After installing vCloud Director in my lab, I couldn’t start the cell. So I looked in the log file: /opt/vmware/cloud-director/logs/cell.log and saw the following subsystem status report:


More info about the vCloud log files can be found in this blog post: written by David Hill.

.The reason why the cell couldn’t start was a missing A record on the DNS server. So I created the A record and restarted the vmware-vcd service via:

/etc/init.d/vmware-vcd restart

Right after the restart I used the tail command to watch the cell.log file:

tail -f /opt/vmware/cloud-director/logs/cell.log

And 32 seconds later the cell was started successfully:


So if you are working with or planning to work with vCloud Director. Be sure your DNS infrastructure is configured correctly and be sure you add all the A records for the vCloud Direcotor VMs. The VDC, Oracle and vShield Manager.


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