In this example, you create a vCenter cloud account. For network and security purposes, you can associate the vCenter cloud account with an NSX-T or NSX-V cloud account.

During this process, you download, name, and deploy a cloud proxy to run data collection on a source on-premises endpoint. The cloud proxy supports communication between the cloud account in your VMware Cloud service and its associated on-premises endpoint in vCenter.



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

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


    Sample Value


    vCenter IP address /FQDN

    For this example, enter abz-vc65.ourco.local.

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

    Cloud proxy

    1. Click New Cloud Proxy.

    2. Click Download OVA.

    3. Rename the downloaded OVA file to vCenterA_abz.

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

    5. Copy the access key when prompted.

    6. After the cloud proxy OVA has been deployed, select vCenterA_abz from the Cloud proxy drop-down menu.

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

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

    Use the Install Cloud Proxy page help.

    For more information, see Create and deploy a cloud proxy for a vCenter or NSX cloud account.

    User name and password

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


    Click Validate.

    The validation action confirms your access 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 data centers

    Check at least one listed data center, for example Datacenter1.

    Lists available data centers on the specified vCenter Server.

    Create a cloud zone for the selected data centers

    Leave this option deselected 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 option empty for now. You can specify an NSX endpoint later.

    You can edit this cloud account later to associate an NSX cloud account.

    If the NSX cloud account exists, you can enter its name here.

    Capability tags

    Leave this option 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 and listed in the Resources section of the Cloud Assembly Infrastructure tab.

What to do next

You can use this cloud account as is or associate it with an NSX cloud account. For example, see Create and associate an NSX-T cloud account.