You can use VMware Cloud Director endpoints to access the underlying vSphere environment. When endpoints are connected to proxies, VMware Cloud Director acts as an HTTP proxy server.

Endpoints

A VMware Cloud Director endpoint is an access point to a data center component, for example, a vCenter Server instance, an ESXi host, or an NSX Manager instance. Users can log in to the UI or API of proxied or non-proxied components by using their VMware Cloud Director accounts.

Creating a dedicated vCenter Server instance also creates a default endpoint for it. While attaching the vCenter Server instance, you can also create a proxy. However, the default endpoint is not connected to any proxy by default. You must edit the default endpoint or create a new one to connect it to a proxy.

You can create, edit, and delete endpoints from the Endpoints tab of a dedicated vCenter Server instance. See Create an Endpoint.

Proxies

The VMware Cloud Director provided proxies are different from the proxy configurations within VMware Cloud Director. Unlike VMware Cloud Director provided proxies that are scoped to a tenant, proxy configurations within VMware Cloud Director are on the provider level and there is no tenancy.

By enabling and disabling a VMware Cloud Director provided proxy, you can allow and stop the tenant access through that proxy.

You can create a proxy either when you attach a vCenter Server instance to VMware Cloud Director or later. If you create a proxy while attaching a vCenter Server and enabling the tenant access, you must manually connect the proxy to the default endpoint.

If the vCenter Server instance uses an external Platform Services Controller, VMware Cloud Director creates a proxy for the Platform Services Controller as well. With parent and child proxies, you can hide certain proxies from the tenants or you can enable and disable groups of child proxies through their parent proxies. For information on creating a proxy after you add a vCenter Server instance to VMware Cloud Director, see Add a Proxy for Accessing the Underlying vCenter Server Resources.

You can edit, enable, disable, and delete proxies from the Proxies tab under Infrastructure Resources.
Note: When you add a proxy to a vCenter Server instance, you must upload the certificate and the thumbprint, so that tenants can retrieve the certificate and the thumbprint if the proxied component uses self-signed certificates.

To view and manage certificates and certificate revocation lists (CRLs), see Manage the Proxy Certificates and CRLs.