In keeping up with my extracurricular doc-building activities, I am happy to release the latest iteration of my vCAC implementation guide for the deployment and configuration of vCAC 6.0. This unofficial Proof of Concept and Detailed Implementation guide is provided, with no guarantees (or support), to assist with the end-to-end implementation of vCloud Automation Center 6.0 in a pre-configured vSphere 5.x environment.

The guide walks through – in plenty of detail – vCAC 6.0’s deployment, concepts, technologies, and features as they would be used in a real-world implementation. This document can also double as an unofficial hands-on training guide which covers:

– New Features in vCAC 6.0
– Deployment Architecture
– Implementation on VMware platforms (vSphere)
– IaaS and XaaS Configuration
– Usage and Navigation
– Advanced Concepts and Use Cases

vCAC 6.0 Implementation Workflow

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Update (06/20/14): this is v1.1 of the guide, which includes some minor updates and fixes.  Be sure to be on the lookout for updates here or on my twitter feed.

DISCLAIMER: This guide is intended for use in a test/dev or sandbox environment and NOT for a production build and comes with no guarantees, support, etc.

Happy Installing!




  1. Deploying the identity and vcac appliances sets the IP and FQDN.
    That becomes the public fqdn for users to acccess the vcac
    But my VM to VM communication is on a different internal only network.
    So after I setup the vcac appliances and install iaas components, I try add the Windows AD identity store when I add tenants.

    Problem is that vcac cannot find the AD domain because AD is on the internal only network and vcac is on the public network.

    Seems to me the vcac appliances need to have two NICs; one to for public FQDN and second for inter-VM communications in order to resolve AD domain.

    Can I manually add a second NIC to the identity and vcac appliances in order for them to find the windows AD domain?

    If not does this mean vcac only operates on one network for public and VM to VM communication?

  2. can you please share the url for downloading ur document vCloud Automation Center 6.0 POC and Detailed Implementation Guide

  3. Jad – your PoC guide is excellent and very useful out in the real world – yours and Kenny's guides saved a lot of time in upskilling from 5.x to 6.x

    as an FYI.. There is a bug that your users need to be aware of that people using this guide will run into 90 days after following this guide, there is an expiring password in the vCAC SSO/ID appliance that will mean tenants won't be able to login after 90 days.

    I blogged about it here with the workaround…

    longer-term fix hopefully coming from VMware soon!

  4. Nice summary Jad. Nice to see service catalog and catalog items as a step.

    Did you get a chance to look at API and integration to automate through vSphere? I'm curious about your take on the robustness of API set etc.


  5. Jad, 2 things to note regarding your PoC guide:

    1. You create the AD endpoint in the Orchestrator GUI, while I think you're supposed to created it in the Advanced Services Administration section of the vCAC UI

    2. When configuring the AD endpoint you configure it without SSL; this will result into a read-only AD connection; in order to actually execute a workflow that changes anything (e.g. change a user's password), you'll need to configure SSL; make sure you have an SSL certificate installed on your Domain Controller (happens automatically when you configure an Enterprise CA), then specify SSL when configuring the endpoint with port LDAP 636 or GC 3269

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