You attach a vCenter Server instance so that the vCenter Server resources become available for use by vCloud Director. After you attach a vCenter Server, you can assign its resource pools, datastores, and networks to a provider virtual data center.
Starting with vCloud Director 9.7, after you attach a vCenter Server instance, you can also create a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that encapsulates the entire vSphere infrastructure. An SDDCs includes one more SDDC proxies as access points to the underlying vSphere environment.
Note: With the
vCloud Director Web Console, you can attach a
vCenter Server instance only together with its associated
NSX Manager instance. For information about attaching a
vCenter Server instance alone and registering an
NSX-T Manager instance, see
vCloud Director Service Provider Admin Portal Guide or
vCloud API Programming Guide for Service Providers.
An instance of VMware NSX® is installed and configured for vCloud Director. For more information, see the VMware vCloud Director Installation and Configuration Guide.