VCDICM97 - VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V9.7]

In this five-day course, you focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director® for Service Providers 9.x. You learn about self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers (VDCs), catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks. This course covers interfacing VMware vCloud Director® with other systems using various APIs and the integration and use of VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director®. You will understand how to manage multisite, cross-VDC networking for vCloud Director. You will also understand how to configure Central Point of Management (CPOM) to define a Software-defined Datacenter (SDDC) for tenant and provider users of vCloud Director.

This course also discusses how to monitor various vCloud Director objects using VMware vRealize® Operations™, Tenant vApp, and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™.

Duration: 5.0

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By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
  • Deploy vCloud Director 
  • Manage vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs 
  • Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs 
  • Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs 
  • Transfer virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of vCloud Director 
  • Configure networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX 
  • Use NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between public clouds and private clouds 
  • Discuss various customer onboarding scenarios involving vCloud Director 
  • Configure the integration with VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® 
  • Use VMware vCloud® Availability for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding


1.  Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

2.  vCloud Director Deployment and Configuration
  • Define Software Defined Datacenter 
  • Discuss VMware offerings for Cloud-Based Services 
  • Understand the prerequisite to install vCloud Director 
  • Discuss the deployment options for vCloud Director 
  • Differentiate different deployment options, benefits, and disadvantages 
  • Discuss VMware Validated Design

3.  vCloud Director Provider and Organization
  • Configure and manage provider VDCs 
  • Identify storage, compute, and network resources for vCloud Director 
  • Create and manage organizations, including vCloud Director organization VDCs 
  • Discuss vCloud Director HTML5 UI 
  • Discuss HTML5-based Provider Portal and Tenant Portal

4.  vCloud Director Organization VDC
  • Organization VDC allocation models 
  • Recognize resource allocations for an organization 
  • Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, organization, and vApp) 
  • Discuss the organization and vApp network traffic choices 
  • Examine the function of network pools 
  • Discuss Compute Profiles

5.  vApps and Catalogs
  • Discuss the use of virtual machines 
  • Create and manage vApps 
  • Create and manage catalogs 
  • Manage vApp templates 
  • Create and manage vApp Networks 
  • Discuss vApp Network Traffic Choices

6.  Users and Role-based Access
  • Describe role-based access 
  • Create custom security roles 
  • Describe and configure LDAP integration with Active Directory 
  • Describe single sign-on 
  • Enable a SAML identity provider 
  • Describe two-factor authentication • Discuss User bundle and role-based access control

7.  vCloud Director Networking
  • Identify key components in the architecture of VMware NSX® Data Center for vSphere® 
  • Describe how logical switches and distributed logical routers work 
  • Discuss edge services like NAT, DHCP, load balancer, and firewall 
  • Discuss the architecture of NSX- TTM Data Center 
  • Discuss vCloud Director supported features of NSX-T Data Center
  • Discuss Multisite 
  • Configure Cross VDC Networking.

8.  Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Manage and monitor vSphere resources 
  • Manage and monitor Cloud resources 
  • Monitor vCloud Director environment using VMware vRealize® Operations ManagerTM 
  • Monitor vCloud Director environments with vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight 
  • Manage billing and reports of vCloud Director objects using Tenant vApp

9.  vCloud Extensibility
  • Discuss Container Service Extension 
  • Explore vCD, CLI, and Container Service Extension 
  • Discuss Python SDK for vApp Deployment
  •  Discuss Terraform and vCloud Director 
  • Discuss VMware vRealize® OrchestratorTM Plug-in for vCloud Director

10.  vCloud Director APIs
  • Describe access to vCD objects using REST API calls 
  • Describe tools to access the API of vCloud Director objects 
  • Discuss different third-party API client tools 
  • Describe access to vCloud Director using Postman, Curl 
  • Describe access to vCloud Director using OpenAPI 
  • Create and update metadata on objects 
  • Access different vCloud objects using vCloud API

11.  Customer Onboarding and Hybrid Cloud
  • Discuss architecture for vCloud Availability for vCloud Director 
  • Review prerequisites of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director 
  • Discuss vCloud Availability for vCloud Director portal 
  • Review fail-over Virtual Machine options 
  • Discuss Virtual Machine replication to the Cloud 
  • Discuss On-Prem-to-Cloud migration

12.  vCloud Director Troubleshooting
  • Identify log locations for vCloud Director 
  • List the key services in vCloud Director 
  • Navigate through vCloud Director logs 
  • Capture vCloud Director log bundles 
  • Describe the troubleshooting approach for common vCloud Director issues


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


Completion of the following course is required:
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] or equivalent knowledge
Completion of the following eLearning courses is recommended:
  • VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals [V8.x] 
  • VMware vSAN and HCI Fundamentals 
  • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.
Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.


This course is not associated with any Certification.

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