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What does the vCloud Air “Enable Service Network” do?

I don’t know. :)

But I think it’s used when you want to connect a vCloud Air network (which is part of a Disaster Recovery or Virtual Private Cloud setup) with the network of a vCloud Air PaaS such as vCloud Air SQL. I base this on this vCloud Air SQL Users Guide that talks as about enabling the service network to connect a vDC (vCloud Air Virtual Datacenter) to the vCloud Air SQL network.

Will add more to this post if & when I get to know more.

Install a vSphere web-client plugin offline

Trying out vCloud Air at work and I wanted to install the vCloud Air plugin for vSphere web-client. The installation kept failing though. Initially it was due to the vCenter server not having access to the Internet (not your browser, the vSphere web-client itself needs to have access) but even after I specified a proxy (check out this post on how to specify a proxy) and gave vSphere web-client access to the Internet the download would begin and fail. 

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It’s possible to download the plugin, but how to add it to vSphere web-client?

Through a bit of trial and error I found a way. :)

Turns the plugins are store at C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\vSphereWebClient\plugin-packages on the server. So all you have to do is:

  1. Download the plugin zip file. 
  2. Create a folder in the above location and extract the zip file to this folder.
  3. Restart the vSphere web-client service. 

And that’s it! Then your plugin will appear under Administration > Client Plug-Ins

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It’s very simple but I couldn’t find any info on how to download and install a plugin when I Googled for it, so thought I’d make a post. Hope it helps someone!