VMware vFabricTM Application
Director Release Notes
vFabric Application Director 1.0 | 15 March
2012 | Build: 596943
Last Document Update: 15 March 2012
These release notes cover the following topics:
VMware vFabric Application Director is an innovative application provisioning
solution. With its catalog of standard components, vFabric Application
Director simplifies and automates deployments of multitier enterprise
applications in hybrid cloud environments. Enterprise users can quickly
standardize, deploy, configure, and scale their complex applications
in highly dynamic cloud environments. These applications can range from
simple Web applications to complex custom and packaged applications.
vFabric Application Director provides important features across these
Simple and Automated Application Provisioning
- Graphical drag-and-drop canvas for creating application blueprints
that simplifies planning and deploying complex applications.
- Intuitive point-and-click style user interface for customizing
scripts, overriding configurations, and executing deployments.
- Comprehensive deployment execution plans that call out custom scripts
to fix security related vulnerabilities during application deployments
and assist in troubleshooting deployment failures.
- True separation between applications and infrastructure enables
reusing the same application blueprint on multiple virtual and cloud
- Automatically generated deployment execution plans enable performing
audits before deploying regulated applications.
- Open and extensible architecture provides flexibility to select
your choice of scripting language.
Standardized Use of Application Components and Middleware
- Ready to use out-of-the-box middleware installation and configurable
- Optimized for the vFabric Middleware Stack.
- Integrates with cloud templates to leverage existing investments
in cloud catalogs.
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Other vFabric Application Director Documentation
vFabric Application Director 1.0 includes the following product documentation.
The known issues for vFabric Application Director 1.0 are grouped by
topic in the following sections.
It is recommended that you install the vFabric Application Director
appliance on a direct network with a static IP address and a unique
host name to avoid any functionality problems.
When instantiating the vFabric Application Director vApp to your cloud
from the vCloud Director catalog, changing the default full name at
the Configure Virtual Machines step causes the vFabric Application
Director vApp to fail to start up.
You see an error message similar to the following:
Workaround: If you need to replace the full name of
the vFabric Application Director virtual machine, edit the properties
of the vFabric Application Director virtual machine after the instantiation
- Unable to start vApp "My-ApplicationDirector".
- Invalid vApp properties: Argument 'none' not a valid network
If the VMRC console plug-in does not connect to the deployed virtual
machine by vFabric Application Director, use the vCloud Director VMRC
console plug-in to access the virtual machine.
vFabric Application Director Catalog
When authoring a new service, many applications and RPM packages cannot
be installed with SELinux enabled.
Workaround: Disable SELinux by default when creating
new templates. When using a sample template for download, SELinux must
be disabled as part of the service install script. The following example
shows how you can disable SELinux on a CentOS operating system.
if [ -x /usr/sbin/selinuxenabled ] && /usr/sbin/selinuxenabled;
if [ -x /usr/sbin/setenforce ]; then
echo 'SELinux is enabled. This may cause installation
In some cases, if an application blueprint is using multiple versions
of the same service with minor version numbers adding up to an existing
version number for example, Apache 2.1.1 and Apache 2.2, then one service
version might override the other version during a deployment.
Workaround: Make sure that your service versions are
uniquely identified using the qualifier text box of the service version.
vFabric Application Director supports vCloud Director configurations
that use LDAP for vCloud Director authentication. However, vFabric
Application Director does not support the configuration where the same
LDAP user is managing multiple vCloud Director organizations or the
user is a vCloud Director system administrator and managing multiple
vCloud Director organizations.
Workaround: To enable vFabric Application Director
to access the vCloud Director organizations, create locally authenticated
users in vCloud Director.
On rare occasions after prolonged usage, vFabric Application Director
renders the Blueprint, Execution Plan,
and VM Console tabs as blank.
Workaround: Log out of vFabric Application Director
and log in again.
In some instances, the vFabric Application Director Web interface might
display error messages such as, Unable to connect to vFabric Application
Director Server or Channel Disconnected when an action
is performed, even though the appliance is running.
Workaround: Perform the action again.
If the vFabric Application Director appliance is shut down while application
deployments are in progress and restarted later, the interruption might
not allow the deployment status details to be updated properly.
If a deployed virtual machine has more than one network interface cards
(NICs) on a NAT-Routed network with DHCP service, then vFabric Application
Director cannot get DHCP IP addresses for some of the NICs from vCloud
During the installation of the sample RabbitMQ service on Ubuntu, the apt-get command
might intermittently fail with incorrect checksums depending on the
Workaround: Redeploy the application deployment or
contact your system administrator if the failure persists.
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