Your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC provides all the tools you need to configure, customize, deploy, and manage VMware virtual machines (VMs).

Because it is a service, VMware Cloud on AWS imposes a few constraints on VM operations, especially those that require you to have physical access to the host hardware or root access to the host operating system. But with a few exceptions (which we point out in this document), on-premises operations described in About vSphere Virtual Machine Administration work the same way in your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

Table 1. vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Highlights
Topics Content Highlights
Introduction to vSphere Virtual Machines
  • Overview of VM lifecycle and components.
  • List of VM files and what they're used for.
  • Overview of VM hardware and other options.
Deploying Virtual Machines Step-by-step instructions for creating VMs. You have many options, including:
  • Deploying a VM from scratch.
  • Cloning existing VMs or templates
  • Deploying an OVF or OVA template
  • Deploying a VM from an uploaded OVF or OVA file
Using Content Libraries Content libraries are container objects for VM and vApp templates and other types of files, such as ISO images, text files, and so on. You can use the templates in the library to deploy virtual machines and vApps in the vSphere inventory. You can also use content libraries to share content between your on-premises infrastructure and your SDDC.
Configuring Virtual Machine Hardware Detailed information about the options for configuring different hardware options, such as CPU, memory, and devices. You can modify existing virtual devices or add new devices, though as we've noted some constraints may apply in VMware Cloud on AWS compared to what you can do in your on-premises vCenter environment.
Configuring Virtual Machine Options Explains VM options and how to change them.
  • Power Management settings
  • UEFI secure boot for virtual machines
  • VM Boot options
  • Advance options such as logging, debugging, and latency sensitivity
Customizing Virtual Machines Instructions for performing post-deployment customization tasks, including:
  • Options for installing a guest OS
  • Customizing the guest OS with a customization spec
  • Using a virtual machine console
  • Using snapshots
  • Upgrading VMware Tools or the Hardware Compatibility setting.
Managing the VMware Remote Console Proxy Configuration VMware Remote Console proxy for vSphere (VMRC proxy) is a service in the SDDC vCenter system that simplifies the establishment of VMRC connections to workload VMs.