30 days.


Completion of the following courses and equivalent knowledge is required:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.x] or equivalent knowledge
  • Working at the Linux command line
  • Substantial knowledge of general networking concepts

Skills Gained

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

  • Deploy VMware Cloud Director
  • Manage VMware Cloud Director to meet the service provider needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director organizations and vApps to fulfill business needs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director catalogs
  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of VMware Cloud Director
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of VMware NSX-T™ Data Center
  • Managing resources from the VMWare Cloud Director console and using VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • Enabling VM and Named Disk Encryption  
  • Creating VM sizing and placement policies
  • Understand vApps and VM operations and actions

Who Can Benefit?

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

    Outline for VMware Cloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V10.3] - On Demand Training


    Course Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

    Software-Defined Data Center and VMware Validated Design

    • Define software-defined data center (SDDC)
    • Discuss VMware offerings for cloud-based services
    • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director
    • Discuss VMware Validated Design™
    • Recognize the design considerations when creating a cloud environment on the SDDC using VMWare Cloud Foundation™

    VMware Cloud Director Deployment and Configuration

    • Discuss the deployment options for VMware Cloud Director
    • Explain the two-stage deployment of VMware Cloud Director cells
    • Discuss failover mechanisms (automatic and manual) with VMware Cloud Director cells
    • Define switchover, promote, and fencing options of the VMware Cloud Director appliance
    • Understand the VMware Cloud Director appliance enhancements

    VMware Cloud Director Provider Configuration

    • Describe how the compute resources are provided to VMware Cloud Director
    • Describe how storage is provided to VMware Cloud Director
    • Configure and manage storage for Virtual Datacenters (VDCs)
    • Briefly discuss network pools, external networks, and Tier-0 Gateways
    • Showcase VMware Cloud Director integration with vCenter Server® and NSX-T Data Center
    • Describe VMware Cloud Director organizations
    • Understand organization policies
    • Explain how to access an organization using various portals
    • Understand organization VDC
    • Discuss what is Linked Clone and Fast Provisioning
    • Understand the use cases of Allocation Models

    VMware Cloud Director User, Roles and Quota Management

    • Discuss user-bundle
    • Describe role-based access
    • Explain custom roles and rights
    • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
    • Discuss OIDC authentication methods
    • Describe SAML identity provider

    VMware Cloud Director Virtual Machines and vApps

    • Understand standalone VMs
    • Discuss the VM managing operations
    • Explain VM properties
    • Discuss deployment methods of vApps
    • Discuss the vApp managing operations
    • Discuss the vApp lease policies
    • Understand the vApps and VM actions
    • Explain vApp and VM badges

    VMware Cloud Director Content Libraries

    • Explain the purpose of catalogs and how to create a catalog organization
    • Define catalog management and sharing catalogs inside and between organizations
    • Explain medias in VMware Cloud Director and its usage
    • Discuss vApp templates
    • Understand vApp template operations
    • Describe the purpose and usage of Open Virtualization Format (OVF)
    • Discuss organization VDC templates

    VMware Cloud Director Networking

    • Discuss organization VDC networks
    • List the types of organization VDC networks
    • Describe the edge gateway services
    • Explore the services offered by the edge gateway
    • Discuss sub-allocation IP pool and its use cases
    • Discuss DHCP, NAT, load balancer, and firewall services on the edge gateway
    • Discuss SNAT, DNAT, NO SNAT, and NO DNAT use cases
    • Discuss vApp networks
    • List the various types of vApp networks
    • Discuss routed, isolated, and direct vApp networks

    VMware Cloud Director Storage and Compute

    • Describe named disks and shared named disks
    • Demonstrate how to attach and detach a named disk and a shared named disk
    • Describe methods of sharing the named disk
    • Discuss the implications of deleting VMs that have an attached named disk
    • Discuss how VMware Cloud Director VMs and disks are encrypted
    • Explain the storage policy capabilities
    • Demonstrate how VM sizing and placement policies are published
    • Discuss vCenter server and VMware Cloud Director IOPS storage policies usage
    • Discuss how to enable and use the storage IOPS limitation in VMware Cloud Director
    • Describe the storage policy supported entities

    Extensibility and UI Additional Features

    • Explain custom advisories, global search, guided tours, data exporter, keyboard shortcuts, and quick search
    • Understand vcd-cli supported commands
    • Discuss various vcd-cli tools

    VMware Cloud Director Resource Monitoring

    • Identify log locations for VMware Cloud Director
    • Manage vSphere and cloud resources from VMware Cloud Director
    • Understand monitoring of objects from VMware Cloud Director portals
    • Briefly introduce vRealize Operations Manager
    • Integrate VMware Cloud Director with vRealize Operations Manager
    • Configure VMware Cloud Director Management Pack
    • Understand dashboard, metrics, alerts, alert definition, and reports

    Product Alignment

    • VMware vSphere 7.0 U2
    • VMware Cloud Director 10.3
    • VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1.1
    • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 8.3