In this procedure, you'll create a VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account by connecting to a specific Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) in your organization's VMware Cloud on AWS subscription service.

For related information, see VMware Cloud on AWS documentation.

During this process you'll download, rename, and deploy a data collector to run data collection on the source endpoint.


  • Verify that you have the required user role. See What are the Cloud Assembly User Roles.

  • Prepare your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC environment to support the Cloud Assembly data collector by configuring the VMC adapter. Authentication credentials between your Cloud Assembly and VMware Cloud on AWS services are obtained by way of the configured VMware Cloud on AWS adapter.

  • You'll need these credentials:

    • Administrator access to your organization's VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC environment.

    • The VMC API token for your VMware Cloud on AWS environment in your organization's VMC service.

    • Administrator access to the vCenter that in your target VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.


  1. Go to Infrastructure > Manage > Cloud Accounts.
  2. Click New Cloud Account, select VMware Cloud on AWS , and enter values.

    Sample values and supporting information is provided in the following table.


    Sample Value and Instruction


    VMC API Token

    Paste the API token and click Apply API Token.

    Enter your token to fetch the available SDDC environment in your organization's VMware Cloud on AWS subscription.

    Find the token for your VMC-connected organization on the linked API Tokens page. Apply the token to populate the list of SDDC names.

    SDDC name

    Enter SDDC_test1_abx.

    Select one of the available SDDCs from your VMware Cloud on AWS subscription. The list of SDDCs is based on the VMC API token.

    vCenter IP Address/FQDN


    Enter the IP address of the vCenter server in the specified SDDC. The data collector is deployed to this vCenter.

    vCenter user name and password

    For example, enter cloudadmin@vmc.local and its password as your vCenter administrator credentials.

    Enter vCenter server user name for the specified SDDC. When you deploy the data collector, deploy it to this vCenter.

    Data collector

    1. Click + New Data Collector.

    2. Click Download OVA.

    3. Rename the downloaded OVA file to SDDC_test1_abx.

    4. Import the OVA file to the target vCenter server and start the installation.

    5. Copy the access key when prompted.

    6. After the data collector OVA has been deployed, select SDDC_test1_abx from the data collector drop-down menu.

    Download the OVA deploy it to the selected SDDC as prompted.

    Use the Data Collector page help for step-by-step information.

    See Deploy a Data Collector for a VMware Cloud on AWS Cloud Account.


    Click Validate.

    Validate confirms your access rights to the specified vCenter and checks that the vCenter is running.

    Name and Description

    Enter OurCo-VMC for the cloud account name.

    Enter Sample deployment for VMC for the cloud account description.

    Allow provisioning to these

    This information is read-only.

    Lists data centers within your specified VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC environment.

    Create a cloud zone

    Leave this unchecked and create cloud zones as a separate step according to your organization's cloud strategy.

    See What Are Cloud Zones and WordPress Use Case: Add Cloud Zones.


    Leave this empty for now. Use tags according to your organization's tag strategy.

    See What are Tags and Creating a Tagging Strategy.

  3. Click Create.


Resources such as machines and volumes are data-collected from the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC data center and listed in the Resources section of the Cloud Assembly Infrastructure tab.

What to do next

The next step in the sample workflow is to add cloud zones. See What Are Cloud Zones and WordPress Use Case: Add Cloud Zones to continue creating the needed infrastructure.