vCAC 5.2 series – vCNS integration


The integration of vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) with vCAC allows you to assign vCNS security groups and load balancing pools to vSphere (vCenter Server) virtual machines during provisioning. You use custom properties to make the assignment the you can specify custom properties in in reservations, blueprints, build profiles and so on.

Before that, you have to establish connection between vCloud Automation Server and vCNS server. You will need following informations:

  • The URL of the vCNS Manager instance
  • The vCNS enterprise administrator-level credentials for the vCNS Manager instance
  • The vCAC endpoint for the associated vSphere vCenter Server instance
Step #1 – Create endpoint credentials
  • Log in to vCAC as Administrator
  • Go to vCAC Administrator –> Credentials –> New credentials
vCNS endpoint credentials

vCNS endpoint credentials

Step 2 – Integrate vCNS with computer endpoint
  • Log in to vCAC as Administrator
  • Go to vCAC Administrator –> Endpoints –> edit vCenter endpoint
  • Mark Specify vCNS Manager and provide:
    • URL of vCNS manager
    • credential
    add vCNS to vCenter server

    add vCNS to vCenter server


Step #3 – Refresh endpoint inventory and verify refresh task
  • Log in to vCAC as Enterprise Administrator
  • go to Enterprise Administrator –> Compute Resources –> Data collection
Data collection from computer resource

Data collection from computer resource

  • In new window scroll down to vCNS inventory section and click on Request Now button and OK
  • to verify task status go to vCAC Administrator –> Workflow History and look for entry named vSphereVCNSInventory
refresh inventory workflow status

refresh vCNS inventory workflow status

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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