Manage VCD VSs

VMware Cloud 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 VMware Cloud 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 VMware Cloud Director. 

This functionality is available for users with the following roles:

  • vCloud Catalog Author

  • vCloud vApp Author

  • vCloud vApp User

  • vCloud Organization Administrator


View Virtual Servers



To view all virtual servers deployed in the cloud:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > 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 (available only for users with vCloud Organization Administrator role)
    • CPU(s) - the number of CPU(s) included
    • 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 > Cloud > Virtual Servers > VS label > Tools > Go to vApp.

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

You can install VMWare toolsfor your VSs to customize the guest operation system. To install VMWare tools go to Dashboard > Cloud > 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.



Edit Virtual Server



You can edit the label, CPU, and RAM resources for all VCD virtual servers. You can allocate more CPU and RAM without rebooting a virtual server. When you hot add more RAM to virtual servers with Linux 64-bit or Windows 7 32-bit guest operating systems, the following conditions are applied:

  • If the powered-on VS has less than 3 GB of RAM, you cannot hot add more than 3 GB of RAM.
  • If the VS has 1 GB of RAM, you can add 2 GB.
  • If the VS has 2 GB of RAM, you can add 1 GB.
  • If the VS has 3444 MB of RAM, you can add 128 MB.
  • If the powered-on VS has 3 GB of RAM, you cannot hot add any more RAM.

To edit the a VCD virtual server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click a label of the server that you want to edit.
  3. Click the Tools button and then click Edit Virtual Server.
  4. You can edit the following virtual server settings:
    • Label - edit the label of the virtual server
    • Virtual CPU hot add - select this checkbox to add CPU resources without rebooting the VS
    • Memory hot add select this checkbox to add RAM resources without rebooting the VS 
    • RAM - change the amount of RAM allocated to the VS
    • CPU Cores - change the number of CPU cores allocated to the VS
    • Cores per Socket - select the number of CPU cores per socket

      If the Virtual CPU hot add and Memory hot add checkboxes are selected, you can add RAM and CPU without rebooting a VS. If only one checkbox is selected but you change both RAM and CPU, the VS will be rebooted.


  5. Click the Save button.
  6. If rebooting is required to apply the settings, click the Continue button.


Insert/Eject Media



This option allows you to attach an ISO file from the  Create and Manage Catalogs to the VS allowing you to utilize the contents of the ISO.


To attach ISO to VS:
  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > 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 > Cloud > 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.
  • Use only unique media file names. When you copy a media file from public catalogs, rename it (use a unique name) to avoid issues with media ejection.
  • You cannot insert floppy disk image files since they are no longer supported by VMware Cloud Director.



Virtual Server Power Options



To start, stop or reboot a virtual server:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click the label of a required virtual server.
  3. Click the appropriate icon at the Properties page to change virtual server's power status.

Virtual Server Console



This functionality is available for users with the vCloud Console Access Only role.

You can use the MKS virtual server console to manage your virtual servers in the command line mode. To use the virtual server console:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Cloud > Virtual Servers menu.
  2. Click a label of a virtual server.
  3. Click the Console button.

VMware Tools support shared folders and cut and paste operations between the guest operating system and the server from which you launch the VMware Cloud Director Web console. VMware Cloud 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 Cloud > 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 > Cloud 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.