Manage vCloud Director VSs

vCloud Director virtual servers, built on a guest operating system, can be used to install and run software compatible with that operation system. Below you can view the list of the current functions you can perform with vCloud Director virtual servers by means of OnApp Control Panel:

This document provides the information on how you can manage the virtual servers imported from your vCloud Director. 

On this page:

List of Available Actions

View Virtual Servers

To view all virtual servers deployed in the cloud:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu to see an overview of all virtual servers in the cloud.
  2. The page that loads will show the list of VSs together with their: 
    • operating system - the OS on which the virtual server is based
    • label - the name of the virtual server. Click the label to see the VS details.
    • IP addresses - IP addresses assigned to the virtual server
    • disk size - disk size assigned to the virtual server in GB
    • RAM - RAM assigned to the virtual server in GB
    • backups - the number of snapshots and the space these snapshots occupy
    • power status - whether the VS is powered ON or OFF. Click the on/off buttons to change the status.
    • actions - click the Actions button next to the VS for the quick access to the list of VS actions:
      • reboot -  click this action to reboot the virtual server
      • shutdown - click this action to shutdown the virtual server

You can access the details page of a vApp to which the virtual server is assigned from the VS's Overview page. To view the details of the vApp with which the VS is associated, click the Tools button on the VS Overview screen at Dashboard > Virtual Servers > VS label > Tools > Go to vApp.

To be redirected to the vCD user interface from VS Tools menu: go to Dashboard > Virtual Servers > VS label > Tools > Go to vCD UI.  

You can install VMware tools for your VSs to customize the guest operation system. To install VMware tools go to Dashboard > Virtual Servers > VS label > Tools > Install VMWare Tools. After that you can find VMware tools version at VS's Overview page. A VS must be powered on to install VMware Tools.

Ensure that Install VMWare Tools permission is on before managing VMWare tools. For more information about permissions refer to the Permissions section of this guide.

Service Add-ons

If you have the service add-on functionality enabled and service add-on is assigned to the VS, you can view it at the VS overview page together with the following details:

  • Label - the service add-on name (by clicking on it you can edit the service add-on)
  • Price - the service add-on price, set for this service add-on in the Service Add-on Store
  • Status - whether the service add-on is active or not
  • Actions icon - you can unassign the Service Add-on from this Virtual Server by clicking the Delete icon.

To assign more service add-ons to the VS, click the "+" button at the upper right corner of the section. You will be redirected to the VS Overview > Service Add-ons section of the VS options.

Edit Virtual Server

You can edit label, CPU and RAM resources for all vCD VSs.

To adjust VS CPU & RAM resources:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the server you want to edit, to show its details screen.
  3. Click the Tools button and select the Edit VS link.
  4. Change the VS label, RAM, CPU cores and cores per socket values as appropriate.
  5. Click the Save Virtual Server button.

You can hot add RAM and CPU resources depending on the VS settings in vCloud Director. If the Memory hot add and Virtual CPU hot add checkboxes are enabled in vCloud Director, then you can add RAM and CPU without rebooting a VS. If only one parameter is enabled in VS settings, but you change both, the VS will be rebooted.

Insert/Eject Media

This option allows you to attach an ISO file from the media library to the VS allowing you to utilize the contents of the ISO.

To attach ISO to VS:
  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the appropriate virtual server.
  3. Click the Tools button and select the Insert Media link.
  4. Choose the ISO file from the drop-down list.
  5. Click Insert.

To remove ISO from VS:
  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of the appropriate virtual server.
  3. Click the Tools button and select the Eject Media link.
  4. Confirm by clicking the Eject button.
  • Maximum one ISO can be inserted per VS at a time.
  • Ensure that the Media permissions are on before enabling this option. For more information refer to the Permissions section of this guide.
  • Use only unique media file names. When you copy media file from public catalogs, rename it (use a unique name) to avoid problems with media ejection.

Virtual Server Power Options

To manage you virtual server's power options:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of a required virtual server.
  3. Click the Tools button and select the required power option:
    • Startup Virtual Server - power on a powered off virtual server
    • Reboot Virtual Server - reboot the virtual server
    • Shut down Virtual Server - power off the virtual server. A pop-up window will appear where you can select whether the VS should be powered off gracefully or forcefully. If you select the former option and the system fails to shut down the VS gracefully in the time period indicated in the Timeout Before Shutting Down VSs (30-600 sec) parameter at Control Panel > Settings > Configuration, the VS will be shut down forcefully.
    • Suspend - suspend the virtual server
    • Unsuspend - forcefully power off the suspended virtual server.

      To power on the suspended VS go to Control Panel > Virtual Servers > Actions icon next to the required server and select Resume.

    Note that the power options available in the Tools menu depend on the current state of the VS. For example, a powered on VS will have the Reboot, Suspend and Shut down options, while for a powered off VS there will be the single option to Startup Virtual Server.

Virtual Server Console

You can use the virtual server console to manage your virtual servers in command line mode. vCloud Director virtual servers support two console types: MKS and Vmrc. To use  VS console:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the Label of appropriate Virtual Server.
  3. Go to Console tab and click on it.
  4. Select the required  console type: MKS or Vmrc.

If you are using vCD version 8.20 or higher, the VMRC console will not function for your servers due to NPAPI deprecation in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

To view Vmrc console, make sure you have the required plug-in installed. If the console uses internal IP address, then only the users of this network can view VSs' console.

VMware Tools support shared folders and cut and paste operations between the guest operating system and the server from which you launch the vCloud Director Web console. vCloud Director depends on VMware Tools to customize the guest OS. Using VMware Tools, you can move the pointer in and out of the virtual server console window. A virtual server must be powered on to install VMware Tools. 

To add VMware tools:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the Label of appropriate Virtual Server.
  3. Click the Tools button > Add VMware Tools. You will be redirected to the vCD user interface, where you can install or upgrade VMware Tools. 

Delete Virtual Servers

Shut down the virtual server before destroying it. To remove the virtual server from the cloud: 

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Virtual Servers menu.
  2. On the screen that appears, you'll see the list of all virtual servers in the cloud. Click the label of the virtual server you want to delete.
  3. On the virtual server's screen, click the Tools button, then select Delete Virtual Server.
  4. Confirm deleting.