In this procedure, you'll deploy a cloud proxy OVA to create the needed cloud proxy virtual appliance on the target vCenter associated to a vCenter or NSX cloud account.
The supplied cloud proxy OVA 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-V, NSX-T, and VMware Cloud on AWS.
In this procedure, the cloud administrator deploys the cloud proxy 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 cloud proxy.
If you're creating a VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account, follow the procedure in Deploy a Cloud Proxy for a VMware Cloud on AWS Cloud Account.
The cloud proxy OVA deploys the needed virtual appliance to your host vCenter Server, including the cloudassembly-sddc-agent agent.
You can download and name the cloud proxy 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 define and deploy the cloud proxy before you create cloud accounts or during the process of creating a cloud account.
You need these credentials:
Administrator-level credentials to the target vCenter.
Cloud administrator access to Cloud Assembly
- Log in to Cloud Assembly and click .
- Click New.
Alternatively you can add an existing cloud proxy.
- Click Download OVA.
The VMware-Cloud-Services-Data-Collector.ova file is downloaded.
- Rename the downloaded OVA something unique such as the name of the target host vCenter server, for example vCenter1_dc_virtual_appliance.ova.
The renamed vCenter1_dc_virtual_appliance.ova file is available in your local folder.
- Open the vSphere Web Client for your vCenter cluster and select .
- Enter required information as prompted, including the name and location of your downloaded and renamed OVA file, for example vCenter1_dc_virtual_appliance.ova.
- When asked to enter the key or token, return to the Install Cloud Proxy page, click Copy.
- Return to the vSphere Web Client and paste the copied key value as prompted to run the cloud proxy virtual appliance.
- If the cloud proxy virtual appliance is not running from your vSphere Web Client, power on its associated virtual machine.
- Use the VMs tab to verify that the virtual machine on which you deployed the cloud proxy is powered on.
- Verify that the cloud proxy is running on the target virtual machine.
- In Cloud Assembly, wait for a connection to be made with your vSphere Web Client, and click Done.
It might take several minutes until a connection is made.