VMware Hybrid Cloud : A Quick Guide Part-1
After a long speculations….It is arrived. VMware launched their cloud service “VMware Hybrid Cloud” just like Amazon, Rackspace, Google. Now VMware is also a service provider to compete the giants.
Current the cloud service is in Beta and in evaluation phase, only the users from the United States can register and use the evaluation. Luckily I am able to arrange one evaluation account !!!
To register you need a Company email account and you need an US phone number, then its done. You will get a 90 days of evaluation for the VMware cloud service. Go to the link https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/starteval/info for registering the VMware cloud service.
In your registered email, you will get the activation email and the VMware will verify the details you have provided and will send you the login credentials. If you face any issues you can open a support case or If you need assistance with your VMware® Hybrid Cloud Evaluation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 877-480-7577 (U.S. Domestic) 801-415-8551 (International). We are here to assist you.
Once registered you will get email like below and you need to do a phone verification and it is ready !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Thank you for signing-up for the VMware® Hybrid Cloud Evaluation! Please complete your order by using our Phone Verification* system by going to: https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/verification . For reference, your Order ID is 5188. *If you’re unable to use our Phone Verification system, please contact our ordering department at 877-480-7577 . If you’re calling from outside the United States please dial +1-801-415-8551. We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST.”
Once you received the credentials you can login to the cloud portal by https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fcloud%2fsummary
Once login to the portal is complete, you will see the dash board as below
Click “My Cloud” section you can see the running VM and its details
Click “RUN CONSOLE” icon to view the VM console just like the vSphere client console. But the browser has to support and you have to install the VMRC plugin.
When you click the “Administration” Section you can manage Users, ISO and Templates.
How do I upload an OVF or ISO to the Evaluation Console?
To upload an OVF package or ISO image via the Evaluation Console you must download the vCloud Uploader program below and follow the outlined instructions
- Download vCloud Uploader: https://vcloudservice.vmware.com/downloads/vCloudUploaderSetup.msi
- System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista or & with .NET Framework 3.5
You will get the Billing details, your entitled services and subscription’s in the section “Billing Info”
To configure the Firewall rules and Public IP you can go to the section “View my Virtual Networks”
To see the logs click the section “View Logs”
For further and advance administration of your Cloud click “View in vCloud Director” – this I will cover in Part 2 of this Blog series
So far it is very promising to see the VMware new initiative in the Cloud business, in the next part of this blog I will share more about the VM creation and vCloud director familiarization.