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

You must deploy a data collector OVA to create a data collector appliance on the target SDDC in your VMware Cloud on AWS subscription.

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.

The following diagrams shows the relationship between the VMware Cloud on AWS adapter and the data collector appliance that are 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 data collector appliance, which is a remote virtual appliance deployed with the data collector OVA and resident on the target vCenter. The adapter allows you to deploy the required data collector 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 data collector.

  • 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 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.