SDDC Manager provides the user interface for your single point of control for managing and monitoring your Cloud Foundation system and for provisioning virtual environments.

You use the Navigation bar to move between the main areas of the user interface.

Navigation Bar

On the left side of the interface is the Navigation bar. The Navigation bar provides icons for navigating to the corresponding pages.

Navigation Bar Icon Label Functional Area
Navigation Bar Dashboard icon Dashboard Dashboard
Navigation bar Status icon Status System status
Lifecycle icon Lifecycle Life cycle management
Navigation bar Users icon Users User management
Navigation bar Settings icon Settings System settings


The Dashboard page is the home page that provides the overall administrative view of your Cloud Foundation system. The Dashboard page provides a top-level view of the physical and logical resources across all of the physical racks in the system, including available CPU, memory, and storage capacity. From this page, you can start the process of creating a workload domain.

SDDC Manager client Dashboard page

You use the links on the dashboard to drill-down and examine details about the physical resources and the virtual environments that are provisioned for the management and workload domains. For more information about each area, see:

System Status

Use this page to check on the health of the system. You can view SDDC Manager alerts, examine historical and current information about the workflows running in the system, and examine the events and audit events that are raised by the SDDC Manager problem detection and monitoring components. From these event lists, you can access the Event Catalog to see descriptions of the pre-configured events that are generated through SDDC Manager. From the alerts listing, you can access the Alert Catalog to see descriptions of the SDDC Manager alerts that can be raised.

System Status page

Your Cloud Foundation system has event-driven problem detection. The software records an event for system conditions that are potentially significant or interesting to you, such as a degradation, a failure, or a user-initiated configuration change. The software raises an alert when it determines a problem, based on an analysis of the event or combination of events.

See Monitoring Capabilities in the Cloud Foundation System for the information about using alerts and events to monitor the health of your Cloud Foundation system.

User Management

Use this page to perform tasks related to access to the system, such as:

  • In the Users & Groups screen, grant or revoke the ability for users and groups to use SDDC Manager.
  • In the Roles & Permissions screen, examine the roles that provide the privileges associated with the available operations. SDDC Manager uses role-based access control (RBAC).

User Management page

Two roles are defined by default. One is an administrator-level role that provides full administrative privileges. The other provides read-only privileges.

See Managing Users and Groups.

Life Cycle Management

Use this page to manage the patching and updating of the software components that are installed in the system. When the VMware depot is configured, the software notifies you when an update is available and provides the ability to download the bundles and begin the update process. For details, see Patching and Upgrading Cloud Foundation.

Life Cycle Management screen


Use the page to access screens in which you perform tasks that involve customizing VDI infrastructure settings, adding a new physical rack, working with network settings, and managing license keys.

Settings page

From the Settings page, you can navigate to screens in which you perform tasks such as:

  • Configure default settings for the VDI systems that you can provision in your Cloud Foundation system. For details about setting defaults used for VDI systems, see Customize Default Values Used When Creating VDI Workload Domains.
  • Initiate the process for adding a new host or rack to the system.
  • Work with network settings, such as editing uplink connectivity settings, reviewing the IP address distribution in the system, excluding IP addresses, entering data center network configurations, and associating those configurations with workload domains.
  • Manage product license keys.
  • Change passwords for the system components.