In this step, the cloud administrator creates a vCenter cloud account.

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



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

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


    Sample Value and Instruction


    vCenter IP Address /FQDN

    For this example, enter abx-vc65.abx.local.

    Enter the host vCenter server IP address for the new cloud account in FQDN format.

    Data collector

    1. Click + New Data Collector.

    2. Click Download OVA.

    3. Rename the downloaded OVA file to vCenterA_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 vCenterA_abx from the data collector drop-down menu.

    Download the OVA and install it on the vCenter as prompted.

    You can use the same data collector for your associated NSX and vCenter cloud accounts.

    Use the Data Collector page help for step information.

    See Deploy a Data Collector for a vCenter or NSX Cloud Account.

    User name and password

    For example, enter admin@abx.local and its password as your vCenter administrator credentials.

    These credentials are for the same vCenter as the associated NSX-T account.


    Click Validate.

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

    Name and Description

    Enter OurCo-vCenter for the cloud account name.

    Enter Sample deployment for WordPress with vCenter and NSX-T use case 1 for the cloud account description.

    Allow provisioning to these datacenters

    Check at least one listed datacenter, for example Datacenter1.

    Lists your available datacenters on the specified vCenter server.

    Create a cloud zone for the selected datacenters

    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.

    NSX Endpoint

    Leave this empty for now.

    You can edit this cloud account later to associate an NSX cloud account or if the NSX cloud account already exists you can enter its name here.

    An NSX cloud account must be associated with a vCenter cloud account.


    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 vCenter datacenter and listed in the Resources section of the Cloud Assembly Infrastructure tab.

What to do next

See the Wordpress use case for workflow starting at WordPress Use Case: Add Cloud Zones.

To create an NSX-T cloud account and associate it to this vCenter cloud account, see Create an NSX-T Cloud Account.