This course requires completion of the following course and equivalent knowledge: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8]. The following experience is helpful:

  • 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:

  • Describe the architecture and main components of VMware Cloud Director
  • Understand the features and benefits of VMware Cloud Director
  • Deploy the high availability VMware Cloud Director cluster
  • Create VMware Cloud Director provider virtual data centers and organizations
  • Configure and create vApps and VMs
  • Create users and role-based access control
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director catalogs
  • Create and manage VMware Cloud Director networks
  • Create VM sizing and placement policies
  • Discuss additional features of VMware Cloud Director

Who Can Benefit?

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

    Outline for VMware Cloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V10.4] Training


    Course Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

    Software-Defined Data Center and VMware Validated Solution

    • Discuss VMware Validated Solution
    • Define software-defined data center (SDDC)
    • Discuss multitenancy with VMware Cloud Director
    • Recognize the design considerations when creating a cloud environment on the SDDC using VMware Cloud Foundation™

    VMware Cloud Director Deployment and Configuration

    • Describe the VMware Cloud Director cell and server group
    • Explain the two-stage deployment of VMware Cloud Director cells
    • Demonstrate backing up and restoring a VMware Cloud Director appliance
    • Discuss VMware Cloud Director Appliance Clustering
    • Discuss failover mechanisms (automatic and manual) with VMware Cloud Director cells
    • Define the switchover, and promote options of the VMware Cloud Director appliance

    VMware Cloud Director Provider Configuration

    • Showcase VMware Cloud Director integration with VMware vCenter Server® and VMware NSX
    • 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 Data Centers (VDCs)
    • Discuss network pools, external networks, and provider gateways
    • Describe VMware Cloud Director organizations
    • Understand organization policies
    • Explain how to access an organization using various portals
    • Understand the use cases of Allocation Models
    • Understand organization VDC
    • Discuss Linked Clone and Fast Provisioning

    VMware Cloud Director User, Roles, and Quota Management

    • Discuss rights bundle
    • Describe role-based access
    • Explain custom roles and rights
    • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory
    • Discuss OIDC integration with VMware Cloud Director
    • Discuss configuring the SAML identity provider in VMware Cloud Director
    • Discuss API Access Token and Service Accounts
    • Explain Quota Management and its use cases

    VMware Cloud Director Virtual Machines and vApps

    • Understand standalone VMs
    • Discuss deployment methods of virtual machines
    • Explain VM properties
    • Discuss deployment methods of vApps
    • Discuss the vApp lease policies
    • Understand the vApps and VM actions
    • Explain vApp and VM badges
    • Demonstrate auto scaling groups

    VMware Cloud Director Content Libraries

    • Explain the purpose of catalogs and how to create a catalog
    • Discuss catalog management and sharing catalogs
    • Understand media files in VMware Cloud Director and their usage
    • Discuss vApp templates
    • Understand vApp template operations
    • Discuss organization VDC templates
    • Discuss Fast Cross vCenter Server vApp Instantiation Utilizing Shared Storage

    VMware Cloud Director Networking

    • Discuss provider gateway, external networks
    • Describe edge gateway
    • Discuss organization VDC networks
    • List the types of organization VDC networks
    • Discuss vApp networks
    • List the various types of vApp networks

    Edge Gateway Services and Additional Networking Features

    • List the edge gateway services
    • Discuss DHCP, NAT, and firewall services on the edge gateway
    • Discuss SNAT, DNAT, NO SNAT, and NO DNAT use cases
    • Explain routing and distributed firewall services
    • Understand IP space and its types
    • Showcase VMware Cloud Director integration with VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer
    • Describe the segment profile template

    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
    • Discuss how VMware Cloud Director VMs and disks are encrypted
    • 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
    • Demonstrate VM sizing and placement in VMware Cloud Director
    • Discuss vGPU implementation in VMware Cloud Director

    Additional Features of VMware Cloud Director

    • Describe the usage and functionality of advisories
    • Demonstrate quick search
    • Discuss guided tours and use cases
    • Discuss Transfer Server Storage Monitoring
    • Demonstrate the VMware Cloud Director branding themes
    • Explain the Solution Add-Ons feature in Vmware Cloud Director

    VMware Cloud Director Integrated Solutions

    • Briefly discuss VMware Cloud Director integration with the following solutions:
    • VMware Cloud Director Availability
    • VMware Cloud Director App Launchpad
    • VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension
    • VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension
    • VMware vCloud Usage Meter
    • VMware Aria Operations for Logs
    • VMware Aria Operations
    • VMware Chargeback
    • VMware Aria Automation
    • VMware Cloud Director Extension for Data Solutions
    • VMware Cloud Provider Lifecycle Manager
    • Terraform
    • VMware Workspace ONE

    Product Alignment

    • VMware Cloud Director 10.4.1
    • VMware vSphere® 8.0
    • VMware NSX 4.1.0
    • VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer 22.1.2