In this procedure, you'll deploy a cloud proxy OVA to create the needed virtual appliance on the target vCenter server in a specified VMware Cloud on AWS Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

You must deploy a cloud proxy OVA to create a cloud proxy virtual appliance appliance on the target SDDC in your VMware Cloud on AWS subscription.

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.

The following diagrams shows the relationship between the VMware Cloud on AWS adapter and the cloud proxy virtual appliance that is required when you create and use VMware Cloud on AWS cloud accounts in Cloud Assembly. The first is the VMware Cloud on AWS adapter resident in the Cloud Assembly service and the other is the cloud proxy, which is a remote virtual appliance deployed by the OVA and resident on the target vCenter. The adapter allows you to deploy the required cloud proxy OVA to each of your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC data centers.

The VMware Cloud on AWS adapter supports integrated authentication between the Cloud Assembly subscription and VMware Cloud on AWS subscription.


  • 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 cloud proxy.

  • You 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. 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. Navigate to your vSphere Web Client data center, click the name of your vCenter cluster, and select 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.