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


  1. Log in to Cloud Assembly and click Infrastructure > Manage > Cloud Proxies.
  2. Click New.
    Figure 1. Supplied Cloud Proxy installation page
    The Cloud Assembly cloud proxy UI page.

    Alternatively you can add an existing cloud proxy.

  3. Click Download OVA.

    The VMware-Cloud-Services-Data-Collector.ova file is downloaded.

  4. 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.

  5. Open the vSphere Web Client for your vCenter cluster and select Actions > Deploy OVF Template.
  6. Enter required information as prompted, including the name and location of your downloaded and renamed OVA file, for example vCenter1_dc_virtual_appliance.ova.
  7. When asked to enter the key or token, return to the Install Cloud Proxy page, click Copy.
  8. Return to the vSphere Web Client and paste the copied key value as prompted to run the cloud proxy virtual appliance.
  9. If the cloud proxy virtual appliance is not running from your vSphere Web Client, power on its associated virtual machine.
    1. Use the VMs tab to verify that the virtual machine on which you deployed the cloud proxy is powered on.
    2. Verify that the cloud proxy is running on the target virtual machine.
  10. 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.