Connectivity Testing

After the VPN, firewall rules and DNS settings are configured, it's a good idea to run through the Hybrid Linked Mode troubleshooting tests to ensure everything is working before depoying the Cloud Gateway Appliance.

  1. Within the SDDC, click on the 'Troubleshooting' tab and ensure that the 'Hybrid Link Mode' use case is selected.
  2. Put the correct IP or FQDN to the respective dialog boxes and click 'RUN ALL TESTS'.
  3. If any tests fail, ensure you have configured all of the perviously mentioned VPN, firewall rule and DNS settings.
Installing vCenter Cloud Gateway

After verifying that the connectivity between your on-premises data center and the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, the next step is to download and install vCenter Cloud Gateway. vCenter Cloud Gateway links to your local, on-premises vCenter Servers, and then acts as a proxy to the cloud SDDC.

  1. Navigate to the 'Tools' tab in VMware Cloud on AWS console
  2. Download the vCenter Cloud Gateway ISO file
  3. Mount the ISO file and run the installer (\ui-installer\wind32\installer.exe)
  4. Click 'GET STARTED' on the Welcome screen
  5. On the Deployment Stages page, select 'START' under 'Deploy vCenter Cloud Gateway' to start the appliance deployment.
  6. On stage 1, accept the EULA, and click 'NEXT'
  7. Enter the vCenter (or ESXi host) that you wish to deploy the new appliance to, along with the target's username and password, then click 'NEXT'
  8. If you have an untrusted SSL certificate installed, you will be required to click 'YES' to continue
  9. On the 'Select foler' section of the installer, use the dropdown tree to select where you would like the vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance to be deployed and then click 'NEXT'
  10. Select the correct cluster or host that you wish to use for the new appliance and click 'NEXT'
  11. The next screen allows you to customize the name and alloacte a root password. After entering these details, click 'NEXT'
  12. On the 'Select datastore' section, choose the datastore allocation and enable Thin Disk Mode if appropriate. Click 'NEXT' to continue
  13. Choose the correct Network (protgroup), IP version, IP assignment, FQDN, IP address, Subnet mask, gateway and DNS settings. Click 'NEXT'
  14. Within the 'Appliance configuration' section, ensure to choose an appropriate NTP server, preferably the same NTP server that your existing vCenter Server(s) are pointing to. Click 'NEXT' to continue
  15. Enter your SSO (Single Sign-On) details for the Platform Services Controller, HTTPS port, SSO domain, SSO username and SSO password. Click 'NEXT' to continue to the final configuration section. If you have an untrusted SSL certificate you will be required to click 'YES' to accept and continue.
  16. Optionally, enter the details to join the vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance to your Active Directory with a computer account. Click 'FINISH' and the appliance OVF will be deployed to your environment.
Configuring Hybrid Linked Mode

Once the vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance is deployed, the next, and final part of the process is to configure the appliance.

  1. On the 'Deployment Stages' screen of the installer, click the 'START' button under 'Stage 2'
  2. Click 'NEXT' on the 'What is Hybrid Linked Mode?' section
  3. In the 'Hybrid Linked Mode' section, enter the FQDN for your VMC based vCenter server.
    • EG: vcenter.sddc-123-123-123-123.vmwarevmc.com
  4. Additionally, a username and password for a VMC based Adminstrator account.
  5. Select a local AD domain, or on-premises SSO domain, and group that you wish to grant access to VMC. This enables the single logon for views and operations between you local on-premises vCenter and the offsite VMC based SDDC cloud.
  6. Click 'FINISH' to initiate the connection between vCenter Servers and click 'YES' if you have untrusted SSL certificates in your environment.
  7. After the domains have been successfully linked, you can log into the new vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance with an account that is in the group entered in Step-5. You will then see you local on-premises vCenter Servers, as well as the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC vCenter Server.

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