Install vCloud Automation Center 6 (vCAC 6) – part 1

vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) is VMware’s central cloud management tool and offers a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services across multiple clouds and platforms to provide customers with on-demand access to any service. vCAC is capable of managing virtual (vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, XenServer), physical (Dell, Cisco, HP) and cloud (Amazon, OpenStack, VMware vCloud) based resources.

Simple installation is compound out of 3 servers deployed and installed on below order:

  1. First component is Identity Appliance – The Identity Appliance is a pre-configured virtual appliance that provides single sign-on capabilities. It is delivered as an open virtualization format (OVF) template.
  2. Second component is vCloud Automation Center Appliance – The vCloud Automation Center Appliance is a pre-configured virtual appliance that deploys the vCloud Automation Center Appliance server and web console (the user portal) delivered in OVF format.
  3. Third component is  IaaS  installed on a Windows server (or more servers depends deployment method)

Besides above 3 virtual machines other infrastructure components such as:

  • Active Directory (or OpenLDAP)
  • DNS
  • vCenter server with one or more ESXi hosts

My environment is composed as following:

  •  vCloud Identity appliance. NOTE: with vSphere 5.5b you can point your vCAC appliance to vCenter server SSO.
  • vCloud Automation Center Appliance
  • Windows 2008 R2 with installed all vCAC IIS components.
    • Distributed Execution Managers
    • Proxy agents
    • Website
    • Manager Service
    • Model Manager
  • AD 2012 as authentication services. I also use the same server to host DNS and NTP services.
  • vSphere 5.5 vCenter Appliance
  • 2 ESXi servers (installed on 2 HP BL460c G6)
  •  SQL server for vCAC DB.

In the next posts I will cover all the steps required to succesfully deploy vCAC.



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