vCloud Director released

It’s been a big week of announcements and probably the most exciting for me is the release of vCloud yesterday not because of any massive set of new features but because the maintenance release addresses a number of known bugs that have existed in the product for some time which I have previously written on this blog about. One notable new feature is support for VVol (Virtual Volume) datastores which is another great inclusion. The release of vCloud Director 8.20 increasing capability and a maintenance release within 3 months addressing a swagger of bugs is a very positive sign for the product allowing providers to remain competitive and hopefully greater integration between the vCloud product and the rest of the VMWare product suite. A full list of release notes is available here.


  • Download vCloud Director for Service Providers
  • Review the release notes and upgrade guide
  • Review the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices¬†for your environment (if your running 8.20 already there are no changes)
  • Take a backup of your vCloud Director database and cells
  • Change the permissions on the binary to allow execution (chmod +x vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-8.20.0-5515092.bin)
  • Stop user access to the cells by executing the /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/vmware-vcd-cell maintenance¬†command
  • Execute the installer to upgrade the cells
  • Stop the vCloud Director cells if they are running and run the database schema upgrade tool (/opt/vmware-vcloud-director/bin/upgrade) and walk through the wizard
  • Restart cells and monitor the cell start (tail -f /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs/cell.log) and once the load is complete log onto vCloud Director and check the version