Monday, December 30, 2013

Start or Restart vCloud Director Service from Linux command line

After installing VMware vCloud Director 5.5, you are given an option to start the service immediately.  However, if you decide not to start the service at this time as in perhaps you are prepping more than one vCloud Director server, then you can start the cloud director service at a later time and it can be done manually.
vCloud Director runs on Linux; redhat, centos. The command line to start the vcloud director service is the same.

The command to start the vCloud Director service is :

      service vmware-vcd start 

The command to stop the vCloud Director service is :

       service vmware-vcd stop 


Anonymous said...

Just an added note to this post. Thank you for it and I wanted to add that all VMs running in the cloud remain operation when vcloud director is restarted. They do not have to be turned off, paused, or stopped in any way. They are not affected by a restart of vcloud director.

Anonymous said...

I used Cent-OS for my vCloud Director installation. I setup two director servers for redundancy. They work very well. I was a little concerned that using the free Cent-OS would be a support problem. It is not supported commercially, at least the free version I acquired. Working without support can be risky as web know. An sometimes it is worth buying a commercial product and get support with it than gamble and setup an infrastructure such a VMware vCloud with one of the components on a freeware.
I have to say, it was a gamble but it worked out. even without support, issues were worked out and there were not many issues at all. There is a good amount of documentation for Cent OS. As long as you know what you are looking to achieve, know what you are looking for, you can get this done without a paid version of Linux that does not include support. Web based support software make getting support extremely simple web based support application permit tech-support to connect over the Internet and through the web quickly. Most application for web based support have Linux support. And in the case of working with VMs in a vmware environment, it is not requires. The remote user that will be supported with web based support can have their vSphere client connected with a remote control to the VM. Their desktop is windows so web based support connects to the windows desktops and thus permits access to the vmware virtual machine through the Internet over the web. Web based support would have perhaps saved me a little time while setting up VMware vCloud but it turns out in this case the gamble of installing without web based support worked out. Web based support by enables web based remote control access as described above. The user just accesses a web site from their windows desktop with any browser. They connect to a tech through the web and that tech can access both the desktop and the virtual computer, in this case it would have been Cent OS and full remote control of both systems. vSphere client providing remote control access of the virtual computer and the desktop providing remote control of the local desktop and the remote console session within the client.

Anonymous said...

VMware has remote control capability built into their vsphere client and also their web client for managing hosts. When connected with the client, remote control access is available for all the VMs in the cluster or even a single host. With the web client, remote control is web based. The browser windows of course displays all the virtual machines and connecting on them or selecting console connection from the web based vspahere access opens a remote control window. Inside that window is the virtual server or desktop. Authentication is still required to get remote control but the access is built in. Web based support software works similarly. Web based software for support also permits access through the web not only from the client. Web based software for computer support provides additional access outside the vsphere client from vmware. Web based software unlike the client permits access to remote computers. The computers can be virtual or hardware based. Meaning, they are on their own hardware.

Dell Support said...

The commands worked perfectly for stopping and starting the vmware cloud services on the Cent OS system. We are using a slightly newer release but no difference in the commands. We have a two in a active standby fail-over configuration.

cats said...

I setup two cent OS virtual machines. Cent-OS quick and easy to install and adding or updating packages is done so perfectly with YUM. We decided not to use enterprise Linux like red had and have not had a problem or regretted it. There is plenty of support available in forums and on the web for cent OS. Going with paid support would not have been worth it.