In this demo, we will focus on the simplicity of deploying the on-prem appliance for vCloud Availability 3.0. To begin, your cloud provider will provide you with some key pieces of information to be able to pair the appliance. They will provide the vCloud Director portal information, hostname and port of the tunnel endpoint, your organization name, and authentication information. Once you have this information, you can deploy the appliance.
We will begin by logging into the vCloud Director portal. Once logged in, select the menu and Availability option. This will open the vCloud Availability dashboard. Next, click on Sites along the left side. In our particular instance, you can see we have a cloud site, IAD, which is the instance we are currently logged into, and an on-prem site, CVL, already configured. In this demo, we will bring up a second on-prem site, CVL-2, and pair it with IAD.
To get started, we will open a browser to our local vCenter and deploy the vCAv appliance. To do this, select the host, or cluster, where you would like to deploy the appliance and select ‘Deploy OVF Template.’ As you walk through the wizard, you will first select the OVF of the vCloud Availability appliance, then provide a name and compute resources for the appliance being deployed. Since this OVF is a multi-purpose appliance, you will need to define which form factor you would like to deploy. For the on-prem appliance, there is only one option. Select it at this time. Once you have selected the deployment type, you will define the storage and network to assign the appliance. The final step before deploying is to configured the appliance. In this step you will provide a basic password which will be changed on first login. Since we are syncing across multiple resources, it is important that clocks are in sync. Configure NTP at this time. Finally, configured the network information if statically assigning or leave blank if using dhcp. Click Finish
Once the appliance has been deployed, we power on the appliance, open a new browser tab and log into the appliance. When logging into the appliance for the first time, the first thing that will happen is you will be requested to reset the administrator password. Once the password has been reset, the next thing we will do is run the initial setup wizard. The first thing you will do is give the site a unique name. Since we already have an site paired with the cloud named CVL, we will call this site CVL-2. Next, we will point our appliance to the local lookup service by providing the hostname of the vCenter along with the SSO credentials. For the cloud site, we will use the tunnel and organization information that was provided to us by our service provider. First we will plug in the IP address and port of the tunnel endpoint. Next we will use the organization administrator account for authentication. In this step it is important to use the username@org format when authenticating to ensure association with your organization. In the final step, you will have the option to configure resources for local replication or this can be configured later. In our case, we will go ahead and select the resources for local replication.
After enabling this option and selecting finish, a new wizard will pop up that walks you through configuring resources for local replication. Once this is complete, the tunnel will be established with the cloud site. In our case, you can see we are now paired with the cloud site IAD. Next, we will log back into vCloud Director and as you can see we now have a new site, CVL-2 paired up with our DR site.
In final steps we will bring up a new browser tab and log back into our local vCenter. Once logged back in click on the menu button at the top of the page and there will be a new option for vCloud Availability. Select this option and the vCloud Availability dashboard will be displayed. vCloud Availability is now installed and ready to use.