You can attach a vCenter Server instance so that its resources become available for use in VMware Cloud Director. You can attach a vCenter Server instance together with its associated NSX Manager instance. For dedicated vCenter Server instances or for those associated with an NSX-T Manager instance, you can attach a vCenter Server instance alone.

VMware Cloud Director can use a vCenter Server instance either with its associated NSX Manager instance or with an NSX-T Manager instance.

If you want VMware Cloud Director to use this vCenter Server instance with its associated NSX Manager instance, you must attach the vCenter Server and NSX Manager instances together.

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

Note: After you attach a vCenter Server instance alone, you cannot add its 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.

You can attach a vCenter Server instance to any site from your VMware Cloud Director environment.

You can attach a directly accessible vCenter Server instance or attach a vCenter Server instance that is behind a proxy. By using vCloud OpenAPI, you can use proxy configurations within VMware Cloud Director to create a proxied connection between a VMware Cloud Director instance and the vCenter Server instance added to it. This way, the VMware Cloud Director and vCenter Server instances can exist in different locations or sites.

To attach a vCenter Server instance that is behind a proxy, first, you must declare a proxy configuration. Then, you must attach a vCenter Server instance, and configure VMware Cloud Director to use the proxy configuration when accessing the vCenter Server instance. You can also attach an NSX Data Center for vSphere solution through a proxy. VMware Cloud Director does not support proxy configurations for NSX-T Data Center. You do not need additional SSL configurations or an additional proxy configuration for the Platform Services Controller the vCenter Server instance is registered with.

Prerequisites

  • If you configured VMware Cloud Director to verify vCenter and vSphere SSO certificates, verify that you uploaded the vCenter Server certificates to VMware Cloud Director. For information about the general system settings, see Modify General System Settings.
  • If you configured VMware Cloud Director to verify NSX Manager certificates, verify that you uploaded the NSX Manager certificates to VMware Cloud Director. For information about the general system settings, see Modify General System Settings.