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Uploading an OVF / OVA to vCloud Director 1.5

In my previous post I wrote on Exporting an OVF / OVA file template from vCenter.  So now I thought I might cover the process of importing that OVF using the Upload feature in vCD 1.5.  If migrating VMs from a vCenter environment to a vCloud environment it is a fairly straightforward process.  For a relatively small amount of VMs you can use the Upload feature.

Click on the Catalogs tab and select your catalog from the left pane.  Under vApp Templates click on the Icon that looks like a disk drive with a green up arrow.  Alternatively click on the blue cog Icon and select Upload.


The Upload OVF package window will appear.  Click the Browse button and located either an OVF or OVA file of a package.  GIve the new VM being imported a Name.  If you have multiple Virtual Datacenters, select one from the list.  Click Upload.


The Transfers progress window will appear.


At this point vCD will validated the package, which can take some time.  If an issue is found it will error out before starting the file upload process.


Exporting an OVF / OVA file from vCenter

Connecting to vCloud Director via PowerCLI

I’m currently stuck administrating a vCloud Directory 1.5 environment.  I don’t have any major concerns with vCD 1.5 but sometimes I do find the web portal a little awkward to navigate around.  VMware have done a great job in creating PowerCLI cmdlets that open up access into the vCD APIs.

You can obtain access to the cmdlets via two methods.  You can download PowerCLI from VMware.  You’ll need at least version 5.0.1.  Or you can download PowerCLI for Tenants.  This version contains only the vCD cmdlets and removes all the other vSphere cmdlets not relevant to vCD.

If you’re connecting to vCD over the internet the great thing is you don’t need any extra or special ports opened to use PowerCLI.  Connection is done over HTTPS (Port 443) using the domain name of your Cloud Service Provider’s vCD portal.

You’ll also need your ORG name within vCD.  To find out your ORG name connect up to the vCD web portal.  Navigate to the Administration tab and select General under Settings in the left pane.


Open up PowerCLI.  Use the cmdlet Connect-CIServer to initiate a connection.

Connect-CIServer -Server portal.vpdc.domain.com -org MYORG

You should then be prompted for your vCD login credentials.


Once connect you you can start playing around with some of the more basic get commands.

To view your usage of CPU, Memory and Storage allocation you can use get-orgvdc.

get-orgvdc | ft -autosize


To list all your VMs it’s just a matter of get-civm

get-civm | ft  name, status, cpucount, memorygb -autosize


To list details of a specific VM you can try the follow

get-civm -name MYSERVER | fl


The cmdlets won’t give you the full feature set as the web portal.  Never the less you’ll find that you can speed up a lot of the daily administrative tasks you do.  It’s also a great way of extracting out information for reporting.


Vmware Connect-CIServer 

vCloud Director PowerCLI Community

vCD cmdlet reference