I have had a few questions recently on how VMware vCloud Connector fits in relation to vSphere and vCD installs. I thought this diagram might help answer some of the questions.
Listed below is how vCC is installed and configured
Step 1: vCC is installed as a Virtual Appliance within a vSphere environment.
Step 2: vCC is registered to a vCenter and installs a plug-in
Step 3: Administrators access the plug-in through vSphere Client connected to a vCenter that has the plugin installed
Step 4: The plug-in is configured with credentials for connections to vCenter servers and VMware vCloud Director cells
Step 5: Administrators can then select VMs from vCenter and move to a vCloud Director environment. (Note: All VMs have to be powered off to be migrated to and from vCenter and vCD)
Step 6: Migrated VM is powered on at the destination
The screen shot below shows the front pane of vCC and multiple vClouds.
vCC is a free product that will be very useful for administrators wanting to move workloads between vSphere environments, and Public/Private clouds.
With vCC you can list workloads running in a cloud, and power on/power off workloads.
vCloud connector carries out 9 steps when deploying a workload to or from a vCloud. The process flow below depicts how this process is carried out.