Installing vCloud Adapter for vCenter Operations Manager

I had to go through the installation of the vCloud Adapter into vCenter Operations Manager today and although the steps are in the doc I couldn’t get it to work, I ended up following Kendrick Coleman’s post here, although this worked I was later informed there was a much easier way to do this.

Randy Keener who works for DevOps at VMware showed me how to do it the correct (and easier) way, as I was going through this again so I thought I would take some screen shots to make things easier for anyone else who is unable to follow documentation like me !

What’s needed

  • vCloud Director 1.5.0 or later
  • vCloud Director administrator account credentials of the System organization
  • vCloud Adapter – Download the adapter installation TGZ file anonymously from


Installing the adapter

Go to the vCOps admin page:  http://vcopsip/admin and go to the update tab

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Click the browse button and navigate to the folder where you have extracted the adapter files from the original TGZ, select the .pak file.

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Click the Update button and click OK to confirm the update

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The adapter file will be uploaded to your vCOps setup.

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Read (yeah ok then) and accept the EULA and click OK.

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Confirm the update by clicking OK.

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The installation will begin…

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Once completed you will see the update status on the screen.

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Now go to the custom web page: https://vcopsip/vcops-custom/

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Once logged in click the Admin menu and then support

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You will be presented with the Support page

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Click the Info tab and press the smallest button in the world, I missed this button so many times !


Click yes to start the describe process.

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A confirmation box will appear.

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After a couple of seconds you should see our adapter in the list of adapters available.



Configuring the adapter

You should now be able to follow along with the vCOps adapter PDF which was part of the TGZ file from page 17, setting up the adapter is fairly straight forward.

Creating a custom Dashboard

As the installation doesn’t create any dashboards for you I highly recommend visiting Clint’s site and reading his great post which shows how to setup a custom Dashboard here:

4 thoughts on “Installing vCloud Adapter for vCenter Operations Manager

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  2. Felix

    Looks like I sorted this one out myself!
    Problem was the Public REST URL we had configured in vCD. After removing it, the authentication succeeded successfully.
    Thanks anyway.

  3. Felix

    I’m currently deploying vCenter Ops to monitor our vCloud environment. I’ve done all the steps in the ‘Installing the Adapter’ section but for the life of me cannot get the adapter to authenticate with my vCloud environment! When Configuring the adapter and creating the credentials, after clicking the Test button, I get an error message saying ‘Test was not successful’. The credentials entered are completely correct. I’ve been stuck on this for days. Any help please??

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