The VCP5-IaaS documents

Yesterday I started a series of blogs about the new VMware VCP5-IAAS certification. To get you started I wanted to provide you the resources needed and create a quick download page for all VMware PDF’s mentioned in the blueprint.

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In my first post, you can find a couple of blogs that are a great resouces for this study as well as the link to the training page for the vCloud Install and Configure training, so if you need those click here

I do want to share another resource with you of which I heard it is a a good training to get you started. I can’t tell by own experience, but from what I’ve seen from some other training material done by Trainsignal (and David Davis in special) on VMware topics, this must be great. And as said judging some of my twitter and facebook friends it is a great training. So I just wanted to point you to the Trainsignal vCloud Director Essential training.



The exam blueprint provided by the VMware education services is devided in 5 sections which on their turn are devided into sub sections. The 5 sections are:

  • Setion 1: The exam
  • Section 2: Intended Audiance
  • Section 3: Objectives covered in the VCPVCD510 Exam
  • Section 4: VCP-IaaS Paths and Course Requirement Options
  • Section 5: Additional Resources

Section 1, 2, 4 and 5 are informative sections which you should read. Make sure you know the information included in these sections before taking the exam.

Within section 3 you will find all Sections and objectives needed to be able to nail the VCP5-IaaS certificate. I’ll cover these in later posts, but when looking through the blueprint I noticed a lot of guides are named a couple of times thoughout the blueprint. I thought it would be great to have a source where all these guides are named once so you can download them all from 1 place. So here are the direct links to the guides:

Virtacore introduces vCloud Express

Yesterday Virtacore introduced their vCloud Express public Cloud product. They’ve been working months on this and the final product looks very good.

They use a different type in approaching the Cloud industry, by using the full scope that is supplied through VMware vCloud Director 1.0+. VMware High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), vApps and vShield Edge are just a few of the VMware Features available….


If you want to try a different type of cloud please check out vCloud Express and let us know what you think, use the promo code “VCXBlog11” for a $50 credit which is equal two approx. months of service depending on your plan size.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Virtacore and our VMware friends @VMware and @vCloud for industry news and updates.

Source: Introducing vCloud Express by Virtacore

Part 4: Installing vShield manager and vCloud Director

This will be the last of 4 parts. In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 we’ve installed all stuff needed to get the vCloud director up and running. That’s all except one…. vShield. So let’s get that up and running first:

As with the installation of the vyatta router, the vShield manager software comes as a ova file intended for a ESX environment. So we need to use the OVFtool again to get a format suitable for VMware workstation. Because i’m using a Windows 7 machine this will doen through the command prompt:

Make sure you’ll start a CMD with administrative rights and go to the which contains the ovftool. Once there execute the following line: ovftool.exe “path_to_the_OVF_file” “path_to_folder_for_vShield_files”


The files will be extracted and placed in the folder you’ve provided in the cmd line. Go to that folder\VSM and doubleclick on the vmx file


The Files will be imported into the workstation environment, creating a new VM. Go to the newly created VM and click Power on this VM (check if all devices are correct) 5

The VM will fire up and come to an hold at the following line: Localhost login: Type admin and press enter. Supply the password (the password is default)


At the manager> line enter enable and press enter. You’ll have to provide the password again (default) and at the manager# line enter setup and press enter. After this you’ll have to provide a couple of settings (IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, Primairy DNS, Secondary DNS, DNS domain searc list) click Y to save the config.


exit out of the manager, and the installation of vShield is done. Let’s check if all is working well. Open a webbrowser and surf to log in with admin and the default password.


We should now add the vCenter server (add the administrator account and password) and click save


Your vCenter server will become visible and your done with the installation of vShield (I wil’l not be discussing the different settings of vShield in this post. Maybe in a later post ;-))

Installing vCloud Director

The last thing we need to install is the vCloud Director software which we’ll do on the already installed CentOS system.


Copy the vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-356485.bin file to a folder in the CentOS VM (I copied it to my Desktop)


Open a terminal and make sure you’ve got root privilege. Navigate to the folder which contains the vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-256485.bin file and execute the following line: chmod +x vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-356485.bin


After you did the chmod, we’ll have to execute the bin file. This can be done by entering the following line ./vmware-cloud-director-1.0.1-256485.bin and press enter. When asked type y and press enter.


The installation of the vCloud Director will start and after a while asks if you would like to run the script now? Enter n and press enter


We now first need to create self signed certificates, in the terminal window navigate to /etc and type the following line:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/jre/bin/keytool -keystore certificates.ks -storetype JCEKS -storepass password -genkey -keyalg RSA -alias http

answer the questions and answer yes after the is …. correct? then provide a Password (twice) and do the same process with the following line:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/jre/bin/keytool -keystore certificates.ks -storetype JCEKS -storepass password -genkey -keyalg RSA -alias consoleproxy


Do an ls commando in the etc folder and check if certificates.ks is created.


After we’ve created the certificates.ks we can continue with the installation of the vCloud Director. Type the following:

/opt/vmware/cloud-director/bin/configure and press enter

Select the number that indicates the IP address of your internal network (1 in my case) and press enter


Press enter for the ip address for the remote console proxy


Enter the path to the keystore (/etc/certificates.ks) and enter the keystore password (this is the storepass setting which was password) and press enter


Enter the private key passwords and press enter press enter when asked about the syslog host name (or provide the FQDN/IP when you have one) and provide the IP address of the host (can be press enter for the default 1521 port, and xe for the databse service name. Provide your databse username and password and the installation will continue


when asked to start the vCloud Director now? enter y and press enter. In my case I needed to reboot the Vm to get the service up and running….


Open a browser and browse to https://IP-address/FQDN_of_the_vCloud_director_server the VMware Cloud Director setup will launch > click next at the welcome screen


Select Yes, I accept the terms in the license agreement and click next


Enter the license key which VMware provided with the trial download


Enter a Sytem name and installation ID (keep the default) and click Next


Check all settings and press Finish


Login the account just created


Click attach a vCenter


Provide the FQDN/IP address, Port Number, User name, and vCenter name and click Next


Provide the FQDN/IP address for the vShield manager (make sure that vShield is added to your DNS, as well as vCloud Director) add the username (admin) and password (default) and press Next, and then click Finish


Congratulations 😉 you’ve just created your first vCD Cell.

Be sure to look at these site for more information:


Duncan’s blog:

Chris Colotti’s blog:

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