In the previous articles we installed and configured NSX 6.2, multiple vCloud Director 8.0 for SP cells and connected our resource cluster to vCloud Director, creating a provider virtual datacenter (PVDC).
Now we assume there is a customer who purchased resources. In fact, the standard nowadays is creating at least one (internal) organization. This internal organization then usually holds your templates, medias etc., which you can then share with potential customers.
Let’s get started. Click Create a new organization
Give it a name – this will be part of the URL you’d give to a customer / organization, a full name and if you wish, a description.
I am not using LDAP myself
This ‘organization’ is technically my internal one – so I don’t really need a user, but always good to create a back-door. So here I create an admin for this template organization.
I just give it a name, password and the role Organization Administrator
This will be my only user.
Because it will be sharing templates etc., I allow catalog sharing and subscriptions.
I don’t actually have an SMTP server in this environment.
As for policies, I don’t want any of my templates to expire – so unlimited / never expires all the way.
And confirm the details.
Now we got an organization – it is time to allocate some resources. This is called an Organization Virtual Datacenter (Org vDC) and an organization can have multiple of those. Think you got different vCenters, like Bronze / Gold etc., you could allocate an organization resources from either.
Click Allocate resources to an organization.
Select the newly created organization
Select the newly created Provider VDC
Select the appropriate allocation model. Because it is my own organization and I haven’t sold a specific amount of resources, I just go with the Pay-As-You-Go model
Again, my own organization, so unlimited all the way.
I also enable Thin- and Fast Provisioning
Select the network pool and the amount of allowed networks. 1000 will do .. nicely 🙂
I will create an Edge Gateway during the testing phase – which will have its own article, so I will skip this here.
Give it a name
Confirm the details.
You can now see that a resource pool reflecting the organization has been created automatically.
You can see that a folder structure has also been created
Now go back to Home and select Add a catalog to an organization
Select the appropriate organization
Give the catalog a name.
I use all the storage assigned to the template organization
I don’t want to publish externally just now.
Confirm the details
Now browse to the organization and double click it
Browse to Catalogs and right click the newly created catalog. Click Share
Here I share the catalog with everyone in my own organization and allow full control (it’s my own after all)
And share it with All Organizations, which effectively turns it into a public catalog
Confirm the catalog permissions
You now have a catalog which is shared with everyone in your organization and everyone in other organizations.
This concludes the basic creation and configuration of an organization. You can repeat the above process to create more organizations and play with the individual settings.
In the next part we will test the environment by uploading an iso, install a couple of VMs, create a virtual router / Edge gateway and test the network connectivity.