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Managing your vCloud Org

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Background: CloudConnect's two major administrative platforms are IQMAP and vCloud Director. IQMAP is primarily a blueprinting, quoting, and sales tool, while vCloud Director is the platform in which an administrator can manage their client's virtual machines, networking, applications, and general infrastructure. Within vCloud Director, your infrastructure will be in one of two architectures: mspCloud or PrivateDomain. Being aware of the strengths of these individual architectures will prove invaluable for resellers as they navigate the sales cycle with their prospects. Primarily, these architectures are centered around your client's need for a Domain Controller, Active Directory, or plans for future expansion.

In an mspCloud architecture, the client to Domain Controller is a many-to-one relationship. CloudConnect's proprietary infrastructure allows for many smaller client to share the same Domain Controller in the same Virtual Datacenter, while still being absolutely agnostic from other clients in the same Virtual Datacenter, sharing the same Domain Controller. This allows for smaller companies to circumvent the overhead of their own Domain Controller when exploring a cloud solution for their business. Cost is often a major factor in an end user's decision making process, and allowing the end user to avoid the cost of a Domain Controller, along the other unique benefits CloudConnect provides, provides multiple layers of value to help a reseller secure an opportunity. 

In a PrivateDomain architecture, the client to Domain Controller is a one-to-one relationship. This is a more standard architecture that you might see on nearly every cloud platform. The client does not share a Virtual Datacenter with any other client. This Virtual Datacenter contains a Domain Controller registered exclusively to the client, allowing for advanced migration functions such as the setup of a VPN tunnel, Active Directory extension, unique management, etc. Virtual machines deployed from this Domain Controller will automatically be created in this client's vApp container. This architecture is usually suited for clients with either larger or more complex enviornments; clients with an existing Active Directory, or clients with over 15-20 users would most often benefit from CloudConnect's PrivateDomain architecture.

Process: Managing your vCloud Organization can be overwhelming at first, as vCloud Director is a very powerful tool.  On CloudConnect we have attempted to streamline and automate most of the heavy lifting when it comes to managing your Organization.  Below you will find a collection of guides and tutorials on how to accomplish almost anything when it comes to managing your CloudConnect environment.

  • Add Virtual Machines - This section details how to add additional Virtual Machines to your Organization.  Guides for both adding Published Desktops, and Standalone Servers are available.
  • Managing Virtual Machines - This section details the typical tasks you might want to perform on any given Virtual Machine.  Anything from turning the Virtual Machine On/Off to restoring Virtual Machine data from backup to upgrading the Guest OS installed on the Virtual Machine.
  • Managing Published Desktops - This section has detailed guides for common tasks performed on Windows based Virtual Machines.
  • Managing Networks - This section has some in-depth analysis/guides on networking topology and configuration.  Both guides and general recommendations can be found here.
  • Managing Cloud Director Administrators - This section talks about the authentication framework behind vCloud Director and how to administer access to the vCloud Director environment.

Applies to: CloudConnect Partners & Administrators