To add a vCenter Server instance, you enter the vCenter Server access details.

Procedure

  1. From the top navigation bar, under Resources, click Infrastructure Resources.
  2. In the left pane, click vCenter Server Instances and click Add.
  3. If you have a multisite VMware Cloud Director deployment, from the Site drop-don menu, select the site to which you want to add this vCenter Server instance, and click Next.
  4. Enter a name and, optionally, a description for the vCenter Server instance in VMware Cloud Director.
  5. Enter the URL of the vCenter Server instance.
    If the default port is used, you can skip the port number. If a custom port is used, include the port number
    For example, https://FQDN_or_IP_address:<custom_port_number>.
  6. Enter the user name and password of the vCenter Server administrator account.
  7. (Optional) To disable the vCenter Server instance after the registration, turn off the Enabled toggle.
  8. Configure the URL of the vCenter Server Web Client.
    Option Description
    Use vSphere Services to provide URL To use this option, you must use the vCloud API to configure VMware Cloud Director to use the vSphere Lookup Service.
    vSphere Web Client URL To use this option, you must enter the URL of the vSphere Web Client. For example, https://example.vmware.com/vsphere-client.
  9. Click Next.
  10. If the endpoint does not have a trusted certificate, on the Trust Certificate window confirm if you trust the endpoint.
    In a multisite environment, if you are logged in to a vCloud Director 10.0 site or trying to register a vCenter Server instance to a vCloud Director 10.0 site, VMware Cloud Director will not add the endpoint to the centralized certificate storage area.
    • To add the endpoint to the centralized certificate storage area and continue, click Trust .
    • If you do not trust this endpoint, click Cancel and repeat Step 5 to Step 9 with a trusted endpoint.
  11. (Optional) Skip adding the NSX Manager instance that is associated with the vCenter Server instance by turning off the Configure Settings toggle and click Next.

    If you want VMware Cloud Director to use this vCenter Server instance with an NSX-T Manager instance, you must add the vCenter Server instance alone.

    Note: You cannot add the associated NSX Manager instance at a later stage. You can unregister and attach again the vCenter Server instance together with its associated NSX Manager instance.
  12. If you want to add a tenant dedicated vCenter Server that will not be used as a provider VDC, turn on the Enable tenant access toggle.
    After you add the vCenter Server instance to VMware Cloud Director, the tenant-related information appears in the details view of the instance.
  13. If you want VMware Cloud Director to generate default proxies for the vCenter Server instance and SSO services, turn on the Generate proxies toggle.
    After you add the vCenter Server instance to VMware Cloud Director, the proxies appear in the Proxies tab under vSphere Resources.
  14. On the Ready to Complete page, review the registration details and click Finish.