Friday, November 15, 2013

vCAC 6.0 Implementation, Part 4 - Configuring vCAC IaaS Component

To continue the momentum, now we dive into installing the IaaS components of vCAC.  Part 4 of this series walks you through the vCAC IaaS Installation Wizard, which is a significant improvement from previous versions. A few configuration details and GO!

Again, the IaaS engine in vCAC 6 is the .NET-based component that is similar to previous versions of vCAC 5.x. For vCAC 6.0, IaaS is consumed through vCAC's primary framework.  From VMware's vCAC 6.0 Documentation: 
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enables the rapid modeling and provisioning of servers and desktops across virtual and physical, private and public, or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Modeling is accomplished by creating a machine blueprint, which is a complete specification for a virtual, cloud, or physical machine. Blueprints are published as catalog items in the common service catalog. When a user requests a machine based on one of these blueprints, IaaS handles the provisioning of the machine.
IaaS also allows you to comprehensively manage the machine life cycle from a user request and administrative approval through decommissioning and resource reclamation. Built-in configuration and extensibility features also make IaaS a highly flexible means of customizing machine configurations and integrating machine provisioning and management with other enterprise-critical systems such as load balancers, configuration management databases (CMDBs), ticketing systems, IP Address management systems, or Domain Name System (DNS) servers.
 Review: VMware's vCloud Automation Center 6.0 solution is made up of 3 core components:
  • vCAC VA - Delivered as a Virtual Appliance (.OVA), vCAC's primary interface for administration and user self-service. Also includes an imbedded vCO server.
  • vCAC ID - Delivered as a Virtual Appliance (.OVA), vCAC's stand-alone Single Sign-On engine, which provides multi-tenant LDAP and Active Directory authentication services for vCAC tenants.
  • vCAC IaaS - Windows Installable (.exe), vCAC's IaaS engine for heterogeneous infrastructure as a service -- setup is covered in Part 3 and 4 in the series 
NOTE: this video guide was created using vCAC BETA builds and some of the steps will differ from the generally-available builds.  I will try to update all the videos pre-GA.





Other videos available in this series:

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4 comments:

  1. Keep up the good work! I realize it takes a lot of your time, but can we expect the next parts any time soon?

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  2. Note that Windows 2008R2 'Windows Update' can install .NET 4.5.1 which seems not be compatible with vCAC 6.0. .NET 4.5 is required...

    Reported here: http://vcdx56.com/2014/01/09/heads-up-vcloud-automation-center-6-0-installation-fails/ and here: http://www.viktorious.nl/2013/12/19/vcac-6-0-installation-tips/.

    Best regards - Viktor

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  3. Is there any documentation on configuring a SQL login for an External MS SQL Database? I know the option is there, but it does not seem to work. It seems to still use the windows authentication method (the log shows the logged in user) and not the SQL login.

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