VMware vCloud Private Cloud


VMware is a powerful tool to exploit virtualization benefits like elasticity, ease of use and scalability. But it can be complex and time consuming to implement.

Our vCloud Private Cloud is delivered to you ready to use so you can scale or customize your infrastructure using resource pools more quickly and easily. Leaseweb takes care of all underlying hardware and software components of the platform on 24x7 basis, including all the platform patching and updating processes. And, thanks to the flat fee payment model, you keep tight control of costs throughout.


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Resource Pools

Computing resources

When choosing your the size of your resource pool (eg: #vCPU, GB RAM, SSD/SATA, etc) you also have to take into consideration that not all your workloads require the same computing performance. To become more efficient while providing you the best possible solution, Leaseweb has designed two high performing resource pools:

  • vCloud Premium Resource Pool: The best possible performance with non-overbook resources. Recommended for the most demanding heavy and critical applications.
  • vCloud Resource Pool: The most demanded resource pool, this resource pool is slightly overbook, providing high performing computing resources at the best price. Suitable and recommended for the vast majority of your productive workloads and applications, including small and medium size databases.

Leaseweb does not overbook on RAM.


You can consume these two resource pools within your vCloud account at the same time, using the same credentials and management console. Additionally, it is possible to you, through the management console, to create internal vLANs to cross connect all your virtual machines for complex deployments. This provides you with the flexibility and performance your business demand.

Storage

Leaseweb can provide high speed SSD and cost-efficient SATA storage for your Resource Pools. Sold per GB, you decide what is the required storage to be allocated for your resource pools.

Backup

Leaseweb can provide Backup as a Service powered by Veeam Technologies. For specifics and details, please see this article.


Locations

Leaseweb can provide vCloud Resource Pools in several locations:

  • Amsterdam-01
  • Amsterdam-02
  • Frankfurt
  • London

Your desired location is not in this list? Please contact us since we are expanding continuously our services in different regions.


Software

Operating systems/Templates

Leaseweb supplies several templates and ISOs based on the main distributions commonly used ,Linux and Windows, to get you started. These templates are updated periodically and they can be found within the VMware vCloud public catalog/library. It enables you to upload and create your own templates and ISOs. You also have the flexibility to create your own catalog, thereby giving full flexibility to you in regards to OS choice or specific detailed tuning or patching.

Windows Server

Leaseweb does not supply (pre-licensed) windows OS templates. 
We do supply prepared Windows ISOs so that you can start installing Windows yourself. The licenses for Windows can be acquired through us (please contact Sales) and are not included in default pricing.

Network & IPs

Network options

For VMware vCloud Private Cloud, it is possible to buy ranges of public IPv4 addresses starting with a /29. These IP addresses can be presented, up to you, into ways. One of the two, or both at the same time:

1) Direct presence: This mean the external vLAN, with public IPs, is directly presented into your resource pool. Therefore, your virtual machines can have public connectivity. In this case, if connected to internet, we strongly recommend you to protect the access using firewalling appliances.

2) Through NSX Edge: This mean the external vLAN, with your public IPs is connected to your high-available and dedicated Firewall/Load Balancer appliance. Your virtual machines can connect to that appliance using internal IPs.


You need to acquire these ranges per network model you require.


IPs

For Private Cloud, it is possible to buy ranges of public IPv4 addresses starting with a /29. These IP addresses are charged per IP address. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of subnets, the effectively usable IP addresses are less than the total number bought. Regular procedures for obtaining these addresses apply. If more than a /28 range is required, it is possible to get them but regular procedure for obtaining those IP addresses apply. Sales can help you with that request.  

Service Level Agreements

We do provide, by default and for all contracts, competitive Service Level Agreements to ensure computing availability and support services.

Upgrades and Downgrades

You can upgrade and downgrade the amount of resources in your vCloud tenant by contacting Support. Depending on the required resources, most upgrade requests can be fulfilled in hours

Frequently Asked Questions for VMware

FAQ: How can I upload an *.ISO file?

You can upload an *.ISO file by performing the following actions. Since the HTML5 client is introduced in the vCloud Director, the VMware Client integration plug-in is no longer needed to upload files.

Please be aware that in order to upload an ISO, you will need to create a Catalog first. You cannot upload ISO's to the Public Catalog.


1. On the Libraries tab, under the Content Libraries section, switch to Media & Other tab and click the Add button.

2. A popup will appear. Select the ISO file by clicking the icon. 
Note: Make sure the name ends with the extension .iso, else the file may not show up in your catalog.

3. Once the upload is completed, you will be able to see your ISO.

FAQ: What are templates and how can I create one?

You can create templates of base images of virtual machines or vApps. This allows you to deploy future instances of similar characteristics in a couple of clicks. It can also be useful to clone specific machines or groups of machines that are needed at a future point.  

Requirements

To be able to create a template from a virtual machine it is necessary to have one vApp with exactly one virtual machine (the one you want to create the template from). The virtual machine must have VMWare tools installed. Creating a template is currently only possible using the legacy flash client, hence you need to make sure that you're logged into this client instead of the new HTML5 client.

Creating a template

1. Under the My Cloud tab, select the vApps section and locate the vApp you want to build the template from.

2. Right click on it and select Add to Catalog… option.

3. A popup will appear. Enter a name and a description for the template and click OK.



4. Browse to Catalogs and then select your organization on the left panel to view your templates. Select the template and click on Add to my cloud... to deploy a new vApp. 

FAQ: How can I deploy a new vApp?

