources located in different vCloud Director instances, from a single UI.
As well as making life easier, this gives them the ability to create highly available and resilient services. It’s easy to configure, and all done within the OnApp platform, with no additional configuration needed in vCloud Director.
We’re running a webinar next week where we’ll be showing this multi-vCD capability, and other ways OnApp enhances your VMware cloud. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to how it works!
1. Add multiple vCloud Director instances to OnApp
The first step is to ensure you have added multiple vCloud Director instances to OnApp. This is done in Settings > Compute Resources:
2. Configure each instance for multiple vCloud mode
Next, make sure that the vCD instances have been configured for Multiple vCloud mode. Select the label for the Compute Resource, then go to Tools, and switch the vCD compute resource to Multiple vCloud Mode.
This basically removes the direct mapping between User Group and Organisation, enabling you to create an Organisation and assign to a new or existing user group of your choice.
Note: Once you have changed the mode, you will not be able to change it back!
3. New options when creating new organizations
Now when you create a new organization you will get the option to assign to an existing User Group, or create a new one:
4. Importing organizations that aren’t in user groups
If you have existing Organisations that do not belong to a user group, you can go to Settings > Compute Resources > Tools and ‘Import Organisations from vCloud’; then choose to assign them to an existing group, or create a new one.
5. That’s it!
Now your customers will have a single view of resource pools across multiple vCloud Director Instances – improving their ability to create highly available and resilient services.
If you run into any issues or need further advice please just get in touch!