In this procedure, you'll deploy a data collector OVA to create the needed data collector appliance on the target vCenter associated to a vCenter or NSX cloud account.

The supplied data collector is an OVA tool that contains the credentials and protocols needed to connect a proxy appliance on a host vCenter server to a vCenter-based cloud account.

vCenter-based cloud account types are vCenter Server, NSX for vSphere, NSX-T, and VMware Cloud on AWS .

In this procedure, the cloud administrator deploys the data collector OVA to a host vCenter in preparation for creating a new vCenter, NSX, or VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure cloud accounts don't require the data collector.

You can deploy a data collector to the target vCenter when you create a vCenter-based cloud account or by selecting Manage > Data Collectors in the navigation pane.

If you're creating a VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account, follow the procedure in Deploy a Data Collector for a VMware Cloud on AWS Cloud Account.

The data collector OVA deploys the needed data collector appliance onto your host vCenter server, including the cloudassembly-sddc-agent.

You can download and name the OVA to make it obvious what it is used for, for example a cloud account that you'll use for a particular type of workload.

You can deploy the data collector before you create your cloud account or during the process of creating the cloud account. Data collection can take a few minutes. To save time in creating cloud accounts, you may want to create and deploy data collectors prior to creating cloud accounts.


You need these credentials:

  • Administrator-level credentials to the target vCenter.

  • Cloud administrator access to Cloud Assembly


  1. Log in to Cloud Assembly and click Manage > Data Collectors.
  2. Click Add New.
  3. Click Copy Link.

  4. Navigate to your vSphere Web Client data center, click the name of your vCenter cluster, and select Deploy OVF Template.
  5. In the Deploy OVF Template form, perform the following actions.
    1. Click Select template, then URL. Paste in the path to the OVA data collector file and click Next.

      If you already added this data collector to your vCenter and are reinstalling it, click Local file and click Next.

      If you see a warning message about the specified Photon operating system not being supported, click Yes and proceed.

    2. Click Select name and location, then enter the name of your OVA file. Select the cluster where you want to install the data collector, and click Next.
    3. Click Select a resource and the cluster where you want to run the data collector, and then click Next.
    4. Review the details of your data collector deployment. Notice the Size on disk text box. The location where you deploy the data collector in the following steps must have enough space available. Click Next.
    5. Accept the License Agreement.
    6. Click Select storage and select a datastore from the list that has enough free space for the OVA file. Click Next.
    7. Click Select networks and select a destination network, and then click Next.
    8. Click Customize template and enter the required information. Do not click Next yet.
      • For Name of the Remote Data Collector, use the name of your OVA file.

      • For Root User Password, choose a unique password. It does not need to match the vCenter password.

    9. Return to Cloud Assembly and copy the token key from the Data Collector form. Click Copy to copy the key.
    10. When you see the copied message, return to the vCenter Customize template form and paste the token key into the VMware Cloud Services One-Time Token text box. Do not click Next yet.
    11. Click Networking Properties. If you use DHCP in your vCenter network, do not enter any information. If you do not use DHCP, then you must provide information for each setting. Click Next.
    12. Click Ready to complete and review your configuration data. Click Finish.

      The data collector is installed into your vSphere Web Client on the vCenter server.

  6. Return to the vSphere Web Client to run the data collector.
  7. If the data collector is not running when you return to your vSphere Web Client, click the green arrow at the top of your page.
  8. To verify that your data collector is running, look under the VMs tab at the list of your virtual machines to ensure it is Powered On.
  9. In Cloud Assembly, wait for a connection to be made with your vSphere Web Client, and click Next.

    It might take several minutes until a connection is made.

What to do next

After data collection runs, you can continue to define the cloud account.

Cloud administrators can select the existing data collector appliance when defining new vCenter-based cloud accounts.

Data-collected resources are visible in the Resources pages.