vSphere 5.1 introduced a number of vCloud Director (vCD) interoperability features from a storage perspective, namely ability to take VM snapshots from within the vCD UI, interoperability with Storage Profiles and interoperability with Storage DRS. Admittedly, its been a while since I played with vCD and I am a little rusty, but I wanted to see how well these storage features worked with vCD 5.1. I’ll follow-up with some future posts on how this all integrates, but this first post is just to highlight an issue I ran into in my haste to get the environment up and running.
The Storage DRS and associated datastore cluster, along with Storage Profiles all showed up just fine when building my Provider VDC. These must be created in vSphere in advance however – they cannot be setup from vCD. I then rolled out my ORG VDC and uploaded a virtual machine from my vSphere environment to use in my vApp. The vApp deployed just fine on the datastore cluster – so far, so good. To continue my Storage DRS & Storage Profile testing, I decided to put this vApp into a catalog so that other ORGs could use it. That when I hit this error.
Now, vCD aficionados will probably recognize this immediately, but this error threw me initially. I thought first that maybe my datastore cluster didn’t have enough space for the vApp & catalog entry. So I checked my datastore cluster & it had plenty of space:
I then went back to check if there was some sort of limit on my storage allocation. And yes, there was. I found it in the ORG-VDC Administration section in the Storage Profiles tab (click on the screen-shot to enlarge it if it is difficult to read):
In my haste to roll out my environment, I guess I missed the point where a storage limit is set. A quick edit of the Storage Profile associated with the ORG-VDC let me change the Storage Limit on the fly – I bumped it up to 120GB:
This now allowed me to successfully add the imported vApp to my catalog for sharing with other ORGs.
I’ll follow-up with some additional posts which will look at vCloud Director 5.1 and the new integration features (VM Snapshots, Storage DRS, Storage Profiles) in more detail. Nice to see some integration between some of these products and features.
VMware has a detailed whitepaper highlighting the new vCD 5.1 features if you’d like to check it out.
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