Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #2

Welcome to the next batch of tips for new users of VMware’s vCloud Director. If you’re up and running as one of our Virtual Data Centre (VDC) customers, or if you’ve just signed up for a cloud test drive with us, these key features should help you to get the most out of your Cloud Utilities service.

Before we continue, don’t forget that as a cloud customer or test driver, you can get a free VDC walk through with me, where I’ll take you through everything you need to know to get up and running with your space in the cloud — just get in touch using any of the usual methods and we’ll book you in.

4. When deploying from a template item you can now configure the virtual machines hardware settings to speed up deployment

When deploying new vApps from the catalog, you can now customise the CPU, memory and hard-disk settings during the vApp deployment. Not only can you deploy a VM quicker, it also means you only need one template for each system.

5. Using Cloud Utilities you can clone running vApps/VMs

Cloud Utilities provides the ability to clone a powered-on or suspended vApp, including capturing the memory state of the virtual machines, and to save this clone to the catalog. The ability to clone running vApps with memory state helps with application development, testing and troubleshooting because it enables users to capture the exact virtual machine state, including memory, as part of the template when it is saved to the catalog. This enables others to then deploy the vApp and quickly duplicate failures scenarios and reproduce errors.

6. Need more resources for you VM but cannot plan for downtime?

Using Cloud Utilities you can add CPU, Memory, Hard Drives and NICs (Network Interface Controllers) while the VM is powered on. Previously Cloud Utilities had the ability to dynamically add CPU and Memory. Did you know that you can now also add and remove hard disks and NICs (Network Interface Controllers) from a running virtual machine? This helps reduce virtual machine downtime by eliminating the need to first power-off the virtual machine/vApp to add and remove resources.

That’s it for this time — if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in a future post, or you have any specific questions about your VDC functionality, just leave a comment below or get in touch.

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