After a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription is applied to your Organization and you have a deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 managing your on-premises infrastructure, you use vCenter Cloud Gateway to connect this deployment to VMware Cloud. Then, for cloud-based licensing and availability of cloud services, you add the deployment to the subscription.

Establish Cloud Connection by Using vCenter Cloud Gateway

To connect a VMware Cloud Foundation instance to VMware Cloud, you use a vCenter Cloud Gateway instance running in the management domain. After you connect the deployment to the cloud, you can view its inventory together with the inventories of the other VMware Cloud Foundation or vCenter Server instances in the subscription.

To establish the cloud connection, perform these tasks.

  1. Download the vCenter Cloud Gateway installer from VMware Customer Connect and install vCenter Cloud Gateway in the management domain. See Installing and Configuring vCenter Cloud Gateway in the vCenter Cloud Gateway Administration documentation.

  2. Connect the VMware Cloud Foundation to VMware Cloud by using the user interface of the vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance.

    1. Connect vCenter Cloud Gateway to VMware Cloud. See Connect vCenter Cloud Gateway to VMware Cloud in the vCenter Cloud Gateway Administration documentation.
    2. Connect vCenter Cloud Gateway to SDDC Manager. See Connect Your VMware Cloud Foundation Instance to Cloud Gateway in the vCenter Cloud Gateway Administration documentation.

The workload domains in the deployment appear automatically in the VMware Cloud inventory after several minutes.

Add the VMware Cloud Foundation Instance to a Subscription

To associate the infrastructure with the subscription billing and to start using administrator services in the cloud, you add the on-premises deployment to a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription you purchased. You can add a clean deployment in subscription-ready mode, activated in the deployment parameter workbook before bring-up, or a deployment that you upgraded to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 according to Requirements for VMware Cloud Foundation+.

You must add a clean deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation in subscription-ready mode to a subscription to also be able to add infrastructure to the inventory of SDDC Manager.

To add VMware Cloud Foundation to the subscription, perform these steps.
  1. Log in to the VMware Cloud Console at https://vmc.vmware.com.

  2. On the Inventory page, locate a workload domain that is a part of the deployment and click Subscribe VCF instance.

    Caution:
    Avoid performing infrastructure management operations, such as adding or removing a vSphere cluster, or adding or removing an ESXi host, before the subscription process for the VMware Cloud Foundation instance is complete.
    Caution: If you replace the certificate of SDDC Manager or a vCenter Server instance after you connect the VMware Cloud Foundation instance to the cloud, to re-establish the trust between vCenter Cloud Gateway and SDDC Manager or vCenter Server, follow VMware Knowledge Base article 89726 for SDDC Manager or VMware Knowledge base article 88904 for vCenter Server.