Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #1

If you’ve just signed up for one of our Cloud Utilities VMware cloud data centre test drives (and haven’t had your guided walk-through with me yet — if not, just ask!) perhaps you’re looking for a few hints and tips about what you can do within your very own piece of the cloud.

This is the first of a new series, where I’ll be highlighting some of the day to day features of vCloud Director that will help you to get the most out of your Virtual Data Centre (VDC).

If there’s anything that you’d like to see featured in the future, you’re welcome to post a comment below, or simply get in touch (you can always open a ticket with our team too).

So, on with the first post!

1. As an administrator you can setup different privileges for your organisations users

The administrator user has permission to create and limit other organisational users. This gives the Virtual Data Centre (VDC) administrator control over which users can perform certain tasks. For example you can give users rights to create, revert and remove snapshots of a certain VM, allowing the user to perform updates or restore data without the need for administrator credentials.

2. Cloud Utilities enables you to subscribe and publish to external catalogs

Cloud Utilities gives you the ability to publish a catalog, which enables users to share content between separate vCloud Director instances. Using the new “Publish and Subscribe” feature found within vCloud Director 5.5, organisations can now choose to publish their catalog. Each published catalog has its own URL, allowing its content to be accessed from outside the vCloud by other vCloud administrators.

When an administrator from a remote vCloud subscribes to a published catalog, the catalog contents are copied to the subscriber side, where they are stored in a read-only capacity. As updates are made on the publisher side, they are automatically synchronised to the subscriber side. By default, the copying and synchronisation of the catalogs is done over HTTPS using the VMware Content Subscription Protocol (VCSP).

3. When using catalogs you can upload any file type to use in your Virtual Data Centre

Previously Cloud Utilities only supported uploading ISO images, Open Virtualization Format (OVF) files and floppy disk images to your Virtual Data Centre (VDC). It now supports the upload of any file type to be used in your VDC.

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