vCloud Availability for vCloud Director: Part 3-VCAV Deployment

In last post of this series we discussed about logical architecture of VCAV and we discussed about the various components involved which makes the VCAV stack.

In this post we will be deploying VCAV appliance. Current version of VCAV is 2.0.1 and it can be downloaded from here. vCloud Availability appliance deployment is straight forward task and is pretty much like any other standard ova deployment. 

Connect to your management vCenter Web Client  and choose to Deploy OVF Template and browse to location where VCAV ova file is stored on your system.


Review the ova details and hit next to continue.


Accept EULA and hit Next.


Provide a name for the VCAV VM and select the datacenter where it will be deployed.


Select the cluster where vm will be deployed and hit Next.


For prod deployment, thick provisioned disk is recommended. For lab deployment thin provisioned disk works just fine.


Select appropriate portgroup to which VCAV vm will connect and hit Next.


Provide hostname and set root password. Optionally you can select to change root password on next login. 

Make sure to enable SSH and add your NTP server details as time sync between vcav and other components is very critical.


Fill up the network related details and hit Next.


On Ready to complete page, review your details and hit finish to start the deployment. Make sure “Power on after deployment” is selected.


It hardly takes 4-5 minutes for deployment to complete and VCAV vm to boot up completely.

You will see the standard login screen once vm boots up. 


Unfortunately we can’t do any configuration yet on this appliance as we have to deploy and other components before we can actually start configuring VCAV appliance.

And that’s it for this post.

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