vCloud Automation Center- vCAC 5.1 – What to know before you install!

Before you proceed to run the vCAC installation there are a few things you need to know for a smooth and successful install. vCAC has a number of prerequisites that need to be in place. Below is a list of what’s needed and then I’ll elaborate where needed:

  • Must be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 needs to be installed
  • Windows PowerShell Version 2.0
  • Server “should” be joined to a domain to allow for use of active directory users
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Server or Express (Server recommended unless just doing testing)
  • IIS Server Role Must be installed with the following Role Services:
    • — Static Content
    • — HTTP Redirection
    • — ASP.NET
    • — .NET Extensibility
    • — ASP
    • — Server Side Includes
    • — Windows Authentication
    • — Static Content Compression
    • — Dynamic Content Compression
    • — IIS 6 Management Compatibility

    Next you will need to do some configuration within IIS. Open IIS, go to the “Default Web Site” and do the following:

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    VMware Cloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1

    Many of you are already aware that in July 2012 VMware acquired DynamicOps for it’s Cloud Automation Center product.  Since that time VMware released a new version vCAC 5.1 which introduced support for VMware Cloud Director and VMware vCenter Orchestrator.  In November of 2012 VMware also released the vCloud Suit line-up.  The vCloud suits seem to be very effective for a lot of customers allowing to gain access to more products for a lesser price than buying them individually.  Why am I telling you all of this, simple.  vCAC is bundled with the enterprise version of the vCloud Suit.  A lot of you may have purchased the vCloud Suit Enterprise and already own this awesome product and not even realize it.  In either case regardless of if you own it and want to learn or are interested in downloading the trial to give it a spin I’m preparing to publish a full series on how to get started with vCloud Automation Center.

    Over the next few weeks I will be publishing many articles about vCAC including:

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