How to Re-IP a vCloud Director Cell

There’s been a comment on the vExpert Slack asking about how to Re-IP a VCD (vCloud Director) cell. Here’s a rough method to carry out the task.

The basic method would be to:

  • Log into the VCD Cell in question that needs to be re-IP’d
  • Enter ‘service vmware-vcd stop’
  • On the Database Server for the vCloud Director cells log into the SQL Manager session with an account with edit rights on the vCloud database
  • Open up a new query window and select the vCloud Director database as the target of the script
  • Execute the following SQL statements:

select name from cells;

update cells set primary_ip=’<new-cell-ip-address>’ where name=’<name-of-the-cell>’;

  • Back on the vCloud Director Cells navigate into the $VCLOUD_HOME/etc directory and change the following values in the file:

‘vcloud.cell.ip.primary’ – Change it to the new primary IP address

‘’ – Change it to the new console proxy IP address

‘vcloud.cell.ips’ – Change both the IPs in the field appropriately

  • Change the IP address of the VM via whatever means the OS requires & update DNS records
  • When the VM has been successfully re-IP’d then start the VCD service on the cell with the command:

‘service vmware-vcd start’

PS: Be careful with any SSL certs that have IP’s embedded as Subject Alternative Names (SAN). You may need to generate new SSL certs and replace the existing ones if needs be.

This entry was posted in VMWare and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply