The VMware Cloud Director Instance is imported into OnApp as a compute resource (vcloud type). First you need to create a VMware Cloud Director compute zone and than a vCloud compute resource which should be attached it to the zone. After you add a VMware Cloud Director compute resource, your VCD resources are imported into OnApp.

  • After you create a VMware Cloud Director compute zone you need to attach compute resources, networks and backup servers to it. Keep in mind that you can attach only those resources related to the VMware Cloud Director compute zone.
  • You cannot remove a VMware Cloud Director compute resource from a compute zone.

Create VMware Director Compute Zones

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu and click the Compute Zones icon.
  2. Press "+" or click the Create Compute Zone button.
  3. On the screen that follows the parameters, you need to fill in the next properties: 
    • Label - give your compute zone a name.
    • Server type - choose the server type from the drop-down box. Choose the Virtual Private Cloud server type to create a VMware Cloud Director server zone. Only VMware Cloud Director compute resources can be attached to a zone of this type.

      The zone's type cannot be changed after the zone is created.

    • Location group - select the location group to which this compute zone will be assigned.

    • Failover timeout - time period for which the iterations will run during the failover if the compute resource does not respond.

  4. After you fill in all the parameters click the Save button.

Create VMware Cloud Director Compute Resources

When importing VCD resources you can choose whether you wish your users to be associated with one or several VMware Cloud Director instances. If you wish your users to have access to multiple VMware Cloud Director instances, you can set up several organizations in OnApp to be associated with a single user groups and have access to resources across multiple VCD instances.

  • single vCloud Director mode - all resources are imported from the VCD instance. Each organization is imported as a separate user group which can be associated with one VCD instance.
  • multiple vCloud director mode - only system level entities are imported (provider VDCs, external networks, etc.). Organizations are imported but are empty, i.e. do not contain resources and users. After the initial import you can select which organization you wish to import and associate with a certain user group. Users imported in this mode can be configured to have access to multiple VCD instances.

To create a VCD compute resource:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu.
  2. Click the Compute Resources icon.
  3. Press the + button or click the Add New Compute Resource button underneath the list of compute resources on the screen.
  4. On the screen that appears:
    • Label - enter a compute resource label.
    • Compute resource type - choose a Compute resource type, in this case vcloud.

    • Compute zone - select the compute zone of VPC type
    • Operation mode - select whether you wish to import the zone in the single or multiple VMware Cloud Director mode. If you select the multiple VMware Cloud Director, you need to later import the resources of an organization and its users.

      You can later switch from single VMware Cloud Director mode to the multiple VMware Cloud Director mode if required. In this case, the new organizations will no longer be syncronized from VCD to OnApp. It will be required to import each new organization.

      You cannot switch from multiple to single VMware Cloud Director mode.

    • API URL - set the VMware Cloud Director API URL - e.g.
    • Login - specify the VMware Cloud Director system admin login
    • Password - specify the VMware Cloud Director system admin password
      AMQP Exchange Name - specify your VMware Cloud Director AMQP exchange name (this can be taken in your VMware Cloud Director instance Extensibility > Settings > Exchange )
  5. Click the Save button. The Compute resource will be added to the system. You can view it under the Compute resources menu. Click the Back button to return to the Compute resource Settings page.

If you have selected the multiple VMware Cloud Director mode for the compute resource, you need to import organizations.

VMware Cloud Director Compute Resource Characteristics

Feature / Virtualization Software VMware Cloud Director
ProvisioningSelf Service via UIY
Host CDN EdgeN
StorageOnApp Integrated StorageN
Local StorageY
AvailabilityAutomatic FailoverY
Integrated BackupN
Incremental BackupN
Snapshot Capabilitysee VMware Cloud Director VS Snapshots

Load balancing clustersN
Firewall rulesY
Manage Network InterfacesY

Virtual server management

Hot RAM resize without reboot**Y
Hot CPU cores resize without rebootY
Hot migration**N
Cold migrationN
Disk hot attachment / detachmentN
Disk resize (increase/decrease)Y - cold
IPv6 support ***N
Reboot in recoveryN
VIP statusN
Change ownerN
CPU TopologyY

Power on/off/reboot vApp


Power on/off/reboot VS


Build vApp from template


Build VS from template


Integrated VS into vApp


Delete vApp


Delete VS


Reset root password


Set SSH Keys


Edit VS Resources

StatisticsCPU StatsY
Disk IOPS StatsY
Network Interface StatsY
ConsoleHTML 5 ConsoleY
Smart ServersN
Edge servers N
Baremetal serversN
Application serversN
Container serversN
Load BalancersN
Balooning release resource type for compute zonesN
CPU UnitsN