Step 1: Create a new vApp

1. From the Datacenters view, select the vApps section and click New vApp.



2. A new pop-up window will appear. Enter a name for your new vApp and optionally add a description. We will add virtual machines to the vApp in a later step, so click Finish to continue.

Step 2: Add a virtual machine to the vApp

1. On the Datacenters view, select the vApps section and click on the Actions button of the newly created vApp, and select Add VM.

2. A new pop-up window will open, click Add Virtual Machines.

3. A new pop-up window will appear on screen, which will give you the option to deploy a new virtual machine from a template or from a new custom virtual machine configuration. 

3a. To deploy a new virtual machine configuration, we select type New and give it a name, select an operating system, size, network and click OK.

3b. If you (also) want to deploy a new virtual machine by using a pre-installed template, click New Virtual Machine. Enter a name and hostname for the virtual machine. Select the template you want to use for this deployment and click OK to continue. 

4. When you are finished adding virtual machines, click the Add button.

5. Once the VMs have been deployed, you want to review the virtual machine configuration if you deployed any VMs from a template. Do this by selecting the Virtual Machines section and click Details of the newly created VM.

6. On the Details page, navigate to the Hardware section. Adjust the amount of resources assigned to the virtual machine according to your needs, and ensure that a network and IP mode are selected and the NIC is connected. Then click Save to continue.

7. Once done, you can start the virtual machines by clicking Power On, under the Actions menu of the virtual machine.

FAQ: How can I adjust the resources of a virtual machine?

1. On the Datacenters view, select the Virtual Machines section and click on the Details button

2. You can only change the resources once a virtual machine is powered off (or when the Hot-add options are enabled on the VM). Open the Hardware section to review and adjust the configuration and click Save on the bottom right of the page. 


3. Once done, you can start the virtual machines by clicking Power On, under the Actions menu of the virtual machine. 

FAQ: How can I create/revert/delete snapshots?

You can create a snapshot of a virtual machine and revert back to that snapshot at a later point in time. This can be useful when you are about to perform configuration changes. You can revert the changes if needed, by reverting to a previously created snapshot. You can create a snapshot of a virtual machine either while it is running or stopped.

Create a snapshot

On the Datacenters view, select the Virtual Machines section and click on the Create Snapshot button under the Actions menu of the virtual machine you want to create a snapshot on.

Revert a snapshot

On the Datacenters view, select the Virtual Machines section and click on the Revert Snapshot button under the Actions menu of the virtual machine you want to revert to latest snapshot.

Delete a snapshot

On the Datacenters view, select the Virtual Machines section and click on the Remove Snapshot button under the Actions menu of the virtual machine you want to revert to latest snapshot.

FAQ: How can I reset the local administrator password?

In the event of losing the local administrator password of the OS running in the virtual machine, vCloud provides a way to reset the password. This will only work when VMware Tools is installed in the OS. Please note that open-vm-tools does not support this.

1. On the Datacenters view. Select Virtual Machines on the left pane and click Details of the virtual machine for which the password needs to be reset.

2. Power off the virtual machine by clicking on the Shut Down Guest OS and wait for the virtual machine to power off. Next click Details.

3. Select the Guest OS Customization section. Tick the Enable guest customization option in the General section. Next tick the Allow local administrator password option in the Password Reset section. Either select to auto generate a password or specify your own password. Click Save to save your settings.

4. Click on the Actions button, making sure to have the same virtual machine selected as in step 2. Click on Power On and Force Recustomization to start the procedure.

5. Once the virtual machine has started, you should be able to log in using the password set. If you chose the auto generate password option in step 3, re-open the Properties dialog using the Actions button. On the Guest OS Customization tab you will be able to view the password set.

FAQ: How can I deploy a VM from the templates provided by Leaseweb?

Leaseweb provides several different templates of popular OS types in vCloud. The templates are available for general use by every customer using vCloud. By using these templates, you can quickly deploy new VMs of a certain operation system type.

1. On the Datacenters view, select the Virtual Machines section, click New VM.

2. Enter a name and hostname for the virtual machine. Select the template you want to use for this deployment and click OK to deploy. 















You can scroll down the list to see more operating systems that are available.

Currently we offer the following:

-          CentOS 7 (64-bits)

-          CentOS 8 (64-bits)

-          Debian 9 (64-bits)

-          Debian 10 (64-bits)

-          Ubuntu16.04 (64-bits)

-          Ubuntu18.04 (64-bits)

-          Windows 2012 R2

-          Windows 2016

-          Windows 2019


3 Once the VM has been deployed, you want to review the virtual machine configuration. Do this by selecting the Virtual Machines section and click on Details of the newly created VM.

6. On the Details page, navigate to the Hardware section. Adjust the amount of resources assigned to the virtual machine according to your needs, and ensure that a network and IP mode are selected and the NIC is connected. Then click Save to continue.


7. Once done, you can start the virtual machines by clicking the Power On button, under the Actions menu of the virtual machine.
















The default password for VMs deployed from these templates is:

Template01


FAQ: How can I activate a Windows 2016 / 2019 VM after having used the templates provided by Leaseweb?

The Windows 2016 / 2019 VM templates provided by Leaseweb are evaluation editions. To activate the VM you must set the edition (Server Standard or Datacenter) and enter the license key using the procedure described below:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Run the following command
    1. For Standard Edition: Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /AcceptEula /ProductKey:12345-67890-12345-67890-12345
    2. For Datacenter Edition: Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /AcceptEula /ProductKey:12345-67890-12345-67890-12345
  3. Press enter and wait for the process to complete.