Extending existing applications into vCloud Air gives you the best of both worlds—keeping some virtual machines on-premises to use existing technology investments while placing others in vCloud Air to take advantage of geographic diversity and scale. One example of this is extending the web front end of a SharePoint application from its existing location on-premises into vCloud Air. As shown in the architecture diagram below, there are four main steps to extending this SharePoint application:
The fourth step is the subject of this guide. To deploy a SharePoint virtual machine in vCloud Air and add it to an existing farm, complete the following tasks:
To build the virtual machine, you’ll select an existing SharePoint template, complete the wizard to add the image to the cloud, and then complete final setup (change the administrator password and power on the virtual machine).
Select the Template
To select the template for the SharePoint virtual machine:
Remember that you can add a virtual machine by going to the Virtual Machines tab, and then clicking the Add One tab. But to have more control over the process, you also can use the vCloud Director UI:
3. On the Virtual Machines tab, click on Manage in vCloud Director.
4. In the vCloud Director UI, on the Catalogs screen, go to the Catalogs tab and click the catalog that holds your predefined SharePoint template.
5. On the vApp Templates tab, click the uploaded SharePoint image and select Add to My Cloud.
Complete the Cloud Wizard
2. Still on the Configure Networking screen, select the Switch to the advanced networking workflow box, update the IP assignment, and then click Next.
3. On the Advanced Networking screen, keep the default information and click Next.
4. On the Ready to Complete screen, click Finish to deploy the virtual machine.
5. In the vCloud Director UI, go to the My Cloud screen to verify that the SharePoint virtual machine is being created.
6. On the vApp Templates tab, click the uploaded SharePoint image and select Add to My Cloud.
Complete Final Setup
After creation completes, you’ll need to change the administrator password and then power on the virtual machine. To change the administrator password:
The next task is to configure the virtual machine from the console. To complete configuration, follow these steps:
4. Modify the Internet protocol properties as follows, and then click OK:
5. Close out of the networking windows.
The next task is to join the domain. To do this, follow these steps:
4. Enter the administrator username and password to log in to the domain.
5. Reboot the SharePoint virtual machine.
The last task is to have the SharePoint virtual machine join the SharePoint farm. To do this, you’ll need to verify that the virtual machine is part of the domain and then use a wizard or PowerShell script to complete the join.