My vCAC Journey: Deploy & Configure 1st vCloud Automation Center Appliance

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series vCAC 6 Install

The next step in the installation is to deploy the first vCAC appliance. The vCloud Automation Center Appliance is a pre-configured virtual appliance that deploys the vCloud Automation Center server. The vCloud Automation Center Appliance is delivered as an open virtualization format (OVF) template. The system administrator deploys the virtual appliance into the existing virtualized […]

My vCAC Journey: Deploy & Configure Identity Appliance

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series vCAC 6 Install

Now we need to deploy the vCAC identity appliance. This is a pre-configured virtual appliance that provides Single Sign-On capabilities for the vCloud Automation Center environment. The identity appliances an authentication broker and security token exchange that interacts with the enterprise identity store (Active Directory or LDAP) to authenticate users. The vCAC identity appliance comes […]

My vCAC Journey: Deploy & Configure PostgreSQL

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series vCAC 6 Install

In my deployment I chose to go with a pre-packaged version of PostgreSQL from VMware called vFabric Postgres. My reasoning behind this was simple – I do not want another system to manage in an already complex environment… There are other benefits to using this vApp too which can be found on the VMware website […]

vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 6.0 – Generate Certificates

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series vCAC 6 Install

Based on an earlier script I created to create all necessary files to replace the certificates for vCenter I thought I’d apply the same process to vCAC 6. I have to say thank you to Grant Orchard who helped me understand the vCAC 6 certificate creation requirements here. I came up with the following PowerShell script; it […]

vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 6.0 – Overview and distributed architecture

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series vCAC 6 Install

VMware vCloud Automation Center enables IT organizations to deliver services to their lines of business in a simple, yet highly configurable, self-service experience. vCloud Automation Center provides a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request new IT services as well as manage specific cloud and IT resources, while ensuring compliance with […]

Part 3: Create Certificates

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series vCenter Installation

Now for the fun part – certificates have always been a pain to get right the first time during a vCenter installation. I have used the great guide & scripts created by Derek Seaman in the past, but I wanted something a little bit more automatic that can be used by other admins with little/no experience […]

Part 2: DB Server Configuration

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series vCenter Installation

Now that vCenter 5.1 Update 1 supports SQL Server 2012 I decided to go ahead and use it over SQL Server 2008 R2. Your DB server must be set not to force SQL SSL encryption or the SSO installation will likely fail. http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2035831 The DB instance will also need to be set to run in […]

Part 1: vCenter installation Planning & Pre-Req’s

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series vCenter Installation

Welcome to the first part in my 9 part series on the install and configuration of vCenter 5.1. Whether you want a multi-node or just a simple single node deployment you can use this guide, just follow the guide for the component that you want to install on its own server – that way your […]