VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – Upgrade and Migration Logic Diagram

As discussed previously in my What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0 Series (Part 1 and Part 2), I was working on a diagram that reviews how the VMware vCloud Director 10.0 upgrade and migration workflow.

I used MindNode to complete this diagram. The diagram reviews if you choose to stay on the Linux and External PostgreSQL (PgSQL) path or consume the multi-faceted vCloud Director appliance.

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vCloud Usage Meter 4.1 – Overview, Deployment and Tips

Since we are in the midst of VMworld season, let’s discuss our next-generation metering solution for VMware Cloud Providers, vCloud Usage Meter 4.1.

Introduction to vCloud Usage Meter 4.1

vCloud Usage Meter 4.1 is a multi-year investment on developing a scalable, provider-grade metering appliance that meets the terms of the VMware Cloud Provider Program agreement. The main goal of Usage Meter (UM) is for Cloud Provider to VMware reporting on a monthly basis.

I’m sure many people are going to ask – what’s the difference between 3.6.1 and 4.1 of Usage Meter? Let’s start off with a diagram.

As you can see, 4.1 was built with direct vCloud Usage Insight (VUI) integration. This provides a single controller to many one-to-many UM instances for a provider.

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F5 iRule Setup and Notes for VMware vCloud Director Accessibility

Recently, I’ve had several providers that have had to manage and/or update their F5 iRules for secure accessibility for vCD tenants and providers. F5 has a nice deployment guide here.

F5 provides a solid solution for VIPs and Load Balancer capabilities which I see often between many of our global VMware Cloud Providers.

With the new vCD HTML5 User Interface (UI), there has been several changes that required these modifications to provide direct access.

Typically, when utilizing a F5 appliance, some providers and tenants were seeing errors after a vCD upgrade.

Some saw behavior where the H5 interface was not accessible – receiving a message such as:

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VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – Enabling the Previous FlexUI Interface

Since VMware vCloud Director 10.0 has gone generally available as of last week, the release notes have been posted that show what has made the cut for this release.

My VMware vCloud Director 10.0 – What’s New Series – Part 1 and Part 2

One thing that has been a discussion point is the transition to the HTML5 Clarity interface. This has been a phased approach and significant effort (and investment!) was put into 10.0 to get this over the finish line. Well, if one takes a look at the release notes, you’ll notice a few things missing from the H5 UI that might be pertinent to your environment:

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